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Frederick Forsyth is the author of ten bestselling novels: The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fourth Protocol, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon and Avenger. His other works include The Biafra Story, The Shepherd, two short story collection, No Comebacks and The Veteran, and a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom of Manhattan. He has also collected together an anthology of flying tales, Great Flying Stories, which includes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Roald Dahl, Len Deighton and H.G. Wells. He lives in Hertfordshire, England.
In February 2012 Frederick Forsyth was announced as the winner of the prestigious CWA Diamond Dagger 2012. Chair of the CWA Peter James said, “Frederick Forsyth is a hugely deserving recipient and The Day of the Jackal remains one of the greatest thrillers of our times. He has set a new standard of research-based authenticity with his writing, which has had a major influence both on my work and on many of my contemporaries in the crime and thriller field. We are very thrilled that he has accepted this award.”
The CWA Diamond Dagger is a much-coveted lifetime achievement award and as the name suggests, it was sponsored by Cartier, who have done so since its inception in 1986 through to 2011. The winners’ careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and they have made a significant contribution to crime fiction published in the English language.
The Kill List - The names of those men and women who would threaten the world's security - held above top secret at the highest level of the US government. The Preacher - At the top of it, a radical Islamic cleric whose sermons inspire his followers to kill Western targets. As the bodies begin to pile up in America, Great Britain and across Europe, the message goes out: discover this man's identity, locate him and take him out. The Tracker - Ex-US marine, now one of America's most effective terrorist hunters, with an impossible job. Aided only by a brilliant teenaged hacker, he must throw out the bait and see whether his deadly target can be drawn from his lair.
The master storyteller is back with a vengeance. Two main characters dominate with various sub plots involving Somali pirates and the like but this is in essence traditional Forsyth, a classic cat-and-mouse thriller. There is a jihadist known as the Preacher with a US marine known as the Tracker out to get him. We have a hacker too for this is bang up to date stuff with cyberspace involved. Gripping, compulsive and most importantly of all, a wonderful read.
In February 2012 Frederick Forsyth was announced as the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger 2012. Chair of the CWA Peter James said, “Frederick Forsyth is a hugely deserving recipient and The Day of the Jackal remains one of the greatest thrillers of our times. He has set a new standard of research-based authenticity with his writing, which has had a major influence both on my work and on many of my contemporaries in the crime and thriller field. We are very thrilled that he has accepted this award.” Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011. The twelfth novel from this master of thriller writing. In the Cobra, ex CIA man Paul Devereaux is given a licence to stop the drug cartels by whichever means necessary. Forsyth is a great researcher and doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of the world of the drug barons. A great thriller, action packed and thought provoking.
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Day of the Jackal... I have big respect for Frederick Forsyth. There have been very few lurches in direction for thriller writers in the last half century. Ian Fleming changed direction with the Bond books, but Freddie set the tone with ‘Day of the Jackal’ and he has had a wheelbarrow load of imitators but no equals. The style demands detail and authenticity but is never mechanical: it is one of those stories that keeps new readers, and the old ones who dip back in every few years to repeat the pleasures, up half the night. A real page turner. Matthew Dunn, author of The Spycatcher, on The Day of the Jackal... I read the book when I was a teenager and was captivated by the notion that a single man could be employed to kill a president and thereby allow for a regime change in France. Seen largely from the perspective of the assassin The Jackal, the book follows his meticulous preparations, while being pursued by French agencies, leading to the moment he has Charles de Gaulle in the crosshairs of his custom made sniper rifle. We know he won’t kill him (de Gaulle died of natural causes in old age) but that doesn’t matter because the book isn’t about whether the assassination will succeed, but rather how could it happen. A thriller masterpiece.
Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2011. The twelfth novel from this master of thriller writing. In the Cobra, ex CIA man Paul Devereaux is given a licence to stop the drug cartels by whichever means necessary. Forsyth is a great researcher and doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of the world of the drug barons. A great thriller, action packed and thought provoking.
Renowned for his research and attention to detail, this thriller also relies on coincidence which is unusual for this author. It stars the same Mike Martin as in The Fist of God which is a better book, but it’s nice to meet up with the character again. Somehow, in my opinion, he has never written anything that matches The Day of the Jackal, his first novel. A "Piece of Passion" from the publisher... ‘Freddie Forsyth ripped up the thriller rule book when he wrote The Day of The Jackal. The Afghan embodies all those same brilliant elements but brings the form bang up to date.' Bill Scott-Kerr, Publisher at Transworld
His first full-length thriller in 7 years and its classic Forsyth. Highly competent, suspenseful and topical. Avenger is packed with riveting detail, fast-paced action and political suspense, while in Cal Dexter we meet a hero in the most dynamic Forsyth tradition.
Die Veranderung der politischen Landkarte hat auch Folgen fur den britischen Geheimdienst. Sam McCready, genannt "e;der Tauscher"e; und Spezialist fur verdeckte Aktionen, rollt die riskanten Operationen hinter den weltpolitischen Fronten auf: die lautlosen Kriege der Agenten und Spione, ihre Doppelspiele zwischen Moskau und der Karibik, dem Nahen Osten und Washington.
Uber Nacht gerat die Welt an den Rand der Katastrophe. In der Sowjetunion droht eine Hungersnot, und im Politburo entbrennt ein gnadenloser Machtkampf. Ukrainische Autonomisten kapern in der Nordsee den groten Oltanker der Welt und erpressen Ost und West. Nur einer kennt den Ausweg und wahlt des Teufels Alternative.
Frankreichs Staatsprasident Charles de Gaulle soll vor einem eiskalten Attentater geschutzt werden. Doch der Plan des Superkillers aus London, genannt der "e;Schakal"e; und angeheuert von der franzosischen Untergrundorganisation OAS, scheint perfekt zu sein. Die Jagd, die quer durch Europa fuhrt, steigert sich zum atemberaubenden Duell zwischen dem franzosischen Polizeiapparat und dem eiskalten Profimorder.
Der Selbstmord des alten Juden Salomon Taubers ware fast unbemerkt geblieben, hatte nicht der Zufall dem jungen Hamburger Illustrierten-Reporter Peter Miller ein vergilbtes Tagebuch in die Hande gespielt: Die minutiosen Aufzeichnungen lassen in ihm den furchterlichen Verdacht aufkommen, dass der einstige Lagerkommandant Eduard Roschmann noch lebt. Die Jagd auf Roschmann wird ein Abenteuer auf Leben und Tod. Miller gerat in das Raderwerk der machtigen Geheimorganisation ODESSA, einer Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehorigen. In ihrem Auftrag und Schutz entwickelt Roschmann ein Fernsteuersystem fur Raketen, die eines Tages Israel endgultig vernichten sollen. Aber wer verbirgt sich hinter den Decknahmen Vulkan und Werwolf? Wie wird ODESSA finanziert? Was enthalt die ominose schwarze Akte? Ein spannender Wettlauf beginnt ...
In this bestselling Christmas story, a pilot needs a miracle to make it homeIt is Christmas Eve, 1957, and there are cozier places to be than the cockpit of a de Havilland Vampire fighter plane. But for the Royal Air Force pilot who has just taken off from West Germany, this single-seat jet is the only way to make it back to England for Christmas morning. His flight plan is simple; the fuel tank is full. In sixty-six minutes, he will be back in Blighty. But then the plane begins to fail.First the compass goes haywire, then the radio dies. Lost and alone above the English coast, the pilot is searching for a landing strip when the fog closes in, signaling certain death. He has given up hope when a second shadow appearsa Mosquito fighter-bomber of World War II vintage. The plane is a ';shepherd,' guiding the Vampire to a safe landing, and its appearance is a gift from fate, a miracle out of timebut for one lonely pilot, the mystery has just begun. A classic bestseller, beloved by aviation fans (including actor John Travolta, who calls it ';one of my favorites because it personalizes the two planes') and general readers alike, The Shepherd is a gripping, heartwarming tale for a cold winter's night.
Am 24. Dezember 1957 ist ein englischer Pilot auf dem Heimflug nach Norfolk, um mit seiner Familie Weihnachten zu feiern. Doch in 27.000 Fu Hohe versagen Kompa, Funkgerat und die gesamte Elektronik. Eine Landung ohne Instrumente verhindert der Nebel. Als der Flieger bereits den Tod vor Augen hat, taucht neben ihm in den Wolken ein uralter Jagdbomber auf. Der geheimnisvolle Lotse geleitet den jungen Englander sicher zum nachsten Flugplatz, wo er unversehrt notlanden kann. Erst dort wird ihm bewusst, welch ratselhaften Umstanden er seine dramatische Rettung verdankt ...
In this fascinating insight into the shady inner workings of the art world a young appraiser working at a prestigious auction house comes across an unidentified masterpiece. But when the powerful CEO of the company claims the discovery as his own the appraiser teams up with the original owner of the piece to gain revenge. Together they set up a cunning scam that shatters the illusion of the elegant world of the Old Masters.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Veteran.
On a routine flight from Bangkok to Heathrow the captain receives an anonymous tip-off from an overzealous family man that he checks out as a matter of course. Meanwhile, Bill Butler is roused from his bed and, together with his Knock team, must try to outwit the devious smugglers.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Veteran.
An American couple on holiday in the atmospheric Italian town of Siena are on their way to witness the time-honoured Palio horse race. When they are waylaid they end up in a quiet courtyard being told a mesmerising story by a strange young man. It is an unforgettable tale that begins with the persecution of a young nun in the turbulent days of the sixteenth century and culminates in the bitter German retreat from Italy.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Veteran.
When an anonymous man is brutally murdered on a London council estate the police race to gather evidence against his killers. They have two men in custody and they know that they are guilty. But when a brilliant QC intervenes in their defence a startling and unsettling justice is delivered.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Veteran.
An astonishing and beautiful tale of a frontier scout who saves a young Cheyenne girl from the prospect of rape and murder at the hands of his own army. The favour is returned when the scout is saved by the Cheyenne and given mercy, but when he falls in love with the girl he saved he knows that the tribe will never allow them to be together. They escape, but are forced to abandon their flight when they encounter an omen telling them that she is pledged to another. This frontier tale soon becomes a violent present day manhunt through the Wild West.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Veteran.
A WAR WITHOUT END Cocaine is worth billions of dollars a year to the drug cartels who spread their evil seed across Western society. It causes incalculable misery, poverty and death. And slowly, gradually, its power is spreading... A MAN ON A MISSION Ex-CIA special ops, Paul Devereux, intellectual, dedicated and utterly ruthless, is given what seems like an impossible task: Stop the drug barons, whatever it costs. At his disposal, anything he wants - men, resources, money. He must assemble a team equal to the lawless men who control this deadly trade. AN UNTHINKABLE SOLUTION Up to now the drug cartels have had it their way. Up to now, the forces of law and order have played by the rules. That is about to change. Those rules no longer apply - and a dirty war is about to get a whole lot dirtier...
An astonishing discovery is made in the remote African republic of Zangaro, one which could change the course of a nation's history forever. But such a discovery cannot be kept secret for long and Sir James Manson will stop at nothing to protect this find. A ruthless and bloody-minded tycoon, Manson immediately hires an army of mercenaries and with this deadly crew behind him he sets out to topple the government and replace its dictator with a puppet president. But news of the discovery has reached Russia - and suddenly Manson finds he no longer makes the rules in this power game. A game in which win or lose means life or death.
Deception, blackmail, murder, revenge - these are the themes of stories that move from London to the coast of Spain, from Mauritius to Dublin to Dordogne. Whether his subject is assassination by stealth, the cruel confidence trick or the cold shock of coincidence, Frederick Forsyth is never less than compulsive, the detail always authentic. Ten stories with the master's touch - a brilliantly readable first collection by an incomparable craftsman of suspense.
Plan Aurora, hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow and initiated with relentless brilliance and skill, is a plan within a plan that, in its spine-chilling ingenuity, breaches the ultra-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a jigsaw of devastation. MI5 investigator John Preston, working against the most urgent of deadlines, leads an operation to prevent the act of murderous destruction aimed at tumbling Britain into revolution...
It is Christmas Eve, 1957. Flying home, on leave from Germany, he is alone in the cockpit of the Vampire. Sixty-six minutes of flying time, with the descent and landing - destination Lakenheath. No problem, all routine procedures. Then, out over the North sea, the fog begins to close in. Radio contact ceases and the compass goes haywire. Suddenly, out of the mist appears a World War II bomber. It is flying just below the Vampire, as of trying to make contact...