The Afghan

The Afghan

Book - 2006
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"When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize- but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Impossible, unless . . . The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantánamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a twenty-five-year veteran of war zones around the world-a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before-pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs-pass off Martin as the trusted Khan. It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOR
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 24 cm


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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.

Jul 29, 2014

The historical content is enlightening & the story is credible.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

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.

Nov 03, 2012

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

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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