[29.08.03] The Avenger is a new thriller by Frederick Forsyth, about a Vietnam veteran using his experience to track down criminals and bringing them to justice.
[15.06.03] Greed, a new thriller from Chris Ryan, was released on June 5th 2003. Ex-SAS Matt Browning, desperately broke, is hired by the MI5 to form a team to part al-Queda from some of their money. The hi-jacking goes according to plan, but then things start to go seriously wrong... Fast action, but the characters are a bit cardboard. I read it all in one setting, though, so it can't be bad.
[30.04.03] Pre-order Dark Winter - Andy McNab's latest book, to be released on November 6th 2003.
[03.10.02] Liberation Day - A new Nick Stone-thriller from Andy McNab.
Frederick Forsyth started his career as a journalist, and some of his thrillers are based upon experiences from his journalistic career.
His first book, The Biafra Story, was an account of the civil war in Nigeria, with the province of Biafra trying to establish itself as a separate nation.
After this book, he started writing hugely successful thrillers:
The Avenger is a Vietnam veteran, living a quiet life as a lawyer in a small US town, but occasionally using his experience, hiring out himself and his competence. When the grandchild of a Canadian mining tycoon disappears in Serbia, the tycoon wants the man responsible brought to justice. Forsyth tells the story of the Avenger working himself into a position to seek revenge. While a competent thriller, this novel does not come into the same league as Forsyth's earliest books. It hasn't got the nerve of The Day of the Jackal, nor does the Avenger have the personal motivation that makes The Odessa File and The Dogs of War such good reads. The story of meticolous preparation from these books are to be found here, too, but it just isn't enough to make it a "must" for anyone but a Forsyth fan.
for the reader of modern crime novels, The
Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction gives a encyclopedic
view of post-war crime fiction. For non-English readers it is a drawback
that very little non-English material is included, but it is a great fountain
of facts about English language authors. Its scope is strictly crime,
leaving thrillers out - it still fills 780 pages, so you'll have more
than enough to read.
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