Gripping thriller set in a collapsing Russia, with the Western alliance trying to prevent a potential fascist dictator coming to power.
Frederick Forsyth is the author of ten bestselling novels- The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fourth Protocol, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon and Avenger. His other works include The Biafra Story, The Shepherd, two short story collections, No Comebacks and The Veteran, and a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom of Manhattan. He has also collected together an anthology of flying tales, Great Flying Stories, which includes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Roald Dahl, Len Deighton and H.G. Wells. He lives in Hertfordshire, England.
YA‘This complex spy novel opens in the summer of 1999 in a Russia on the brink of economic and political ruin as its elected President dies. Information leaks to the West indicating that his probable successor, Komarov, is a bigot who makes Hitler seem tame. Alternating sections take readers back to 1983 to give necessary background and introduce the hero, Jason Monk, before resuming the primary plot. Monk works for the CIA and has been hired to stop the election of Komarov. Many of his efforts are hampered by Aldrich Ames, a Russian spy who worked in the CIA and eliminated those who might have helped Monk in 1999. The use of actual political leaders and spies makes for an engaging blend of truth and fiction. In spite of the novel's length, Forsyth is adept at reviewing both past events and identifying characters within the plot while providing a good description of the problems of contemporary Russia. Even though readers know that Monk will be successful, the epilogue holds final, creative surprises. An intriguing story of espionage.‘Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
A lone agent slips into Russia to stop a tyrannical upstart. (Sept.)
A genre master tackles Russia.
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'Vintage, action-packed Forsyth' * Mail on Sunday *
'A great read...One that lives up to the standards he has set since The Day of the Jackal' * Daily Express *
'One of his best...an all too real look at a chilling new millennium' * The Sunday Times *
'A cunningly constructed action thriller...Forsyth's narrative surges along with great power; the story is terrifying and timely...grips you to the end' * Daily Telegraph *