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The Kill List

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  7,847 ratings  ·  702 reviews
A top secret catalogue of names held at the highest level of the US government. On it, those men and women who would threaten the world's security. And at the top of it, The Preacher, a radical Islamic cleric whose sermons inspire his followers to kill high profile Western targets in the name of God. As the bodies begin to pile up in America, Great Britain and across ...more
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by G. P. Putnam's Sons
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Supratim
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Frederick Forsyth is one of my favourite thriller writers. His books are usually about commandos, cops, mercenaries, spies, dictators, terrorists and assassins entangled in some conspiracy or some covert mission. There's plenty of twists, gun fights, commando raids and a little bit of investigation too. If you prefer the realistic stories and moral ambiguity of John Le Carre, then definitlely Forsyth is not for you but if you want action and thrills then he is one of the very best.

Anyways, The
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Mark Hebwood
Sep 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wonder why I keep reading this type of book. But I know the answer to this question: I like the idea of a well-written, gripping adventure yarn. A good story that leaves you breathless, with engaging characters, striking locations, edge-of-the-seat suspense. A book where you feel that you are "in good hands", where you can trust the expertise of its writer as a craftsman. If we were talking about food, I'd be looking for a burger, but delivered by the best burger bar you can think of, ...more
Ware
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you begin your career writing Cold War thrillers like The Day Of The Jackal and post-war Nazi hunts like The Odessa File keeping up with the changing geo-politcal landscape over the past fifty years is a daunting task for even acknowledged masters of the genre. Somehow Frederick Forsyth has evolved with the times.The Nazi's are all dead or caught, the Iron Curtain rusted away but the heart of the political thriller-a global threat and a contemporary superman to oppose the threat-still ...more
Cynthia
I've enjoyed Forsyth's writing over the years and "The Kill List" is no exception. It's a high tech military tale about hunting down the bad guys...terrorists. It's strong on insider knowledge about the military, high tech espionage, and terrorist thinking. It's short on characterization which is the book's biggest weakness. Forsyth doesn't flesh out any of his protagonists. They all remain one dimensional but if you're looking for a fast moving, up to date political story look no further. I ...more
Ned Frederick
As a life-long fan, I am disappointed at the sloppiness of Forsyth's research. This kind of plot-driven, technical thriller relies heavily on attention to detail and "truthy" facts to establish the author's credibility as well as the authenticity of the story. Unfortunately, Forsyth revealed opposite tendencies in The Kill List.
As anyone with access to Google knows, Echelon is not a facial recognition database, and it certainly does not reside in an FBI facility. Also why would the President
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Lobstergirl
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Harriet Tubman

One of the characters in The Kill List has Asperger's (he has to, he's a teenage computer whiz), and frankly the book does too. It's a thriller with no emotions, no character development, a collection of plot points rigidly checked off a list. It begins with mini bios of the main character, Kit Carson (so-named to distinguish him from his father, Christopher Carson), and his father, both Marines. Carson is ambitious and smart, graduates from William and Mary, learns how to do deep scuba dives
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Rex Fuller
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superb!

It’s amazing an author who began writing contemporaneously about the attempt to assassinate Charles De Gaulle – long before such things as the internet and cell phones – now writes contemporaneously with the same absolute authenticity about hunting the jihadi who recruits Islamist murderers online and in social media.

Forsyth accomplishes this with meticulous research including, in this instance, physically visiting Mogadishu at the height of its hellishness.

Disclaimer: you might notice
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Scott Bell
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish this. Forsyth's style is too detached, too distant. After about 2/3rds of the book, I realized I didn't care what happened to the main character. There was no emotional attachment to any of his actions.

Forsyth spends way too much time detailing a simple progression through the day and not nearly enough on developing depth.
Paul
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Brilliance from The Master

Fredrick Forsythe is back with a brilliant thriller that is thoroughly up to date well researched and could be happening right now. Forsythe is master of the thriller genre and with the Kill List he shows his readers why he will long remain one of if not the best thriller writer in the English Language. This is a book is worth every penny and you will want to reread it. As always this book is a well researched well written book with nothing left to chance.

The tracker is
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Jonathan Tomes
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The jacket blurb for Frederick Forsyth’s The Kill List says that the Los Angeles Times said of him, “Forsyth is Truly the world’s reigning master of suspense.” This book does nothing to refute that conclusion. Forty pages into it, I knew that it was a five-star book. In it, a Marine major assigned to find terrorists so that they can get up close and personal with a drone is assigned to find “The Preacher,” who specializes in internet sermons to radicalize young Muslims living abroad to carry out ...more
Abdin Zeinelabdin
With his latest novel, The Kill List, Frederick Forsyth has come full circle since writing the timeless book, The Day of the Jackal. He returned to the formula that has made him a classic political thriller writer, using his journalistic instincts to make them relevant and realistic.
The reader can draw upon similarities between his first novel, The Day of the Jackal, and his latest, The Kill List. Both books were influenced by real life events: the Jackal is hired to kill French President
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Jay
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Kill List had the potential to be quite a good book. A Marine named the Tracker uses covert operations to identify, find, and kill terrorists on the President's kill list. It would actually make a pretty entertaining series if done properly.

Unfortunately I don't feel this book was. It was mostly description. How people looked, how places looked, descriptions of past events, etcetera. There was very little character development which made it hard to connect with the characters you're reading
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Gordon Paisley
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book with the expectation I would provide an honest review.


Frederick Forsyth is back!


I have been a fan of Frederick Forsyth for years. I first read him in the late 1980s and have read all his novels. While I enjoyed The Afghan, I felt that perhaps Mr. Forsyth had started to fade in The Cobra. It felt too formulaic and without the slower detail that allowed suspense to build. The climax, while interesting, took a quick political detour that
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Book Addict Shaun
This is my first Frederick Forsyth book and maybe it won't be my last as whilst I did enjoy this book I am led to believe that his earlier work is far superior so I am interested to check his earlier work out. The Kill List follows the Tracker (Kit Carson) as he tries to hunt down the Preacher who is radicalizing young Muslims to carry out assassinations around the world. The Preacher makes it personal to Kit meaning he will stop at nothing to hunt down this person.

The book felt quite short.
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Anna
I won an ARC of this book from Goodreads.

I like Forsyth's style; very manly and masculine writing. Imagine a bit of Ludlum with a lot of adventure spirit from Cussler, Marines, and a lot of testosterone in a bit of documentary style writing. Action. Interesting characters, and everyone has some good stories behind them, helping them drive the story forward. Just perfect for the manly reads on a holiday or when you want to feel like you were on a holiday.
In The Kill List, we follow The Tracker
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Ross Sidor
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent, modern counter-terrorism novel, written in Forsyth's quasi-journalistic style. This is far from a Vince Flynn or Brad Thor-style thriller though. Forsyth emphasizes real world detail and research, to an almost tedious extent, regarding intelligence collection. Every page is dense with information. I often had to go back to re-read something to pick up on a minor detail.

The plot is simple and straightforward: a Marine officer assigned to a covert US intel unit (the real life
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Vijai
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr Forsyth's "The Fist of God" occupies a place of respect and reverence in my library and so do "The Devil's alternative" and "The day of the jackal" constantly reminding me of what writing is all about. My opinion on the master's latest.


What I liked:

One, the juicy tidbits we all know are real and true stuff. The pathfinders, the specific drone attacks which took some specific bad guys out among many others were a treat to a fan like me.

Two, that small episode of what the tracker does in a
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Qube
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read despite the flaws.

A typical Forsyth - pacy, extraordinarily confident, well researched. I'm delighted that the master is still at his craft. A great read that I finished in two sittings. Difficult to put down. Highly recommended. Not as good as Day of the Jackal or Odessa File.

The flaws are a matter of detail, and primarily about the lack of appreciation of the Middle-eastern mindset. 1. That an online preacher with no intermediary could wield such enormous influence is not
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Shubhra
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a Frederick Forsyth novel, this has been a disappointing read...

What started out to be a very promising premise, ended on a 'clean' damp squib, with no major revelations, turning points, empathy, memorable quotes, points of reflection or hair-raising, edge-of-seat action.

When you consider master works like Icon, The Fourth Protocol and Fist of God, this book is almost forgettable. Who can forget the spymaster Nigel Irvine, the maverick Jason Monk of Icon, the tenacious John Preston of Fourth
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Deepthi
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was confused at first when I was reading the book... There were too many questions I had in mind. But this book proved itself to be a good read for a person who loves Mystery-Thrillers!!! :'D
Tim
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This interesting well done novel holds interest throughout. I only wish the ending were a bit more expanded. 9 of 10 stars
Priya
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched, good pace, holds your interest till the end.
Really enjoyed it!
Brian Poole
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kill List, from spy fiction maestro Frederick Forsyth, is a highly relevant tale tackling modern terrorism.

Taking a page from the real world, The Kill List featured a charismatic terrorist (dubbed “The Preacher”) taking to the internet to radicalize followers around the world and inspire them to acts of Islamic Jihadism. Several high profile murders made The Preacher a high level target in the US and UK. His chief pursuer was an American operative from a secretive anti-terrorism agency,
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Peter Wibaux
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the years, I've read practically every book Forsyth has written. I'm a fan. I liked this book much more than Cobra, and I think over the past fifteen years the author is at his best when the focus is on the Mid-East.

There are guy books and gal books, and some that please both. This is definitely a guy book, and in fact women very rarely feature in it, except in some kind of 'filler' role.

It's a classic Forsyth saga, if you excuse the pun, with a binary world of right and wrong, strong men
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Scott Holstad
After reading The Afghan and rereading The Day of the Jackal, I was really looking forward to The Kill List. But I was a little bit underwhelmed, I'm sorry to say. Don't get me wrong -- it was a decent book. It just wasn't the page turner the other ones were. It's about a Muslim radical called the Preacher who preaches a gospel of hate and jihad on the Internet, causing Muslims in the US and Britain to assassinate various individuals in those countries. On the case comes The Tracker, a former ...more
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Its after a long time that I picked up a book by this author. The last I read was The Odessa File some 2 years back. I had almost forgotten what a fantastic author he is!

The Kill List is about just what the title suggests – a list of people who are tracked and assassinated. This time it’s an imam who has been placed on the list. ‘The Preacher’ has made it his target to send out a message to the radical section of the society and carry out assassinations of people at high places and importance.
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Caroline
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a good reads, first reads winner I read: The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth

This topical entry by Forsyth ticks most of the boxes in the thriller genre. It leads off with the existence of both conservative and liberal America’s anathema—an enemies list, subject to a death sentence without trial by an unnamed Chief Executive. There are good and evil doers, each with numerous flaws. The hero is a US Marine Lieutenant Colonel, the Tracker, who uses a series of different identities, seems to have
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Debby Brown
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally figured out why I love Frederick Forsyth. He writes with very little dialogue, mostly narration. When I pick up one of his books, I feel like I'm saying "Tell me a story, Uncle Freddie" and then settle in to enjoy the tale.
Aymen Ben cheikh
This is the first time i post a review about a book i haven't finish yet. This book really makes me upset, it has everything to be great: An interesting story, history, knowledge about Islam, Knowledge about terrorism and the differences between it and the religion itself is clear. You feel that the author made a lot of research for this book. BUT, my problem with this book is that i didn't knew the characters, i mean you see when they re born what thwy studied where they went what they did, but ...more
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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
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