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La intervención de un teléfono móvil permite a los servicios secretos británico y estadounidense ponerse sobre la pista de un atentado, que se presume muy sangriento, de al-Qaida. Poco más se sabe del mismo y los intentos por descubrirlo son estériles. Así que no cabe más que una opción: infiltrar a alguien en el entramado de la organización terrorista. El elegido es el coronel retirado Mike Martin, nacido en Irak y que durante un cuarto de siglo ha servido en las zonas más peligrosas del mundo. Martin deberá suplantar a Izmat Jan, destacado dirigente talibán, encarcelado en Guantánamo. Y mientras Martin se prepara para la misión más peligrosa de su vida, la organización del atentado sigue su curso. Si sale bien, cambiará el destino del mundo; y todos saben que nunca nadie ha conseguido infiltrarse en Al-Qaeda...
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 . . .
En la Unión Soviética se da una mala cosecha de cereal y en Ucrania se manifiestan inquietudes nacionalistas. Y esta es la punta del iceberg que puede conducir a un choque frontal entre las dos superpotencias mundiales durante la guerra fría. Frederick Forsyth exhibe en esta obra sus mejores cualidades de novelista. La trama, elaborada y apasionante, mezcla política internacional, amor, nacionalismo y una galería de personajes redondos y convincentes. «Forsyth ha sabido combinar una vez más la realidad y la ficción para crear una dinámica y una atmósfera que mantienen el ánimo ensuspenso.» La Vanguardia
Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. The killer, too, has vanished. Or so it would seem.
Piloto de motocicletas, aspirante a torero en Málaga y aviador de la RAF a los diecisiete años, Frederick Forsyth ingresó muy joven en el periodismo. Enviado por la agencia Reuter a cubrir los viajes del general De Gaulle en la época de los atentados de la OAS, concibió contar un atentado desconocido: el que cometió Chacal.
Frederick Forsyth has helped define the international thriller as we know it. And now he does it again. What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked. The war is on - though who the ultimate winner will be, no one can tell. . .
El negocio de la cocaína mueve billones de dólares cada año. Su consumo causa un número incalculable de muertes y su dominio crece a un ritmo implacable. Un día el presidente de Estados Unidos decide invertir todos sus esfuerzos en acabar con este negocio y le encarga esta tarea, aparentemente imposible, a Paul Deveraux, un ex agente de la CIA extremadamente inteligente, dedicado y tan audaz como despiadado. Si alguien en el mundo puede hacer este trabajo, es él. Deveraux acepta el reto de desarticular los carteles de la droga, pero impone algunas condiciones: tendrá a su disposición todo el dinero, los agentes y los recursos que considere necesarios. Y la misión no finalizará hasta que haya alcanzado su objetivo. No hay límites ni reglas y nadie hará preguntas después. La guerra ha estallado y han desaparecido las normas del combate.Desde las pistas de aterrizaje de la selva amazónica hasta los barrios bajos de Bogotá, pasando por las espaciosas oficinas gubernamentales de Washington, Paul Deveraux, alias Cobra, descubre la escalofriante realidad del imperio más poderoso: el de la droga.Frederick Forsyth es, sin duda alguna, el gran maestro del thriller .
The Cocaine industry is worth billions of dollars a year to the drug cartels who spread their evil seed across Western society. Its usage causes incalculable misery, poverty and death. Slowly, gradually, inexorably it is spreading. . . it is a blight which must be stopped. One man, Paul Devereaux, intellectual, dedicated, utterly ruthless and ex-CIA special ops, is given what seems like an impossible task. At his disposal, anything he wants - men, resources, money. He will not stop until he has completed his mission. Up to now the drug trade has been used to world governments attempting to prevent them plying their trade. But up to now, those governments have played by the rules. That is about to change. The rules no longer apply. . . and a dirty war is about to get a whole lot dirtier. . .
Los servicios secretos británicos encargan a uno de sus agentes que descubra a un traidor que actúa dentro de la organización. Mientras tanto, Gran Bretaña está a punto de celebrar elecciones generales los soviéticos pretenden que gane el Partido Laborista, dominado por una facción de izquierda. Para ello, el jefe del Kremlin juega la baza del desarme nuclear: envía un agente secreto a Inglaterra con el propósito de activar una bomba atómica y hacerla estallar antes de las elecciones.
The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.<P><P> One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name. And as the minutes count down to the final act of execution, it seems that there is no power on earth that can stop the Jackal.<P> Edgar Allen Poe Award Winner
The second part of the story starts from the climax and makes a heart-stopping end. The jackal is a tall, blond killer, a man unknown to any Secret service in the world, an assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.
Sam McCready has served with distinction for seven years as chief of the covert operations desk of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, a post that is the culmination of a brilliant career as an inventive and intrepid field agent. But times have changed. A high-level policy decision demands that the SIS strip away its old-style operatives and the first to be targeted for retirement is the freewheeling McCready. No one is more eager to be rid of the Deceiver than Timothy Edwards, a ruthless careerist who sees in McCready's demise a stepping-stone for his own ambitions. Offered his choice of two positions-an obscure administrative job or early retirement-McCready has only one further option: the hearing to which Foreign Office regulations entitle him. Sharp-minded, somewhat cynical, McCready is a maverick whose independent style has often driven him beyond the rules. He has not been afraid to press the CIA to the explosion point in an effort to convince them their prize defector is a double agent. Once, he hired a low-level German agent as a courier to deliver a priceless Soviet document to the West-a man he subsequently had to race the KGB to find. He sent an Ulster veteran deep into Libya to subvert a Qaddafi plot to ship a lethal cargo of arms to the IRA and terrorize Britain and the U.S. And most recently there was the notorious instance when he acted far beyond his brief, taking over a remote Caribbean island torn between Fidel Castro and the Colombian drug trade. Presented to a panel of his peers, McCready's exploits may be dazzling evidence of his value-or damning proof that he must be put aside. Presiding over this long-shot effort by a great spy master to save his career will be Timothy Edwards, McCready's most determined foe-and in the balance hangs the future of Britain's secret intelligence operations. Here, in the skillfully constructed history of a seasoned agent, is a provocative study of the changing face of espionage from the Cold War to the Gulf War, rich in the deft detail and unparalleled insight only Frederick Forsyth, master of the novel of intrigue, can deliver.
It is 1982. A man is rescued, near-naked and unconscious, from a skiff floating in the Black Sea swell off the coast of Turkey; a few fateful months later the world stands at the brink of the Unthinkable, as men and women in Washington, Moscow and London, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Rotterdam, struggle against the ticking countdown to doom. How this seemingly insignificant beginning leads inexorably to so cosmically threatening a climax provides the narrative backbone of Frederick Forsyth's overwhelming and long-awaited new novel. A failed Russian grain crop, a fanatic band of Ukrainians (terrorists or freedom fighters, depending on your viewpoint), a last-chance Soviet-American treaty, a loaded supertanker held hostage in the North Sea, a British agent in Moscow loving and imperiling a secretary in the Kremlin -these are only some of the strands so skillfully plaited into an ever-tightening cable of terror. Utter control of complex materials, a plot line that arrows swift and true to the target, and surprises that come like pistol shots are the ingredients in Forsyth's alchemical blend. It is 1982. A man is rescued, near-naked and unconscious, from a skiff floating in the Black Sea swell off the coast of Turkey; a few fateful months later the world stands at the brink of the Unthinkable, as men and women in Washington, Moscow and London, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Rotterdam, struggle against the ticking countdown to doom. How this seemingly insignificant beginning leads inexorably to so cosmically threatening a climax provides the narrative backbone of Frederick Forsyth's overwhelming and long-awaited new novel. A failed Russian grain crop, a fanatic band of Ukrainians (terrorists or freedom fighters, depending on your viewpoint), a last-chance Soviet-American treaty, a loaded supertanker held hostage in the North Sea, a British agent in Moscow loving and imperiling a secretary in the Kremlin -these are only some of the strands so skillfully plaited into an ever-tightening cable of terror. Utter control of complex materials, a plot line that arrows swift and true to the target, and surprises that come like pistol shots are the ingredients in Forsyth's alchemical blend.
#1 "New York Times" bestselling author Frederick Forsyth delivers a frighteningly possible novel of international terrorism and impending war. . . As the Russian people face starvation, the Politburo is faced with a hard choice: negotiate with America for food, go to war for national survival, or deal with an uprising in the motherland. Through an informant, British Agent Adam Munro learns that the situation is growing dangerously tense, with powerful forces in the USSR maneuvering for supremacy. But even as East and West conduct delicate talks, events spiral out of control and threaten to undo every step taken. The world's largest oil tanker is hijacked by terrorists, and a Ukrainian "freedom fighter" is rescued in a bloody catastrophe on the Black Sea. From Moscow to Washington, the stakes grow ever more perilous as the mad actions of a few threaten to engulf the entire world in nuclear war--unless Munro can stop them.
Knocking off a bank or an armored truck is merely crude. Knocking off an entire republic has, I feel, a certain style." So says mining magnate Sir James Manson, a shadowy titan of the City, London's financial district, who schemes a coup d'etat in Zangaro, a small West African dictatorship where a secret source of platinum lies waiting to be exploited. If the goal is clear, the means are not, for there are no up-to-date manuals on overthrowing governments by force. By the time he has set forth this sinister venture in all its ramifications, Frederick Forsytn Bas fashioned that manual and given us a new classic of terror and enthrallment. The man selected to plan and carry out the sack of Zangaro is Cat Shannon, an Anglo-Irishman, aged thirty-three, late of Nigeria and the Congo. There is a deadly parallel about the ways Sir James and Cat set about their tasks: one shuttling between London and Zurich, manipulating currencies and stocks and using all the shady ploys of international finance; the other ranging all over Europe, hiring his small force of fellow ex-mercs, buying and shipping arms under false colors, moving his mini-army south against a hundred-day deadline, and planning the final blow with a brilliant precision that does not allow for the tiniest slip of timing or tactics. The world as we know it goes into a kind of mad dissolve, and beyond it we see a chillingly ordered antiworld of conspiracy, greed, and ferocity. From first inkling to final (and shockingly surprising) climax, there is hot havoc indeed when these dogs of War,' slip.
An astonishing discovery is made in the remote African republic of Zangaro, one which could change the course of a nation's history forever. But such a discovery cannot be kept secret for long and Sir James Manson will stop at nothing to protect this find. A ruthless and bloody-minded tycoon, Manson immediately hires an army of mercenaries and with this deadly crew behind him he sets out to topple the government and replace its dictator with a puppet president. But news of the discovery has reached Russia - and suddenly Manson finds he no longer makes the rules in this power game. A game in which win or lose means life or death. In this masterful thriller of international intrigue, Frederick Forsyth delivers a tense, brutal and always believable tale that will satisfy die-hard fans and newcomers alike.
Forsyth, uno de los grandes nombres de la novela de intriga política y espionaje, consigue concentrar en El emperador todas sus grandes dotes de narrador para contarnos cómo Murgatroyd, un director de banco sencillo y apocado, maltratado por una esposa amargada, es capaz de descubrir, en un lugar paradisiaco y de la manera más insospechada, que nunca es tarde para que la vida te sonría. Claro homenaje a El viejo y el mar, El emperador es un relato delicioso lleno de tensión y esperanza.Este relato forma parte de la antología El emperador y otros relatos .
Frederick Forsyth, que ha acreditado su talento literario en numerosas novelas de éxito mundial, entre ellas Chacal, La alternativa del diablo y El manifiesto negro, es uno de los grandes nombres de la narrativa de intriga política y espionaje.En este libro condensa sus dotes en una serie de relatos tan impactantes como ingeniosos, que constituyen pequeñas joyas en su género.
En El fantasma de Manhattan, Frederick Forsyth rescata a un personaje legendario de la literatura y el cine: el fantasma de la Ópera. Aprovechando la enigmática personalidad del atormentado ser que habita en los sótanos de la ópera de París, reelabora el mito del monstruo solitario, aislado del mundo a causa de su repulsiva fealdad.La novela empieza con los primeros años de Erik Muhlheirn, el "fantasma", en su lóbrego refugio del subsuelo parisino, donde, contra toda previsión, desarrolla una sensibilidad única para la música. Joven, incapaz de asumir su soledad, se enamora perdidamente de Christine, una de las cantantes. Movido por un deseo irreprimible, rapta a la muchacha. Pero sus planes, obviamente, están condenados al fracaso y Erik, prófugo de la justicia, debe abandonar Francia. Su huida lo lleva a Manhattan, donde lo aguardan el éxito y la fortuna. Sin embargo, deberá permanecer oculto tras la máscara, alimentando su obsesión, dedicando la vida entera a recuperar a su amada. Dando un giro imprevisto a su trayectoria novelística, Forsyth crea una obra conmovedora, impregnada del encanto de un tema clásico y el vigor narrativo de uno de los escritores más leídos de nuestro tiempo.
From the bestselling author of The Day of the Jackal, international master of intrigue Frederick Forsyth, comes a thriller that brilliantly blends fact with fiction for one of this summer's--or any season's--most explosive reads!From the behind-the-scenes decision-making of the Allies to the secret meetings of Saddam Hussein's war cabinet, from the brave American fliers running their dangerous missions over Iraq to the heroic young spy planted deep in the heart of Baghdad, Forsyth's incomparable storytelling skill keeps the suspense at a breakneck pace. Somewhere in Baghdad is the mysterious "Jericho," the traitor who is willing--for a price--to reveal what is going on in the high councils of the Iraqi dictator. But Saddam's ultimate weapon has been kept secret even from his most trusted advisers, and the nightmare scenario that haunts General Schwarzkopf and his colleagues is suddenly imminent, unless somehow, the spy can locate that weapon--The Fist of God--in time.Peopled with vivid characters, brilliantly displaying Forsyth's incomparable, knowledge of intelligence operations and tradecraft, moving back and forthbetween Washington and London, Baghdad and Kuwait, desert vastnesses and city bazaars, this breathtaking novel is an utterly convincing story of what mayactually have happened behind the headlines.
It is a time of political unrest in Great Britain. And behind the Iron Curtain an insidious plot is being hatched, a plan so incendiary that even the KGB is ignorant of its existence--Aurora, the sinister brainchild of two of the world's most dangerous men: the general secretary of the Soviet Union and master spy Kim Philby.<P> The wheels are in motion, the pawns are in place, and the countdown has begun toward an "accident" that could change the fact of British politics forever and trigger and collapse of the Western alliance.<P> Only British agent John Preston stand any chance of breaching the conspiracy. Through plot and counterplot, from bloody back streets to polished halls of power both East and West, his desperate investigation is relentlessly blocked by deceit, treachery, and the most deadly enemy of all...time.
Este libro relata la historia verídica en que se basó el gran bestseller Los perros de la guerra. En esta contundente denuncia de la guerra civil nigeriana, Forsyth desentraña los orígenes de la contienda hasta sus mismas raíces, que arrancan de las diferencias tribales.
From the master of the novel of international intrigue comes a riveting new book as timely and unsettling as tomorrow's headlines.It is summer 1999 in Russia, a country on the threshold of anarchy. An interim president sits powerless in Moscow as his nation is wracked by famine and inflation, crime and corruption, and seething hordes of the unemployed roam the streets.For the West, Russia is a basket case. But for Igor Komarov, one-time army sergeant who has risen to leadership of the right-wing UPF party, the chaos is made to order. As he waits in the wings for the presidential election of January 2000, his striking voice rings out over the airwaves offering the roiling masses hope at last--not only for law, order, and prosperity, but for restoring the lost greatness of their land.Who is this man with the golden tongue who is so quickly becoming the promise of a Russia reborn? A document stolen from party headquarters and smuggled to Washington and London sends nightmare chills through those who remember the past, for this Black Manifesto is pure Mein Kampf in a country with frightening parallels to the Germany of the Weimar Republic.Officially the West can do nothing, but in secret a group of elder statesmen sends the only person who can expose the truth about Komarov into the heart of the inferno. Jason Monk, ex-CIA and "the best damn agent-runner we ever had," had sworn he would never return to Moscow, but one name changes his mind. Colonel Anatoli Grishin, the KGB officer who tortured and murdered four of Monk's agents after they had been betrayed by Aldrich Ames, is now Komarov's head of security.Monk has a dual mission: to stop Komarov, whatever it takes, and to prepare the way for an icon worthy of the Russian people. But he has a personal mission as well: to settle the final score with Grishin. To do this he must stay alive--and the forces allied against him are ruthless, the time frighteningly short....
It is summer 1999 in Russia, a country on the threshold of anarchy. An interim president sits powerless in Moscow as his nation is wracked by famine and inflation, crime and corruption, and seething hordes of the unemployed roam the streets. For the West, Russia is a basket case. But for Igor Komarov, onetime army sergeant who has risen to leadership of the right-wing UPF party, the chaos is made to order. As he waits in the wings for the presidential election of January 2000, his striking voice rings out over the airwaves offering the roiling masses hope at last-not only for law, order, and prosperity, but for restoring the lost greatness of their land. Who is this man with the golden tongue who is so quickly becoming the promise of a Russia reborn? A document stolen from party headquarters and smuggled to Washington and London sends nightmare chills through those who remember the past, for this Black Manifesto is pure Mein Kampf in a country with frightening parallels to the Germany of the Weimar Republic. Officially the West can do nothing, but in secret a group of elder statesmen sends the only person who can expose the truth about Komarov into the heart of the inferno. Jason Monk, ex-CIA and "the best damn agent-runner we ever had," had sworn he would never return to Moscow, but one name changes his mind. Colonel Anatoli Grishin, the KGB officer who tortured and murdered four of Monk's agents after they had been betrayed by Aldrich Ames, is now Komarov's head of security. Monk has a dual mission: to stop Komarov, whatever it takes, and to prepare the way for an icon worthy of the Russian people. But he has a personal mission as well: to settle the final score with Grishin.To do this he must stay alive-and the forces allied against him are ruthless, the time frighteningly short....
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