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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  6,429 Ratings  ·  293 Reviews
Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training. But Dexter is no ordinary man.


The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieves
Paperback, 340 pages
Published August 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published September 30th 2003)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Avenger, Frederick Forsyth
Avenger is a political thriller novel by Frederick Forsyth published in September 2003. This was adapted for television in the 2006 film Avenger starring Sam Elliott. The first act of the novel introduces Calvin Dexter, the main character of the story. Dexter is described as a lawyer in his early fifties with a passion for running triathlons to keep in shape. The book digs into his past and reveals that he is a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran, and that his last to
K.D. Absolutely
100% escapist. If you are just looking for entertainment to while away time, this is a good book for you. Aside from that make-believe world, there is nothing else in here let’s say in terms of:
Relatability - what are the chances? I have an elder lawyer-brother who is a practicing lawyer and he also refuses to work in a law firm. He was still a young child when Vietnam War happened. He runs on a treadmill and has not competed in a triathlon. He has a lovely wife and two beautiful children. In sh
Winter Sophia Rose
Twists, Turns, Gripping, Complex, Engaging, Realistic, Intricate, Page Turner! An Excellent Read! I Loved It!
Dan Pollock
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frederick Forsyth is, for my money, far and away the best thriller writer currently practicing the craft. Well, he is slowing down... His debut foreign intrigue thriller, DAY OF THE JACKAL, is considered by many as the perfect thriller. Dan Brown may have sold more books with his third suspense puzzle novel, but JACKAL continues to garner raves. Some folks read it yearly... And yet, I'm not sure that AVENGER isn't better. The masterful plot, with four or five separate threads, intertwines, and a ...more
Anoop Pai B
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no doubt whatsoever regarding the prowess of Frederick Forsyth when it comes to writing thrillers, and very good ones too. His celebrated work, The Day of The Jackal, is one of the best thriller novel to have been ever written and this is not just my opinion. However, my worry was would The Master be ever able to recreate the same atmosphere, as which was evident in The Jackal, where the tension just kept soaring up?

I found the answer to my question in AVENGER.

This doesn't mean that his
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Maria João Fernandes
Forsyth é conhecido pelos livros "O Dia do Chacal", "Dossie Odessa" e "Os Cães da Guerra,". Penso que devia ter começado por um deles, pois "O Vingador" deixou-me quase de rastos. Apesar do fio condutor ser consideravelmente interessante, a acção é várias vezes interrompida por longas e minuciosas descrições políticas e históricas. As divagações são demasiadas e acho que, a partir de um certo número, as histórias secundárias se tornam ridículas. Confesso que a minha paciência, para certos temas, ...more
Eliška Vyhnánková
Můj první kontakt s Forsythem. Musím říct, že jako audioknihy do auta budou jeho knihy naprosto dokonalá záležitost.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1995, a rich young man with a desire for philanthropy goes to Bosnia to work for a charity and is killed by a thug whose paramilitary unit is subservient to Slobodan Milošević, and nobody knows what happens until one of the unit confesses in 2001. The young man’s wealthy grandfather hires the Avenger, a Vietnam vet who uses his unique set of skills to hunt down and bring to justice those who prey upon the innocent. However, the CIA knows the whereabouts of the thug and is using him to get to ...more
Nathan Hurst
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully pacey read that was enjoyable for a few reasons. Firstly the protagonist of the story was not 20 and just out of college. Cal Dexter was a great character to follow and to get to know, who could certainly hold his own in the vipers pit of the drugs world. Secondly, the story was detailed, complex and with plot twists and turns in all the right places. The ending was also just. Forsyth had guided you neatly through the story building you up to detest the villian, and when the final ...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 Scho
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“From the anarchists of tsarist Russia to the IRA of 1916, from the Irgun and the Stern Gang to the EOKA in Cyprus, from the Baader-Meinhof group in Germany, the CCC in Belgium, the Action Directe in France, the Red Brigades in Italy, the Red Army Faction again in Germany, the Rengo Sekigun in Japan, through to the Shining Path in Peru to the modern IRA in Ulster or the ETA in Spain, terrorism came from the minds of the comfortably raised, well-educated, middle-class theorists with a truly staggering personal vanity and a developed taste for self-indulgence.” 5 likes
“The hatred of your country is not because it attacks theirs; it is because it keeps theirs safe. Never seek popularity. You can have supremacy or be loved but never both. What is felt toward you is ten percent genuine disagreement and ninety percent envy. Never forget two things! No man can ever forgive his protector. There is no loathing that any man harbors more intense than that toward his benefactor.” 3 likes
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