The Afghan by Frederick Forsyth

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When British and American intelligence discover an al Qaeda operation in the works, they enlist undercover imposter Colonel Mike Martin to pass himself off as Taliban commander Izmat Khan. But nothing prepares Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter-or the terrible things he will find there.


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 August 22, 2006 by Signet. 467 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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Mirror images of each other, the men are archetypal warriors, Khan a stoic Afghan outraged by the Russian invasion of his country and conned by desperation into bin Laden’s service, Martin a 25-year veteran of killing missions—the Falklands, the Balkans, the Middle East.

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Set in the very near future, veteran Forsyth's latest isn't quite up to the level of The Day of the Jackal or his more recent Fist of God , but it's a cut above most other post-9/11 spy thrillers.

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Book Reporter

One could repackage Frederick Forsyth's entire body of work and reissue it under the title "The Way The World Works."

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Entertainment Weekly

Frederick Forsyth shows his usual flair for realistic thriller scenarios in The Afghan, a tale of a British commando posing as a Taliban fighter to infiltrate a 9/11-scale al-Qaeda conspiracy.

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There are plot developments that are accidentally dropped (stored weapons never recovered), military terminology that is incorrect (for those who relish the fine detail), and a grounding in current events that make important players obsolete as they are replaced by new ones (John Negroponte, the ...

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