‘The Afghan’ by Frederick Forsyth – Review (Book)

Picking up the anti-terrorist climate from the last ten years and running with it, The Afghan sees Forsyth tackling Al Qaeda head on.

In a quirky twist of fate I started this book shortly after the death of Bin Laden was confirmed, which lent the entire thing a slightly surreal feel.

After a codename for a terrorist attack is discovered during a raid in Pakistan the US and UK governments decide to send someone in deep undercover to blow the lid off the plot.

Mike Martin, a former SAS officer is recruited and heads to Pakistan to start his recon.

The story progresses at a fairly slow pace before coming to a head pretty quickly in the final chapter or so. I found there to be a lot of background of Al Qaeda and how the US has countered terrorism over the last few years.

Unfortunately that wasn’t really the aspect I was interested in. I was hoping for a tense thriller and what I got was a plodding anti-terror story that didn’t really do much for me.

Rating: 5/10

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1 Comment

  1. Great work from Forsyth. Definitely the best novel he wrote in the last years.


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