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The Day of the Jackal

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  58,221 ratings  ·  812 reviews
The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman withopaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.

One man with a rifle who can change the course ofhistory. One man whose mission is so secretive noteven his employers know his name. And as theminutes co...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 4th 1982 by Bantam (first published 1971)
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sckenda
Jan 09, 2014 sckenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Plausible International Thrillers
Ici Chacal? This is one of my favorite thrillers of all time, and I have fond memories of staying up all night, reading this great story while I was in high school. It is based loosely on real life plots in the early sixties to kill French President Charles De Gaulle, who had withdrawn French troops from Algeria after a bitter colonial war. Many in the French Army and Foreign Legion believed that they had been betrayed and that their dead had died in vain, so ex-soldiers formed a paramilitary re...more
Stephen
To those that gave this 4 or 5 stars…I completely get it…I really do.

I found much impressiveness in this classic spy story, despite the 3 star ceiling I ended up placing on it. Technically proficient and drenched in details, this is as authentic an anatomy of an assassination attempt I have ever seen. Forsyth’s “Jackal-like” control over the narrative was singular and I can certainly understand this being considered a classic among the spy-thriller genre.

Despite the significant amount of superi...more
Nikki
Re-reading The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth's 1972 Edgar winner for Best Novel, was perhaps even more satisfying than reading it for the first time (can it really have been 36 years ago?) I would never quibble with the committee's choice on this one.

As most people probably know, the book deals with a plot to assassinate Charles de Gaulle, President of France, by a group opposed to his policies on Algeria. Not only does the reasonably well-informed reader know that, historically, de Gaull...more
Darwin8u
A tight and fantastic political/cat-and-mouse thriller. Edgar award winner 'The Day of the Jackal' is well-paced, originally plotted and filled with amazing research. Forsyth clearly belongs among the top ranks of the great thriller writers. He is often immitated (Clancy, Thor, McBain) but NEVER really replicated.

Beyond the merits of the novel itself, the Day of the Jackal has also influenced actual assassins (Yigal Amir and Vladimir Arutinian), inspired the nickname for Ilich Ramírez Sánchez (...more
♥Beleza★✰
In the forward to this book Forsyth writes that he seeks for ‘interesting, accurate, and feasible’, I would say he has succeeded with this book.

This is historical fiction in that the story is woven around people who actually existed and events that happened. French President Charles de Gaulle was hated by many of the French people and Jean Bastien-Thiry did organize an assassination attempt on 22 August 1962. As for the details of the French police and some events related (kidnappings and tortur...more
htanzil
Tentunya kita masih ingat sekitar dua tahun yang lalu Presiden SBY dalam sebuah konferensi pers mengatakan bahwa foto dirinya dijadikan sasaran tembak oleh para teroris yang sedang berlatih. Sebenarnya ini bukanlah hal yang aneh karena para pemimpin negara di berbagai belahan dunia ini seringkali menjadi target utama pembunuhan dari para lawan politiknya.

Presiden Soekarno sendiri selama masa pemerintahannya telah tujuh kali mengalami percobaan pembunuhan, begitu juga dengan pemimpin-pemimpin neg...more
Meaghan
Feb 17, 2010 Meaghan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense novel lovers
This is one of the great classics in the suspense novel genre, and with good reason. I was stunned by it. This book made me want to go to the library right away and check out every Forsyth novel they had.

You know at the beginning that the assassination plot failed -- it says so -- but that doesn't stop you from clinging to the edge of your seat as your follow The Jackal and those who are chasing him. He's the consummate killer, using money, sex, drugs and whatever other tools are at his disposal...more
Michael Havens
Aug 18, 2008 Michael Havens rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like Spy/Suspence thrillers
Guilty pleasures? Got them? Ok, here's mine. I love to read Spy,World War Two thrillers, and techno-thrillers. I especially like the World War Two and Cold War era type, though Frederick Forsyth's novel 'The Day of the Jackal' is not one of them. What it is is a cat-and-mouse chase between Great Britain and France to find a hired killer, code named "Jackal", before he gets to General de Gaulle, now President of France (who actually was a military commander and resistance leader during World War...more
Atishay
Hands down the best thriller I've ever read and probably would for a long time to come.
Frederick Forsyth shines and deservingly so for the amount of research he puts into his projects. This one is regarding an attempt to assassinate Charles De Gaulle, the French President, narrated from the assassin's point of view. Immaculate in its details and planning, the climax is shattering and will make you close the book for a second and look at the ceiling, eyes closed.
Another masterpiece by the mas...more
Nigie
A pang of teenage nostalgia led me to the shelf where a faded gold Corgi edition of this calmly sensational first novel awaited its inevitable reopening. Not since the pages were once unyellowed had its long-dry ink been exposed to air. A bestseller in its day, this thriller's publication made a young, impoverished British ex-journalist, formerly posted to Paris after a short string of other foreign billets, an overnight millionaire for a mere six weeks' work. His inspiration? To divulge the nev...more
Said Al-Maskery
I was walking around a library in Malesya when I found a shelf selling "classic" books. I wondered what does the Jackal mean ? Why is this book sold on a shelf that is presented infront of the entrance ?

I took the book without knowing any history about it, never heard of the author & never thought I was entering a new world of thrillers!

Since my native language is Arabic not english, I had difficulties understanding the first chapetr, especially with the small letters used in the edition I b...more
Les Aucoin
This book remains one of the tautest, most exciting suspense stories I've read. The Jackal's immaculate, elegant planning of the assassination of the French president is spell-binding. I ended up pulling for him as well as the police detective who was closing in on him. This was a thoroughly satisfying read.
Mike
Too long and occasionally so poorly written that it bordered on the amateurish. Slightly entertaining, but only slightly.
Jane Stewart
Wonderful intellectual suspense. Intricate, smart plotting. Excellent ending.

This is a classic - a great experience. I’m frequently smiling at the smart and unexpected actions. Leading the investigation is homicide detective Lebel. He is short, rumpled, quiet, unassuming, and blinks a lot when criticized. There are no scenes with his wife, but we hear that he is henpecked. Don’t expect a charismatic hero. This is a humble man doing smart things in a methodical manner. I loved the nuanced charact...more
Dhejan
Seseorang yang tak dikenal… seorang pembunuh bayaran!

Bersetting Prancis pada tahun 60-an, novel ini mengisahkan tentang upaya pembunuhan terhadap Presiden Prancis kala itu, Jenderal Charles de Gaulle.
Percobaan pembunuhan ini telah enam kali dilakukan. Dan sebanyak enam kali pulalah kegagalan harus ditelan pahit oleh para petinggi OAS (Organisation L’Armée Sacrète).

Matinya Letnan Kolonel Jean-Marie Basytien-Thiry, pemimpin sebuah geng pembunuh dari OAS yang dihukum tembak mati pada 11 Maret 1963,...more
shana naomi
one of the best suspense books i've ever read - can't believe it took me this long. it's not a quick read, but that didn't stop me from trying to make it one - i read for hours and hours on end, heart ACTUALLY pounding, waiting to find out what comes next.

and the brilliance of it is that you know the ending, or part of it. (historical spoiler alert: DeGaulle doesn't die.) and yet the planning of the assassination, and the investigation to uncover and stop it, and even the day of the attempt are...more
Christy
I started The Day of the Jackal with high hopes, and I was just making my way through the first chapter, trying to sort out the characters, when I came across this information: On August 22, 1961, dusk had fallen at 8:10 pm, but on August 22, 1962, dusk fell at 8:35 pm. Those 25 minutes were to change the history of France." Maybe some physicist or astronomer out there can correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that impossible? On the same day of the year, in the same location, wouldn't dusk fall wi...more
Franky
One of the more remarkable aspects to Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal is how events are presented so realistically. The book is based on the true life attempts on French President Charles de Gaulle’s life, and Forsyth uses much of his experience covering news in France during the 1960s as well as thorough research to present a fictionalized account of these events.

The novel is structured in a way to first give a picture of the two sides, and then give a timeline for the events to foll...more
Helvry Sinaga
Novel ini bersetting di Eropa tepatnya setelah selesainya perang dunia kedua. Referendum baru saja dilakukan di Aljazair, negara jajahan Prancis, dan referendum itu memutuskan bahwa Aljazair melepaskan diri dari Prancis sebagai negara yang merdeka. Peristiwa inilah yang melatarbelakangi usaha pembunuhan terhadap Presiden Prancis, Charles de Gaulle oleh gerakan sayap kanan Prancis. Apa itu pembunuhan?Assassinology.org memberi definisi dan tujuan pembunuhan sebagai berikut.

Assassination : The act...more
Sarah
The Day of the Jackal was for me a laborious read. This book consists of many information dumps, and was not at all suspenseful. As with all books I rate one star, I did not finish it, I only got to 46% complete. To get this far even, required constant encouragement drawn from the many positive reviews, and hopes that the books shinning light would start on the next page. I am in fact still holding onto the opinion that from the point of which I’ve left off, the book must begin to turn exception...more
Stephen
I came around to The Day of the Jackal knowing it had a serious provenance. I don’t tend to seek out thrillers (although I certainly enjoy them), but I’m well aware that there are classics that are worth reading, and that this was one of them.

This is a brilliant novel. Really exciting. And I think there are a few key factors that play into this. The first is that it takes place in a plausible version of the real world. Surrounding a plot by an assassin to take the life of Charles de Gaulle, the...more
Brendan
You might have heard of the original film version of the story, from 1973, but the book is worth your time.

Although Forsyth sometime veers into the mundane with his overlong explanation of a fictional assassination plot against French President Charles de Gaulle, more often than not, the author's attention to detail pays off.

After sitting through mundane descriptions of the title character's travel itinerary, target practice, and hotel accomodations, as well as the plodding efforts of the poli...more
Bobby Bermea
Apr 12, 2011 Bobby Bermea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like spies, thrillers, mysteries and books about smart people being very, very smart.
Shelves: cloak-and-dagger
Normally, I wouldn't bother giving a review to an audiobook or putting it on my list but this one was such an enjoyable experience, such a perfect melding of brilliant story and exciting reading, that I had to tell someone somewhere. Of course, I'd been aware of Forsyth's famous novel for years and always meant to get around to reading it -- but always slightly put off that I already knew how it was going to end. Silly me. The drama and the thrills come from the creation of a violent world where...more
Nick Stephenson
Widely regarded as the book that set the tone for the modern thriller. The Day of the Jackal concerns the "semi-true" events surrounding the French president Charles de Gaulle's years in power following World War II, in particular the many attempts on his life made by the French separatist movement. After yet another botched attempt to dispatch de Gaulle, the separatists decide to hire an outsider who would be unknown to the French authorities and who could therefore get close to the president w...more
Mohnish
the part 1 is just average
there is nothing extra ordinary about it
all the assassin's in the world have to be meticulous,impeccable,smart,sexy.....and our's was no different!!
so we have a general go through of the political situation of France THE failed attempts of the OAS to assassinate the president & the generals at the top to finally do come up with the idea of getting the work done by an outsider = THE JACKAL
then we go through his planning that after a point starts to be a little boring...more
Feliks
Frederick Forsythe is easily the most well-known writer of the action thriller. Action-writing today is big business in part because of its tight integration with the movie industry (action-flick franchises are the nearest thing to a steady dividend Hollywood can rely on). The book side of thriller-dom is thus highly competitive but also highly programmatic; as authors all grapple with each other for name-cachet and movie-adaptations. Its a tough field to stand-out in.

The more so, because the m...more
Goran Markov
A brilliant novel by Frederick Forsyth! Brilliant, indeed.

Although, motivated by his debts and financial problems to start writing fiction, Forsyth used his research technics he had picked up as a foreign news correspondent to make the novel more realistic. In the beginning of the novel, Forsyth gives a description of a failed assassination attempt on Charles de Gaulle, the French president, which Forsyth personally reported from the scene as a correspondent stationed in Paris at the time (1962...more
sinta nisfuanna
Belajar Membunuh Dari Si Jakal

Ingin belajar membunuh? Sepertinya The Day of The Jackal adalah salah satu referensi yang layak untuk dibaca. Ups! Bukan saya bermaksud menyuruh untuk menjadi pembunuh, tapi hal yang sama akan tercipta dalam benakmu ketika membaca karya Frederick Forsyth yang masuk 100 Novel Kriminal Terbaik Sepanjang Masa ini.

Berawal dari kudeta OAS, sebuah organisasi yang tercipta akibat ketidakpuasan atas keputusan Presiden Charles de Gaulle terhadap perang Aljazair. Keputusan y...more
Mont'ster
Nov 17, 2011 Mont'ster rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mont'ster by: my dad
Shelves: fiction, got-it, topshelf
I don't want to put any spoiler info here so when I say that "the concept for the story is huge..." you're just going to have to trust me.

Normally I don't enjoy "true crime" or "spy" stories (fiction or non-fiction), but this is a modern classic for a good reason. Forsyth had me interested in his characters and what they were doing from the very start. And more, he successfully makes you want to understand the "why" of different characters motivations. Few authors are able to accomplish this, an...more
Kgwhitehurst
Really, 4.5 stars. Given how heavy it is on narrative with a minimum of dialogue, it is incredibly suspenseful and compelling. The Jackal is a real professional--even if the people who purchase his services aren't really despite being professional soldiers--and so is Police Commissaire Claude Lebel. The breaks for Lebel come from the quirks of humanity, not coincidence. Altogether, a well-written, taut, tightly focused novel. I'm going to go back and watch the original movie w/Edward Fox to see...more
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From Wikipedia:

Frederick Forsyth, CBE (born 25 August 1938) is an English author and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, and recently The Cobra.

The son of a furrier, Forsyth was born in Ashford, Kent. He...more
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