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The Cobra by [Forsyth, Frederick]
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Writers such as Lee Child may be brand names these days, but the name of Frederick Forsyth is something special in terms of conveying a certain kind of thriller to the reader. The technical brilliance of his debut The Day of the Jackal (with its forensically researched documentary style) virtually changed the face of the modern thriller, and its follow-up, the almost equally compelling The Odessa File (dealing with the still all-too-current themes of the Arab-Israeli conflict and chemical weapons), demonstrated that Forsyth had forged a very individual style. Subsequently, The Dogs of War utilised the author’s own African experiences, and his take on the ruthlessness of mercenaries and the corrupt states that employed them made for some blistering reading – that book was topical at the time, and has remained so. Frederick Forsyth admirers are aware that he can’t attain Olympian heights with every trip to the post, but know that he is always worth our attention.

As is the case with his new book, The Cobra, a globe-trotting thriller that evokes memories of the author's vintage work. Cultivated ex-CIA man Paul Devereux is handed a tough assignment: write finis to the lethal activities of the worst of the drug barons, and inflict damage on an industry that is worth billions per annum. He is given unlimited resources: money, weapons and manpower, and his ace-in-the-hole is the tough Calvin Dexter, who becomes executive officer of the new Project Cobra. It’s a highly dangerous business for everyone involved, and the team Devereux puts together is obliged to match in ruthlessness their pitiless drug-dealing opponents.

With the customary massive panoply we expect from him, Forsyth reminds us how this kind of thriller should be delivered. --Barry Forshaw

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Writers such as Lee Child may be brand names these days, but the name of Frederick Forsyth is something special in terms of conveying a certain kind of thriller to the reader. The technical brilliance of his debut The Day of the Jackal (with its forensically researched documentary style) virtually changed the face of the modern thriller, and its follow-up, the almost equally compelling The Odessa File (dealing with the still all-too-current themes of the Arab-Israeli conflict and chemical weapons), demonstrated that Forsyth had forged a very individual style. Subsequently, The Dogs of War utilised the author’s own African experiences, and his take on the ruthlessness of mercenaries and the corrupt states that employed them made for some blistering reading – that book was topical at the time, and has remained so. Frederick Forsyth admirers are aware that he can’t attain Olympian heights with every trip to the post, but know that he is always worth our attention.

As is the case with his new book, The Cobra, a globe-trotting thriller that evokes memories of the author's vintage work. Cultivated ex-CIA man Paul Devereux is handed a tough assignment: write finis to the lethal activities of the worst of the drug barons, and inflict damage on an industry that is worth billions per annum. He is given unlimited resources: money, weapons and manpower, and his ace-in-the-hole is the tough Calvin Dexter, who becomes executive officer of the new Project Cobra. It’s a highly dangerous business for everyone involved, and the team Devereux puts together is obliged to match in ruthlessness their pitiless drug-dealing opponents.

With the customary massive panoply we expect from him, Forsyth reminds us how this kind of thriller should be delivered. --Barry Forshaw


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 962 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1407083104
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (19 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XVYEBE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 218 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is typical Forsyth, fast moving, blink and you'll miss it story telling at its very best. I really like his style of narration, the plot moves on and changes to the many sub plots in pages rather than chapters. This has the effect of keeping me in the story rather than, taking me on a fifty page journey and then swapping to another sub plot and leaving me frustrated. But then hey, I like those books as well. I just like good books and this is most definitely up there with the best.
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Neither are the people who deal in it or those who fight to stop it, a fine tale if only it were true, if only some one had the means to do what the Cobra did.
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If you've read Forsyth before you'll know what to expect except the ending.
Gripping throughout difficult only to put down.
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Great story line giving in an in depth insight into those controlling drugs.
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A good,easy read containing all the usual elements of a Forsyth thriller. The detail as always is excellent and the content and story line is realistic and therefore believable.It is however a little formulaic and predictable.
Not one of his best but if you are a Forsyth fan it will keep you entertained till you pick up the next one
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As usual the detail is riveting and the background informative.
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Frederick Forsyth never disappoints, always a page turner
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Excellent and good story telling.
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