The Day of the Jackal

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The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.

One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name. And as the minutes count down to the final act of execution, it seems that there is no ...

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Overview

The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.

One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name. And as the minutes count down to the final act of execution, it seems that there is no power on earth that can stop the Jackal.

"The Day Of The Jackal makes such comparable books that The Manchurian Candidate and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold seems like Hardy Boy mysteries." — The New York Times

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Frederick Forsyth's classic contribution to the thriller genre is The Day of the Jackal, an electrifying story about a man who is known only as the Jackal, the world's most dangerous, enigmatic, and elusive assassin. The Jackal has a new and extremely dangerous contract: to kill Charles de Gaulle, the world's most heavily guarded man. Definitely among the all-time greats.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553266306
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1982
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Cavet Canem

    If you have seen and enjoyed the old movie "The Day of the Jackal" then this book is essential to your library. While it is true that you will know basically what happens, the book flushes out the characters and procedures so much more than the movie had time to. There is a growing demographic of readers whom devour assassin-themed books, this book is kind of like the granddaddy for that genre. Pros: Fascinating, well-written, exciting and plain old fun. Cons: Assumes the reader knows some rather obscure information, slow starting and very long chapters. Overall: A must for fans of thrillers and assassin fiction alike. Rates up there with works by Trevanian and Ludlum.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    Too Much Backstory

    I'll agree with the other opinions here that it's a good story. But I almost didn't get to the good parts because it took sooo long to get going. If you're not familiar with French history, and don't know much about French in general (like how to pronounce it), all of the tedious backstory and names and places and events you get hit with in the beginning can really get in the way. For a lot of the first section 'Anatomy of a Plot' I was wondering if we would EVER get to the part that actually invovled the Jackal. Once it finally does get rolling though, it rolls along very well. And the twist at the end is definitely worth a good chuckle.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    mainly suspenseful

    you know this book is not true charles de gaulle never was assassinated; it even says in the book that the plot is going to fail de gaulle died in 1968 or 1970, forsyth wrote the book in 73, he expects you to know that this book is not true in real life, over 30 assassination attempts were made on degaulle, so this makes it possible to be one of the thirty even though you know it's the jackal is going ot fail, it's how close the jackal gets to de gaulle and the time and effort the jackal puts into the plot that nakes it good

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    classic well-written suspense novel

    A long time ago, in high school, I read Forsyth's novel The Odessa File, and I remember enjoying it thoroughly. I don't know why it took me almost 20 years to read his first novel, The Day of the Jackal, but I'm glad I finally got around to it. Set more than 40 years ago, The Day of the Jackal involves an assassination attempt by a professional contract killer on the French Premier Charles de Gaulle by renegade members of the French army who are furious at his decision to pull out of Algeria. I admit I am not fully familiar with European post-war history, but the plot hooked me just the same. The characters are especially well-crafted for a book of this sort, and the suspense builds throughout, even though we know that de Gaulle died from natural causes. I especially enjoyed the little twist at the end. I thought the plot took a little too long to get rolling, and obivously the material is somewhat dated now, but this remains a classic of the genre. Read this to see why Tom Clancy will never measure up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

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    I came across this book when I was in middle school and I attrib

    I came across this book when I was in middle school and I attributed the development of my interest in reading to it. I was in my dentist's waiting room and this book happened to be on the end table. Out of boredom (by that time there's no such thing as iphone), I started to read it and I couldn't put it down. Then I realized that reading could be so much fun. It was a well written book with a brilliant and yet, believable plot; the story was meticulously presented. The result is a fantastic thriller. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    great classic read

    Great Classic. Enjoyed the classic that I learned about from a recommendation of a famous author

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Still The Master

    Haven't read this book for years...re-read it still Love it...!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    The best book to read

    I have read this book 6 times and every time it was a good experience for me. Eventhough Jackal is a murderer and is trying to assasinate the French President, we cannot help but to admire his skill. Further the character of Commissioner Label is also very interesting. I will recommend my kids to read this novel when they get big.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2005

    Master Assassin, Political Thriller.

    At first glance, The Day Of The Jackal appears to be an attempt at a alternate history.It really is an incredibly well written thriller. A professional assassin is contracted to kill the French President Charles De Gaulle. The assassin is only known as 'Le Chacal' or 'The Jackal'. The Jackal is a Grey eyed Englishman, who wants no less than half a million dollars and complete sercrecy in exchange for the death of De Gaulle. The Day Of The Jackal follows the faceless master assassin as he goes about completing his contract.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    Unsurpassed Thriller

    No doubt at all to anyone reading this masterpiece, that this book will be read 100 years from now. It's simply a classic. Clancy and the others clearly copied this author's style..but they cannot reach the heights of the original. Pity that Frederick Forsythe didn't write the inept Da Vinci Code. The Day of The Jackal is still Forsythe's best book so far..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    Amazing

    Best Book I have ever read, the whole book is creative and how the Jackel is the perfect man for the job. Gripping how he eludes the Secret Service of France using many techniques such as disguises and forging. I highly recommend this book if you want to read a suspense book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2004

    One of the best thrillers ever!!!

    i am a 21 year old teen and i live in Zimbabwe in Africa,I loved this novel very very much,i liked the jackal character very much because he was very HUMAN!i also liked detective Lebel,what a real character!!!PLEASE READ THIS NOVEL!!! THANKS FORSYTH!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2003

    The Ultimate Master plot

    This is one of the most intricate and most detaling plot of a Ruthless English Assasin, who tries to take the life of the President of France, that every one must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    Unbeatable

    'Day of the Jackal' is simply the best thriller ever written. In a league of its own. I have read may, may thrillers and no one can surpass this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2003

    Almost Feasible

    Its so detailed and comprehensive that it sounds like a crash-course on assasination. Only and only Frederick Forsythe can write such amazing stuff, and he did it in only 35 days ( can u believe it ? )!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    Wow weeeee!!

    What a book! With non-stop action and painful suspense, this is the best thriller one can buy. Frederick Forsythe, in this book, gives Clive Cussler a run for his money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2002

    A wonderful book!

    I loved the Jackal, it will amaze you how he escapes French police for so long. He's a master of disguise. You'll not be able to put it down! It was one of the great books you'll never forget!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    A real thriller

    the jackal manourvers till he pulls out the trigger is almost unbelievable. a good book i wuold highly recommend to those looking for the ruthless world of assasins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2001

    Before there was...

    Before Clancy, Follett, DeMille, Cussler, even Lundlum there was Day of the Jackal. It is literally the best suspense thriller one will ever read. I have read them all and there are good thrillers, great thrillers and then there is Jackal; in a league of its own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2000

    Unreal!

    'Jackal' is THE best suspense novel. Period. Even if you desperately had to go the bathroom, this is a book you would have to take with you, because you can't put it down. The manhunt leads you on a dizzying flight of the most ruthless and professional assassin, in that desperate need to get him before he gets to De Gaulle. I can read it over and over and still be glued.

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