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Frederick Forsyth , George Guidall
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20 Aug 2013
The Kill List - The names of those men and women who would threaten the world's security - held above top secret at the highest level of the US government. The Preacher - At the top of it, a radical Islamic cleric whose sermons inspire his followers to kill Western targets. As the bodies begin to pile up in America, Great Britain and across Europe, the message goes out: discover this man's identity, locate him and take him out. The Tracker - Ex-US marine, now one of America's most effective terrorist hunters, with an impossible job. Aided only by a brilliant teenaged hacker, he must throw out the bait and see whether his deadly target can be drawn from his lair.
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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (20 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611762138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611762136
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,912 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.

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"Full of insider technical detail, [The Kill List] packs the punch Forsyth's readers relish, complete with a breath-taking denouement in the desert that makes it impossible to put down...A master storyteller" -- Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail "I was gripped by the story of the lone assassin hired to kill President de Gaulle. I reread it last year and found it just as enthralling. It hadn't dated a bit. More than four decades later Forsyth's new thriller proves he has lost none of his powers. The prose, like the plot, is as taut and lean as ever. That reflects the journalist that first and foremost Forsyth has always been. So too does his unerringly topical eye." -- Fergus Kelly Daily Express "THRILLER OF THE WEEK - A contemporary update on the theme of a deadly assassin closing in on an important target" Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A terrifying and breathtaking thriller which dares to look behind the news headlines to reveal the truth about the world in which we live --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marines, Pathfinders and hackers, oh my... 17 Feb 2014
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Remember Colonel Mike Martin - Forsyth's creation that appeared in The Fist of God and The Afghan? You know the one I mean - British paratrooper and SAS legend who was the star of both books? Yeah, you remember - the character that made you turn the page and keep on reading without putting the book down, especially in The Afghan. Well Frederick has come up with an American version - The Tracker.

In this book, we learn his name, and we learn his history, and he's an instantly likeable character. US Marine, Arab linguist/specialist etc etc, working for a secret CTU-style agency called TOSA (Technical Operations Support Agency), and his mission? Find and neutralise The Preacher - a new extreme terrorist who is shaping the wills of many to carry out atrocities in the UK and the USA.

Forsyth has delved once again into extremism after his break with The Cobra. And why not? It's current and is a good idea to give us a new bad guy to hate. After the death of Bin Laden I wondered if Frederick would delve back into this territory and produce an espionage tale with military might. But here we don't get a Seal Team Six - that would have been too obvious and cliche. Not even the SAS feature in this book. Instead, we get the Pathfinders. Bravo, I say. If you've never heard of the Pathfinders - read this book to find out more. They're not fictitious - they do exist in Her Majesty's Armed Forces in the real world, and here Forsyth gives us an ensemble cast of an Airborne team of British squaddies who get to ply their trade on foreign soil with the backing of the British PM and the President of the USA, proving that the Special Relationship has never been better.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Thriller 30 Oct 2013
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An English speaking Islamic cleric is sending out internet sermons via an elaborate network radicalising Western Muslims into becoming hate-filled Jihadist assassins of high ranking officials followed by suicide. The villain is known as The Preacher. Unfortunately one of the kills is a retired Marine general. His son, Arabic speaking US Marine Officer Kit Carson, has been summoned by the President to head the quest to find the Preacher and demolish his followers. The Preacher tops the US Kill List. Carson is known as The Tracker. He has nothing tangible to go on and enlists the help of a young computer genius (Ariel) in his determination to find the Preacher. He provides him with the best available computer equipment that enables his mastery of the internet to scrutinise most parts of the world. The hunt is on.

This is a well-researched contemporary novel and full of technical and military detail. The battlefield now consists of both cyberspace and the desert with the Tracker later involving Human Intelligence, drone planes and other unconventional methods in his search. This is a pacey page-turning thriller and Forsyth still shows his mastery of the genre. It does not develop it's characters into fully 3-dimensional figures and the plot construction is taut and economical in its prose lacking its usual level of action, twists and turns. The ending has been criticised by some reviewers as being predictable leaving an unfinished impression. I did not personally find that.

This, despite a few flaws, is a compelling thriller of a terrorist cat and mouse chase and how they operate written by the undisputed expert, Frederick Forsyth completed long before the Jihadist attack in Nairobi. Entertaining, gripping and recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One dimensional 20 Nov 2013
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While fast paced with all the usual thriller whistles and bells, this is really for the fans and converted. It's all a bit flat and improbable and you find yourself exclaiming, 'Oh come on now', too may times. I know it's fantasy, but it's not up to intricacies and deviousness of his earlier books - fewer threads and sub plots. Enjoyable nontheless, but unlike some his earlier books which you'd re-read, this one's not at that standard.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tense spy thriller from the master 27 Sep 2013
Every Tuesday morning, the President of the United States, with a small number of advisers, reassesses the kill list. When young western men are radicalised by the words of an extremist Islamic cleric to the extent that they blow up, shoot, slaughter leading American and British diplomats and politicians, it is just a matter of time before The Preacher is added to the top of the list. On his trail is former US marine Kit Carson, otherwise known as The Tracker, but the hunt is not just professional. It becomes deeply personal.

The Kill List presents the Tracker's forensic, methodical and relentless pursuit of his target's identity and life. The Preacher is not a `normal' terrorist. He makes full use of digital technology to both disseminate his video sermons amongst his followers and hide their origin. The Tracker, though, has a bonus up his sleeve - the brilliant Hacker. The Hacker is a teenager, unable to leave his own home but with the key to the world's network of communications at his fingertips. Further afield, on the ground is an agent prepared to put himself in the greatest of danger as the secret forces of America's allies unite against the Preacher.

Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal, is an undoubted master of spy thrillers and, with The Kill List, he shows himself to be well up to date with the latest techniques of perpetrating and discovering acts of terror. The success of The Kill List, and what made it unputdownable for me, is the time spent constructing the background to the characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD BUT
I did not think this to be as good as some previous Forsyth sagas. I expected this to be much faster!
Published 1 day ago by Tex Pemberton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great writer
Published 1 day ago by John Ball
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good fast read. Very exciting. Thoroughly enjoyed. Reads like a Hollywood film script. Wouldn't be surprised if it ended up in that format.
Published 1 day ago by Mike Lubienski
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic "Cannot put it down" story
So well researched, full of interesting detail. Very strong story line which rings lots of bells so relevant to current events and concerns.
Published 1 day ago by Matty
5.0 out of 5 stars As usual, brilliant.
Can Forsyth ever get better. I doubt it, another thrilling story to keep you gripped until the end.
Published 2 days ago by Roy E Stolworthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Frederick Forsyth The Killl List
As per usual Frederick Forsyth excellent and gripping story
Published 2 days ago by Paddington
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Lazy writing, formula plot. Forsyth just dialled this one in from the yacht.
Published 3 days ago by Amanda Harkin
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like F F you won't be disappointed!
Freddie is well on form in this excellent thriller - a good read.
Published 4 days ago by M. J. Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars but then I find this genre easy to read and I wanted to know how it...
Typical Frederick Forsyth, well written, very descriptive and as usual the build up is far more important than the ending. Read more
Published 4 days ago by James Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Rattling good read
Not a great novel reader and my first Forsyth book. Pacey and thoroughly enjoyable. Great for a not to challenging holiday read.
Published 5 days ago by Dale Curtis
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