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Avenger (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Frederick Forsyth

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Title:Avenger
Authors:Frederick Forsyth
Info:Bantam Press (2003), Paperback
Collections:Recommendations ONLY, Your library, Crime, thrillers and adventure
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Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training. But Dexter is no ordinary man.

* * *

The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieves and is offered little hope--in the fog of that horrible time and place, the killer, too, has vanished.

* * *

Or so it would seem. For in a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time CIA agent Paul Devereux must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.

* * *

A heart-stopping novel of murder and mystery, double-cross and triple-cross, old loyalties and new hatreds, *Avenger *has all of Frederick Forsyth's page-turning trademarks.

### From Publishers Weekly

Conger's coldly precise narration complements the riveting prologue to Forsyth's latest thriller, which describes the ghastly murder of a young aid worker in 1995 Bosnia; however, his impersonal approach isn't as effective during the exposition-laden first half. This plodding segment consists of an excessively detailed search for the killer, interspersed with lengthy segments describing protagonist Calvin Dexter's background, from his inception and eventual service in Vietnam to his public career as a New Jersey attorney with a sub-rosa practice as Avenger, an astonishingly capable righter of wrongs. Forsyth's considerable fan base may relish the hours devoted to the warm-up, but less patient listeners will be tempted to fast forward to the novel's second half, when Avenger is hired to find and capture Zoran Zilic, a Serbian criminal ensconced beyond the reach of free world law enforcement. Once Dexter locates Zilic's seemingly impenetrable lair, both author and reader quicken their pace. Grueling physical challenges, chilling escapes, a splendid final surprise and a plot development involving none other than Osama bin Laden compensate for the novel's less-than-thrilling early padding.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

### From Booklist

*Starred Review* *The Day of the Jackal*, *The Dogs of War*, *The Odessa File--*these Forsyth blockbusters helped define the international conspiracy thriller. Forsyth's newest novel, his fourteenth, could well return him to those lofty heights. Once again, his crisp narration leads readers through labyrinths of criminal and espionage plots and through land mines of warfare, historical, contemporary, and threatening (the book stops on September 10, 2001). One of the amazing features of Forsyth's writing is the way he spotlights seemingly random, unconnected events, usually involving armed conflict, and then gradually weaves them all together into a seamless plot. This time out, World War II, Vietnam, Bosnia, and Cambodia take turns commanding center stage, held together by two protagonists: a middle-aged lawyer and an aging business tycoon, who have both suffered devastating losses. The tycoon's loss, that of his grandson on a relief mission in Bosnia, becomes subsumed in the mission of attorney Calvin Dexter, grieving father and former 'Nam tunnel rat, whose mission in life is to bring justice to those who have gotten away with murder. Perhaps the most fascinating part of the book is the in-depth chronicle (based on real-life stories of surviving veterans) of the excruciating, perilous work of the tunnel rats in ferreting out the Vietcong in their vast underground lairs. Forsyth's extraordinary care with detail, his solid voice, and his exquisite pacing make this a totally engrossing thriller. *Connie Fletcher*
*Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved* ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Probably one of Forsythe's best if not the best. A story ranging from WW II to Vietnam Nam up to 09/11/01. What are a series of short stories become inextricably bound together, each dependent and then supportive of the other. Intricately plotted, shades of Day of the Jackal, the story carries one along irresistibly to a powerful and rewarding conclusion. ( )
  WhitmelB | Aug 23, 2013 |
Mir nimmt das in einer anderen Rezension gelobte "Hintegrundwissen" streckenweise einen zu dominanten Schwerpunkt ein. Die Story an sich ist spannend geschrieben, könnte aber auf der Hälfte der Länge erzählt werden. ( )
  MartinRohrbach | Sep 8, 2011 |
This one was pretty good, I liked the tunnel rat parts of it, I just find it a little hard to believe that he went from tunnel rat to secret agent.
  Neilsantos | Oct 8, 2010 |
I was lucky enough to snag a copy of The Cobra from Library Thing's stash of books and it triggered my interest in other Cal Dexter - Paul Devereaux books. Now I know why Paul recruited Cal for the Cobra project. This is a very entertaining book about the hunting of a Serbian gangster/war criminal by the ex-tunnel rat Cal Dexter. ( )
  velopunk | Aug 24, 2010 |
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Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training. But Dexter is no ordinary man.

***

The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieves and is offered little hope--in the fog of that horrible time and place, the killer, too, has vanished.

***

Or so it would seem. For in a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time CIA agent Paul Devereux must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.

***

A heart-stopping novel of murder and mystery, double-cross and triple-cross, old loyalties and new hatreds, Avenger has all of Frederick Forsyth's page-turning trademarks.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:56:05 -0400)

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Living a secret double life, lawyer Cal Dexter embarks on a deadly quest for vengeance that threatens global security, prompting CIA agent Kevin McBride to race against the clock to stop him.

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