The Veteran: Stories

The Veteran: Stories

by Frederick Forsyth
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The Veteran: Stories by Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth, The Master Storyteller, Presents Five Brilliantly Ingenious Tales of Murder, Justice, Intrigue and Revenge

A miracle in war-torn Siena that begins with the persecution of a young nun in the turbulent days of the sixteenth century and culminates in the bitter German retreat from Italy; a drug-smuggling heist on an international flight where the knock are only one step ahead of the smugglers; a ruthless urban murder, where a brilliant QC decides to defend the killers, resulting in a startling act of justice; an incandescent art scam at a famous London auction house, and a brilliantly plotted revenge that shatters the elegant world of Old Masters - each story is a remarkable tour de force.

And above all here is a brilliant novella, 'Whispering Wind', which begins with the single survivor of Custer's Last Stand at the battle of Little Big Horn. It follows the defense from rape and murder of a Cheyenne girl and a flight across the mountains and forests of the West, ending in a savage present-day manhunt in the wild lands of Montana.

Whether his theme is international espionage, miraculous events in war-torn Italy or a Customs drug bust, the stories in The Veteran all share Forsyth's trademark for compulsive storytelling, his clinical eye for authentic detail and an unnerving sense of suspense.

Not since his New York Times bestselling story collection No Comebacks has he crafted such remarkable work.

Five breathtaking tales from the greatest storyteller of them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466863057
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 143,682
File size: 382 KB

About the Author

Frederick Forsyth is the author of eleven bestselling novels, including The Day of the Jackal and The Dogs of War. He lives in Hertfordshire, England.

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The Veteran 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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The title story is very good and is an excellent representation of Forsyth's mastery of the suspense novel. For this alone I would recommend buying the book. However, the book loses steam from there. The Art of The Matter is entertaining, but there are gaping holes in the plot.Why wouldn't Slade's private investigators learn anything about our co-conspiritors? The Miracle is readable, but forgetable. The Citizen doesn't make much sense, and Whispering Wind is a nice idea that just doesn't come off. Forsyth never demonstrates why, in the later sequence of the story, the female character would fall in love with the hero. The way he was behaving I think most women would run from him as quickly as possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried to decide what rating to give this audio book. The stories were good but the reading of the first four were boring. You got the impression that Partick Macnee was bored with the book. Bruce Boxleitner must have enjoyed his story because his reading put you right in the story. Frederick Forsyth should have had Mr. Boxleitner read the whole tape and it would have been more interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the gratest collections of short stories ever read
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you read a book like this (consisting, actually, of 5 mini-novels in one) you just hope that Frederick Forsyth will get around to writing one more 'proper' thriller novel. I mean, the title story, THE VETERAN, is a quite brilliant depiction of a canny lawyer who has to defend some evil low-lifes after a diabolical murder. Forsyth is not a lawyer, so compared, say, to Dexter Dias's protrayal of a far worse killer in POWER OF ATTORNEY, the legal details don't seem quite as convincing (Dias is a practising barrister in the UK and his book was Thriller of the Month when I was over there). But Forsyth's genius has always been to make you 'root' for his hero. And this we do. I would have loved for the story contained in the restricted pages of The Veteran story to have a novel to itself because then we could make a proper comparison between Forsyth's legal thriller and Dias's - POWER OF ATTORNEY is the best legal thriller I've read in years, and THE VETERAN comes very close, which is the highest praise possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first eBook I downloaded. What they do not tell you is that you can read this so-called BOOK in about 20-30 minutes. It is well written, but at approximately $1.00 per minute, not worth the price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another masterful tale of suspense with a twist at the end, in the same spirit of 'No Comebacks.' What would you call the e-Quivalent of a page-turner? I will be anxiously looking forward to the next installment. The MS Reader downloads and installs easy enough but be sure to download the .lit file to the same directory. For anything longer, I'd prefer hard copy or maybe a printable format like .pdf
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed Forsyth's racy writing. Not much of a plot, but then it is a quickie-read. Took me 3 odd hours. But made rivetting reading. Will read the others in the quintet. Only wish the story had more meat to it! -Madhu Vasudevan, Chicago