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The Cell [Paperback]

Colin Forbes
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31 May 2003
Is Al-Qa'eda about to attack London? Who is the traitor in Britain, manipulating his opponents mercilessly? Time has run out. This Tweed does know. But what is the target? When and where will the attack be launched? Panic grips Whitehall and Tweed is road-blocked by bureaucrats at every turn. Unless Tweed's team track the mass killers, thousands of Londoners will be annihilated. Tweed brings in the SAS. The climax - along the Thames and London's most famous bridges - is shattering.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (31 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074346138X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743461382
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin Forbes is the author of twenty-nine thrillers which are now published into thirty languages. He writes a novel every year.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really awful, but I still wanted to finish it 23 Sep 2005
By A Customer
All I can do is agree with what others have written. The clunkiness of the dialogue, the patronising undertones (not really undertones - that would suggest subtlety), and the remarkably offensive racial and religious stereotyping are staggering. The characters are supposed to be the greatest investigative minds in the UK, yet they routinely spout banalities, rely on pure luck and coincidence for any advance in their investigation, and miss the most obvious clues on their route to dramatic 'success' (although is there any way they would allow a key London landmark to be blown up, just because the SAS had run out of one particular type of missile - "Oh well, can't be helped - still, we got most of 'em, eh?")
I'm often fed up with political correctness, but has anyone counted how many times a male colleague has to reassuringly pat or squeeze Paula's trembling shoulder? Or how often brown skin immediately identifies someone as a terrorist? Or likewise a turban?
The one amazing thing was that I still wanted to find out what happened at the end. I do agree with another reviewer that some of the action sequences were quite well handled, as long as they avoided any of the excruciating conferences held between the investigators.
Throughout this book, I kept saying to my family, "I can't believe how badly this has been written!" When I got to the end, I seriously expected a page at the end saying that the book was a spoof, and that the author was making deliberate mistakes to show how it shouldn't be done.
I think it's fair to say that I don't recommend this book, unless you're wanting to write a novel yourself and need some pointers as to what to avoid.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appaling 13 Oct 2004
By A Customer
I have read most Colin Forbes books in the past and though they are predictable for the most time i have enjoyed reading them, however i was appalled after reading this book, it not only has a weak story but is also insulting and you can clearly see that he has no knowledge of Islam and the Afghans, his characters just assumed someone wearing a turban was a member of the Al Qaeda, there are many other religions Sikhism for one where the men wear turbans. Overall this book was very offensive and a huge let down.
I have not bought another Colin Forbes book since reading this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book I have ever read 25 Aug 2004
By A Customer
I'm in my 30's I have read thousands of books and incredibly I can safely say that this is the worst book I have ever read.
The plot is weak, the characters wooden, the plot thin and unconvincing. The interaction is ridiculous and the ending very predictable.
I would go as far as to say that I would only expect children to enjoy this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book isn't what I normally read but I thought it looked like a decent idea. However, I was disappointed with it on a few counts.
Firstly, I thought the main players were wooden and unrealistic. However, once their characters began to emerge I discovered them to be petty, snide and generally unlikeable. There were numerous examples of this but in general it was the silly snide remarks made to each other that were so unnecessary and out of place with the siutation they were in.
The book isn't particularly well written either which surprised me considering the history of the author. One example, 'she fell forward, diving into a dark endless abyss of darkness'. I think most people realise that darkness is quite dark and unfortunately the book continues with this lack of imagination, even the action scenes are written like a police report without feeling.
This is the first review I have written that has been negative but I have to recommend that if you are looking for a good read don't bother with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Rubbish 24 July 2006
By spc
The worst book I have ever read. After about 15 arduous chapters I had to give up. I was absolutely incredulous at the ridiculous ' you have a turban, therefore you are a terrorist' principle and the syntax and plot is so poor as to be laughable. It is shocking that someone at the publishers let this through the net. I had to look at the amazon comments to make sure I wasn't being too harsh....Obviously I wasn't! Rating minus 5 stars. I have never written a review before, but felt so strongly about this abysmal effort at fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth one star 1 May 2010
I was given a copy of this book, which is probably the only saving grace, I would have been appalled if I had spent good money on it. The majority of the reviews here sum it up, it is quite possibly the worst book you could find. What i do find reassuring is that the reviews are reliable. Take note, and steer clear!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameful! 29 Sep 2003
By A Customer
I dislike writing unfavourable reviews, because it's just too easy. This book, however, should really carry a government health warning.
A potentially interesting story about a planned terrorist attack on London was spoiled for me by casual racism of the worst kind. On more than one occasion a baddie is identified as a member of the Taliban simply because he wears a turban (I know, I know, but it's in the book!). I can't see this going down very well with my Sikh colleagues.
Also, as far as I know Forbes is the only author who thinks it isn't too soon to write a pure entertainment novel based, more or less directly, on the appalling events of 11th. September 2001.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 5 days ago by Elaine
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly awful
I couldn't believe just how bad this book was so I decided to check other people's opinions. I can only echo the comments already made here. Read more
Published 22 months ago by metice
1.0 out of 5 stars Sloppily written - sub o-level standard prose
Dismayed to discover that an author of ColIn Forbes' renown would be willing to churn out such rot. The publisher's blurb should have forewarned me 'CF writes a book every year'... Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by Dingbat
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable "Boys Own" storyline
If you like Colin Forbes, and despite the many reviews denegrating his writing style there are many readers who do, then you will love The Cell. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by Ed Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Don't even think of buying this book, it's appalling. Looks like a quick cash-in after 9/11. Difficult to imagine anyone who has ever read a good book could write this. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by asyn9
1.0 out of 5 stars a page turner but not for the right reasons
This book has been in my home for about five years and I finally decided to read it. It seems to me it's a first draft that got through when the editor was on holiday. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by Avid Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars It has ONE redeeming feature
It isn't British to kick a man when he's down (unless of course it's Friday night), so, with regard to this work by Mr Forbes - apparently a writer of some considerable standing -... Read more
Published on 18 July 2010 by Matthew Norton
1.0 out of 5 stars The Cell, by Colin Forbes
I am currently reading this book - now on Chapter 21. How I've got this far I have no idea. Showing no sign of improvement either. Read more
Published on 10 April 2009 by Audrey
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
I read this all the way through, without quite realising why.

Part of me was eager to find the next horrendous piece of editing. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2008 by Mr. R. I. Scarrow
1.0 out of 5 stars I should have listened to my own review!
Arghhh! I wanted so much to think that Colin Forbes had penned just one bad book so I picked this one up and gave the guy a second chance. Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2007 by Jeremy Burgess
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