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Frederick Forsyth is well known to fans for his novels featuring exotic settings, stripped-down narratives, tight plotting, and breakneck pacing. With spare, haunting prose that drips authenticity, he's now given us a story that plays to the frustrated vigilante wannabe in us all. He delivers detailed scenes of combat, carnage, and revenge, unveiling both heroes and villains whose lives are entwined with the largest and bloodiest international events of the modern world.
Attorney and Vietnam veteran Cal Dexter is also an avenging manhunter who sets his sights on the worst fugitives from justice. As an former "tunnel rat" who fought the Vietcong in miles of dark, twisting underground passages, Cal is used to hunting his prey in harrowing circumstances. Now he's after Zoran Zilic, a Serbian leader who's murdered the grandson of a mining tycoon. Cal is paid to lead a foray against Zilic's South American stronghold, but he soon finds that traitors abound in the shifting political climate and that he can't trust anyone.
Although still best recognized for his brilliant Day of the Jackal, Forsyth turns out a complex and marvelously entertaining novel that will grip the reader by the throat. Forsyth's writing is vivid, rapid-fire, unpretentious, and engrossing, as he enlightens us about the realities of assassination and warfare. It's perfectly clear why he's a luminary in the suspense field surrounded by a throng of second-rate imitators. Avenger is another engaging, no-holds-barred thriller that proves the master has not lost his exceptional touch. Tom Piccirilli