The Afghan

The Afghan

Book - 2006
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In order to gain information about a major Al Qaeda operation, British and American intelligence decide to try and pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs, with Colonel Mike Martin taking on the identity of Afghan Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner at Guantánamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, c2006
ISBN: 9780399153945
0399153942
Characteristics: 343 p

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wyenotgo
Aug 28, 2015

Classic Forsythe, in some ways a post-9/11 version of "The Devil's Alternative". It also brings back Mike Martin, the central character first introduced in "The Fist of God". This one is better than the latter but lacks some of the scope and complexity of the former. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates the Forsythe genre.

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raquinus
Jul 29, 2014

The historical content is enlightening & the story is credible. I much preferred it to "the Cobra" & " in a darker place".

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3dblus
Mar 23, 2013

After the "The Cobra", "The Afghan" was a disappointment. Too much historical background and not enough action for my personal preference. Too slow to finish.

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Windhund
Nov 03, 2012

An enjoyable read with enough detail to keep interest up but with out the heavy reading of Tom Clancy.

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RobertLyman
Apr 23, 2011

This novel uses Forsyth's usual, and highly entertaining, technique of parallel story lines that converge to a climax. The basic story concerns an effort by intelligence agencies to place an agent disguised as an Afghan into the a terrorist network to discover and foil an attack, even though the nature and place of the attack remains unclear until near the end. The characters are well drawn and the plot is creative. Forsyth displays remarkable knowledge of the inner workings of both intelligence agencies and terrorist methods. While not Forsyth's best, it is very good indeed.

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