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  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441711651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441711656
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,000,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This was a book that broke the mould. It was the first of the heightened-detail thrillers filled with the sort of in-depth procedural and technical information that have become a large part of the fascination for readers of such books. It's a chase story, about the hunt for somebody, but what makes it so special is that it has a remarkable narrative engine to it, given that we know before we start the book that the assassin is going to fail in his bid to kill a real head of state. The proposition of how you get somebody to read a book from start to finish when they know the ending is handled magnificently. This also took the thriller somewhere else, in that it incorporated real people and events into the story to dramatic effect. Moreover, the assassin showed real genius in coming up with a way to achieve his objective, rather than relying on lazy Bond-style fantasy methods and gadgets. This used 'real-world ingenuity' to show how you could travel unobserved, obtain a false passport, hide a gun and so on. The movie might be good, but the novel is even better." (Lee Child Daily Mail)

"In a class by itself. Unputdownable." (Sunday Times)

"Mr Forsyth is clever. Very clever and immensely entertaining." (Daily Telegraph)

"I was spellbound ... riveted by this chilling story." (Guardian)

"The secret of the novel's success was not its prose style... but it's intimations of expertise." (Independent) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The 40th Anniversary edition of one of the most celebrated thrillers ever written --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2000
Format: Paperback
It was a book of depth, daring writing and nail- biting moments. This book had everything anyone would want when it comes to Action, Fact-based plots and daring characters. The book follows the path of it's two central characters: The Jackal and The man employed to track him down. The Jackal is an international assassin employed by a rebellious organistion to murder the French President Charles De Gaulle. He is one of the most intriguing characters I have ever read about ,with a cold hard personality but a still powerful charisma, he prepares for his most important moment: His final ,and most challenging, murder. The man sent after him is but a simple inspector in the French Police. He has no information and little time. He must act quickely with everything to lose for he knows if he fails he will have to take the fall. As the plot heats up you are carried through some amazingly described locations and a depth in the plot that is unusual ,but put to great use, for thrillers. the additional characters are many but none without a history. In the mind of the reader these characters come to life. As far as I could see there are no down-sides to this book however it is not for the young. There are some scenes of a sexual nature. Reader beware. But for those who read these will definitely find that at no point will it be a struggle to keep going as you will not let go until you reach the last word. I gaurantee you will sit back thinking nothing but 'WOW!' Obviously I won't be telling you the ending but clear your schedule because once you've started reading you won't stop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. T. Rogers on 5 April 2013
Format: Paperback
A professional killer is hired by dissidents to assassinate a French statesman. Alerted, the authorities set out to find the would-be assassin. Put simply, that manhunt is the subject of Frederick Forsyth's acclaimed novel, 'The Day of the Jackal'. What is truly 'novel' is that the author tells us - or rather, anatomises - the assassin's story, and in doing so, encourages in the reader a sense of sympathy, or at least fraternity, with the killer, if only fleeting. We are inside his head and by-stander to his nefarious machinations, and we cannot help but feel a sneaking admiration for his intelligence, guts and guile.

In the end, we, the readers, know that there must be a 'kill'. The question is not 'if' but 'when' - and more importantly, 'who'? The answer is, perhaps, predictable, but the ride to get there is no less thrilling, fascinating and enjoyable. That is why, among the popular thrillers of the last century, 'The Day of the Jackal' ranks as a genre classic, and represents Frederick Forsyth at his best. In this, his first novel, Forsyth produced a literary idiomatic icon, 'the Jackal', who mediated into reality and the common lexicon in the more pitiable form of Illich Ramirez Sanchez. The author's prose is at the high-quality end, and stylistically, this novel reminds me of some of the best of John le Carré, except that Forsyth has a refreshing directness and alacrity that most other espial and thriller writers of the time lacked. His style is fundamentally journalistic: he emphasises factoid and detail above character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. G. Harwood on 2 Feb. 2012
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My opinion of this book sits somewhere between the reviewers who think this is the most brilliant thriller ever written and the one who said "as a book this is totally boring." Yes, there are boring moments whilst the plot is laid - some of the French history and terminology can be hard to get to grips with - but there are moments of utter brilliance too. I bought this book on the strength of the first line "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". As an opener, it's hard to beat and if you can stick with the next fifty or so pages which set the entire plot up, then you're in for a rollicking rollercoaster ride whilst you follow the enigmatic Jackal through his meticulous preparations for the assassination of Charles De Gaulle. For me, one of the real strengths of this book as a piece of literature is the fact that Forsyth does not seem to take sides at all, favouring none of his characters over the other. Ask yourself, do you want the Jackal to win? Do you want Lebel? Are you with Rodin? Or the politicians? It's so hard to tell and Forsyth isn't giving away any clues. If he writes of any of his creations with warmth, it is fleeting (and more so in the case of Lebel than any of the others.) Whatever you may think, this book is certainly in a class by itself and at times can be very hard to put down indeed. It is original and beyond compare and personally I think it would have been a real shame if it hadn't been published at all. My advice would be don't miss it (but skim read the boring bits).
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By N. Denny on 9 Aug. 2006
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I envy the reader who is about to read The Day of The Jackal for the first time! I have told sceptical friends to read "only the first chapter...and then decide!" The first chapter alone is a good enough reason to pick up this novel. If you do so then you will read the rest of the novel to answer the lifelong riddle: "what happens next!?"
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