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The Kill List

By: Frederick Forsyth
Narrated by: George Guidall
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Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary cutting-edge suspense novel from the "king of the pack" (The Washington Times), number one New York Times best-selling author Frederick Forsyth.

In Northern Virginia, a secret agency named TOSA (Technical Operations Support Activity) has one mission: To track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short, very close-held document known as the Kill List.

Now a new name has been added: A terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims living abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of his targets is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top tracker of men.

The Preacher has made it personal - and now the hunt is on...

©2013 Frederick Forsyth (P)2013 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Action sequences are Tipsy with Testosterone." (The New York Times)

"A story that’s As Current as Tomorrow’s Headlines." (Mobile Press-Register)

"A high-stakes thriller.... The Kill List is intense to the very end." (Midwest Book Review)

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Good, But Not Forsyth's Best

First of all let me say that I've read all but one or two of Forsyth's fictional works. Compared with all of his previous novels, I'd say this is one of the weaker ones. At times, I almost wondered if was reading an abridged version, as the character development seemed far less than most of Forsyth's other novels.

As is the case with all of his works, you learn a lot about the subject at hand, which in this case is terrorism.

The story in and of itself is not bad, but the twists and turns are not as surprising or clever as in other works like Day of the Jackal, The Fourth Protocol or Avenger. Nor is the story as well told.

I would also question whether George Guidall was the best choice as a narrator for this story. I think he is a very gifted narrator and have enjoyed numerous books that he has read, however this type of book doesn't really fit Guidall, in my opinion. I'm not sure if it's his age or his voice quality, but his voice and delivery doesn't really add to the suspense of the story. And I say this as one who very seldom quibbles with a narrator. Often times I'm puzzled by the number of people who don't like a narrator, but in this case, I just don't think George fits well.

All in all, if you are a fan of Forsyth and want to read all of his works, I'd go ahead and get a copy. If you are new to Forsyth, I'd skip this one (and The Dogs of War) and pick up one of his best novels, such as "The Day of the Jackal", "The Fourth Protocol", "Avenger", "The Veteran" or "The Cobra". He is really one of the best writers in this genre and one of my very favorite authors, I just don't think this is Forsyth at his best.

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Where's The Fire?

Just finished this... panting,... wait let me catch my breath. I felt like I was chasing the characters all the time. It just moved from one action scene to another at breakneck speed. I liked the plot. I liked the characters from what I got to know of them. I wish this author had taken the time to develope some of the characters and relationships in a deeper fashion. At times it seemed as if Mr Guidall himself was having a hard time keeping the thing from running off the track. All in all I think you will like the book if you just want a fast mover.

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Forsyth reminds why he is a Master

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It's been a while since the last novel by Frederick Forsyth. This one makes it worth the wait. Likeable heroes, despicable villains, and a very plausible premise. No superhero stunts, just solid storytelling and clean action. I recommend this book highly. The only downside, and this is personal, is that the hero, Christopher Carson is known as Kit Carson. Not an auspicious state to associate a good guy with a murderer and bringer of war to the North American Indians.

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Right out of today's Headlines.

I believe I was reading about a certain President having a kill list. Great book scary concepts. Some of the technology involved is great but is it too great?

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Forgettable

Predictable and boring with a medium dose of detail which lends little to the tale. Unless you have a keen interest in Arabic names and places, it leaves little else as a saving grace.
Cheers, Ken

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Not one of my favorites but still a good listen

I have listened to and loved Avenger, The Afghan,and The Odessa File. The Kill LIst, while entertaining, is not Mr. Forsyth's best. The story starts out great and , like his other books, the suspense builds up and does hold your attention. The narrator did do a good job.
My biggest complaint is that with 30 minutes of listening to go, there were a lot of loose ends that needed to be tied up and this was done rather hastily.
Contrast this with Avenger which has a totally satisfying ending and you will see what this book lacks.

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Great book

This is a great read enjoyed every page of it. Great writer excellent story something like this can happen and most likely has happened.

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Slow paced without detail

The narrator has a pleasing voice, but it never seemed like anything exiting was occurring.

The writing was well done, but for such a slow story, there wasn't as much detail as one might expect.

Not really sure why this book is so popular.

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Mediocre and complicated story line. Narration pauses at odd intervals with inconsistent inflections and energy. Made it difficult to stay with the flow of the overall premise of the book.

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Today's Headlines

The use of the internet by terrorists is all too familiar. Not only are there people like "the preacher" in this book who convince people all over the world to commit acts of terrorism and kill innocent people. Others use the images of those acts to glorify this madness. I hope we have the will and the ability to find these people and stop them but I fear one is stopped and five appear. When you are dealing with people who want to die to make their point, what choice do you have than to hunt them, find them and end them.