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The Fourth Protocol - Frederick Forsyth

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Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: Frederick Forsyth / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 448 Pages / Book is published 1996-04-04 by Arrow Books Ltd

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      20.01.2010 06:36
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      An interesting and absorbing book...

      Fredrick Forsyth writes exciting books , most of them blockbuster novels, and many of his books have been bestsellers that have been made into successful TV serials and films... His first full length novel, The Day of the Jackal, was published in 1971 and became an international bestseller and gained its author the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel.

      The Fourth Protocol is probably among his best written novels .It is compelling , Complex and very absorbing...as good and interesting as The Odessa File and The Day of the Jackal..

      The title of the novel Fourth Protocol refers to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which contained four secret protocols...The fourth was meant to prohibit the non-conventional delivery of nuclear weapons ..which amounts to this "If the Fourth Protocol is ever breached, there would be no warning, just a nuclear explosion from a bedsitter" and all the countries had to adhere to this rule strictly to prevent a nuclear war.

      The story

      The plot is intricate like all his other novels. It begins with the theft of some valuable diamonds from a British civil servant, where the professional thief accidentally stumbles upon some secret documents that are dynamite , if ,got into wrong hands.. However, the documents find their way to M15 and the chase begins to find the traitor and how the documents got there in the first place ?.

      As they begin an investigation, they realise that there are Russian agents involved , since they are very interested in geeting hold of these documents and the KGB is plotting to set off a bomb near the united states Naval base in England. This is to involve the British, who would probably blame America, and amidst all this is the traitor who is pulling threads , manipulating, controlling and killing..And they realise that the traitor is among them, working with them and probably controlling their every action.

      M15 officer John Preston investigating the matter has not only to deal with double agents, KGB and the Russian secret agents, but the dangerous enemy within...the Traitor...

      My views about this book

      This is a very well written book, no loopholes anywhere, neither is there any dull moment .Frederick Forsythe has neatly tied up all the intricate plots within the story together . As usual the chase takes the readers all over the world . I have read most of Frederick Forsyth's books and each one of them has a different plot and the action takes you through various parts of the world . I have always enjoyed reading his books . I find them extremely interesting, managing to keep one on the edge all the time.

      By now, though , I have got used to the idea that KGB is the villain every time and M15, CIA and the rest of the world class investgating agencies are the heroes. That is the way every author who writes a political thriller depicts KGB and Russia. I guess it has something to do with Russia being a communist country. As far as I see it , espionage is as complex or deadly or intricate, or whatever one can say about it, anywhere in the world. So blaming only the Russians for all evils is not fair - strictly my feelings...

      The story has been made into a successful film (1987), had a star cast of Michael caine, Pierce Bronson,Joanna cassidy and others..It got a nomination under The Best Film category...I saw the film after I read the novel and though the film is well made it doesn't have the same impact as the novel. This has happened with most of the books that I have read except probably ' The day of the Jackal '..

      There is a lot of detailing and absolutely no denying the fact that Frederick Forsythe is a master story teller .

      I liked the book a lot and recommend it to all those who like to read a good political thriller. I give it a 5 star because the book and the author is one of my favorites..


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