Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Afghan by Frederick Forsyth

Forsyth shows his impressive BBC reporter side in this one. He has so much detail, and there is so much research backing it, and the scope is so vast, and complex that other authors would simply think embarking on a similar project themselves too difficult. So, they wouldn't do it. Making Forsyth the king, and one to be studied, and learned from. He is the professor of story telling, and his class in The Afghan is on tribal history, dialects, sociology in how they behave amongst themselves, with each other, and in the political arena. He weaves together with his story a history of Bin Laden, Al Qaeda how they came to be, and how America along with her closest friends the British deal with them. Mike Martin is an Englishman retired from British military service as an elite para trooper, and secret agent. He was restoring an old farmhouse when one night over a cup of hot tea in an orchard he agreed to come back into service for a clandestine operation that will infiltrate him into the Middle East. Intelligence Services has learned of a plot, but of course they don't know anything more. Mike Martin is  perfectly suited for the mission as he has a working knowledge of the area, the language, and the people from his past missions. Also as the child with parentage from the area he looks the part, and speaks the dialects better than most. One small problem may come up. He may run  into people who remember him from his past missions. People who know who he really is. This story is set in the time following 9/11 and Forsyth tells it as if he'd lived it himself. His depth of knowledge will satisfy any hunger for detail you as the reader may have. If you like espionage, or spy thrillers of any kind, you'll love this one. And, if you're a writer.  You may just be taught a thing or two.