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When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they are primed for action -- but what can they do? They know. When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize--but to do what?. the afghan (pdf) by frederick forsyth (ebook). A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue. T he Day of the Jackal, The Dogs.
The story is OK as it goes, in a Tom Clancy boys own way. We have a british SAS man substituted for an Al Queda operative in the hope of thwarting an unknown major attack, which is cleverly not revealed until almost the end of the book. This raises the tension but we have some complete bollocks to get through first. First off, the fact that the two men have met in the afghan-russian war is coincidental enough and I will just about forgive this but how about this The real afghan is being kept prisoner in a remote woodland shack in the rockies.
He escapes for no real plot reason, as he is killed just as he makes a call to Head Office just across the canadian border but guess how he escapes? A war plan crashes, loses its engine, which lands and demolishes just enough of a hole in the wall for him to make good his escape. I had to write in the margin! And the plot - AQ have a tanker that they are going to blow up next to the G8 summit on the queen mary. In rather a downbeat ending - the sas man sacrifises himself for the sake of others.
Not sure I will go for this sort of actioneer again. It was Ok but adds nothing to literature. Nov 06, Doug Clark rated it liked it. Forsyth has clearly done his homework on terrorism, modern technology and intelligence agencies. Unfortunately, the display of that research came at the detriment of the plot and the characters in the plot.
In filling in the backstory of the Afghan and Mike Martin, who impersonates the Afghan, Forsyth seems to lose track of the importance of the action needed to carry forward the plot. And the plot is a good one. I wish there had been more to the actual storyline. In the end, I will recommend the novel, but with a note of caution. There is a lot of backstory and details to wade through before the plot really gets going. Apr 09, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: I think this was the first Forsyth I've read so far , and I enjoyed it.
Definitely a manly style of writing, a bit ludlumesque, but different. I'm curious whether the other Forsyth books are like this - in this story any ladies to spy or to rescue would have fit like a pink glamour tracksuit in Afghanistan Thi I think this was the first Forsyth I've read so far , and I enjoyed it. I'm curious whether the other Forsyth books are like this - in this story any ladies to spy or to rescue would have fit like a pink glamour tracksuit in Afghanistan This was a perfect read between too many cozy mysteries.
And now I still crave for something stronger, perhaps a nice, old skool Ludlum next. Action is good.
It will take quite a bit of work to prepare Mike to know all the details about Pashtun, the people, habits, and language of The Afghan. After they have trained him, they need to switch him with Izmat, and then he'll still have to pass every test by any AQ or Afghan he'll see on mission People who are interested in middleast political situation; suspense lovers; pro-americans;. Though all the book is rather moderately paced, it engages you from beginning till the very last page. It is a briliantly fulfilled story about an anti-terrorist spec op, preparation to it, infiltration and the result of the whole operation.
What was most exciting and intriguing for me, is that this book is written not as a run-and-gun or a typical James Bond style novel, but more like a true event, as fiction intertwines with real facts, real locations, and, sadly, real casualties.
Interestingl Though all the book is rather moderately paced, it engages you from beginning till the very last page. Interestingly, while it certainly is not a book, which spreads any positive ideas about muslim fundamentalists, it definitely helps to understand, and sometimes even to feel pity, how most of them were pushed into hate and radicalism, or simply didn't had a chance to evade it.
May 24, Lewis Weinstein rated it liked it Shelves: There are some powerful story lines and action scenes. There is also a good deal of historical background which slows things down and adds what I thought was unnecessary complexity.
Overall a good read. Oct 10, Dave Bones rated it it was ok. Freddies Al Qaeda wank fantasy. Quite readable. Bit silly but good. After reading 'The Fist Of God',Frederick Forsyth,for me, owns an image of giving a captivating fictional thriller, bolstered by the real details.
And again in "The Afghan" , author had given the work that could only be expected from him. The Afghan is an all-guns-and-terror-plots fantasy set slap bang in several parts of the world. As expected, it adds a lethal dose of unreality with an authentic historical set up. The Afghan, in other words, is an all manly thriller plot full of state-of-the-art communications, Special Forces Operation and the hidden but gloomy world of marine-terrorism.
An attempt to make a western to infiltrate deep inside the Al-Qaeda to excavate the details about " Al-Isra ". After London bombing, a young Talib mistakenly used a stolen cell phone which is traced in Peshawar and raid reveals that the owner is the finance handler of Al-Qaeda.
Encrypted letters in were retrieved from the laptop and on decryption, the western Intel agencies faced a serious security threat.
And then the race against the time begun, in which an SAS veteran of war was made to infiltrate inside the Arab world. Mike Martin entered the shady world in disguise as an Afghan who was held in Guantanamo from past 5 years.
In his early novel, Author achieved a well-deserved renown by introducing fierce documentary details into the unreal world of thriller. Along the ways, readers could pick up the interesting tips of how to live a life of rebel inside the enemy lines, how to make sure that the safe house had not been compromised by leaving miniscule items on key entry points.
So I guess there's a new accolade: No one could blame Forsyth for ploughing so promising a furrow again. His overfondness for virile factual data puts a heavy load on an ordinary plot.
Perhaps because he adores the glamour of tough soldiers lugging enormous packs across the desert, he shoulders too much. The novel wants to yomp, but the weight of technical detail keeps bringing it to its knees. At least a quarter of the book feels like a straightforward account of catching a quarry, and we end, with a sad end.
Forsyth prefers to quote the manual. The typical paragraph goes: The original Hercules transport plane has been gutted and her innards replaced with a cockpit-to-tail array of technology designed to locate, target and kill an opponent on the ground. It is seventy-two million dollars' worth of pure bad news.
Oct 11, Graham rated it liked it. This book contained some well researched and incredibly interesting material about Afghanistan and the recent military and religious history of the area. The concept of placing a Western aligned spy into al Qaeda was interesting, quite well thought out and presented. The current brutality, ignorance, greed and mindless stupidity of ISIS was an interesting backdrop while I read this book.
The core of the book is that there is a significant al Qaeda attack planned. The governments of the UK and The This book contained some well researched and incredibly interesting material about Afghanistan and the recent military and religious history of the area. The man identified as the Afghan the spy is a recently retired SAS officer who grew up in the middle east, is a fluent speaker of Arabic and has a swarthy, olive complexion.
There was one element of complete bullshit - the USAF jet falling out of the sky because a spanner just happened to be left inside the engine and just happened to jar loose, causing the jet to crash in a remote area on top of the only hut in the snow locked mountains where the real Afghan happened to be held prisoner.
The falling jet didn't kill the real Afghan but did break through his cell wall and kill some of his guards however he remained unscathed and then subsequently escaped.
This was completely unnecessary as the main storyline of the book was nearing the climax and the event was so unlikely as to be ludicrous. Pushing that to one side, and the completely biased and patriotic fervor of the author, the book was enjoyable to read and I definitely felt glad it was recommended to me. Apr 30, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: I wouldn't rank this in the same league as Forsyth's earlier, first-rate work e. 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 I wouldn't rank this in the same league as Forsyth's earlier, first-rate work e. For the mission, they choose a former SAS officer who is able to pass as an Afghan hence the title. A lot of this book is spent in explaining things - the nature of intelligence work, the war in Afghanistan, the structure and operations of terrorist groups.
Frederick Forsyth has long had a reputation as a man who does his research. It's all interesting, and Forsyth does this in a far more readable fashion than, say, Tom Clancy; however, it does get to be a bit much at times. I wished he'd spent more time on the central character.
I was also left a little dissatisfied with the books climax. Without giving it away, I thought it was a bit rushed at the end. Overall, it was an entertaining read, which isn't a bad thing. This is Forsyth all right. When I read Forsyth it's like I read a history book only better. Because then I knew it's not going to come out in any quiz or mid term The story is more or less the same as the Fist of God 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 You know how Forsyth is with details This is Forsyth all right. You know how Forsyth is with details. I agree with some opinions that said he discussed too much of background story or history that may not even be too related with the story itself.
It's Forsyth Still it's predictable just like Fist of God. It's just too bad that Forsyth has to terminate Mike Martin.
It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there. Combining meticulous research with crisp narratives and plots as current as the headlines, Forsyth shows us the world as it is, in a way that few have ever been able to equal. And the world as it is today is a very scary place. Transworld Imprint: Transworld Digital Publication Date: His other works inclu We want your feedback!
The elder Martin also has a near-perfect command of Arabic and Pashto , based from his tour of duty in Afghanistan supporting the Mujahideen. It is revealed that Khan and Mike share a common past — he saved the wounded Khan from an attack by Soviet helicopters and brought him to a clinic run by Ayman al Zawahiri , where he also meets "the sheikh", Osama Bin Laden. A wayward US missile that was launched as part of a strike in retaliation for the East Africa bombings hits a slope in the Tora Bora , resulting in a landslide that buries Khan's village and his entire family; he swears revenge against the US, joining the Taliban in the process.
He is later caught after the Battle of Qala-i-Jangi. Mike is trained to fully assume Khan's identity right down to saying Muslim prayers in Pashto while the real Khan is slated for repatriation to Afghanistan.
The ISI engineer Mike's escape after his arrival in Afghanistan and he makes his way back to al Qaeda safe houses in Pakistan and the UAE, where he is accepted as a compatriot after extensive verification by al-Qaeda representatives. The interrogation delves into every chapter of Khan's life, which includes showing his old wound in Afghanistan.
Now accepted into al-Qaeda's fold as Izmat Khan, Mike volunteers to join the operating team for al-Isra. Part of the plan calls for an al-Qaeda agent posing as a businessman to charter a freighter and a tanker carrying liquid petroleum gas.
The freighter is later captured by pirates and sank with all hands killed while the tanker is brought to a secret place in Borneo and refitted as the freighter. Another group hijacks a cargo ship in the Caribbean , although this is intended to serve as a decoy.
Martin successfully alerts his handlers to the general nature of the threat, but is left incommunicado for several weeks as the ship steams to the US East Coast through the Indian Ocean maritime authorities search all ships in the Pacific. Meanwhile, an aircraft on approach to McChord Air Force Base develops engine trouble and accidentally crashes into the CIA safehouse, blasting open Khan's cell and giving him an opportunity to escape his captors.
A Special Forces team chases Khan across the Cascades and kills him as he uses a public phone in Canada to call his allies.