The Afghan

The Afghan

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When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they are primed for action - but what can they do? They know nothing about the attack: the what, where or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Impossible, unless . . .

The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a 25-year veteran of war zones around the world, a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before - pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs - pass off Martin as the trusted Khan.

It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there . . .

The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File - the books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the international thriller as we know it today. Combining meticulous research with crisp narratives and plots as current as the headlines, Forsyth shows us the world as it is, in a way that few have ever been able to equal.

And the world as it is today is a very scary place . . .
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 106 x 178 x 36mm | 299.37g
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552155047
  • 9780552155045
  • 60,867

About Frederick Forsyth

Former RAF pilot and investigative journalist, Frederick Forsyth defined the modern thriller when he wrote The Day of The Jackal, described by Lee Child as `the book that broke the mould', with its lightning-paced storytelling, effortlessly cool reality and unique insider information. Since then he has written twelve novels which have been bestsellers around the world: The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fourth Protocol, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra and, most recently, The Kill List. He lives in Buckinghamshire, England.
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"Forsyth's storytelling mastery goes from strength to strength. Don't ever imagine that you know what's going to happen next" * Mirror * "Forsyth on top form...the master storyteller has lost none of his touch" * Daily Mail * "Vintage Forsyth...Back doing what he does best" * Sunday Times * "Highly readable and with that trademark of impressive detail" * Mail on Sunday * "Exciting, frightening, instructive." * Literary Review *
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'One of the world's best thriller writers' Wall Street Journal

When British and American intelligence learn of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works their only option is to plant someone in Al Qaeda to find out more.

The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a 25-year veteran of war zones around the world, a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before - pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs - pass off Martin as the trusted Khan.

It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there . . .


'Forsyth's finest novel since the Jackal, a story as fresh as tomorrow's headlines, packed with details that confirm his reputation...all told with a pace and panache that demands that you never put it down' Daily Mail

'An extraordinary story of bravery, fanaticism, extreme espionage and advanced terrorism' Daily Mirror

'An imagination and talent which shows little sign of abating' Daily Express
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"Forsyth on top form...the master storyteller has lost none of his touch"
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9,410 ratings
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4 38% (3,545)
3 32% (3,028)
2 8% (799)
1 2% (195)
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