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Forsyth, Frederick - 'The Kill List'
Hardback: 352 pages (Sep. 2013) Publisher: Bantam Press ISBN: 0593071972

The Preacher, a radical Islamic cleric whose sermons inspire his followers to kill high profile Western targets in the name of God. As the bodies begin to pile up in America, Great Britain and across Europe, the message goes out: discover this man's identity, locate him and take him out.

A top secret government organisation called J-Soc that was originally set up by Donald Rumsfeld about the time of the first Iraq War is directly reporting to the US President and is tasked with compiling a list of candidates that have caused grief and are a danger to mankind and need to be summarily executed by whatever means possible.

Chris "Kit" Carson, ex-US Marine Colonel is on secondment to Tosa which carries out instructions from J-Soc and is ordered to identify the "Preacher", locate and destroy!

Tasked with what seems like an impossible job is this ex-US marine who has risen through the ranks to become one of America's most effective intelligence chiefs. Now known only as 'The Tracker', he must gather what scant evidence there is, collate it and unmask 'The Preacher' if he is to prevent the next spate of violent deaths. Aided only by a brilliant teenage hacker, he must throw out the bait and see whether his deadly target can be drawn from his lair.

What follows is one of the most exciting and suspenseful stories that I have ever read. It is not a short book but I was gripped from the moment I picked it up and could not put it down until I reached the final page. The research that Forsyth does for his books is extremely thorough and when you read them you know you can trust their authenticity as the author is known often to check out the locality of the places he describes.

Former RAF pilot and investigative journalist, Frederick Forsyth defined the modern thriller when he wrote THE DAY OF THE JACKAL, with its lightning-paced storytelling, effortlessly cool reality and unique insider information. Since then he has written over a dozen more best-selling novels including most recently, THE COBRA. I enjoyed this one tremendously. If you want an exciting read buy this book.

Terry Halligan, England
October 2013

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