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The Day Of The Jackal [Kindle Edition]

Frederick Forsyth
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One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written.

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of the struggle to catch a killer before it's too late.

It is 1963 and an anonymous Englishman has been hired by the Operations Chief of the O.A.S. to murder General de Galle. A failed attempt in the previous year means the target will be nearly impossible to get to. But this latest plot involves a lethal weapon: an assassin of legendary talent.

Known only as The Jackal this remorseless and deadly killer must be stopped, but how do you track a man who exists in name alone?

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"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)

"It is no exaggeration to say The Day of the Jackal has influenced a generation of thriller writers... Before, thrillers were self-evidently works of the imagination. Forsyth changed all that; never before had a popular novelist created a world that seemed indistinguishable from real life... Few writers can claim to have changed the literary landscape. Forty years ago, a penniless British journalist, unwittingly or not, did just that" (Guardian)

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One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 552 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (10 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GDFQX4
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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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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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I envy YOU 9 Aug. 2006
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Researched and Written 4 Oct. 2013
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This really is a great read. Forsyth has clearly researched everything leaving no stone unturned. The book moves at great pace and is very clever. The Jackal really does feel like a cold blooded assassin - which is exactly what he is supposed to be! I was asking myself every fifty pages "how on earth does he think of this stuff?"! It is such a clever book. Being the first that I have read of his, I am now immediately looking to buy another. The only thing, for me, that lets this book down is the rather sudden and abrupt ending. It seems that the book last for 403 wonderful detailed pages leading up to the 'big event' and then by page 411 it's all over!! Very odd and a little disappointing, but there you go! Other than that it is a superb thriller. Tense, taut and at all times, twisting and turning, leaving you wondering what is going to happen next. A masterpiece of fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Days don't get better than this 5 Aug. 2012
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Let's be frank here. If your weekend was two days, one of the of the triffids and the other one of the Jackal, you'd probably have to have your blood pressure checked. This is where folk like Lee Child learned to write nerve-shredding suspense, techie gun-play, gripping step by step set ups and cat and mouse mindgames to rival Tom and Jerry at their most inventive.
The story pounds along with pace and verve and tourniquet-tight plotting without a wasted word or flabby scene to be found. For those not in the know, the story involves a militant right-wing group called the OAS who feel betrayed by Charles De Gaulle's grant of independence to Algeria. To wipe him out, they must hire an assassin from abroad who spends the entire book avoiding capture, planning his hit, getting false identities, advanced rifles, swapping cars and identities while the global authorities who have got wind of the plan chase him about Europe, always 5 minutes behind him.
It's a "dad" book in the best possible way. The assassination is played out in skin itching real time and one has to remember to breath out during the finale for fear of dropping dead. I urge you to give it a try whether you're a fan of a thriller or not. This is how it's done. Bourne, Reacher and the rest are the sons of The Jackal. Find out how it began.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 3 Sept. 2006
This is the original crime/suspense thriller and still the best. In over 10 years of trying I have still not found a thriller novel to compare to The Day of the Jackal. Mr Forsyth hooks you right in and the plot is so pacey and so clever you just won't want to stop reading. I doubt you'll ever read a bad review of this book and I only wish I could find more like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best thrillers of all time 22 Mar. 2011
This was just as good a read today as it was 30 odd years ago.

The story of how the anonymous Jackal is recruited by French terrorist group OAS as a hitman to assassinate General de Gaulle, and, as he moves in on him, so French police chief Lebel is closing in on the Jackal. It's well written and plotted, and you won't want to skip a page. It's a read that stands the test of time.

So, if you haven't read it, buy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meticulously researched 27 July 2009
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The Jackal is an English professional assassin hired by French/Algerian political dissidents to kill President De Gaulle in the early 1960's. Their own organisation has been completely infiltrated by the French Secret Service, so the plan is to use an 'outsider' who will be untraceable. The novel covers the planning and execution of the crime together with the increasingly frantic attempts by the forces of the whole French State to kill the Jackal before he kills De Gaulle.

Reading this novel then becomes like handling a boa constrictor as page by page and chapter by chapter it squeezes the tension to ever higher levels. This is a pure thriller and as such it is excellent.

Many times the reader is made to feel like they are reading a documentary (it is very similar to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in this respect). Some small nuances will be lost if you've seen the film such as why is he painting a melon in the middle of the woods?

On reflection, my only reservation was about the Jackal's own motivation for both this way of life and for his struggle to continue against overwhelming odds. Mr Forsyth includes a sudden bolt from the blue, one-page explanation,... 'This was what he had wanted for a long time, from the days when he had pressed his nose to the travel agent's window and gazed at the posters showing another life, another world, far from the drudgery of the commuter train and the forms in triplicate, the paper clips and the tepid tea.'
Mmmm? Well in that case there should be about 7 million potential 'Jackals' in England alone! This one page sticks out like a sore thumb but that is the only gripe in 400 pages.

From other reviewers I understand this is Mr Foryth's first and best. It is certainly one of the best pure thrillers you will read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book
Published 2 days ago by P. M. Smith-zwahlen
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gripping
A real classic, just as relevant now as when it was written. Don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 2015 edition - fuzzy, illegible text
I had to order a second hand copy as the print quality on this 2015 brand new copy was atrocious - the text is all fuzzy and looks like a photocopy. Read more
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Great yarn. Bought the DVD too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read!
Terrific read! The different elements of the narrative - the Jackal, the investigation into the Jackal, the efforts to catch him, the OAS, the OAS sympathizers, informers on both... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a present and went down well
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Forsyth has a knack of mixing fact and fiction this proceeds at a great pace the killer cold and matter of fact from London to Paris one police force aiding another his first... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Excellent and gripping though feels a little dated.
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Clever plot and such a well written novel. One of the best thrillers I've ever read!
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