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I had been a FF fan and was glad to see a new one come out. No doubt an interesting topic and close to drug problem faced on a global scale. But if you are looking for an exciting plot and a page-turner......you are looking in the wrong place. Climax is also weak. I normally don't go for abridged versions, but for this one I wouldn't have minded.............
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I have been a fan of Frederick Forsyth since I read "The Day of The Jackal" 40 years ago. His style, more than any other author of this genre, exemplifies the thoroughly researched thriller and “The Cobra” doesn’t disappoint.
If you expect gunfights and explosions on every second page, then Forsyth is not for you. However, if a beautifully built storyline is what you enjoy, look no further. The suspense in this novel is subtle and understated and makes you keep on "turning the pages".
John Chancer manages to give the persons in “The Cobra” individual characters and I find his narration excellent.
I was disappointed by the author's previous book, The Afgan, which I felt was inferior in plotting to his many excellent thrillers that I've enjoyed in the past. The Cobra has more in common with the latter, though the theme is very different. In past books the quarry has usually been a political figure or regime, whereas in this book the adversary is the cocaine drugs trade based in Columbia. As with other books by the author there's a lot of detail about aircraft, guns, bombs and admiring references to the SAS and its US equivalent. Women hardly figure: it's real 'boys own stuff', yet, surprisingly, as a woman I enjoy these books. The technological detail gives a sense of authenticity and usually it's not so overdone as to be boring.
It's an intriguing story that starts in the present day, with obvious references to President Obama and PM David Cameron, though they are never mentioned, and carries on into the future for a couple of years. A retired spy is coaxed out of retirement and given leave, and an enormous budget, to create an audacious plan to destroy the network of the cocaine trade fanning out from South America into the USA and Europe. Real and fictitious characters are interwoven in this pacy thriller with some surprises along the way that I won't spoil by describing. The author has obviously done a great deal of research into the drugs trade and it is a chilling story of corruption, vicious violence fueled by the gigantic profits to be made between the crop in the jungle to the streets of the West.
It's interesting how the fall of Communism has caused the likes of Forsyth and Le Carre to find other adversaries for their 'heros' to tackle.
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What a fabulous book typical of Frederick Forsyth that will keep you listening to the end. Full of fascinating twists and turns it will give you an insight into the cocaine trade. I would think the information on how cocaine is processed would put you off the drug for life. Thoroughly recommended.
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