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Frederick Forsyth

Author of The Day of the Jackal

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About the Author

Frederick Forsyth was born in Ashford, England on August 25, 1938. At age seventeen, he decided he was ready to start experiencing life for himself, so he left school and traveled to Spain. While there he briefly attended the University of Granada before returning to England and joining the Royal show more Air Force. He served with the RAF from 1956 to 1958, earning his wings when he was just nineteen years old. He left the RAF to become a reporter for the Eastern Daily Press, Reuters News Agency, and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). While with the BBC, he was sent to Nigeria to cover an uprising in the Biafra region. As he learned more about the conflict, he became sympathetic to the rebel cause. He was pulled from Nigeria and reassigned to London when he reported this viewpoint. Furious, he resigned and returned to Nigeria as a freelance reporter, eventually writing The Biafra Story and later, Emeka, a biography of the rebel leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. Upon his return to England in 1970, Forsyth began writing fiction. His first novel, The Day of the Jackal, won an Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America. His other works include The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol, Devil's Alternative, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra and The Fox. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Frederick Forsyth

The Day of the Jackal (1971) 5,311 copies
The Odessa File (1972) 2,955 copies
The Fourth Protocol (1984) 2,282 copies
The Dogs of War (1974) 2,020 copies
The Afghan (2006) 1,924 copies
The Negotiator (1989) 1,818 copies
The Devil's Alternative (1979) 1,814 copies
Icon (1996) 1,722 copies
The Fist of God (1994) 1,719 copies
Avenger (2003) 1,522 copies
The Deceiver (1991) 1,396 copies
The Cobra (2010) 1,083 copies
No Comebacks (1982) 918 copies
The Veteran (2000) 779 copies
The Kill List (2013) 755 copies
The Phantom of Manhattan (1999) — Author — 755 copies
The Shepherd (1975) 703 copies
The Fox (2018) 439 copies
Great Flying Stories (1991) 91 copies
The Emperor (1900) 77 copies
The Fourth Protocol [1987 film] (1987) — Screenwriter — 43 copies
A Little Bit of Sunshine (1991) 31 copies
Sharp Practice (1992) 15 copies
Whispering Wind (2004) 13 copies
Used in Evidence [Novella] (1998) 12 copies
Fantasma de Manhattan, O (1999) 6 copies
Crime Movies (1996) 4 copies
Das Wunder (2000) 3 copies
2000 (2007) 3 copies
Pięść Boga, tom II (1994) 3 copies
A Careful Man (1992) 3 copies
Sem Perdão 2 copies
Förhandlaren 2 copies
Wet za wet 2 copies
The Citizen (2000) 2 copies
Duty 2 copies
Baby animals 1 copy
O Pastor 1 copy
Forsyth Omnibus (1999) 1 copy
No Comebacks 1 copy
Dogs of War 1 copy
Die Akte Odessa: 6 CDs (2012) 1 copy
Double Deal 1 copy
The Racket 1 copy
The Day of the Jackal [abridged audiobook] (1995) — Author — 1 copy
Sans Bavures (1982) 1 copy
MADHYASTHA (1994) 1 copy
Čuvar 1 copy
Pomstiteľ (2004) 1 copy
Avenger, book 2 of 2 (2004) 1 copy

Associated Works

Soldiers: A History of Men in Battle (1985) — Foreword — 236 copies
Masterpieces of Mystery and Suspense (1988) — Contributor — 192 copies
Dark Arrows: Great Stories of Revenge (1985) — Contributor — 61 copies
A Century of British Mystery and Suspense (2000) — Contributor — 56 copies
A Century of Mystery 1980-1989 (1997) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Mammoth Book of Movie Detectives and Screen Crimes (1998) — Contributor — 20 copies
Reader's Digest Condensed Books 1974 v05 (1974) — Contributor — 19 copies
The New Edgar Winners: The Mystery Writers of America (1990) — Contributor — 10 copies
The Year's Best Mystery and Suspense Stories, 1983 (1983) — Contributor — 8 copies
Huivering wekken : 26 onthutsende verhalen (1982) — Contributor — 4 copies
Best Detective Stories of the Year - 1974 (1974) — Contributor — 4 copies
Kort: de beste korte verhalen van 2016 (2017) — Contributor — 2 copies
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine - 1984/01 (1984) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Forsyth, Frederick
Legal name
Forsyth, Frederick McCarthy
Birthdate
1938-08-25
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
UK
Birthplace
Ashford, Kent, England, UK
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Ashford, Kent, England, UK
Education
University of Granada
Tonbridge School, Kent, England
Occupations
novelist
journalist
pilot
fighter pilot
short story writer
Organizations
BBC
Reuters
MI6
Royal Air Force
Awards and honors
Edgar Award (Short Story, 1983 for "There Are No Snakes in Ireland")
Commander, Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (1997)
Edgar Allan Poe Award (1971)
Cartier Diamond Dagger Award (2012)
Agent
Ed Victor
Short biography
Frederick Forsyth is best known for his thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal (1971). His works are bestsellers worldwide, and several have been made into films.

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BooksInMirror | 48 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |
(2001)(audio). Very good collections of short stories of varying subject.
 
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derailer | 20 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
Forsyth has a knack to embed real world events and history into his novels. This makes them realistic [to such extent that cliche "story that comes from the newspaper pages" rings very true] and able to completely attract the reader's attention to the very end.

While story does start with journalist investigation into death of the one of the Holocaust survivors and search for the surviving Nazis supported by notorious ODESSA organization, what makes this book a true masterpiece is a twist at the end. This twist changes everything and is in my opinion very realistic - no matter how much we like to boast that we are humanitarian and philanthropists personal issues are those that drive our actions in the end.

Excellent novel. If you like thrillers with a historical background do treat yourself with it.
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Works
148
Also by
80
Members
31,035
Popularity
#637
Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
622
ISBNs
1,663
Languages
33
Favorited
70

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