Avenger by Frederick Forsyth

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Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training. But Dexter is no ordinary man.


The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieves and is offered little hope--in the fog of that horrible time and place, the killer, too, has vanished.


Or so it would seem. For in a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time CIA agent Paul Devereux must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.


A heart-stopping novel of murder and mystery, double-cross and triple-cross, old loyalties and new hatreds, Avenger has all of Frederick Forsyth's page-turning trademarks.


About Frederick Forsyth

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Frederick Forsyth is the author of fifteen novels and short story collections. A former Air Force pilot, and print and television reporter for the BBC, he has had four movies and two television miniseries made from his works. The Day of the Jackal won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel in 1972.
Published July 1, 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books. 469 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Crime, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror. Fiction

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For a long time Sam Elliott has seemed like one of those actors who can do no wrong.

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The Guardian

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* * * * * CIA chief Paul Deveraux leant forward and spoke to his deputy, Kevin McBride.

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Publishers Weekly

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It's the magnate who sets in motion the operation against Zilic, first through a man known as "The Tracker," who locates him, then via the Avenger, whose task is to bring Zilic to American justice.

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Book Reporter

will keep you reading --- and thinking --- long into the night.

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Entertainment Weekly

Forsyth (''The Day of the Jackal'') trots the globe from Bosnia to Vietnam to Afghanistan to South America to trace the story of a philanthropic young American murdered in Eastern Europe and the shadow operative, code-named Avenger, hired to apprehend his killer.

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Monsters and Critics

Zilic The Avenger is a good rental for the Sam Elliott fan, but if you’re tired of the “revenge” plotline you may not want to apply.

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New York Magazine

Among the brilliant talking heads, Peter Nabokov, Joseph Ellis, JoAnn Levy, and David Nasaw chat about Sam Adams, Leland Stanford, Emma Goldman, the occasional anarchist, the numerous Pinkertons, and the question of genocide.

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