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Icon by Frederick Forsyth

Icon (1996)

by Frederick Forsyth

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as usual very well researched by the old master.

the story is dealing with the uprise of a sinister politician wanting to restore the ussr with its stronghold policy against political opponents combined with racism and antisemitism.
the plan is somehow detected and western agents have to interfere.....

nice cat and mouse game
frederick remains one of the best writers ( )
  shabazza | May 1, 2017 |
Great action, never expected the twist at the end. ( )
  siok | Jan 21, 2017 |
Frederick Forsyth è un grande! Tuttavia questo libro è diverso, trama lentissima! Sarà perchè è il rpimo libro post guerra fredda, ma non è il solito Forsyth. A mio avviso. ( )
  Maistrack | May 28, 2016 |
In Icon, Russian fascist Igor Komarov is cruising to an apparent victory in the Russian presidential elections. At Komarov’s party headquarters, an elderly janitor finds a secret document that is a blueprint detailing Komarov’s plans to bring Russia back to being a dictatorship, military expansion, and ethnic cleansing. While the British and American governments are reluctant to do anything to stop Komarov, former British secret service chief Sir Nigel Irvine begins a covert operation, using former CIA agent Jason Monk as his point person.

This is a solidly written thriller, on par if not better than many offerings by Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum. There is a sufficient amount of action and intrigue. There are some definite believability issues associated with this novel and some plot holes, but overall it was an entertaining read.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Jul 6, 2015 |
I love this book by Forsyth. It was epic in scale. And he pulled it off masterfully. The first half of the book is plot set up, which is typical of the author. He's really into details and logistics, so this part of his books often bores some readers. But not me. I like finding out about all of the details that go into an operation. The second half of the book was action packed and I had a hard time putting the book down.

The plot revolves around post-Soviet Russia circa 1999. It's falling apart, is broke, its leadership in shambles. Up steps a charismatic leader named Igor Komarov, who's expected to become president in the upcoming election and who vows to return Mother Russia to its glory. However, he's not what he seems to be. He's a Hitler wannabe who is going to practice genocide on Jews, ethnic minorities, the military leadership, etc. And he's got all of his plans written down in a "Black Manifesto," of which there are three copies. One of them is foolishly left on his secretary's desk and an old ex-soldier who now cleans Komarov's headquarters sees it, reads some of it, realizes its importance and steals it. He then gets it to the British embassy, where it works its was back to British intelligence. The document is shared between British and American governments, but they choose to do nothing, so a group of highly influential and secretive world leaders meet to discuss the situation and come up with a solution -- to send in a spy to destabilize Komarov's platform and discredit him, thereby ensuring he loses the election. The person chosen to do this is ex-CIA agent Jason Monk. Monk fights it, but Sir Nigel Irvine (a great character!) convinces him to do it, and so he goes in.

When Monk arrives in Moscow, he immediately calls in a favor of a particular Chechen who is head of the Chechen underworld and he gains their support and protection. He then starts making the rounds, contacting the military's leadership, the state police's leader, the head of the Russian Orthadox church, and a major bank president who also presides over the television media. These people, after being confronted with the facts of the Black Manifesto, turn on Komarov and his security chief, Colonel Grishin. Meanwhile, Grishin finds out Monk is in the country and has an old score to settle with him, so he puts his Black Guard troops at work trying to locate him. Monk moves around, and this is a weakness of the book I think, and is almost omniscient in anticipating their moves and making adjustments for himself and his Russian collaborators. Sir Nigel makes it to Russia to meet with the clergy and comes up with the idea of returning Russia to a czar-based country, which is accepted by said clergy. He then comes up with a distant heir to the throne and promotes his return to Russia to take over.

When Komarov and Grishin realize their time is almost up, they do something completely crazy -- attempt a New Year's Eve coup in Moscow. But Monk anticipates this and helps prepare the military the the police, so the coup attempt fails and everything works out beautifully. The climactic scene between Grishin and Monk is largely anticlimactic, though, and that was disappointing.

It's not Forsyth's best book, but it's an entertaining one, with a lot of research having gone into Russia, their crime scene, politics, etc., and it's certainly worth reading. Monk is a bit too super human to be very believable, but he's a likeable character, so one can overlook that. Recommended. ( )
  scottcholstad | Dec 18, 2014 |
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Frederick Forsyth, best known for his spy novels The Day of The Jackal and The Odessa File, sets this post-communist thriller during 1999 in Russia, a land whose current stresses have worsened to breaking point. Ex-C.I.A. agent Jason Monk is sent in by a clandestine western group to try and stop the election of a sinister nationalist, Igor Komarov, who seems about to be installed in the Kremlin. The Russian Mafia and Komarov's nationalist militia make nasty enemies. As usual Forsyth gives his story an authentic feel with minute attention to detail and the use of real public figures in the background.

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In the summer of 1999 Igor Komarov is being hailed as the one man who can pull Russia back from the threshold of anarchy, but operatives in London and Washington know Komarov's motives for wanting to be leader of his country are far from pure, and send ex-CIA agent Jason Monk to stop him.… (more)

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