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The Negotiator

The Negotiator [Kindle Edition]

Frederick Forsyth
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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"'Intricately plotted, fast moving and full of surprises'" Evening Standard "'Confirms Frederick Forsyth's position as one of the world's best thriller writers'" Wall Street Journal

Book Description

The world's foremost negotiator must bargain for the life of an innocent man, unaware that ransom was

never the kidnapper's real objective.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1446486095
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; New Ed edition (30 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051UT72G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mr Forsythe is a writer for whom credibility is everything. That's actually a requirement of this genre. Or else you become James Bond, who is really superman in a tuxedo. To avoid this, people must be flawed, have limitations, and the restrictions that life puts on us such as rank, status, income, and intellect.

The Negotiator, Quinn, is a rare James Bond moment for FF. He isn't quite Bond or Superman, but he is enigmatic, maverick, individual, a Clint Eastwiood figure, a man with [one] name. Larger than life, he is somebody who operates outside the system. Forsythe makes him fallible, but his many virtues somehow overcompensate. But this is another belter of a novel.

He is a master plotter, FF. He isn't a psychologist. One sits on Quinn's shoulder, not inside his head. So the details, layered over and again, bring the credibility to an exciting plot which is a bit more colourful than his previous novels. It is the fine details that paint pictures [as any woman's magazine will reveal] and to use a poker analogy, it is not only the full house that Forsythe reveals, it is how he plays his hand that captivates. Several times, I thought, one could end this book here. But another card was dealt and the game went on.

There are a lot of supporting characters and you speculate about who is on the inside and who is on the outside. Be prepared to be teased.

There is a female character, which is unusual for Forsythe. He 'doesn't do' women - this character is sadly one-dimensional, and a plot device really, and women otherwise do not inhabit the literary terrain of his espionage horizons. This is simply how it is. I'd be surprised if FF's subsequent seven novels changed it substantially.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Frederick Forsyth is one of those authors I keep coming back to. His early novels remain his best ("Jackal" and "Odessa" in particular), but this one comes in close behind them.
The kidnapping of the US president's son overlays a burgeoning crisis in fuel supplies on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Prominent Russian commanders and wealthy US oil traders are both trying to secretly force the hands of their governments towards seizing land in the Middle East. Onto the scene comes Quinn, a veteran soldier and ace hostage negotiator, charged with uncovering the hostage takers and returning the President's son to him. He has no idea just how far and how dark his journey will be before it's all over.
This novel was written in the late 1980's, just as Gorbachev was making steps to reform his nation and end the Cold War. Ronald Reagan is not his counterpart, rather it is the fictional President Cormack, ensuring that there is no conjecture about the key figures in the drama. This time is long past, and yet it has echoes of the Allies' response to 9/11 and the protest chant "no blood for oil", which followed more than ten years later.
The characters in the novel are well-developed, even if most of them are somewhat typical for this sort of fare. Quinn is the standout character; determined, mysterious, intelligent and very much his own man. Funnily enough the nastier characters are the ones who are most convincing, particularly an aged Texan oil mogul who claims his orders come from God and bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain Mr Ewing. Twists in the plot are Frederick Forsyth's trademark and in this novel there are several. The emotions are (mostly) believable and as is often the case in Forsyth's novels, the pace of events seems like an oncoming train wreck that it seems only a miracle can stop. But stop they do.
I'm sure adventure and espionage fans will enjoy it, but it would be best to start with The Odessa File if you're new to Forsyth.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over the top 5 Feb 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Quinn must be Forsyth's most o.t.t. hero. This good-looking former Green Beret isn't just a crack shot & explosives expert. He speaks French, German, Dutch and Spanish well enough to convince the natives that he's one of them. He's a master tactitian with a high IQ, a great detective and a master of disguise. He can pick locks and break into - and escape from - a property guarded by electrified fences, trigger-happy bodyguards and free-range Dobermans. Wow! Whadda hero! And he's the world's best hostage negotiator, too. Just a bit too much to be a believable hero.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grips you from the start! 19 Sep 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't put it down! My 2nd Forysth read (Day of the Jackal the first), it exceeds expectation. I was once again gripped by the brilliance of Forsyth's style of writing, especially the unexpected one-liners which alter the whole story! I am already on my third......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Negotiator 28 Oct 2013
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Brilliant story, just as good as all the other books he wrote, I loved it and couldn't put it down
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced read 30 Jun 2013
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Great plot, commitment to detail. Frederick Forsyth is the master story teller. Worldwide storyline neatly written with no error to detail
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 5 Jun 2013
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I enjoy a good story and this was one of the best that I've read in a while. I found it very easy to visualise the character of Quinn and once that happens then mentally you can go and join him in his quest, then the whole book becomes alive and you just can't put it down.Every author is allowed some literary licence with their story line and FF is no exception,but for all that the story is still perfectly acceptable and realistic,with twists and turns and a first class ending......definately worth another read on a cold winter's night
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors
Good story but FAR too many errors in the Kindle version! Spoiled the book for me. If there's such a thing as a Kindle proof-reader, sack him/her!
Published 3 days ago by J H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant !!
Published 1 month ago by Jill K. Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Happy customer.
Published 2 months ago by bwgi
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't put it down
Forsyth at his best.
Just a damn good read.
Published 3 months ago by Black Dog
4.0 out of 5 stars The Negotiator by Frederick Forsyth
Good overall plot, but one too many sub plots.
The story of greed and corruption was plausible, horribly heinous and too horrid to contemplate. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martin Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Entertainment
In my 're-reading of all the older Frederick Forsyth books I have had many hours of superb entertainment. This one is up there with the best. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
A. Very well written book, most enjoyable, it has kept me up at night. I. Have really enjoyed a lot
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Frederick Forsyth The Negotiator
Very disappointed
I requested Large print book. It stated that this book was and another I ordered.
Both had to be returned as they were not large print. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Debbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book
I have a series of favourite authors, but I rate Freddie Forsyth along with John LeCarre as at the better end. This was a gripping read from start to finiish.
Published 13 months ago by JS
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many typos
Although the story is captivating, there were too many misspelled words that it detracted from the entire story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eileen
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