The Veteran: Stories

The Veteran: Stories

by Frederick Forsyth

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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: 71,738
File size: 382 KB

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

The Veteran9
The Art Of The Matter87
The Miracle157
The Citizen191
Whispering Wind227


Q&A with Frederick Forsyth

Barnes & Before venturing into electronic publishing, you worked in a great variety of narrative forms: full-length novels, short stories (No Comebacks), novellas (The Shepherd), even book length non-fiction (The Biafra Story). Do you have a preference for any of these forms, or are you equally at home in all of them?

Frederick Forsyth: Basically I hope I am at home in all these media. Essentially I am a teller of stories. Each story has a natural telling length - not too sparse, not too much padding. If you have a story in your mind that will simply not sustain a full-length novel, you have to find another, shorter, format. I believe the short story (about 30 to 100 pages of typescript) and the novella (about 100-200 pages) to be much over-looked and disregarded art forms. Some of the most riveting classics, by Kipling, O. Henry, Saki and Mauham, have been in these forms. Because they are 'manageable' in a one-exercise purchase-and-consumption form. I believe they may be revived by the Internet.

B& You're best known, of course, as a writer of thrillers, but you've also produced the occasional change of pace, such as The Shepherd, a Christmas story, and The Phantom of Manhattan, a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. How has your core audience responded to these changes in direction?

FF: Broadly speaking, yes. I have never really known who precisely buys and reads my work, but the sales figures of the non-thrillers bear up well, so I think the occasional change of pace, style, theme and length cannot disappoint the core audience too much, or it would show.

B& Although you've written many successful books, you're probably still best known for your debut novel, The Day of the Jackal, which has been perennially popular and enormously influential. Do you find it at all frustrating that so many readers still associate you with this particular book?

FF: Not at all. Most writers are essentially known for one work more than any other. It may be the first, not necessarily. But certainly if people recall that first, thirty-year-old book most of all, I am damned grateful. Better than no one ever read a word I wrote!

B& Do you yourself think you've written better novels in the years since Jackal appeared? Do you have any particular favorites?

FF: My favourite is actually The Fist of God. It was, of all, the most factual, and the most revelatory. Written just after the Gulf War, I took a chance and gambled on revealing a host of details that I believed had been witheld from the public while the war was on. Later, most of these revelations were confirmed as true.

B& A number of your novels (Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol) have been successfully filmed. Which of these films most accurately reflected your own original intentions?

FF: No doubt, Day of the Jackal. It was directed by that master film maker, Fred Zinnemann, he of High Noon and A Man for All Seasons. I thought he did a superb job on it.

B& Now that your initial e-book venture is behind you, do you have any plans for future novels or stories, either in electronic or traditional print format?

FF: Not yet. I am a bit of a one-thing-at-a-time man. There are a number of vague ideas in my head, but I am not ready to tell them yet. First will come the choice of subject and format, then the research, then the writing. Give me a moment to draw breath!

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The Veteran 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
nitehawk84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Veteran is one of five novellas included in this book. Each one has an interesting twist. My favorite -- and the longest -- is titled Whispering Wind. It is the story of one of Lt. Col. George Custer's white scouts who survived the Little Bighorn battle. Although the main character is fictional, it is gives a thorough, factual history of the Campaign against the Sioux Indians in 1876. The entire book, however, is hard to put down once you're into any of the stories.
Library.HKUST on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of five short stories with twisted and unexpected endings. Keep you in suspense until the last paragraph.
missmath144 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5 stories -- Most of the storied started out and even continued pretty slowly and not overly interesting, but the endings were great surprises.
gmillar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked these stories, especially the last one called "Whispering Wind". Having said that, it was the only one that had an ending that was foreseeable for me. The others surprised me and I really liked that.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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