The Kill List

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An extraordinary cutting-edge suspense novel from the "king of the pack" (The Washington Times), #1 New York Times bestselling author Frederick Forsyth.

In northern Virginia, a secret agency named TOSA (Technical Operations Support Activity) has one mission: to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short, very close-held document known as the Kill List.

Now a new name has been added: a terrorist of ...

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Overview

An extraordinary cutting-edge suspense novel from the "king of the pack" (The Washington Times), #1 New York Times bestselling author Frederick Forsyth.

In northern Virginia, a secret agency named TOSA (Technical Operations Support Activity) has one mission: to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short, very close-held document known as the Kill List.

Now a new name has been added: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims living abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of his targets is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top tracker of men.

The Preacher has made it personal—and now the hunt is on….

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Technical Operation Support Activity: Behind that innocent-sounding name and its even more neutral acronym (TOSA) resides a real-life agency with a mission to track and kill targets potentially dangerous to the United States. From that shadowy reality, Frederick Forsyth constructs a bristling thriller about a rabid jihadist nicknamed the Preacher who sends out his messengers to kill his ever-growing lists of enemies. Hot on his trail is a TOSA employee with an intense extra incentive: The Preacher had ordered the execution of his father. Intense suspense and fast-breaking action. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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This subpar war-on-terror thriller from Diamond Dagger Award–winner Forsyth, with its unknowable outcome, offers less suspense than his Edgar-winning debut, The Day of the Jackal, where the ending is never in doubt. A Muslim extremist, known only as the Preacher, is spreading the message of violent jihad via English-language videos, and his acolytes have begun targeting public officials in the U.S. and the U.K. The job of stopping him falls to Kit Carson, an ex-Marine now part of a super-secret agency in Virginia called Technical Operations Support Activity. Carson, who’s known as the Tracker, assembles an assortment of allies straight out of a Mission Impossible script, including a reclusive teenager who’s a master hacker employed to trace the Preacher. Some readers will wonder why Forsyth bothered to give Carson a personal incentive to complete the mission. Others will find a lack of memorable characters an obstacle to genuine engagement. Agent: Ed Victor, Ed Victor Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
More than 40 years after he gave us the Jackal, Forsyth gives us the Preacher, a masked jihadi extremist whose videos are radicalizing Muslims in the U.S. and England into killing public officials, law enforcement officers and the like. The Preacher tops a special list of enemies marked for death by a covert U.S. government agency. The man assigned the kill is decorated former Marine general Christopher "Kit" Carson, aka The Tracker, a fluent speaker of Arabic who has experience eliminating al-Qaeda leaders. Carson has a personal investment in the operation: the Preacher was responsible for the death of his father. Having had his life saved by the Tracker several years ago in Afghanistan, the agency's director, "Gray Fox," has a special investment in him. When the government's best computer experts are unable to penetrate the Preacher's secret Internet protocol address, the Tracker recruits Roger Kendrick, an agoraphobic teenage computer whiz holed up in his room in Virginia. Drooling over the super-sophisticated equipment he's given, he quickly determines he is up against the Preacher's own computer expert, dubbed the Troll, and creates a cyber alter ego to penetrate the Preacher's fan base. From there, the kid is a few steps away from planting malware that will enable the Tracker to determine who the Preacher is and where he is based—not Pakistan, where a cohort of his operates, or Yemen, as was thought, but Somalia. Here, Forsyth is as methodical—at times as colorless—as his subjects. But he powers his plot with a clean efficiency, providing an absorbing account of the clockwork moves and split-second decisions required to close in on and dispatch the enemy. Strong descriptions of the settings add to the book's appeal. Inspired by an actual kill list, Forsyth's latest thriller is, like Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File, ready-made for the screen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451467638
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 76,837
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Forsyth is the author of sixteen novels and short story collections, from The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, and The Dogs of War to, most recently, The Afghan and The Cobra. A former pilot and print and television reporter for Reuters and the BBC, he has had five movies and a television miniseries made from his works. In 2012, he won the Diamond Dagger Award from the Crime Writers’ Association for a career of sustained excellence. He lives in Buckinghamshire, England.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

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    Check It Twice

    This reads like a training guide on hunting down terrorists. It is a very detailed story of the hunt for the Preacher, a terrorist who broadcasts over the internet to recruit new followers. He instructs them on how to target people in the U.S. and Britain. These new converts are ideally people already in country, who can be convinced to attack their targets from within. One man, Col. "Kit" Carson is leading the fight against the Preacher, not only because he is the head of an anti-terrorist task force, but also because his own father has been a target of an attack. A good read, but sometimes the technical aspect over powers the human story. Book provided for review by Putnam.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    Boring! The first approximately 60 pages are just historical or

    Boring! The first approximately 60 pages are just historical or biographical background. I'm on page 73 of 239 (per Nook) and Kit Carson is finally doing something - he is having conversation. It couldn't get more exciting than this!! Maybe the next 166 pages will be  interesting, in which case I'll post a better review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Good quick read

    I enjoyed this book. plenty of action to keep the read going.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    It lacked the beautiful plotting and suspense building that Fors

    It lacked the beautiful plotting and suspense building that Forsyth is usually known for.
    It is jam packed full of facts about the machinations of the counter terrorism units, although one can clearly see that his heart beats fiercely for the British units. The last few chapters almost roar with male pride and Forsyth seems to come alive when he writes about those specific units.
    Kudos to the author for not only fitting in the Somali pirates but also opening readers eyes to their ruthlessness. They always seem to be depicted in the media, as some sort of ill behaved Captain Sparrows getting their booty by kidnapping boats and people and holding them to ransom. That is some Hollywood fantasy though. The Somali pirates are murderers with financial connections to terrorist cells. They deal in weapons, currency, lives and the only thing that counts is screwing the West and making money.
    I think the author is trying to appease his US audience with the overemphasis on the US concentrated plot. I think he writes his best when he writes with a focus on Brits.
    There is little dialogue and a lot of facts. Full of dry descriptions and technical details, which kind of take the thrill out of the thriller.
    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    highly recommended

    Terrific story, detailed, fast acting, timeliness. His best since Day of the Jackal and just as compelling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    highly recommended

    great book,kept me interested

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Recommended for those who like Us Special forces and CIA novels

    A well spun (usual for Forsyth) and catching story of the modern world kidnappings and piracy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Highly Reccommend

    Good read. Unexpected twist and turns keep you wanting to not put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    I haven't read it yet!

    see above comment

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Very Poor -- not the Forsyth of old

    I have been a Frederick Forsyth fan for a long time -- but not any more! This book is tired -- a thin, watery plot and filled with poorly drawn characters. One particular annoyance is that Forsyth has apparently done no research on American military institutions, missions, customs or uniforms. He simply transplanted what he knows about the British military onto American platforms. It doesn't work. Save your money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Excellent

    Reading this book gave me an even better understanding of what can happen in countries such as Somalia, Pakistan, etc. After reading this I could only be more grateful than usual for being born an America, and having this wonderful country to live in. Americans, unfortunately, take to much for granted.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Failure to engage

    If I had known that this was a story about Somali pirates, I would not have bought it. I had trouble engaging at any level with the story line, and did not enjoy it.

    The core story line of the Tracker is unique, and could have been interesting, but never drew me in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Not one of his best

    Although I enjoyed reading this latest Frederick Forysth I have to say it is not one of his best novels - but still worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

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    Good but not his best

    Good story but told in a very clipped, newspaper style.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    SOSO

    THIS BOOK WAS NOT UP TO MR FORSYTH'S STANDARDS. TOO MUCH DISCRIPTIONS

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    one more bites the dust

    interesting read typically well done Forsyth book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Higly recommended.

    One more time Forsyth give as an engaging thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Boring

    I STOPPED READING IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Nightflames bio

    Name:ur retarthed<p>gender:&male<p>age:16 moons<p>mate:nope<p>crush:ask me<p>history:mind ur bidness<p>kits:hopefully<p>personality:get to know me<p>appearence:black cat with orange stripe<p>anything else:ask me

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Vengance's bio

    Name: Waffle Mc. Flying Fruitcake Jr. WHAT DO YOU THINK DUMBO! <p>Gender: she cat <p>Age: you never ask a lady that!<p> Dark amber with a scar on her right paw and cold crystal blue eyes <p> Personality: meet me and find out.<p> History: I aint telling you lot its to long!<p> Mate: Ask me when you get the guts<p> Crush: get the guts ask me and ill answer<p>Kits: Aint nobody got time for that stuff!<p> Theme Song: Be prepared: the lion king<p> Rank: warrior<p>Activity level: Medium high <p> Other: ask me and find out... dumby<p><p><p><p><p><p>

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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