The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth

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13 Critic Reviews

The Cobra reads as if its author has either forgotten the rules of story-telling or can no longer be bothered to obey them...Half the book has passed before anything happens...
-The Sunday Times

Synopsis

For decades, the West has been fighting the cocaine cartels-and losing- until the president decides enough is enough and asks one man to take charge. His task: to destroy the cocaine industry. His name: Cobra. It is the ultimate secret war. But only one side can win...
 

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 17, 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 434 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Horror, War, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Good

Forsyth still knows how to spring a surprise...a taut, readable and swiftly moving tale...

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Suite 101

Below average
on Sep 09 2010

...a very expensive, ultimately ineffective waste of reading time.

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Dallas News

Above average
on Aug 22 2010

It has the power of memorable intelligent entertainment about a moral plague and a debilitating social dilemma...

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Express

Below average
on Sep 26 2010

...reads more like a dispassionate report than an international thriller. There's too much fact and not enough suspense and so The Cobra, even with it's big ideas, fails to hit the mark.

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Express

Excellent
on Aug 20 2010

The Cobra creates a vividly cinematic picture of the worldwide cocaine trade. Forsyth has recharged his batteries, producing his most ambitious novel in years...

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Spinetingler Magazine

Good
on Nov 27 2010

Written with the author’s signature ability for research and an eye for detail, the novel...certainly is entertaining.

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Shots

Excellent
on Apr 14 2011

COBRA was devoured in a day, and has set me back hours in my own writing as a result. Gripping, enthralling, entirely credible and plausible, this is a book written by the master of thriller-writing, and deserves to become another classic.

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The Sunday Times

Below average
on Aug 29 2010

The Cobra reads as if its author has either forgotten the rules of story-telling or can no longer be bothered to obey them...Half the book has passed before anything happens...

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The Beachside Resident

Below average

The downfall of this plot-based offering is that everything goes according to plan...what kind of story is that? A boring one, as it turns out.

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EzineArticles

Below average
on Oct 30 2010

The many sub plots in the story may lead to thought congestion...

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EzineArticles

Above average
on Aug 07 2010

The villains have come from all over the world...Frederick Forsyth is renowned all over for conducting meticulous research about technology, organization, geography and guns.

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EzineArticles

Good
on Jul 30 2010

Overall it is an international intriguing thriller and you never know which part is fiction and what has come from real life events.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Below average

...for those familiar with his work the formula has become a little tired.

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