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.