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Avenger von Frederick Forsyth
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Avenger (Original 2003; 2003. Auflage)

von Frederick Forsyth

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Attorney and Vietnam veteran Cal Dexter is also an avenging manhunter who sets his sights on the worst fugitives from justice. As a former "tunnel rat" who fought the Vietcong in miles of dark, twisting underground passages, Cal is used to hunting his prey in harrowing circumstances. Now he's after Zorah Zilic, a Serbian leader who's murdered the grandson of a mining tycoon. Cal is paid to lead a foray against Zilic's South American stronghold, but he soon finds that traitors abound in the shifting political climate and that he can't trust anyone.… (mehr)
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Titel:Avenger
Autoren:Frederick Forsyth
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  Demeander | Nov 4, 2021 |
Reminiscent of The Day of the Jackal and just as enjoyable. The tale of the Tunnel Rats was particularly chilling. ( )
  charlie68 | Jul 28, 2020 |
Cover blurb is just about right: " 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."
The murder and avenging violence is rather gruesome.
Written in 2003, the plot uses the in-the-fictional-future events of 9/11/2001 for some of its intrigue.
I don't know if his spycraft works in real life, but it is plausible in print, especially the cyber-scams (p. 228-29).
What I like most about his novels are the historical and political insights that didn't always make it into the media, or that I seem to have missed, plus the things I remember all too well.
Typical of the former
p. 119: [Yugoslavia under Tito was essentially (he misuses "virtually" the same as everyone else these days) crime-free, despite the past history of gangsterism in the original six countries] "The reason was that, post 1948, the Yugoslav government established a compact with the Yugoslav underworld. The deal was simple: You can do whatever you like, and we will turn a blind eye under one condition -- you do it abroad."

And of the latter:
p. 245: (an old British spymaster speaking to an American diplomat) "My dear boy, if you were weak, you would not be hated. If you were poor, you would not be hated. You are not hated despite the trillion dollars [in aid]; you are hated because of the trillion dollars." …"The hatred of your country is not because it attacks theirs; it is because I keeps theirs safe. Never seek popularity. You can have supremacy or be loved but never both. … No many can ever forgive his protector."

p. 273: [on terrorists of all kinds] "They possessed a fearsome capacity for hatred. This was the genetic "given." The hatred came first; the target could come later and usually did. The motive also came second to the capacity to hate...But the hatred came first, then the cause, then the target.

Our nominally good guy had a callous disregard for the safety of his hired pilot. Our nominal traitor: had no one else ever seen his tattoo?
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  librisissimo | Sep 16, 2019 |
An exciting adventure novel set in 2001, but with flashbacks to the fighting in the 1990s during the break-up of Yugoslavia and also to an earlier conflict in the late 1960s/early 1970s with the American forces in Vietnam. The Avenger of the title is hired to bring to justice a Serb who brutally murdered a young American charity volunteer in Bosnia in 1995.
Forsyth takes us through the Avenger’s meticulous planning to kidnap the murderer from his seemingly impregnable hideout in San Martin in South America. At the same time, a section of the CIA is trying to protect the Serb as they are planning to use his underworld contacts to find Usama bin Ladin, so they are, in turn, hunting the Avenger.
This all makes for a tense and thrilling read, although the characterisation of the main figures in the book is not as well drawn as in some of Forsyth’s earlier novels.
  camharlow2 | Oct 16, 2018 |
A very interesting book.
It combines personal history/ histories and loyalty with recent world history. It gives a story to a conspiracy theory about 9/11 and how things could have been different.
Exciting, inventive, I read it with pleasure. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Aug 24, 2018 |
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Attorney and Vietnam veteran Cal Dexter is also an avenging manhunter who sets his sights on the worst fugitives from justice. As a former "tunnel rat" who fought the Vietcong in miles of dark, twisting underground passages, Cal is used to hunting his prey in harrowing circumstances. Now he's after Zorah Zilic, a Serbian leader who's murdered the grandson of a mining tycoon. Cal is paid to lead a foray against Zilic's South American stronghold, but he soon finds that traitors abound in the shifting political climate and that he can't trust anyone.

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