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  • Author:
    Frederick Forsyth
  • ISBN:
    0091388708
  • ISBN13:
    978-0091388706
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  • Publisher:
    Hutchinson; 1st edition (1979)
  • Pages:
    478 pages
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    Thrillers & Suspense
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Bantam Books by Frederick Forsyth. The day of the jackal. Not one word has been omitted. The devil’s alternative.

Bantam Books by Frederick Forsyth. The dogs of war. A Bantam Book, published by arrangement with Viking Penguin. Serialized in PENTHOUSE; condensed by Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. Bantam reissue, August 1995.

Frederick Forsyth was born in Ashford, England on August 25, 1938. At age seventeen, he decided he was ready to start experiencing life for himself, so he left school and traveled to Spain. While there he briefly attended the University of Granada before returning to England and joining the Royal Air Force. His other works include The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol, Devil's Alternative, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra and The Fox.

The Devil's Alternative" was the book via which Mr. Forsyth broke that vow, and we the aficionados of thrillers are all the richer and grateful for it! An absolutely fantastic novel with nary a dull moment

The Devil's Alternative" was the book via which Mr. Forsyth broke that vow, and we the aficionados of thrillers are all the richer and grateful for it! An absolutely fantastic novel with nary a dull moment. yet paradoxically, in 2015 it's surprisingly relevant, given the current crisis in the Ukraine and the renewed animosities between the Ukrainians and the Russians (not to mention the increase in piracy. Forsyth broke that vow, and we the aficionados of thrillers . I purchased this because I am re-reading Frederick Forsyth and extending my collection to include his later works. This novel has a wide variety of characters, most of them sympathetically drawn, although that may not have been the intent at the time it was published - at the height of the Cold War. Two different plans suddenly collide and action is called for!

UGC Certified Member. Frederick Forsyth ‘The Devil’s Alternative book. Forsyth keeps us wondering until the very last page. He is a genius and his tales wring every emotion from us and we move from laughter to tears

UGC Certified Member. He is a genius and his tales wring every emotion from us and we move from laughter to tears. Overall, however, it is the pace of his tale that wraps us up and gathers us into its arms for the journey. The Adventures of the Devil's Foot.

The Devil's Alternative is a novel by British writer Frederick Forsyth first published in 1979. It was his fourth full-length novel and marked a new direction in his work, setting the story in the near-future (in 1982) rather than in the recent. It was his fourth full-length novel and marked a new direction in his work, setting the story in the near-future (in 1982) rather than in the recent past. The work evolved from an unfilmed screenplay entitled No Alternative. The story opens with the discovery of a castaway in the Black Sea. Recovering in hospital in Turkey, the man is visited by Andrew Drake, an Anglo-Ukrainian.

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A thriller, from the author of THE DAY OF THE JACKAL and THE DOGS OF WAR, in which the President of the USA and other statesmen throughout the world face a decision that will cost the lives of many people.

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As long-time readers may already remember, Frederick Forsyth originally vowed that he would only write three novels. "The Devil's Alternative" was the book via which Mr. Forsyth broke that vow, and we the aficionados of thrillers are all the richer and grateful for it!

An absolutely fantastic novel with nary a dull moment. Yes, it was written in 1979 and set in the "future" date of 1982 when the Cold War was still raging and the Soviet Union was very much a real entity....yet paradoxically, in 2015 it's surprisingly relevant, given the current crisis in the Ukraine and the renewed animosities between the Ukrainians and the Russians (not to mention the increase in piracy of cargo vessels).

Fascinating and detailed insights into the late 70s/early 80s political circles and intelligence communities of the US, UK, USSR, then-West Germany, then-East Germany, the Netherlands, and Israel alike (as well as significant and well-detailed descriptions of historical and geographical landmarks of these countries). And highly-engaging and well-developed characters.

A few nitpicks here, though not enough to for me to downgrade my 5-star book rating:

--In 20/20 hindsight, The author was obviously a tad bit incorrect in his prediction that OPEC would fall apart by 1982 (p. 99), or that Leonid Brezhnev would have retire of his own accord (as opposed to dying) by 1982.

--I'm pretty sure the Soviets would've used grams instead of ounces for measuring weight

--The Soviets referred to the Second World War as "The Great Patriotic War."

-- On p. 204, he commits two firearms-related technical gaffes, neither of which I would expect from a former British military officer:
1. Using "revolver" and "automatic" interchangeably
2. He lists a 9mm Tokarev and not a 9x18 Makarov as the KGB sidearm."

--If I'm not mistaken, the Israelis refer to their Head of State as "Prime Minister" as opposed to "Premier."

But enough nitpicking! Enjoy this excellent novel!

Regarding certain characters, I get the impression that Mr. Forsyth based them at least partially on real-life historical figures: for example, U.S. President William Matthews = Jimmy Carter, U.S. National Security Advisor Stanislaw Poklewski = Zbigniew Brezezinski, and UK Prime Minster Carpenter = Margaret Thatcher?

Also, how ironic that one of the hard-line Soviet characters, Marshal Kerensky, shares his surname with a real-life Russian democrat who fell victim to the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

Favorite lines:

--"But he knew this front entrance was for congressmen, senators, **and other undesirables.**" [emphasis added](p. 146) Haha, good one!

--"You Scotch, Mr. Munro?" "Scottish, yes." "I'm Irish. You a Catholic?" "A what?" "A Catholic, for chrissake." "No, Church of Scotland." "Jesus, twenty years in the United States Air Force and I get to chauffeur a Scottish Protestant." (pp. 422-423) LOL! As a Catholic of Scots-Irish descent, I find this especially amusing.

Partial hypothetical Casting Call (had this movie been made in the 1980s when these actors were in their prime):

--Roger Moore as Adam Munro
--Robert Brown ("M" in five of the 007 films) as Sir Nigel Irvine, head of MI6
--Michael Gough (Alfred Pennyworth in the 1989 version of "Batman") as Sir Julian
--John Rhys-Davies as Soviet Premier Rudin
--Steven Berkoff as Yefrem Vishnayev
--Joss Ackland as Marshal Kerensky
--Walter Gotell (KGB General Gogol in several 007 films) as Soviet Foreign Minister Dmitri Rykov
--Ed O'Ross (played ruthless Georgian mobster Viktor Rostavili in the Schwarzenegger film "Red Heat") as Chavadze the Georgian)
--Curt Jürgens as West German Chancellor Busch
--Jack Watson (RSM Sandy Young in "The Wild Geese" and Cpl. Peacock in "The Devil's Brigade") as British Royal Marine Col. Holmes
--Richard Harris as British Royal Marine Major Fallon
--Shane Rimmer (American submarine skipper CDR Carter in "The Spy Who Loved Me") as USAF Col. O'Sullivan
--Anthony Peck (Executive Officer of the USS Dallas in "The Hunt for Red October") as LCDR Chuck Olsen, USN, gunnery officer of the USS Moran
Fegelv
I purchased this because I am re-reading Frederick Forsyth and extending my collection to include his later works.
This novel has a wide variety of characters, most of them sympathetically drawn, although that may not have been the intent at the time it was published -- at the height of the Cold War.
Two different plans suddenly collide and action is called for!
Dikus
I couldn't put it down. Read for six hours straight on a flight to Hawaii! Lots of intrigue and twists and international villains in classic Forsyth style. I reallly hated to see it end. Just downloaded two more of his books.
huckman
Many things can be learned from this well told story. The self-imagery expats radical them self as ultra-patriots and we can learn how things are happen today with the young Muslims born in the western world.
The time frame is in the tenure of Yuri Andropov as First Secretary of the USSR. This former head of the KGB sure knew his trade and could outsmart western secret services. Andropov was from Don Cossack family and reform minded. He was followed by other old and sick man, but he promoted Gorbachev to become the future and last General Secretary of the Communist Party.
The SALT talks where behind but Ronald Regan introduced The START talks in 1982. We in Iceland followed well upon these negotiations and on Summit between Regan and Gorbachev where held in Reykjavík. There was a lot of goodwill in these talks as the big arms empires where indebting their countries in the armament race.
The arms traders were quick to find new canals for their merchandise and the conclusion is that the human race is judged to live with struggle.
Elías Kristjánsson, Iceland
HyderCraft
This is the best book I've ever read. The suspense was excruciating. I actually had to put the book down several times so acute was the narrative. Several plots meshed and pulled me through varied scenarios until I was literally drained. I could not put the book down for long until I had to begin reading again.
The climax was brilliant and left me enthralled with the ability of this writer to capture an audience, actually grab the reader in a firm grip and not release until the reader was completely exhausted. The best espionage thriller I've ever read......John S McGlinn
Flash_back
One of the best books I have ever read. It not only keeps your attention the entire book, but it is perfectly narrated, the different scenes and developments grow slowly towards the end and they all arrive in perfect synchronization.

Also, it is not as complicated as other novels that try to impress the reader with complicated technicalities. Yet the author shows an exceptional knowledge of all the things he mentions.
Pemand
As a new author myself (The Frenchman's Daughters WW2 fiction adventure) I know just how difficult it is to keep the story rolling and work it in with events and real places as you go. This really should be a 5* review as most are for this author But, with all the various intertwining of this plot it became a bit longwinded. It's a great, well thought out plot but maybe goes in too many directions although it does get there in the end in a fairly believable way. Many of this authors other work offers faster action but thanks anyway.
Great plot but gets tied up in technical explanations from time to time. Always a "I didn't see that coming" ending.