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The Fourth Protocol by [Forsyth, Frederick]
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" When it comes to espionage, international intrigue and suspense, Frederick Forsyth is a master." --"The Washington Post"

"When it comes to espionage, international intrigue and suspense, Frederick Forsyth is amaster."--"The Washington Post""

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'A triumph ... as good as any Forsyth since The Jackal.' (The Times)

'Forsyth's best book so far.' (The Washington Post)

'The most fascinating, informative and suspenseful spy novel since le Carre's The Little Drummer Girl.' (Irish Press)

'When it comes to espionage, international intrigue and suspense, Frederick Forsyth is a master.' (The Washington Post)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1032 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (30 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZLS5RK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,999 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am aware that there are many excellent spy books, but in my modest opinion this is the one that describes the best this strange and dangerous universe that is secret war.

Frederick Forsyth wrote a couple of even better books ("The day of the Jackal", "The dogs of war") but they were not exactly about spying. In this book, written in the 80s, he describes a very clever and dangerous plot of KGB, which, if successful, could really break NATO and leave Western Europe vulnerable to a possible Soviet takeover. The description of Soviet inner circles of power are very good, much better that in the usual spy stuff - Frederick Forsyth was one of the few Cold War spy writers who had a really good understanding of USSR and it shows here. The story is very coherent, the plot is plausible and technically possible and its execution is described in incredibly professional way.

There are however other stories circling around the main plot which describe some of the horribly dirty tricks used by the intelligence communities all around the world (the story takes us from United Kingdom to Soviet Union and then to Africa, before coming back to UK). There are no superheroes in this book (although there are superlosers) and this is definitely not a James Bond movie material - there is however a masterly executed description of the gray, shadowy, dirty and smelly world, where virtually nothing is what it appears and every double bottom has a third bottom... I will absolutely not reveal anything about the plot, but prepare to be surprised. Many times. There are humouristic moments in this book, although this is a dark humour - there is much more tragic fragments, some of which can break the heart.

This is a dark, somber, rare and precious jewel, which didn't age at all since 80s.
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The scene is set. The story starts to unfold. The action is fast, it switches from place to place, from country to country. The depth of background is amazing. It is all believable.
As one who very many years ago was on the very fringes I could not put it down.
I must download the next one.
Gordon C
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By John Murray TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2014
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I am rereading Frederick Forsyth's novels after many years as I enjoyed his latest (Kill List) so much. This one is right there at the top. A superb story, told brilliantly. As ever the research is intensive, making the tale very believable and the story telling genius of Forsyth keeps you page turning long after bedtime.
The action takes place in the eighties so some of the technology - phone boxes, telegrams and such - ,is dated but detracts little. Read and enjoy a master at work.
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A brilliant book as one would expect from Frederick Forsyth. His ability to gather the story from four or five locations simultaneously without confusing the reader is a rare talent. Thoroughly recommended.
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A classic Frederick Forsyth. The man is a master in creating exciting thrillers. he shows his skills as a journalist. It's a book you want to read in one go and gives you a glimpse how easy it looks to build an atomic bomb from scratch.
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Wen I was young (20 years ago), my two favourite books were this one and Ludlum's Parsifal Mosaic. Hundreds of thrillers later, they remain in the top five. The 4th protocol contains lots of clever twists, it is much better than the (not bad) movie they made with Pierce Brosnan and Michael Caine out of it. It is probably dated now, cold war is over, but it still remains a top book for me. I shall re-read it someday. If you have never read it you should, Forsyth could write good stories at that time (now he has lost his edge but who does not age ?).
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I got lost in a myriad of Russian names, and even English names, and found myself having to turn back the pages quite a lot
in an attempt to keep up with the plot. However, The tale was interesting and the run up to the end was quite intense. I like the
author - Mr. Forsyth usually produces an exciting story.
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This is my second Forsyth book, after I read "Fist of Gd" (I am looking forward to "Jackal" and "Dogs") and it seems Forsyth wrote it with readers like me in mind. This one is much superior to "Fist". I rarely read fiction, generally much preferring books on history, particularly that of the 20th century, but Forsyth has written a very accessible novel that is almost frighteningly realistic. I very much appreciate all the research he has done, informing the reader on matters such as about how MI6 is structured and operates, how the SAS carries out operations, how surveillance is carried out on a suspect (a very tedious and expensive business!) and how security is maintained at the ports of entry of the country, how intelligence regarding national security is amassed and how the intelligence organs of hostile countries relate to one another.
Finally I can attest that he really does his homework as I have seen in his use of Hebrew words which are always transliterated and translated correctly
Highly recommended and don't let the fact that it deals with the Cold War and the late, unlamented Sovet and South African Apartheid regimes deter you!
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