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Fist Of God

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,214 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
During those fateful weeks before Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, a fragment of radio intercept had referred to Qubth-ut-Allah, a devastating secret weapon that could rain death and destruction on the Allied forces.

Despite Allied scepticism, Major Mike Martin, an SAS man who can pass as an Arab, is sent into Kuwait to assess Iraqi strength and help the resistance. Wha
Paperback, 624 pages
Published February 9th 1995 by Corgi (first published January 1st 1994)
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Nov 25, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tariq Aziz
The first few chapters of Forsyth's Persian Gulf War espionage thriller are a little wooden - stock characters, cliched dialogue - but once the plot is established and takes over, that's all you care about. I'm not one who likes the blending of fact and fiction in these types of novels, and I was constantly googling to see what characters were invented, whether Iraq actually did have a nuclear weapon in 1990, and how Scuds compared to the al-Husayn missiles. There are some brutal torture scenes. ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Gautam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-read, thriller


What an amazing book from Forsyth !! The breath taking moments that happen with the Lead character Mike martin who does the spying job for the British in" Iraq occupied Kuwait and ruthless streets of Baghdad" to clinch the astonishing secrets of Saddam's Mindset to 'war and victory' and also the revelation of the possibility of Iraq possessing Qubth ut allah or simply 'th
Jun 01, 2009 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Fist Of God is a wonderfully tense, highly readable thriller on the First Gulf War. Forsyth carries his readers into the intrigue of the Middle East, and inside the minds of the decision makers in their headquarters in Washington, London, Baghdad, and Saudi Arabia. Frederick Forsyth uses his excellent journalistic way of writing (brief, effective descriptions, dialogue that is actually interesting, well chosen settings, and a wonderful mix of fictional drama and real-life) to effortlessly ca ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Madhura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite books on earth! I love the character of Mike Martin and the strange coincidence of events that occur.
May 20, 2011 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gulf War and invasion and liberating of Kuwait.

The Fist of God is a 1994 novel mixing known fact with fiction to tell a story of the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf War racing against time to discover the true nature of Saddam Hussein's secret weapon, 'The Fist of God.'
1931- Before this Kuwait was the 19th province os irag. Saddam wanted it back. Iraq's propaganda was that Kuwait had taken more than its share of the oil from the shared Rumailah oil field.Irag also owed Kuwait $15 billio
Gary Knapton
Dec 10, 2015 Gary Knapton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up in a charity shop in Scarborough in late July 2013.

If you like FF he never lets you down. The military James Bond. Odds stacked against. The nature of the detailed writing and the techniques deployed to build suspense, evolve character and occasionally shock delivers, as always, and I've read a handful of his work, the un-put-down-able novel.

Icon. Avenger. The Day of the Jackal. France, The Middle East, Russia.

He's the master of the genre. And he's at it again here in the thi
Jun 18, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books he wrote. It contains a lot of side information that makes it very 3 dimensional and believable.
Mar 14, 2012 Kelanth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spionaggio, favorites
Forsyth è un maestro del genere spy-story, autore di romanzi come: "Il giorno dello sciacallo", "I mastini della guerra", "Dossier Odessa", "Il Quarto Protocollo" e molti altri. E' indubbiamente uno dei miei scrittori preferiti in questo genere e lo metterei con Ludlum, Le Carrè, Cruz Smith, direttamente sul podio.

Questa storia è meravigliosa, uno dei migliori dell'autore, se non il migliore, documentato tramite una fittissima ricerca dove si riesce a mischiare molto bene realtà e fantasia, pren
Neil Wright
The second Frederick novel I’ve read after ‘The Day Of The Jackal’ and packed with the same precise detail as the first. Focusing on the first Gulf war, it tells the story of an S.A.S veteran who goes behind enemy lines to prevent Saddam detonating WMD. Now, to call Mr Forsyth thorough is to say that Saddam has a bit of a bad temper, and whilst this can be a little frustrating in the beginning it does prove worthwhile in the end. Through the allies of the main character Forsyth skillfully portra ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Pequete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
I had loved Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal, the first book I read from this author, and also the first one I read through Bookcrossing. So it is no wonder that I also really liked this one. Even though the theme is very different (The Day of the Jackal is about an attempted murder of General de Gaulle and this one is about the first Gulf War and the liberation of Kuwait), they both share an attention to detail, accuracy of information, suspense and a great ability to mix historical facts with a ...more
Dec 01, 2010 Shell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was set during the Gulf War and the author obviously spent a lot of time researching for this story. It was a gripping, awe inspiring tale. A little gruesome for my taste, especially the ending, but still, a very enjoyable read.
Feb 28, 2012 Clinton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wrote him to complain that I didn't think the ending was fair ... and he wrote me back a handwritten note explaining why he thought he'd been perfectly fair! ;-) But I was just a kid and like an idiot, I lost the note. :-(
Feb 05, 2011 Cam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this down. Fascinating and gives a look into war in middle east.
Jim Puskas
Not Forsyth's best work but it certainly bears all of his usual features -- a focus on Cold War and post Cold War geo-political confrontations, well researched detail, complex plot lines and some truly menacing villans. One of Forsyth's recurrent tricks is that of creating lead characters who possess an exceptional combination of boldness, physical prowess, chutzpah and the capability of deadly violence when necessary; the one he introduces here one of his most intriguing characters, Mike Martin ...more
Fredrick Forsyth has done it again another wonderful book mixed with fact and fiction. Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait whereby USA, Britain and France enter into the Gulf War to force Saddam to withdraw from Kuwait. Character of Mike Martin was great as a military secret agent entering Iraq. It was a very tense and thrilling read on Gulf War. Moderate military technology and well researched details created a great narrative to the book. The story turned out to be a page turner even though there is ...more
Michelle Sibley
Mar 14, 2014 Michelle Sibley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a book! Thought I hate it as I'm not really into wars and stuff but I was gripped from the start. Well written. Amazing book.
Christopher Hedges
Sep 03, 2015 Christopher Hedges rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction, and suspense/thriller
I picked up The Fist of God when I purchased three other Frederick Forsyth titles. I added this book to my shopping cart because I thought its subject matter would be helpful for background in the screenplay I'm writing. In that respect the book stimulated my creativity, and helped me think outside of the box. I think that is mainly due to the level of research and detail incorporated by Forsyth. The detail makes the story feel authentic.

There are several story lines Forsyth included that I like
Dec 14, 2014 Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a real mixed reading experience. There were so many interesting and thrilling elements in the book including: a well researched analysis of the lead up to the commencement of the first Gulf War; life on the ground in Kuwait immediately after the Iraqi invasion; the central story of the resilience of a SAS agent who has to work behind the enemy lines; and life in Iraq once the Allied forces commenced their air bombardment. There was also a sad story of a seduction of a lonely secret ...more
May 19, 2014 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-fiction
This is like a history of Desert Shield and Desert Storm with a bit of fiction thrown in. It is at times hard to know where the fact ends and the fiction begins. In a way that makes the story line all the more believable.

The facts of Desert Shield and Desert Storm are well known and documented. Forsyth's contribution in this book is the (I presume) fictional aspects: the Iraqis' possession of a nuclear bomb; Saddam Hussein's intention to use it during the war (employing a 160 foot long cannon th
Paul Leonard
Jun 19, 2013 Paul Leonard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pity some of the reviews seem parsimonious but having read this thriller 20 years after its first publication and the actual war, I found it a really compelling read. As expected, the detail was excellent with much thorough research done, the pace wss blistering and the characters well-fleshed out. It was unputdownable, l really enjoyed it and it must merit full marks from me. To this day, not many authors and thrillers can compare with Forsyth and this book.
Jun 28, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Fist of God" is an intelligent thriller set during the First Gulf War.
Spoiler alert: We win.
What we have here is part straightforward history of the war and part fanciful backstory of what might have happened behind the scenes. This involves a supposed Iraqi weapon of mass destruction, the espionage efforts to learn about it and the military efforts to destroy the destroyer.
If there are central characters, they are two British brothers, Mike and Terry Martin, who have expertise and backgrou
Adrian Parker
Jan 23, 2013 Adrian Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although showing its age a little, this spies & soldiers yarn set around the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait is well told in a typical Forsyth manner. No sex please we're British and the characters are as nuanced as a manila folder. However there's lashings of tanks and guns and fighting and even a... well thats the interesting bit isn't it. A good one chapter a night before bed unchallenging read.
Mar 28, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Switched from french version which was awfully translated...

Quite a good war/espionage book, although slow to start. The author is very well documented (except in some technical details, like HARM missiles homing on the infrared emitted by the ground radar stations).

Recommended to all Clancy fans !
Mar 11, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage
One of the things that makes Forsyth so great, as was true in this book, is that you can't find the line between fact and fiction. Fist of God was great in that way. He sets the table with non-fiction and then starts the rollercoaster.
Feb 19, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"A retelling of the first Gulf War, except Saddam has one atomic bomb ready to launch and the coalition destroys it just in time. Very cool book, and interesting to read during the second Gulf War."
Deepak Eshwar
Try it if you wanna travel through Saddam's Iraq and of course Saddam's family. For him, "Family comes first, Tribe comes second and the Country comes third"-FF
Terry Jarrett
Feb 11, 2013 Terry Jarrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting reading this after twenty-two years later especially following the war following 911. But he is a fine author and very accurate in painting the picture.
Jan 25, 2015 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading The Fist of God is almost like reading an historical account of the buildup of the first Gulf War. It is not clear what is fact and what is fiction. It is not, however, boring. Forsyth mixes in characters such as Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, George H. W. Bush, William Webster etc. with fictional characters Major Mike Martin, his brother Terry Martin, and many more interesting characters to create a very readable and exciting story. Unanswered by the author (because it was never answ ...more
Cormac Healy
Jun 22, 2015 Cormac Healy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Frederick Forsyth book and a very enjoyable read.

The book covers the build-up to the Gulf War in 1990-91, with a couple of alterations in the weaponry possessed by Saddam Hussein. The huge amount of research that has clearly gone into this, plus the factual writing style (which reminded me a lot of Tom Clancy, which is a big compliment) created a narrative that seemed very believable.

It was also interesting reading with the knowledge of what happened in 2003 in Iraq, the lack of knowl
Robert Snow
May 20, 2013 Robert Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fact and fiction blend into a great Forsyth saga, great characters an evil madman which all add up to a great read!
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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 and The Kill List.

The son of a furrier, he was born in Ashford, Kent, educ
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