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The day of the jackal (original 1971; edition 1989)

by Frederick Forsyth

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Title:The day of the jackal
Authors:Frederick Forsyth
Info:1989.
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:crime, thriller, assassination, France, terrorism, Algiers, Charles de Gaulle, 1960s, 2012

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The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (1971)

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Battle of wits, exciting to the end. ( )
  siok | Jul 15, 2017 |
Excellent story telling. Thriller from beginning to end. ( )
  deldevries | Jun 30, 2017 |
Listened to this on audiobook and it is quite possibly the best mystery I've had in years (I'm a fan of Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, sometimes John le Carre for calibrating to taste). Super well suited to audio also and the reading by Simon Prebble was nice. Feels like a movie. Not a heartracing thriller, but a steady engaging one. Coolest thing about this book is that it begins with the jackal, and one is almost rooting for him, while later also rooting for the police. So kind of sports-watching enthusiasm thing happening here. Good times had by all. Read this book.
  ahovde01 | Jun 26, 2016 |
Very good read.. fast paced and exciting.
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
Awesome thriller! It actually started pretty slowly for me, but when it kicked into gear (with the introduction of the Jackal), it really took off! The cat and mouse game between the hired assassin of the French President Charles de Gaulle, the Jackal, and the lead detective from France, Lebel, just gains speed with each page! Move and counter move, check and mate! And it literally doesn't end until the last five pages! Bravo Mr. Forsyth, bravo! ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 22, 2016 |
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Forsyth, Frederickprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hernández, RamónTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Niessen-Hossele, J.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tropea, MarcoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It is cold at 6:40 in the morning of a March day in Paris, and it seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad.
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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 Jackal.

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A professional assassin is hired to kill De Gaulle. The plot is traced against a modern background of French politics as the killer evades his would be captor.

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