Forysth's dialogue is wooden at best. In this one, he handles dialogue by mostly omitting it altogether. When he does break his long, grey, heavy paragraphs for a line of dialogue, it's not wooden any more - it's like lead.
Much the same goes for the narrative style. Th...more
How far the mighty have fallen.
In what reads like a channeling of Tom Clancy, "The Afghan" goes on and on with details that have little or nothing to do with plot or character development.
The actual "story" isn't bad but is dragged down by the constant insertion of irrelevancies and the over-reliance on stereotypical descriptions of both the terrorists and the good guys".
To be fair, some of t...more
'The Afghan' is a story of a retired British Special Agent, Mike Martin, who is sent on an undercover mission to u...more
Building on a number of contemporary themes, he manages to spin a good yarn, whilst including sufficient factual references to suspend the readers disbelief; the only thing that you might have difficulty with is th...more
The plot revolves around British and American intelligence agencies finding out about a super secret Al-Qaeda plot to do something bigger and worse than 9/11. The questions are what, when, and where? Several people are brought in to do something about it and only...more
The story is more or less the same as the Fist of God...with the same character. But you don't have to read Fist of God in order to understand the character or lose the story. This book provides quite a repetition so for me who have read the Fist of God...it's a bit boring. You know how Forsyth is with details...more
The basic premise of this one is that British and American intelligence services have got wind of a plan for a terrorist attack. They do the near-impossible job of infiltrating an agent into al-Qaeda. For the mission, they choose a former SAS officer who is able to pass...more
This was my latest, having not read a ton of "spy thrillers" but I was definitely entertained by the story. I appreciate Forsyth's interest in detailed background which helps make the story seem that much more lifelike, especially with a timely story that covers terrorism/Afghanistan/Gitmo. Another surpri...more
This has nothing on "Fist of God".
The Afghan relies too much on coincidence and needless subplots that do little to help the flow.
The final Al Asra that is hinted at is so ham handed so as not inspire any terror.
Col. Mike Martin R.I.P.
and with it, hopefully we'll bury the hackneyed snippet found 3 times in 2 novels
"To every man upon this earth, death comes soon or late
And how can a man die better, than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his G...more
When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize--but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Impossible, unless-- The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantánamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a twenty-five-year veteran of war zones around the world--
But Forsyth has understood the fact that suspense is not in the action but in the anticipation. Like in a Hitchcock film. The Day of the Jacka...more
I have been a Forsyth fan ever since I read The Day of the Jackal in the '70s. I'm particularly fond of his The Devil's Alternative.
I found The Afghan more draggy than those books, at least until it neared the denouement. Thus it's probably a good thing that I also found it shorter.
Still, it's Forsyth. I put The Afghan in the second rank of his books, along with other works such as The Dogs of War.
The book is Col. Mike Martin's preparation and journey going undercover posing as a Taliban rebel, Izmat Khan, the Afghan, to find out what the project Al-Isra is. Needless to say, it is highly detailed about the condition in the middle east and has some good twists and turns....more
This book was hard to follow. But I think that was part of the point. The world of espionage today is so far removed from the cold war that those of us born into that generation have a hard time understanding that world as it is today. Publisher’s note:
A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue.The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Ode...more
This book also introduce old fans with the return of Forsyth best chameleon character in The Fist of Goid, ex SAS commander, Colonerl Mike Martin who on once again must go behind enemy lines as the infamous terroris...more
However, the Afghan lacks the palpable action and fully fleshed out characters as in his earlier works. The novel was written in the same no-nonsense, acerbic, reporter-like style which is typical of Forsyth's. The book is full of information on the mode...more
As always, great attention to detail and a gripping plot
Less than substantive conclusion
I’ve been a Frederick Forsyth fan from the moment I read The Day of the Jackal, years ago in the 10th or 11th grade. When I saw that he had a new book out, I grabbed the opportunity to be transported into the world of high espionage, foreign lands and uber-cool characters. I was not to be disappointed on a number of these fronts. In the Afghan, Forsyth takes a more contemporary approach by focus...more
The hero, Mike Martin, had served in Her Royal Magesty's Air Force in a pre 911war in Afghanistan. There he saved the life of an Afghanii solder. (Russian/Afghanii war)...more
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