[KINDLE] ❁ The Fourth Protocol ❅ Frederick Forsyth – Golanvideoagency.info
Frederick Forsyth is one of my all time favorite novelists and my favorite of all spy novelists The Fourth Protocol is my favorite spy novel of all time It definitely falls into the Commando Spy category but is far better written than most I love spy novels of most types and the Commando spy novels of which I refer to the 007 novels as are particular favorites of mine but I also like the behind the curtains novels that LeCarre writes This book of Forsyth s is a fantastic cross breed of the two I ve read this book numerous times and never fail to get drawn in from head to toe It is great in all the little details you get from Forsyth s novels about the steps of the KGB s renegade mission and the investigation of the protagonist s suspicions as well as the dirty pool that make the book so much fun to read Agent John Preston is a great and sympathetic character who I can t help but root for I wish he could have been used again in Forsyth s books as he was such a likable and heroic character Nobody writes spy novels as well as the British and for my money no other author writes them as well as Forsyth This is my favorite Spy novel of all time If you love the nitty gritty of The Cold War as much as I do you ll understand I can t recommend this novel highly enough. This is Forsythe s most successful book about the Cold War His research into the inner workings of the Soviet goverment was so astonishingly detailed and accurate that he came under the attention of the CIA This book included several of the most intriguing and fully developed characters that Forsythe ever created A terrific read which was regrettably made into a movie that managed to leave out all of the romance and subtlety of the book and dull the edges of the story Forget about the film, read the book Frederick Forsyth is a writer who did write some classics when it comes to the thriller genre,The Odessa File about Nazi s post WWII, Dogs of war about the post colonial attitudes of big cooperations about former colonies, the day of the Jackal about the assassination of the French President And all books have a very precise build up with a lot of details how certain things can be done, mostly illegal stuff, and then the writer still knows how to surprise you in the end The Fourth Protocol is about the use of a small nuclear weapon inside a country that was party to a big treaty of Nuclear weapons reduction, it is the nightmare scenario The book begins as a heist goes wrong or right, which is in the eye of the beholder, which turns bad in the aftermath for most involved But somehow leads to the unearthing of a spy in Britain once again Which leads us to another southern continent and a chase for a long term sleeper agent.All the time we see a plan being created which would change the political future of a country through sheer manipulation in which master spy Kim Philby is involved.It is a spy story, historical views upon an aspect of WW2 which involves Afrikaners, a thriller with a case upon which rest the property for the British Isles and the chasing involved Right up to last page we know not what is happening and whom is doing the happening A bloody brilliantly written book that should be considered as one of Forsyths great novels and one of the Uber thrillers ever written in the genre So worthy of being read and worthy of a lot of praise.If you really do not fancy reading the book you can always watch the movie with Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan which is a very decent movie.Have read this book several time but a re visit ever so often seems to be inevitable and worth my time. This is my first British style spy thriller, and I have to say it stacks up pretty darned good next to the American equivalent There are no Mary Sue characters, no great intuitive leaps of logic, no silly foolishness from the Bad Guys, and only a smidgeon of authorial politics coming into it However, it does make me sad to see that every author of this sort of stuff that I ve come across is Right Wing to some extent or another I wonder what a Left Wing spy thriller would look like, and I wonder if there is some form of the genre kicking about in Russia in which KGB agents are the heroes against CIA machinations 3.5 5 Professional Thief Jim Rawlings Breaks Into The Apartment Of A Senior Civil Servant, And Unintentionally Discovers Stolen Top Secret Documents Although One Of The Most Notorious Thieves In London, He Is Enough Of A Patriot To Anonymously Send The Documents To MI So That They Might Locate The Traitor In Moscow, British Defector Kim Philby Drafts A Memorandum For The Soviet General Secretary Stating That, If The Labour Party Wins The Next General Election In The United Kingdom Scheduled For Sometime In The Subsequent Eighteen Months , The Hard Left Of The Party Will Oust The Moderate Populist Neil Kinnock In Favour Of A Radical New Leader Who Will Adopt A True Marxist Leninist Manifesto, Including The Expulsion Of All American Forces From The United Kingdom And The Country S Withdrawal From And Repudiation Of NATO In Conjunction With A GRU General, An Academic Named Krilov, And A Master Strategist, Philby Devises Plan Aurora To Ensure A Labour Victory By Exploiting The Party S Support For Unilateral Disarmament Although It Is Noted That The Strategist, A Nuclear Physicist And Chess Grand Master, Has Come Up With Most Of The Plan S Strategy THE FOURTH PROTOCOL by Frederick ForsythAnother classic Frederick Forsyth thriller from the Cold War era, whose age both the actual publication date and the storyline take place during Margaret Thatcher s tenure as Prime Minister of the UK does not diminish the enjoyability of the novel This one pits MI5 officer John Preston an intelligent and skilled operative whose career growth and ability to do his job is frequently stymied by his pompous jackass boss Brian Harcourt Smith against KGB super spy Major Valeri Petrofsky AKA James Duncan Ross Petrofsky is dispatched by high ranking rogue elements in the Soviet, including no less than the fictitious General Secretary of the USSR and real life infamous British traitor Kim Philby, to set off a relatively small scale nuclear explosion in the UK and thus influence British elections in favour of the country s radical, anti military, and anti American left wingers.The book is replete with Forsyth s delightfully sarcastic wit and encyclopaedic eye for detail whether the subject is geographical, political, or administrative in nature , as well as insightful perspective on British and Soviet intelligence agencies alike as well as left wing elements of British politics in the 1980s.RANDOM STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS and noteworthy passages p 6 Billy knew the door was secured by a shunt lock, which he had gratefully identified as a Chubb rather than a Brahmah, which is reputedly unpickable Hmmm, I wonder what Fiona Glenanne of Burn Notice would say about that p 8 Shouldn t Committee of State Security actually be Committee for State Security p 9 Burgess, drinking and buggering his way to an early grave Good riddance to that commie bugger p 30 Haha, Permanent Under Secretary PUS What would Demo Dick Marcinko think p 34 one of nature s bachelors, haha, good one,never heard that particular slang phrase before.Lady Fiona Glen.the eventual inspiration for the name of the Fiona Glenanne character from Burn Notice, perhaps p 41 the civil service unions had recruited so many staffers with extreme left political views Hey wow, just like in the US of A p 47 Um, Mr Forsyth, the Browning Hi Power 9mm doesn t have a fully Automatic capability p 54 wearing a nice new lines in concrete underpants, haha, nice one pp 56 57 the bedrock of Marxism Leninism in Britain has always been in the trade union movement Gee, what a shocker p 78 but the Chaika with the MOC license plates had sped down the center lane reserved for the vlasti , the elite, the fat cats in what Marx had dreamed would be a classless socirty it had become a society rigidly structured, layered, and class ridden as only a vast bureaucratic hierarchy can be Oh, snap A stinging indictment of Communism BTW, wouldn t another term for vlasti be nomenklatura p 84 postal intercept the British equivalent of what the U.S Federal law enforcement community refers to as mail covers p 126 there were ways to kill a cat than by thumping it with blunt objects Van Der Walt Street Vuilpiel p 130 De La Rey Regiment p 174 Sako automatic I thought Sako made only rifles, not pistols p 176 Almost alone in the world, the British do not have to carry any identification on their persons Holy crap, wow, is this as true now as it was back in 1984 when this novel was first published p 199 Starets Russian equivalent of English Old Man or French patron originally meant a village headman Pal is the diminutive equivalent of Pavel I thought Pasha was p 201 Um, would a Russian be using the English pejorative wogs Wouldn t he be using the term chernozophy instead p 226 Kandahar p 241 A large glob of butter to preemptively offset the effects of alcohol, eh Interesting p 243 Maintenance Is that what the Brits call it instead of alimony p 249 Wouldn t a Russian be used kilometres instead of miles in a conversation, especially with a fellow Russian p 280 engine cover, AKA the hood bonnet p 318 Another theme that ran through the Left campaign was anti Americanism Gee, what a surprise p 363 Um, Mr Forsyth, Operation Nimrod was in 1980, not 1981. Since I had seen the film countless times, I read the book with eager anticipation The book is a FAR finely woven plot than could ever be accommodated within the space of a 90 minute film, and therefore FAR satisfying The wealth of detail offered by Mr Forsyth is an educational experience, whether the sections and sub sections of the secret services, or the S.A.S Regiment, but best of all the pin prick analysis of the 1980s Labour Party is wonderful to behold The involvement of the traitor Kim Philby in a double plot is masterly, and if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then in smuggling in and trying to detonate a nuclear bomb in the U.K., the ultimate episode of television s Spooks must have been paying than lipservice to The Fourth Protocol Overall, a thoroughly good read, but only one sequence from the film which did not originate in the book, the female assembler who slept with the deep cover agent Pierce Brosnan in the film just before he murdered her was a nice touch, but obviously not penned by Forsyth. Trust a master story teller to write an epic I can t even begin to imagine the kind of research required for writing a novel like this Immensely eventful gripping and a complete page turner This kind of a story and plot demands extreme craft over the topics like politics, international relations, covert operations and government administration Something as simple as how to make a bomb stretches for 4 5 pages May be called overtly descriptive, but somehow fits into this novel s style and genre Very highly recommended, even if you don t typically read thrillers of this genre Don t let yourself misbelieve that a pre Russia, USSR era cold war setting makes this story stale for modern times. The problem lies with me not with the book I just don t enjoy the British spy genre any.All I would say is that The Rolling Stones wrote all their great songs in the sixties and are still writing today I think Freddie wrote his great works a long time ago now Day of the Jackal, Dogs of War, Odessa File Maybe he should only perform those works when he appears at Glastonbury. The Fourth Protocol was my third Frederick Forsyth read, and whilst it is my favourite of the three, my feelings are much the same as my feelings towards the other two of his books I have read Of course, I ll be reading I brought a collection that contained twelve books, and I m not one to ignore the books on my shelf However, I won t be rushing into any of them I fear my feelings towards all of his books will be about the same, and such a thing disappoints me, as I want to enjoy them than I do.At the start, I wasn t really pulled into the story I kept stopping and starting, picking up other reads as my attention was not held Such has been my experience with all my Frederick Forsyth reads to date I m not exactly sure what stops me from being pulled in from the start, but as of yet he has failed to do such a thing I m not sure if it s his particular way of storytelling I m not sure if it is the information load we re given I m not sure if it is something else All I know is that I have yet to be pulled in from page one.When the story got going, however, I was pulled in I cannot say at what particular point this was, all I know is that my view changed and I was suddenly pulled in I wanted to know what came next I needed answers I had to focus my reading onto this book, and this book alone Only, there was a short period of time where my interest did threaten to dissipate Again, it is something I have found with his other books The pacing didn t seem quite right There was action, and I wanted to see where things were going Then, things slowed down and I grew bored Later, the pace picked back up I know we cannot have high octave action throughout, but the sudden drop in speed caught me off guard It felt like too much of a drop for such a thriller, which resulted in the ending feeling somewhat rushed.Don t get me wrong, it was an interesting ending We knew certain aspects were coming, yet there were still some surprise details to be given I simply feel as though it all happened a little too quickly when compared to other aspects of the book.Overall, I enjoyed it, but it wasn t quite enough to earn a four star rating.