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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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So outstanding it established the standard in this genre. All subsequent works would be measured against it. ( )
  VGAHarris | Jan 19, 2015 |
Although better written than the other 'assassin' novels I have been reading, Forsyth's classic still dragged for me. Don't get me wrong, the structure, characterisation and factual detail of the story are deftly written, and I appreciate the way in which the narrative is divided between the Jackal and the French detective out to find and stop him, but I have come to the overall conclusion that this is just not my type of book. Far too masculine. The only woman who isn't a victim disappears when her cover is blown - what happened to Jacqueline? A good read, but not a keeper - might try the film for comparison. ( )
  AdonisGuilfoyle | Dec 23, 2014 |
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 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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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