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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.
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...read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: A classic thriller, September 6, 2003 Reviewer: Fred Harvey from Birmingham England Forsyth sets himself a problem with the theme of this book ;it is about an attempt to assassinate General de Gaule and ,as is widely known ,the man died of natural causes .Thus Forsyth denies himself one central tension-excitement about the outcome.That he still writes a brilliant and suspenseful thriller ,by concentrating on process rather than outcome ,is a testimony to his skills as fiction writer and his background in journalism. The book is written in a clinical ,detached style reminiscent of a police report ,or indeed non polemical investigative journalism.There are few stylistic flourishes and much technical detail .We are rarely made privy to the way characters think or feel and this gives the book a documentary mood ; events feel viewed as from a distance lending the book an eerie and chilling feel. The right wing OAS -a real organization -who feel that de Gaulle has betrayed France by granting Algerian independence hire the Jackal ,a professional ,to assassinate him .We learn little of the Jackal except that he is a blond Englishman ,ruthless and efficient at his trade .As he lays his plans -new identity ,weapons ,location etc so the French authorities realise that he is an altogether tougher proposition than the fanatics who have tried to kill de Gaulle previously and the hunt is on.From that point on the book goes into overdrive and is almost unbearably suspenseful and gripping. One of the very best thrillers ever and probably the best ever about a manhunt.