The Afghan

The Afghan

by Frederick Forsyth

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ISBN-13: 9780451221834
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 196,996
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 7.52(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Frederick Forsyth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels, including The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File, as well as short story collections and a memoir. A former Air Force pilot, and one-time print and television reporter for the BBC, he has had four movies and two television miniseries made from his works. He is the winner of three Edgar Awards, and in 2012 he won the Diamond Dagger Award from the Crime Writers’ Association, a lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence. He lives in Hertfordshire, England.

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The Afghan 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
dherrick52 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This clever thriller gives a lot of background information on Al Qaeda and Afghanistan
mrees on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read as ebook via Overdrive from local library
missmath144 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's a Vince-Flynn-like adventure, maybe not as much adventure, but with some good history.
Mattiz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is just the kind of book you would expect from Frederick Forsyth - thoroughly researched, good build up of character personalities, engaging style, excellent writing style which makes the book totally un-put-downable!However it is on his research that I would like to make a point or two, though probably minor indiscrepancies. India has been mentioned thrice in the book and twice in the context of Kerala, the other being that the book¿s protagonist had an Indian grandmother.He mentions Kerala in India as being a hotbed of Islamic terrorists, once having being a hotbed for communism.Well the communism part is right- but I hope he knows that communism came to Kerala through an election, not as a revolution or a coup in other parts of the world - so it had to be a sort of popular communism and not the darker meaning his words intone.Kerala being a hotbed of islamic terrorism is a new idea to me. Kerala has never witnessed a terrorist act. People generally respect the law, are highly educated and ever vigilant. It¿s commmon for complete strangers while travelling, to ask each other their destination, their native town, about their close family, even their married status, and most people reach out to each other in times of distress. The other time he mentions a couple of Indians from Kerala as being part of a pirate gang on the high seas. Likely.The third instance he mentions Keralites is of them being part of a crew of a ship hijacked by terrorists. Here there is a mention of them being "good Christians" and "trusted". Well religion is never an issue in Kerala and people of every caste and creed enthusiastically celebrate each others festivals and intermingle amongst themselves as family. If Forsyth wants to hint that Christians anywhere in the world can be trusted, they be Indians or whatever, then he is wrong. Terrorism and religion cannot be interlinked. Especially in the context of Kerala.These may be minor flaws but I wanted to keep the record straight through this forum, though of course the book was fiction.I would say his book is good except for the feeling one gets that he is being partial to his own culture as compared to other cultures. Well todays reader is cosmopolitan and his book would be read by almost anybody in any part of the world.His book is a classic I agree, but reading trends are changing and the audience is a global one. Forsyth cannot belittle a country or a culture with prejudiced notions, marginalizing some of his readers that way.English books are no longer for the English, by the English and of the English!
govindraj.umarji on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is rather unfortunate that this book is the first one in my list. Although I have been a Forsyth fan for a long, long time now, this book was a huge disappointment for me. It was crammed with useless information as opposed to gainful insights into the Afghanistan scenario. If it is compared to its predecessor [The Fist of God] it comes out not just a tad short on quality, but also lacking in suspense. Mike Martin comes across as the brilliant SAS guy again. But somewhere, the thrill of The Fist... was missing
gmillar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A rattling good yarn - but - I expected nothing else. I had a headache this morning because it kept me up late last night in order to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great stiry
Drewano More than 1 year ago
While well thought out and written, the plot doesn’t have enough action or suspense for me to find it that enjoyable. A lot of this book reads like a historical novel giving the reader background on Afghanistan and Al Qaeda but fails to deliver any real thrills. While you don’t know the final destination, the reader knows pretty much everything that’s happening with the terror plot so there isn’t much to find suspenseful, and there are essentially no battle scenes and the fate of those who are in those is pretty much known if you’re paying any type of attention. Overall it just didn’t do it for me.
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books-r-me More than 1 year ago
i don't know where this man gets his info but he's done his homework again. i very informative 'text' written in novel form about the history and culture of the mideast mixing with the west. character development was a bit soddened with perhaps too much background info but entertaining, nonetheless. this is a heavy subject not to be taken lightly. in drawing parallels, not intended by the author, one can see the mismatched arab cultures, vastness of religion and translations of the holy koran - not too dissimilar to the holy bible of christianity and the terrible things christians did to each other and the outsiders not too far ago. the christians did less than holy things to others - just like what's happening with islam today. a definite read - especially to those who think they know (but do not - really!).
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It took a couple of chapters to get "into" the story and where it was going. It likely provided some insight into the anonomous and edicated life of the Navy Selas and was a good plot and story.
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ForsythFan More than 1 year ago
Forsyth became the permier action/adventure writer with "Day of the Jackel" and followed it up with the exciting "Odessa File." He's been coasting since then. This title shows his penchant for detail without bogging the story line down, but it lacks the tension of those two works. You never connect with the characters and the ending is a let down.
Springer1911-A1 More than 1 year ago
This book was filled with very believable characters whit very human flaws. The book is filled with suspence because the antaginist and portaginist both are not super humans. And it show that all the high-tech support is only as good as the person in control. This stor goes int detail how ruthless the bad guys can be and in the blink of an eye, they could win.
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