The Kill List

The Kill List

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by Frederick Forsyth
     
 

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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

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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 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….

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Action sequences are TIPSY WITH TESTOSTERONE.”—The New York Times

“A story that’s AS CURRENT AS TOMORROW’S HEADLINES.”—Mobile Press-Register

“A HIGH-STAKES THRILLER…The Kill List is intense to the very end.”—Midwest Book Review

“Forsyth’s new thriller proves he has lost none of his powers…[He] remains THE MASTER OF HIS TRADE.”—Daily Express (UK)

Publishers Weekly
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451467638
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
135,648
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

“Action sequences are TIPSY WITH TESTOSTERONE.”—The New York Times

“A story that’s AS CURRENT AS TOMORROW’S HEADLINES.”—Mobile Press-Register

“A HIGH-STAKES THRILLER…The Kill List is intense to the very end.”—Midwest Book Review

“Forsyth’s new thriller proves he has lost none of his powers…[He] remains THE MASTER OF HIS TRADE.”—Daily Express (UK)

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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The Kill List 3.8 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 65 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
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.
TomQA More than 1 year ago
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.
JJAXTX More than 1 year ago
Terrific story, detailed, fast acting, timeliness. His best since Day of the Jackal and just as compelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great book,kept me interested
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
nygiantsgw More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. plenty of action to keep the read going.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
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.
lmh1205 More than 1 year ago
Good read. Unexpected twist and turns keep you wanting to not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
bigtimereader81 More than 1 year ago
Well written and enjoyable to read, good plot, average ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly enjoyable as every Forsyth book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoyed reading this latest Frederick Forysth I have to say it is not one of his best novels - but still worth reading.
SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
Good story but told in a very clipped, newspaper style.
ITISI More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS NOT UP TO MR FORSYTH'S STANDARDS. TOO MUCH DISCRIPTIONS
doc-d More than 1 year ago
interesting read typically well done Forsyth book.
TRFeller 6 months ago
The title of this novel refers to a list approved by the President of the United States of people an agency called the Technical Operations Support Activity (TOSA) is authorized to kill. The plot centers around the efforts to find and kill a terrorist known as The Preacher (real name: Zulfikar Ali Shah). A Pakistani, he uses the Internet to give on-line sermons in English in which he commands English-speaking Moslems to carry out assassinations of targets of their own choosing and encourages them to work alone to make intervention almost impossible. He is assisted by a computer expert called The Troll. By the end of the book, his followers have killed seventeen Americans and Brits. Leading the effort to find and kill him is an Arabic speaking Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel known as The Tracker (real name: Christopher “Kit” Carson). One of the Americans killed just happened to be his father, a retired Marine Corps general. One of the Tracker’s associates is code-named Ariel (real name: Roger Kendrick), an agoraphobic teenage computer geek with Asperger’s Syndrome. There is also an important sub-plot in which Somali pirates hijack a Swedish freighter. This techno-thriller is well crafted and a fast read, although the characters could use more development and there are few female characters at all.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A little short and quick ending
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Captain_Kent More than 1 year ago
Good ole Forsythe is at the top of his game in this superb thriller. And Forsythe has always been the grandmaster of this genre, so having him at the top of his game is a huge treat. This was hard to put down and leaves me hungering for another of his great stories. Nobody gets more hard to access facts and details and weaves them into a super suspenseful, timely and tight thriller than Forsythe. Great Book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sets, cross-legged, in the middle of a crowded intersection full of cars, all of them with one bullethole in the windshield and a dead driver.