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The Afghan

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The Afghan

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
64544
publisher:
Putnam
genre:
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Frederick Forsyth shows his usual flair for realistic thriller scenarios in The Afghan, a tale of a British commando posing as a Taliban fighter to infiltrate a 9/11-scale al-Qaeda conspiracy. The action builds slowly while Forsyth pieces together a panorama of the war between Western intelligence agencies and global jihadist networks, full of weapons specs, briefings on Islamic fundamentalism, and SIGINT procedural (for the rest of us, that’s interception of radio and other signals). Forsyth can be professorial (”Let us not forget that Wahhabism is the state religion of Saudi Arabia”), but the mass of detail jells into a plot that’s intricate, cunning, and scarily plausible.

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