My guess is that Mr Forsyth has had a few drinks one night and told his agreeable old chums "Bloody governments, no backbone! If they wanted to close the drug trade, they could do it! I could do it! Give me some guns and a budget of a couple of billion! I'd kill the lot of 'em!"
And so he's written up his idea into a page-turning thriller to show how he would do it. In summary, a rogue "Cobra" leading an unfettered SBS/S ...more
Well, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Forsythe has done it again with "The Cobra".
I must admit that I was purposely delaying this read as I found the name to be very tacky. I mean, it does sound like a C Class H ...more
The first half of the book is good, as the US and British prepare for their covert war against a powerful Colombian cocaine cartel. It's toward the second half of the book where things go downhill. Navy SEALs and British SBS marines intercept drug shipments on the high seas. A contracted Brazilian fighter pilot shoots down aircraft carrying cocaine. This happens several times, over and over again, and each scene is just a repeat o ...more
In The Cobra, Forsyth takes on the cocaine industry eating away into the American and European societies. When the President Office of US decides to do away with the cocaine industry once and for all, the executives turn to Paul Deveraux, an ex-CIA veteran, to devise and implement a strategy that can carry out the operation. Deveraux, nicknamed The Cob ...more
I am not saying it is bad, it just does not register even a blip on the Forsyth scale - an instrument of fiction writing awesomeness that all other action thriller writers will be measured by - this is the man who wrote Devil's alternative and the Fist of God for crying out loud.
I am a noob here and doling out details of the plot seems to be considered a cardinal sin here so I will keep it releva ...more
All in all, the story feels repetitive. And the bigger problem is that the story of a we ...more
Putting my hands on a paperback with a "Forsyth" on cover I was more than assured thats Master's imprint will be there, somewhere between the pages.
But I was very wrong.
From the forefront, I couldn't resist the feeling an Author forced himself to write this, and more - he had no idea how to do it.
Boredom, easily suspected twists, cold and flat dialogs finished with childish story brings only to a "bad writing" name.
Most powerful characters from a few of his la ...more
The Cobra is true-to-form Forsyth: the protagonists spend a lot (I mean, a LOT) of time on research and strategy, formulating their plan and carefully implementing its ...more
But Cobra? Come on!
It just reads like a government paper that is against the government.
It is a one sided war which Cal Dexter wins with so much ease that you begin to wonder how come the drug world even exists. There is simply not a single scene in which the Drug World has the upper hand. The police, the drug world seem just a stupid bunch of fools who play into the hands of a smart ass, hard to believe characte ...more
The basic premise has holes, that much is obvious. However, that aside, and one inexplicable scene in which the Cobra fi ...more
It's like the cube root of a decent old Clancy novel from the far distant time when he a ...more
Debo reconocer que soy fan de este escritor.
En esta novela nos envuelve de manera espectacular con una bien documentada narración sobre el mundo de las drogas, específicamente la cocaína, a nivel mundial, y nos va llevando hacia un desenlace previsto. Aunque el autor realiza un sorpresivo giro inesperado en el final, como ya nos tiene acostumbrados.
Este autor se ha confirmado como hábil narrador y armador de tramas bien llevadas, que obliga al lector no soltar sus libros hasta que se concluya.
OK, so I'm done with the book now and find that it was a typical Forsyth, in that there is an incredible amount of research and detail that went into a lot of the book -- more than I could really take in (different kinds of planes, helicopters, and ships described in ...more
The cocaine industry is worth billions of dollars a year to the drug cartels who spread their evil seed across Western society. Its usage causes incalculable misery, poverty and death. Slowly, gradually, inexorably it is spreading. One man, Paul Devereux, intellectual, dedicated, utterly ruthless and ex-CIA special ops, is given what seems like an impossible task: stop the drug barons, whatever it costs. At his disposal, anything he wants – men, resources, money. He ...more
The son of a furrier, he was born in Ashford, Kent, educ ...more