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March 15, 2007

Book Review: The Afghan – Frederick Forsyth

Filed under: Books — Santhosh @ 5:21 PM

Book Name
: The Afghan
Author: Frederick Forsyth
Year: 2006
: Fiction, Terrorism
Mike Martin is this retired UK special-ops soldier who grew up in Iraq and knows the Afghan terrain and pashto – the Pashtun language. So he’s (pulled out from his dog and pyjamas) chosen to infiltrate the highest echelons of Al-Qaeda (if you can get to the “highest echelons”, why not round ’em all up?). The purpose is to investigate the details of an operation termed al-Isra. Martin goes in as a terrorist prisoner held for 5 years in Guantanamo and is accepted. (Now for the jaw-dropping part…) Al-Isra is an operation to take over an army tanker and blow it up within 3 miles of the liner Queen Mary 2 which is, quite imaginatively, hosting a G8 summit.
The book is ruffling a few feathers here in India. Kerala is described as “once the hotbed of communism, it’s been particularly receptive for Islamic extremism”. So communism is extremism! Hmmm. Something else to be noted from the plot is that this is yet another novel with Al-Qaeda’s network playing the baddie role, but as with all the others, this too does not touch even remotely on capturing Osama or destroying Al-Qaeda totally. Almost like taking on one villain, but evil (synonymous with Al-Qaeda) will remain forever. C’mon guys, Al-Qaeda is just one organisation, however big or well oraganised or well funded it may be. Apart from his first novel -“The Day of the Jackal“, Forsyth has disappointed.
My Rating: 2/5

1 Comment »

  1. The dogs of war, The Shepherd and No comebacks are some of the best works of Forsyth.Negotiator is one of his best works.Good review to the book

    Comment by Narayanan — March 19, 2007 @ 10:13 AM | Reply

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