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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,842 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frederick Forsyth Narrator: Robert Powell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781429586429
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A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue. 

The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File—the books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the international thriller as we know it today. 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. 

When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize—but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Impossible, unless… 

The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantánamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a twenty-five-year veteran of war zones around the world—a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before—pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs—pass off Martin as the trusted Khan. 

It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there. Filled with remarkable detail and compulsive drama, The Afghan is further proof that Forsyth is truly master of suspense.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karthikeyan | 2/20/2014

    " It was an average one. But I had huge expectations after reading THE FOURTH PROTOCOL. The suspense wasnt as good as that.Not bad though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/10/2014

    " Classic Forsyth - I really enjoyed listening to this on CD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/4/2014

    " Very well-written, couldn't leave it without finishing the whole book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy Duarte Silva | 2/2/2014

    " Good reading and actual theme "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Li Wu | 1/23/2014

    " This is my first book by Forsyth and I did not enjoy the reading experience... I wanted to know how the story ends (and it was an interesting story), but found myself struggle through. Maybe I'm just not used to his style? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaura nautiyal | 1/21/2014

    " A little slow, and of course AL Qaeda has replaced Russia as the dreaded axis of evil against which the holier-than-thou Brits and Americans fight..... and win. No wonder its fiction!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Poorna Rajaraman | 1/13/2014

    " Thrilling, masterminded novel.. Good one time read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shardul Kamat | 1/1/2014

    " the afghan. a terrorist right? no. a devout Muslim who has endured torture and sadness. also, a retired royal army paratrooper. when the UN gets word of a major AL Qaeda operation, they try to pass off the para as the fabled khan, a man who is friends with bin laden himself "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 12/27/2013

    " The first two thirds were good: interesting and fast-paced. The ending became awkward and contrived but, overall, it was a decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 12/24/2013

    " Took about 175 pages for the book to get my attention. It finally did, and I thought it was good, though disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 12/15/2013

    " This is the first book of espionage I've read since cold war times - yes, I'm dating myself. The book was well written but not my cuppa anymore. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate Irwin-smiler | 12/8/2013

    " I can't believe I read the whole thing. That about sums it up. The writing would be tolerable if the plot were more compelling, but it's just not. (Remarkable given the subject matter.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 12/8/2013

    " An easy read and interesting premise for a spy/thriller. Lacking the urgency needed to make it a page turner, but included a lot of historical background which was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ultraban | 12/8/2013

    " Fredrick Forsyth's drama provides us with some interesting insight into the world and life of the unsung heroes of any war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missmath144 | 10/17/2013

    " It's a Mitch-Rapp-like adventure, maybe not as much action, but with some good history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Wilson | 10/4/2013

    " Excellent plot, a compelling read. One which I'd read again. This has the making of an excellent movie without all the gungho action sequencies seen of late. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aartee Potnis | 9/21/2013

    " its good , interesting but its difficult to take it up after ur taken a break from reading it .... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Jones | 9/4/2013

    " Good book, clearly a lot of research went into Afghanistan and Al Qaeda. Real page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Anthony | 7/5/2013

    " A sneak-peak into terrorism... magnanimous! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karyn | 4/27/2013

    " My first Fredrick Forsyth read and i quite liked it.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chandrahas Kapadia | 12/15/2012

    " nothing like his past books, too much detail but not much substance in the plot, ends very abruptly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anandavel Murugan | 7/19/2012

    " Not as good as The day of Jackal, but it is a decent work for Forsynth "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stobby | 5/24/2012

    " Compelling plot line, good character development, fast paced with some historical detail about Afghanistan I was unaware of. A throughly entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 karl | 4/11/2012

    " Easy airport reading. Quite fast paced, in touch with Islamic things, lot of detail about technology (think Clancy novel), and just a good read. Our hero tries to find out what the next 9-11 threat that Al Quida and all have in store for the Western world by posing as one of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giridharan | 12/4/2011

    " The extraordinary research of Forsyth is bound to impress you even though you start reading the book expecting it. This was pretty much what I felt after reading the Afghan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon Bendle | 10/10/2011

    " If comic-book heroes, a fanciful plot, implausible dialogue and long, rambling explanatory passages are your thing, then Frederick's your (man's) man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alec88 | 5/13/2011

    " While I have enjoyed several of Forsyth's books, this is not the best showcase of his talent. The plot, while on the surface is a great premise, falls into sheer fantasy. Disappointing ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ultraban | 5/9/2011

    " Fredrick Forsyth's drama provides us with some interesting insight into the world and life of the unsung heroes of any war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 4/30/2011

    " This was enjoyable; I like the way Forsyth presents current events in novel form. It's interesting that just after I completed the book, some files reported from the bin Laden stash indicated he wanted to do the same thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 4/28/2011

    " a good one of his "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 4/19/2011

    " An 'OK' book, the plot was completely believable up to a point and then I thought it lost it's way a bit and became totally unbelievable. Nevertheless, ignore that and it was an enjoyable, easy read. Good enough to keep me reading till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shardul | 3/27/2011

    " the afghan. a terrorist right? no. a devout Muslim who has endured torture and sadness. also, a retired royal army paratrooper. when the UN gets word of a major AL Qaeda operation, they try to pass off the para as the fabled khan, a man who is friends with bin laden himself "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 3/6/2011

    " My second Forsyth after absolutely LOVING The Day of the Jackal, and I was pretty let-down. Very awkward writing style, little to no character development, dialogue was poor...

    unimpressed, but won't give up on Forsyth quite yet. I'll probably go back to some of the older stuff next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/16/2011

    " I loved how historical figures were woven into the story. Since this is a political mystery about terrorists, not all parts of the story turn out well. It will definitely expand your knowledge about the culture in Afghanistan and the Mid-East. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 2/14/2011

    " I'm reading this book now. I'm reading it on the strength of Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal, which was very good. So far parts of this book are quite good, but some are also quite boring and confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrián | 1/19/2011

    " It´s not great but, Forsyth is Forsyth, right? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/14/2011

    " Forsyth is still writing and turning out thrillers like this undercover operation into Al Qaeda. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leighsah | 1/7/2011

    " This book was filled with facts that added incredible depth to the historical accuracy of the story. Excellent narrative, story, characters and plot. I listened to this book and have more than a hundred bookmarks for additional research. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Azman | 12/31/2010

    " the worst from my favorite writer !!! urrrgh... but technically sound though "

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About the Author
Author Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth was born in England in 1938. He settled on a career in journalism, working as a reporter in Norwich and then as the Reuters News Agency’s correspondent in Berlin and Paris, which provided the background for his bestselling novel The Day of the Jackal. He worked for the BBC for several years and then as a freelance journalist.

About the Narrator

Robert Powell has, in addition to playing Richard Hannay on screen in The Thirty-Nine Steps, appeared on television in Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage, Dalziel and Pascoe, and Holby City.