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review 2017-05-06 20:21
The Day of the Jackal
The Day Of The Jackal - Frederick Forsyth

“It is cold at six-forty in the morning on a March day in Paris, and seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad.”

One of the best opening lines ever. 


This was a re-read for me, and I am glad I re-read this one. 


While the descriptions of the police work are now dated, this is still a great thriller. And I guess, it could even pass as historical fiction now since Forsyth gives a great overview of the political tension between France and Algeria in the 1960s and the presidency of Charles de Gaulle. For this alone this is a fascinating book.


But there is more, the description of the police work trying to collaborate with international agencies was fascinating - no internet, no cell phones, no fax. I swear I laughed in admiration when Forsyth described how they tapped phones and identified a number that was called by the time it took for the dial to return to 0. Yes! Phones with dialling discs!


And then of course, we have the main character, The Jackal, who is charming and almost made me forget that he is the baddie of the piece. Almost. Because unlike Fleming (sorry but I keep thinking about Bond, who also is a hired assassin when it comes down to it), Forsyth has no qualms about reminding us that the Jackal is a ruthless killer.


So, even tho the details of the story are dated, this is still a chilling thrill of a read.

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text 2017-04-29 21:22
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
The Day Of The Jackal - Frederick Forsyth

"IT IS COLD at six-forty in the morning of a March day in Paris, and seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad."

Well, I knew this book would fit the task of my BL-Opoly square, but I didn't know it would satisfy the task in the first sentence!


(Task: Read a book with a main character that knows how to handle a gun, or where someone is shot.)

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review 2016-11-19 09:41
Pasterz - Frederick Forsyth

Przyzwyczajona do tego, że Forsyth mocno stąpa po ziemi, nie spodziewałam się książki, która będzie jednocześnie tak nieskomplikowana pod względem fabuły, a z drugiej strony tak tajemnicza, ocierająca się o ciemną stronę. Przewidywalna od pierwszych stron a jednak wciągająca, wzbudzająca w czytelniku ogromne napięcie.

Autor pisze bardzo ciekawym językiem. Książka jest dość krótka, ma tylko 80 strona, ale dzięki temu nie ciągnie się w nieskończoność. Polecam.

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review 2016-11-04 01:22
Is hate speech that "advocating killing" free speech?
The Kill List - Frederick Forsyth

An Islamist clergy spreading hate and inspiring people to kill Americans are now being hunted down.


This person is a threat. But how to draw the balance between supporting free speech and stopping the killings? 


Interesting things happening.... when spy working with spy to track down this one person that inspired 11 kills so far.


Half way through the book and it is still puzzling why this person hate so much. 


Iraq in Fragments - James Longley 


A document available online. The hate speech is common place as people who see only their own tribe would not consider life as equal. That religion reason, however barbaric is enough to justify rape, torture and killing. 


So far, a 3 stars book. Not that it is no good. But there seems to be a lack of tension or character building. That is it hard for me to picture someone like Tracker, the spy, not being self reflective.


Or maybe that comes later. When the dusk is settle. 


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review 2016-01-21 15:49
The Kill List - Frederick Forsyth

A well constructed thriller that puts an international terrorist known as "The Preacher" for his jihadist, anti-Western internet sermons, squarely in the cross-hairs of "Kit" Carson, who hunts him down at all costs.  Tedious at times due to the main character(s) getting shoved to the background from all the story technical detail, the plot nevertheless culminates in a satisfying, yet somewhat rushed ending.  I am really struck by the overall genre similarities between this one and Forsyth's masterpiece "Day Of The Jackal".  However, where DOTJ is considered a classic thriller, this one falls just short due to the one-dimensional characters.  Still a good read, especially for the beach.

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