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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.
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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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Remember the movie. Book was a disappointment. Salacious and pandering. Really don't like books that mix real characters (DeGaulle) and events (French politics) with fiction. A lame plot device. Movie was much better as I remember. This is often true of this type of book. Seem like they are written to be made into a movie. But the movie is actually much better. A great example are the Bourne films. Couldn't even get through Ludlum's original Bourne Idendity. ( )
  clarkland | Dec 12, 2014 |
This is the way a thriller should be written: it has a clear presentation of meticulous details; the reader might favour either side or allegiance might change as the story proceeds; and finally, it builds to an exciting, resounding conclusion. Excellent. ( )
  VivienneR | Dec 8, 2014 |
Just a bit slow to get going. Good ending, very fast-paced at the end but a lot of build up which took almost 3/4 of the book. ( )
  bkmeredith | Oct 23, 2014 |
The Day of the Jackal (1971) is a classic thriller/spy novel. Much of it is convincing, some is not, but I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. The Jackal's plan of driving from Italy north to Paris gives the novel structure but it was completely unnecessary, he could have flown into Paris weeks before, changed his identity, hold up somewhere and not exposed himself to moving around, but that would have ruined the story. My favorite parts are the descriptions of how the police worked in the days before computers and modern forensics. ( )
1 vote Stbalbach | Sep 22, 2014 |
An outstanding story. ( )
  thksport | Apr 13, 2014 |
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Frederick Forsythprimary 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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