The Negotiator unfolds with the spellbinding excitement, unceasing surprise and riveting detail that are the hallmarks of Frederick Forsyth, the master storyteller. Frederick Forsyth, master of the international thriller, retums with an electrifying story of a man of immense power and a conspiracy to crush the President of the. The Negotiator by Frederick Forsyth – book cover, description, publication history.
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Like The Fourth Protocolthe plot begins in the present and goes forward into an increasingly hypothetical and, as it turns out, completely inaccurate future, dealing with the highest possible international politics — the superpower relationship between the USA and the USSR. This one goes on through and ie into the future relative to when it was published.
In the US a top oil man, Cyrus Miller, having received a report claiming the US will run out of oil in 30 years, sets in train a wild conspiracy to have Iranian terrorists assassinate the entire House of Saud in Saudi Arabia and set up a fundamentalist Shia regime in the country. Miller and his rich, mad Yankee colleagues call themselves the Alamo Group and the plan to overthrow the Saudis in what they dub Plan Bowie.
But they realise a major stumbling block to the scheme is the decent honourable man who sits in the White House. He must be undermined somehow. This is doubly advantageous since the patriots among them think Cormack must be a commie for making a deal with Gorbachev. And they are able to recruit some very senior arms manufacturers into the conspiracy, since they will suffer badly if the government stops buying their expensive weaponry. With all this motivation, the Group hire lobbyists and brief tame politicians to start a whispering campaign against Cormack.
But one of the wilder of the conspirators hires an ex-CIA maverick, Irving Moss it turns out, a known torturer and fan of child pornographywho devises a much quicker, more vicious approach. On page 97, Simon is out on his usual early morning country run — as so many American scholars to Oxford he is a very fit athlete as well as an intellectual achiever — when he is ambushed by a group of balaclavaed men.
For the next pages, from roughly page to pagethe novel is as exciting and nailbiting as The Day of The Jackaleasily the best, most involving prose Forsyth had written since then. He gives one of his characteristically thorough, hugely well-informed and completely convincing accounts of how alarm bells ring with the local police, the Special Branch, the Met, the SAS, how Whitehall is alerted and the Prime Minster woken up to phone the US President in person, and all branches of US security dragged out of their beds to deal with the crisis.
Despite the corniness of many elements — Quinn is assigned two CIA minders, one a naive young newbie McCreaone a stunning young woman who he ends up falling in love with Sam Somerville — the description of his recruitment and briefing and transport to London, the setting up of a safe house, the elaborate wiring and phone tapping laid on by the CIA and MI5 and then the genuinely nerve-racking negotiations with the tough, professional kidnappers is all brilliantly and meticulously described.
I was willing the final exchange of hostage and ransom to go smoothly and was genuinely devastated when it goes very badly wrong, devastatingly wrong, with the horrible murder of the young American.
Again with meticulous and in-depth background research Forsyth lays a fascinating trail for them to follow across northern Europe as the kidnappers are revealed to be mercenaries who met in Africa during various post-colonial wars, most notably in the Congo.
But, despite their brilliant detective work and calling in favours from well-placed policemen in Belgium, Germany and Holland, Quinn and Sam arrive at each location only to find the man they want already assassinated. Someone is one step ahead of them and liquidating the witnesses. Meanwhile, in a separate strand, forensic scientists in Britain have established beyond doubt that the small bomb used to blow up poor Simon Cormack was manufactured in every detail in the Soviet Union.
Excellent news — for the military and arms manufacturers. Slowly his cabinet realises they might have to invoke Amendment 25 of the US Constitution, which allows them to relieve the President of his duties. Quinn realises their steps are being tracked and they locate a tracker and bug which have somehow been placed in the handbag Sam bought in London.
Quinn despatches Sam to a safe house on the Costa del Sol minded by some London gangland crooks who owe him a few favours and goes after the last of the suspects, a hardened Corsican mafia boss, Frecerick, holed up in his tiny village in the mountains of Corsica. Quinn wakes up in a cell and for a moment thinks he has been kidnapped by the gang or whoever is behind them.
The urbane and civilised Russian KGB colonel apologises for abducting him like this, but the Ffrederick are very upset at being framed like this. They have tracked down a party of Americans who flew to Yugoslavia a few months earlier, and then took a helicopter to Baku.
Here they visited a weapons research centre. The Russians now think this was by agreement with the Head of KGB South himself now under arrest and it was here they got the parts necessary to build the micro-bomb into the leather belt which Orsini gave Simon Cormack to wear, along with clean jeans and T-shirt just before he was released. The KGB man shows him all the photographic and documentary evidence and Quinn believes him.
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Quinn flies into Canada then makes his way across the border and holes up in a log cabin high in the mountains of Vermont where at this time of year November it is absolutely freezing cold and deep in snow — think the Fredefick or Siberia. From here he sends several messages: Except that this message, also, was intercepted and the fat man comes to him.
Sam dutifully collects the person she is told is David Weintraub, along negotiwtor the junior CIA agent McCrea assigned to stay with Quinn in his hotel room all nfgotiator weeks before. But as Quinn steps out of the cabin into the snow to greet the arriving car, it is not Weintraub but the psychopath Irving Moss who steps out, pointing a gun at him.
And the innocent, youthful-looking Duncan McCrea pulls a gun too. Except that a shot rings out and it is Moss who falls to the ground, negofiator blood. The KGB colonel who had briefed Quinn and given him his Canadian passport back in London, had already revealed that Andrei the Cossack was one of his best operatives; now we learn that Andrei tailed Quinn to Canada, then Vermont, and has been staking out his cabin for precisely such an eventuality.
Quinn called across to him. Sometimes you wonder whether Forsyth is testing how preposterous he can make his plots before the reader puts down the book in disgust. Quinn shoots him dead, unties Sam and cradles her as she cries, which she does for days. All the names and numbers are in code. In these last few pages, Quinn works in partnership with Sam, working out permutations of the code, then communicating over a safe line to get Sam to check the numbers in Washington.
Finally, a likely contender emerges, a phone number in the prestigious Georgetown district. Quinn phones this number, pretending to be Moss and the voice at the other end acknowledges him.
The voice at the other end hesitates, and then agrees.
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negotkator Quinn recognises it now. My God, he was behind the whole thing. He wants more money to hand it over. The voice reluctantly agrees and they arrange a meeting after midnight near the Vietnam Memorial on the Mall.
He is more relaxed and feeling safe when Quinn says he got a cab there and asks for a lift, so the now-relieved man says sure, my limousine is just over here…. A few frederik later the President chairs a meeting of his cabinet. It was not the Russians. It was a homegrown cadre of lunatic right-wing conspirators. Let him go free. He is met by his beloved Sam. Yes she will come with him to Spain, yes she will marry him.
They embrace and he drops his newspaper which carries two news stories:. Pages and pages are devoted to brisk, no-nonsense briefings about every place, organisation, person, country, city, town, every piece of hardware and equipment the story touches.
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If you want to know:. It is way over-egging it to add in a massive conspiracy to overthrow the entire government of Saudi Arabia and replace it with a firebreathing Shia cleric as the book progresses that whole storyline, which dominates the first pages, is slowly forgotten. But also in the first hundred pages had been some kind of parallel conspiracy the KGB was hatching to invade an unnamed Arab country?
If you can buy into the conventions of the genre and put to one side the stereotypical characters and the over-complex plot, this book is worth reading for the very thrilling central pages.
An forwyth assassin is hired by right-wing paramilitary organisation, the OAS, to assassinate French President, Charles de Gaulle. Surely one of the most thoroughly researched and gripping thrillers ever written. German journalist Peter Miller goes on a quest to track down an evil former SS commandant and gets caught up in a high-level Nazi plot to help Egypt manufacture long-range missiles to attack and destroy Israel.
This very long novel almost entirely amounts to a mind-bogglingly detailed manual on how to organise and fund a military coup. A plot to overthrow the reforming leader of the Soviet Union evolves into a nailbiting crisis when the unexpected hijacking of an oil supertanker by fanatical Ukrainian terrorists looks like it might lead to the victory of the hawks in the Politburo, who are seeking a Russian invasion of Western Europe.
More gripping than fosyth previous two novels, with the fourth and final story fredeerick genuinely funny, in the style of an Ealing comedy negotiatof Alec Guinness. Simultaneously gripping in detail and preposterous in outline. Nonetheless, the vigilante twist of The Veteran is imaginatively powerful, and the long final story about a cowboy who wakes from a century-long magic sleep to be reunited with a reincarnation of his lost love has the eerie, primal power of a yarn by Rider Haggard.
The least far-fetched and most gripping Forsyth thriller for years. Quite a gripping thriller with an amazing amount of detailed background information about Afghanistan, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Islamic terrorism and so on. The Preacher, who has been posting jihadi sermons online and inspiring a wave of terrorist assassinations, is tracked down and terminated by US marine Christopher Carson, aka The Tracker, with a fascinating side plot about Somali piracy thrown in.
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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. The plot Like The Fourth Protocolthe plot begins in the present and goes forward into an increasingly hypothetical and, as it turns out, completely inaccurate future, dealing with the highest possible international politics — the superpower relationship between the USA and the USSR.
But elements in both countries are, predictably, unhappy. Conspiracies In the US a top oil man, Cyrus Miller, having received a report claiming the US will run out of oil in 30 years, sets in train a wild conspiracy to have Iranian terrorists assassinate the entire House of Saud in Saudi Arabia and set up a fundamentalist Shia regime in the country. The kidnap On page 97, Simon is out on his usual early morning country run — as so many American scholars to Oxford he is a very fit athlete as well as an intellectual achiever — when he is ambushed by a group of balaclavaed men.
The President Quinn needs to be replaced Meanwhile, in a separate strand, forensic scientists in Britain have established beyond doubt that the small bomb used to blow up poor Simon Cormack was manufactured in every detail in the Soviet Union. Corsica Quinn despatches Sam to a safe house firsyth the Costa del Sol minded by some London gangland crooks who owe him a few favours and goes after the last of the suspects, a hardened Corsican mafia boss, Orsini, holed up in his tiny village in the mountains of Corsica.
Vermont Quinn flies into Canada then makes his way across the border and holes up in a log cabin high in forsyh mountains of Vermont where at this time of year November it is absolutely freezing cold and deep in snow — think the Alps or Siberia. They embrace and he drops his newspaper which carries two news stories: So it was he that Quinn met near the Memorial. Are we to assume that Quinn murdered him in an act of vigilante justice?
Quinn has paid his dues and, in some measure, Forsyth has paid his respects to the 58, men who died in that war, and to the hundreds of thousands who were physically or mentally scarred by it. If you want to know: Posted in NovelThriller. Posted by Simon on November 22, https: Leave a comment Leave a Reply Cancel reply Frecerick your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.