Classic Forsythe, in some ways a post-9/11 version of "The Devil's Alternative". It also brings back Mike Martin, the central character first introduced in "The Fist of God". This one is better than the latter but lacks some of the scope and complexity of the former. Highly recommended for anyone who appreciates the Forsythe genre.
The historical content is enlightening & the story is credible. I much preferred it to "the Cobra" & " in a darker place".
After the "The Cobra", "The Afghan" was a disappointment. Too much historical background and not enough action for my personal preference. Too slow to finish.
An enjoyable read with enough detail to keep interest up but with out the heavy reading of Tom Clancy.
This novel uses Forsyth's usual, and highly entertaining, technique of parallel story lines that converge to a climax. The basic story concerns an effort by intelligence agencies to place an agent disguised as an Afghan into the a terrorist network to discover and foil an attack, even though the nature and place of the attack remains unclear until near the end. The characters are well drawn and the plot is creative. Forsyth displays remarkable knowledge of the inner workings of both intelligence agencies and terrorist methods. While not Forsyth's best, it is very good indeed.
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