The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth
Friends this is my review of the book The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth, which I read recently. I was looking forward to reading this book, as previously I had enjoyed reading Fredick's books but sadly this was not the case.
I suppose I should have been warned by the cover, as the quotes on it were all about Frederick as an author and not about the book. The theme of the book is the ongoing war against cocaine. He goes into great detail explaining why the cocaine drugs industry is a problem and what can and can't be done to stop it, which I assume was based on fact though I have not checked it out. If it was not based on fact then it was a total waste of space.
The book in the same vane then goes on to list a large number of actions taken around the world to try and stop the cocaine business. These one must assume are fictitious.
The trouble was it read as a shopping list of actions. There was no depth to the majority of characters, and realistically it was just boring. Even the final twist was fairly predictable, especially when considering the vast sums of money involved.
So all in all not the best book in the world, and a disappointing read. This was book 12 week 10 fiction 12 (audio book 3) non fiction 0
Icon by Frederic Forsyth
This is my review of the book Icon by Frederic Forysth, which I have read recently. Maybe it is because of the snow, cold or just the season, but I thought I would re read this book which I last read, about 10 years ago.
Like all Frederic Forysth books it is full of detail and back story making the whole thing far more believable. Th book is written in two parts. The first half introduces one to the key characters, by using back history. During this process Frederic brings along a whole cacophony of characters, who sadly nearly all end up being betrayed and killed, but build the back story for the main characters.
For a lot of authors, this would have been a book in itself, but part two moves on to the main story line of the book, a forth coming election in Russia. The favourite candidate on the surface seems all milk and honey, but underneath he as a completely different agenda. He is working to the “black manifesto”. When this comes to light a group of ex-spies come up with a master plan to stop a disaster happening.
Through a series of seemingly unrelated events they manage to start to change events. The final twist happens on the eve of the election, but I can't reveal what happens otherwise it would spoil the story.
It has been an enjoyable few days reading nearly 1000 pages in the last two books, and have I missed the TV – no not really? Though the power is useful for providing light, as reading by candle light is not that brilliant.
This was book 11 week 8 – fiction 10 (1 on audio) non fiction 1
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