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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