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The Negotiator
     

The Negotiator

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by Frederick Forsyth
 

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Frederick Forsyth,  master of the international thriller, retums with  an electrifying story of a man of immense power and  a conspiracy to crush the President of the United  States. Only one man—Forsyth's most  unforgettable hero yet—can prevent the plan from succeeding.  His name is Quinn. He

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Frederick Forsyth,  master of the international thriller, retums with  an electrifying story of a man of immense power and  a conspiracy to crush the President of the United  States. Only one man—Forsyth's most  unforgettable hero yet—can prevent the plan from succeeding.  His name is Quinn. He is the  Negotiator.President Cormack is  bent on a signing a sweeping U.S.-Soviet  disarmament treaty, and the master conspirator is  determined to stop him. The kidnapping of a young man on a  country road in Oxfordshire is but the first  brutal step in the explosive plot engineer the  president's destruction. Enter  Quinn.  Quinn plays the  kidnappers like a master musician. . . until, in a shocking  tumabout, he discovers that ransom was not their  objection after all—and that he has been lured  into a cunningly woven web. Now he must draw upon  his deepest strengths—to save not only the victim  but the entire free  world.

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"Forsyth gives us all we ask  for."—Chicago Tribune.

"Forsyth at the top of his game!"—Tom  Clancy, author of The Hunt For Red  October.

"A Blockbuster."—New York Daily  News.

"A completely satisfying thriller. . .  The Negotiator delivers. . . A  string of unsettling  climaxes."—Newsweek.

Richard Condon
As high-tech novels go, ''The Negotiator'' is about as high as the most advanced data-banker could desire....In high-tech novels, places and objects become the surrogates for character and, because of the extent to which they continually interrupt the narrative, become the story itself....Frederick Forsyth, who wrote ''The Day of the Jackal'' and ''The Dogs of War,''uses terms such as ''Crisis Management Group,'' ''COBRA,'' ''psycho-portraits,'' ''USAF VC20A'' and on and on until literally thousands of such details fill the reader's mind, persuading him to accept all of it as a story. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The reader almost despairs of a story getting under way in Forsyth's latest: the situation takes so long to set up, and is mired in such wearisome detail. Finally, after it has been made clear that both a renegade Soviet military group and a fanatical Texan oil baron plan to take over an oil-rich Middle Eastern state for their different twisted reasons, the action begins. The son of the American president (who is about to sign a major arms agreement with Gorbachev himself) is kidnapped, and, despite the best efforts of Quinn, the negotiator, is killed at the very moment of his ransoming. The president is stricken, a takeover of the U.S. government looms, and it looks as if the treaty is doomed. Now it is up to Quinn to find out who was behind the crime, and why. With a plucky and pretty female FBI agent, he scours obscure corners of northern Europe for the perpetrators--always to find them dead just as he arrives. In a cliffhanger of a conclusion, he brings the guilt home to Washington, the president perks up and the world is saved. As always, Forsyth is good at the details (you learn more about Dutch and Belgian road maps than you probably ever wanted to know), keeps a few surprises up his sleeve and writes action scenes more crisply, and with less gore, than Ludlum. But his characterization is flat, and much of The Negotiator is terribly familiar. By far the best parts are the negotiations for the ransoming of the president's son, which generate real tension. BOMC main selection. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553283938
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
581,735
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.36(d)

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Meet the Author

Frederick Forsyth (1938) is an English author and former journalist and spy. He is best known for his thrillers many of which have been adapted into films. He wrote his first novel The Day of the Jackal in 1971, winning an Edgar Award for Best Novel. His next two novels The Odessa File and The Dogs of War were also adapted into films of the same names. In 1997 Forsyth was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2015 it was revealed he had been an MI6 agent for twenty years.

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The Negotiator 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Print too small, Don't strain you eyes it is not worth it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute must-read for every mystery-thriller fan. Frederick Forsyth here develops an interesting and ultimately shocking plot that involves the top government officials of the cold war era superpowers and how they try to come to grips with a heinous act of terrorism with the aid of a master hostage negotiator. Forsyth develops his characters admirably providing a detailed background and motivation for each without dragging the plot down in any way. The story maintains its realism and suspense from the very first page right upto the last one. I have found this to be Forsyth's best work since his masterpiece 'The Day of the Jackal.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for another 'Day of the Jackal', you'll be disappointed. Forsyth goes into great detail setting the story up, before the action really begins. Packed with many specifics and details, almost too many. It's easy to get bogged down trying to make sense of all of the details early on, but once the action begins it's hard to put down. Overall, a good novel for any Forsyth fan.