The Odessa File

The Odessa File

by Frederick Forsyth


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ISBN-13: 9780451239396
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 149,871
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 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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“Forsyth can tell a suspenseful tale better than anyone.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“When it comes to espionage, international intrigue, and suspense, Frederick Forsyth is a master.” —The Washington Post Book World

“A thrilling cat-and-mouse game…Forsyth skillfully blends fact and fiction into a suspenseful and detailed story which is often downright chilling in its credibility.”—Library Journal

“Suspense taut as a violin string…Will keep you reading into the wee hours of the morning.”—The New York Times

“Framed by the unshakable facts of two decades, filled with an exceptional cast of characters—both real and fictional, The Odessa File is a story of superior swift suspense…An unmatchable reading experience.”—The Literary Guild Magazine

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Odessa File 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent source for execitement for anyone who enjoys this type of entertainment. The way that Forsythe mixes fact with fiction to tell the history of post-war Germany is intriguing. I have read this book several times and it only gets better each time.
jontseng on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Diligently research and gripping. A classic example of a "page-turning" thriller.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Forsyth was a celebrity contestant on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and could have won half a million had he had the courage to risk a charity's money. He is a terribly smart man, with a formidable general knowledge, and comes across as so modest and charming; why, then, is his work so kitsch, so constipated, so horrible? The Odessa File is one of his better pieces - woebetide the man who reads "The Phantom of Manhattan". It is a revenge story. It takes place in the decades after the second world war, when memories still linger of the Nazis' war crimes. So too do some of the remaining Nazis linger; they haven't all run off to Argentina or Brazil just yet. On to the case comes Forsyth's brilliant foreign correspondent in Germany, following a tip from a dying Jew as to the identity and location of one of the remaining war criminals. The story is like an extended chase without the chasing, leading to an inevitable confrontation and an inevitable twist.The story is impressive really, with incidental details that add a thickness to the plot that it would otherwise lack. But Forsyth cannot write. He spends an age detailing an intricate incursion into the world of the neo-Nazis, and within minutes of the incursion the whole plan breaks down - all the work is for nothing. And all the references to the powerful car our hero drives - it's as if the poor man has nothing in his trousers worth mentioning.I've read far worse, but there is a general rule in fiction - when the author's name appears in larger text than the title on the front cover, begin to worry.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is just too gripping. I don't know how the author does it but i give him all the credit for being able to turn a boring history topic into such a rivetting story. The suspense and surprises will make you read this book over and over again. I have and i simple can't get tired of it....or maybe it because i repeat loads of books?? No seriously this is a lovely book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I realy liked this book. I did have a little trouble keeping in it when it got to the slow parts, but those were few. I had almost no trouble keeping up with the story/people changes in the middle of the chapters. It kinda made me think when they started to totally describe how the bomb was built and put into his car, that anyone reading this might go out anbd do something like this, but that is not my problem. Another thing I remember is that If Peter miller, and the Jews helping him knew how powerful the Odessa was, they would have known that his car was an immediate eye grasper, and to drive something else. The jewish accomplises may have known about the chance of Miller being followed, but they did not tell him. They may have, and I missed it, but if Miller was as good as the author led him to be, he probably would have known about his car not being very conspicious, and the chance of him being followed.