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Il pugno di Dio

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  8,277 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
E' vero che nel grande dispiego di tecnologia militare messo in atto dall'Occidente dopo l'invasione del Kuwait qualcosa è sfuggito agli occhi elettronici degli alleati? E' vero che c'è un'arma in mano a Saddam che potrebbe rovesciare le sorti del conflitto? Gli iracheni la chiamano Qubth-ut-Allah: "il Pugno di Dio". Mike Martin, ufficiale del Sas inglese dalla fisionomia ...more
Paperback, Oscar Bestsellers #625, 610 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Mondadori (first published April 1st 1994)
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Description: From the behind-the-scenes decision-making of the Allies to the secret meetings of Saddam Hussein's war cabinet, from the brave American fliers running their dangerous missions over Iraq to the heroic young spy planted deep in the heart of Baghdad, Forsyth's incomparable storytelling skill keeps the suspense at a breakneck pace. Somewhere in Baghdad is the mysterious "Jericho," the traitor who is willing--for a price--to reveal what is going on in the high councils of the Iraqi dict
Dec 04, 2014 Gautam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 13, 2009 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
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 13, 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
Sep 17, 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.
Christian Scala
Jan 11, 2011 Christian Scala rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 05, 2008 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
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. :-(
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 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.
Rahul Khatri
Jun 25, 2016 Rahul Khatri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reads with the speed of F-35 !!!

Albeit I'd read Dan Brown, Jeffrey Archer & considered 'em among the highest echelons of authentic literary authors but here's another gentleman, Frederick Forsyth, added in that list of mine in the genre- thriller which is outlined on real life scenarios. Where Dan Brown is famous for his books crafted on history art which is mired with known & unknown facts that boggled the reader's brain, Jeffery Archer mingles the real life scenarios with fiction &
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
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.
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 22, 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.
Michelle Sibley
Mar 11, 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.
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."
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!
Terry Jarrett
Feb 09, 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.
Jay Holls
Aug 04, 2011 Jay Holls rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book which i read by this guy n am hooked to forsyth.No can beat him in international espionage
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
Aug 26, 2012 Toby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book!!

I love the twists and turns in the plot.
Gary Dale Cearley
Absolutely intriguing.
Mar 08, 2012 Laurah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was totally absorbed in this story.
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Frederick Forsyth, CBE 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, educated at Tonbridge Scho
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“He said that it was not his job to ensure that his soldiers died for their country. It was his job to make sure the other poor bastards died for theirs. Understand?” 2 likes
“But the up-front reason is that he was reclaiming rightful Iraqi territory. Look, it happens all over the world. India took Goa, China took Tibet, Indonesia has taken East Timor. Argentina tried for the Falklands. Each time, the claim is retaking a chunk of rightful territory. It’s very popular with the home crowd, you know.” 1 likes
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