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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099228513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099228516
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frederick Forsyth is the author of a number of bestselling novels including The Day of the Jackel, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative and The Fourth Protocol. He lives in Hertfordshire, England. www.frederickforsyth.co.uk

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"A diverting collection of short suspense fiction that should be both surprise and delight Forsyth fans" New York Times Book Review

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Ten Stories With The Master's Touch

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Morris on 23 July 2011
Format: Paperback
I won't be churlish, I did enjoy reading this collection of short stories but it does seem frontloaded with the best tales.

It's great to get back to that late 1970s, early 80s vibe when men were men and women pranced about in their living rooms doing the shake 'n' vac. It seems with the increasing feminisation of society, men no longer quite know how to think in the same way, their mindset has changed, not necessarily for the worse, mind, but 'not so self-assured' as John Lennon once sang. But this book is a pure rush of nostalgia, helped by Forsythe's authoritative tone and journalistic know-how. It's almost impossible, having read the first paragraph of his story, to turn away from it.

That said, his cosy world view starts to pall about half way through. There is a misogynistic tone - women are usually shrewish housewives, or alternatively a dusky, self-assured Shakira Caine type with breasts that rise and fall underneath a silk blouse. The locale switches oddly from international jetset - of Day of the Jackal style, to dull suburbia, to the Republic of Ireland and the six counties, the latter prompting you to look up the author's background on wiki. A lot aims for Roald Dahl territory but the twists don't always work or seem a bit signposted. Still, the first half is first rate stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grampa joe on 8 Sep 2013
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I'm not a great lover of short stories, but as an FF fan I think it only fair to try out the book. As I always like to reread my books at a later stage what I do with short stories is to " highlight" in marker pen, the stories that I have found most enjoyable and " rereadable"
for future reference. If memory is correct,there were three stories highlighted, with the most memorable being " The Emperor" a story
of a battle between man and fish!

The story develops out of an easy going short story into an epic tale that can only be described as memorable ( yes hard to imagine this tale of a battle between a man and a fish, but it's not just any fish, it's the Emperor! It's worth buying this book,for this story alone, in fact when I've finished my review,I'm going to get the book back off the shelf, make a coffee and............well guess,it's not rocket science...........Enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BRIAN PLAYFAIR VINE VOICE on 29 Nov 2013
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This is a collection of short stories from Frederick Forsyth which I came across many years ago. They are all exceedingly good with wicked twists at the end. I recently bought it again for someone as I knew they would enjoy it - but better than that, they LOVED it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. S. George on 10 July 2014
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Not bad, in fact quite amusing in places, but I ordered it without realising it is a collection of short stories - and I don't generally like short stories.
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a wonderful collection of tales , all done in a style that will keep you smiling to yourself and gasping in surprise.
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Brilliant - I love short stories and I must say that each one of these is brilliant. Wonderfully written and all really amusing with a good twist at the end... some of the lines had me laughing out loud. A great read.
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After reading a short story I am relaxed and ready to go to sleep. I usually sleep very quickly after'
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By Amanda Shaw on 20 Jan 2014
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A wonderful collection of short stories I first read in the eighties.
How amazing to find in on CD.
Enjoyed it very much indeed.
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