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Number of Pages : 443 Pages
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The Fourth Protocol Reviews

  • Igor Ljubuncic
    2018-11-16 11:54

    One of the best spy books around.Two years after I jotted this one sentence, I should elaborate more.The book can also be called: how to assemble a nuclear weapon in 13 easy steps. Combine that with some solid, classic 80s Cold War era spy tactics and half a dozen sub-plots converging toward a decidedly gray-day industrial-era English brick house standoff, and you get yourself an excellent thriller. The best part is, it's visual. You are reading this book and you see it like a film unfolding before your eyes. In a way, it's the quintessential culmination of the brutal dogmatic standoff between the West and the East. But in a polite, reserved kind of way. James Bonds, sans the cheesy cliches. And more rain.I read this book a long long time ago, and I still clearly remember the initial report on what the Soviets would do if nuclear weapons were used in Europe. Amazing. And probably quite accurate, too.Does it allow for a limerick?Well, the action happens in the UK, so of course it does!There was a man named Kim,To untrained eye, he looked quite dim,Polonium and plush,Gunfire and rush,The prospect of war was rather grim.Regards,Igor AKA The Jackal

  • Kirk
    2018-11-12 05:10

    Frederick Forsyth is one of my all time favorite novelists and my favorite of all "spy novelists". The Fourth Protocol is my favorite spy novel of all time. It definitely falls into the "Commando Spy" category but is far better written than most.I love spy novels of most types and the Commando spy novels (of which I refer to the 007 novels as) are particular favorites of mine but I also like the more behind the curtains novels that LeCarre writes. This book of Forsyth's is a fantastic cross breed of the two.I've read this book numerous times and never fail to get drawn in from head to toe. It is great in all the little details you get from Forsyth's novels about the steps of the KGB's renegade mission and the investigation of the protagonist's suspicions as well as the dirty pool that make the book so much fun to read.Agent John Preston is a great and sympathetic character who I can't help but root for. I wish he could have been used again in Forsyth's books as he was such a likable and heroic character.Nobody writes spy novels as well as the British and for my money no other author writes them as well as Forsyth. This is my favorite Spy novel of all time. If you love the nitty gritty of The Cold War as much as I do you'll understand. I can't recommend this novel highly enough.

  • Mark
    2018-11-19 12:47

    Frederick Forsyth is a writer who did write some classics when it comes to the thriller genre,The Odessa File about Nazi's post WWII, Dogs of war about the post colonial attitudes of big cooperations about former colonies, the day of the Jackal about the assassination of the French President. And all books have a very precise build up with a lot of details how certain things can be done, mostly illegal stuff, and then the writer still knows how to surprise you in the end.The Fourth Protocol is about the use of a small nuclear weapon inside a country that was party to a big treaty of Nuclear weapons reduction, it is the nightmare scenario. The book begins as a heist goes wrong or right, which is in the eye of the beholder, which turns bad in the aftermath for most involved. But somehow leads to the unearthing of a spy in Britain once again. Which leads us to another southern continent and a chase for a long-term sleeper agent.All the time we see a plan being created which would change the political future of a country through sheer manipulation in which master-spy Kim Philby is involved.It is a spy story, historical views upon an aspect of WW2 which involves Afrikaners, a thriller with a case upon which rest the property for the British Isles and the chasing involved. Right up to last page we know not what is happening and whom is doing the happening. A bloody brilliantly written book that should be considered as one of Forsyths great novels and one of the Uber thrillers ever written in the genre. So worthy of being read and worthy of a lot of praise.If you really do not fancy reading the book you can always watch the movie with Michael Caine and Pierce Brosnan which is a very decent movie.Have read this book several time but a re-visit ever so often seems to be inevitable and worth my time.

  • Nathan
    2018-12-04 10:02

    This is my first British-style spy thriller, and I have to say it stacks up pretty darned good next to the American equivalent. There are no Mary Sue characters, no great intuitive leaps of logic, no silly foolishness from the Bad Guys, and only a smidgeon of authorial politics coming into it. However, it does make me sad to see that every author of this sort of stuff that I've come across is Right Wing to some extent or another. I wonder what a Left Wing spy thriller would look like, and I wonder if there is some form of the genre kicking about in Russia in which KGB agents are the heroes against CIA machinations. 3.5/5

  • Siobhan
    2018-11-19 10:01

    The Fourth Protocol was my third Frederick Forsyth read, and whilst it is my favourite of the three, my feelings are much the same as my feelings towards the other two of his books I have read. Of course, I’ll be reading more. I brought a collection that contained twelve books, and I’m not one to ignore the books on my shelf. However, I won’t be rushing into any of them. I fear my feelings towards all of his books will be about the same, and such a thing disappoints me, as I want to enjoy them more than I do.At the start, I wasn’t really pulled into the story. I kept stopping and starting, picking up other reads as my attention was not held. Such has been my experience with all my Frederick Forsyth reads to date. I’m not exactly sure what stops me from being pulled in from the start, but as of yet he has failed to do such a thing. I’m not sure if it’s his particular way of storytelling. I’m not sure if it is the information load we’re given. I’m not sure if it is something else. All I know is that I have yet to be pulled in from page one.When the story got going, however, I was pulled in. I cannot say at what particular point this was, all I know is that my view changed and I was suddenly pulled in. I wanted to know what came next. I needed answers. I had to focus my reading onto this book, and this book alone. Only, there was a short period of time where my interest did threaten to dissipate. Again, it is something I have found with his other books. The pacing didn’t seem quite right. There was action, and I wanted to see where things were going. Then, things slowed down and I grew bored. Later, the pace picked back up. I know we cannot have high octave action throughout, but the sudden drop in speed caught me off guard. It felt like too much of a drop for such a thriller, which resulted in the ending feeling somewhat rushed.Don’t get me wrong, it was an interesting ending. We knew certain aspects were coming, yet there were still some surprise details to be given. I simply feel as though it all happened a little too quickly when compared to other aspects of the book.Overall, I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t quite enough to earn a four star rating.

  • Jim Puskas
    2018-11-18 05:53

    This is Forsythe's most successful book about the Cold War. His research into the inner workings of the Soviet goverment was so astonishingly detailed and accurate that he came under the attention of the CIA! This book included several of the most intriguing and fully developed characters that Forsythe ever created. A terrific read which was regrettably made into a movie that managed to leave out all of the romance and subtlety of the book and dull the edges of the story. Forget about the film, read the book!

  • Marc Maitland
    2018-12-06 05:45

    Since I had seen the film countless times, I read the book with eager anticipation. The book is a FAR more finely-woven plot than could ever be accommodated within the space of a 90-minute film, and therefore FAR more satisfying. The wealth of detail offered by Mr. Forsyth is an educational experience, whether the sections and sub-sections of the secret services, or the S.A.S. Regiment, but best of all the pin-prick analysis of the 1980s' Labour Party is wonderful to behold. The involvement of the traitor Kim Philby in a double-plot is masterly, and if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then in smuggling in and trying to detonate a nuclear bomb in the U.K., the ultimate episode of television's "Spooks" must have been paying more than lipservice to The Fourth Protocol! Overall, a thoroughly good read, but only one sequence from the film which did not originate in the book, the female "assembler" who slept with the deep-cover agent (Pierce Brosnan in the film) just before he murdered her was a nice touch, but obviously not penned by Forsyth.

  • Anand
    2018-12-01 11:45

    Trust a master story teller to write an epic! I can't even begin to imagine the kind of research required for writing a novel like this. Immensely eventful. gripping and a complete page turner. This kind of a story and plot demands extreme craft over the topics like politics, international relations, covert operations and government administration. Something as simple as how to make a bomb stretches for 4-5 pages. May be called overtly descriptive, but somehow fits into this novel's style and genre. Very highly recommended, even if you don't typically read thrillers of this genre. Don't let yourself misbelieve that a pre Russia, USSR era cold-war setting makes this story stale for modern times.

  • Gina
    2018-11-29 05:55

    Simply fantastic - I had been recommended this book and finally got round to reading it and I wished I hadn't waited that long (Sorry Dan!). Frederick Forsyth has such a great style of writing with such attention to detail that you can visualise the scenes in your head and are almost there in the room with the characters. Thoroughly enjoyable!

  • Ben B
    2018-11-25 09:56

    I have probably read this book cover-to-cover a dozen times, and have read selected chapters many more. The characters are well drawn, the story is well told, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One of the most fun spy novels of all time.

  • Rajan
    2018-11-25 07:42

    The fourth protocol is about nuclear weapons. Russians try to breach it and what follows is this tale. Very interesting read. his research is thorough as always. Must read.

  • Shom Biswas
    2018-11-26 11:04

    My favourite writer within the broad category of thrillers, one I literally grew up reading, is Frederick Forsyth. Forsyth is different from the standardfare thriller writer in that he takes a long time in patiently building up the plot. If you want a thrill-a-minute ride, Forsyth is not for you (I do have a recommendation for the extreme thrill-seeker, and that is Robert Crais; but Crais would be for another day). Forsyth is not necessarily a mystery writer, his two most celebrated books, Day of the Jackal and The Dogs of War cannot be classified as mysteries by any stretch, but some of his mystery thrillers, The Odessa File and The Fourth Protocol are exceptional; the latter is my recommendation for the week.The Fourth Protocol of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty prohibited assembling of nuclear weapons, piecemeal in secret, close to the target, before being detonated.This book is set in 1986, during the heights of the Cold War. In London, a thief breaks in and steals important documents from a senior civil servant’s home. Later, on reading the contents — which reveal the civil servant to be a double-agent­ — the thief anonymously sends the information to the MI5.In parallel to this, the most (in)famous spy of the ages, Kim Philby, having defected to Moscow, starts working with the Russian government towards a masterplan to supplement the British Labour Party leadership with a hard-left candidate, who would be working for the Russian cause. Philby’s plan would be to create some major unrest just before the UK general election, such that the Labour party wins, and the hard-left candidate becomes Prime Minister. Valeri Petrofsky, a Soviet spy, lands up in England under cover to give fruition to this masterplan.John Preston, decorated ex-soldier and current MI5 officer, is given charge of uncovering the double-agent civil servant, and eventually attempt to thwart Philby’s masterplan. This makes him navigate the political labyrinth of the MI5, takes him as far as South Africa – in the most intricate bit of dogged, patient mystery-solving you will ever see.The mystery thriller is perhaps the least appreciated genre among serious mystery readers. More often than not, it is for reasons of aesthetics - the mystery thriller supplements the ‘art’ of detection with the action, the ‘thrills’ if I may. Cheap thrills? It’s not for me to judge. There are few things I like more than a well-written, taut, mystery thriller. And The Fourth Protocol is really as good as it gets in that regard.Recommended reading: The Fourth Protocol - Frederick ForsythPreviously published at the New Indian Express

  • Murray
    2018-12-04 10:55

    In this completely preposterous 1980s Cold War spy thriller, the Russians try to effect the outcome of another country's elections.OK, that was a joke, sadly. However, what's not funny is Forsyth's crystal ball glance into the future, with suitcase bombs, terrorists and spies shuttling across borders to create their sleeping cells, and a very devious plan on behalf of the Russians to overthrow a foreign (in this case, UK) government. In pre-internet hacking days, the Russians in this novel devise a complicated masterplan to gain control of the UK in a way far more frightening that their current alleged crimes.Like most of Forsyth's books, this one is complex and requires close attention. Forsyth is typically a 'just the facts' kind of author, with more attention paid to spycraft than wordcraft. But, his books are hard to put down and always satisfying to the very end.

  • Ryan
    2018-11-17 10:10

    Frederick Forsyth's first book The Day of the Jackal is one of, if not my favourite thriller.Since reading it I have been trying to capture its magic with Forsyth and other authors.The premise behind this is highly intriguing with the nuclear disarmament and far left of the Labour party being fascinating and strangely as relevant today as when it was written. (Anti Nuclear weapon marches that occur in the book occurred in London today with exactly the same sentiments.)Despite these ideas having me hooked the book never really delivered on that promise and although I would love to give it more, for a thriller this wasn't all that thrilling for me.

  • Kay Smillie
    2018-11-19 09:50

    Taken me long enough, having seen most of the film adaptations of his novels, but I have finally read my first Frederick Forsyth novel and I am looking forward to reading more (having bought a set of twelve of his novels). The Fourth Protocol is a well researched story based in a slightly in the future UK (at the time it was written) and it brought back memories for me of that time (mid 80s). Excellent spy thriller.Ray Smillie

  • Diane Anderson
    2018-11-29 06:05

    Frederick Forsyth NEVER disappoints!!!I could hardly put down this book.

  • Santosh Bhat
    2018-11-29 04:42

    Good old Spy thriller with many white- knuckle sequences. Doesn't go where you expect it to, and for that I am grateful.

  • Eddie Dalton
    2018-11-27 11:42

    Great story Russian hit man spy in England trying to influence election result towards left wing administration. Triggered by Kim Philby in Moscow. Good chases and thrills as police try to catch up with him. Good read

  • Andy Hunt
    2018-11-18 07:49

    Great - bit of a Forsyth binge (well, this and Icon...) This was much the better of the two, a bit far-fetched but good fun and well-paced. 4.5 really.

  • Mr.Heneghan
    2018-11-22 13:06

    Spies! Love this stuff and Love Frederick Forsyth. Eons ago, when I lived in Poland and was starved for reading material, I picked up one of his books called "Icon". Cool Cold War spy stuff. Nothing too Tom Clancy, with way too much technical information. Nope, this book is just chock-a-block with...meetings! No lie, but seriously, it's really great. Mostly British MI5 and MI6 versus KGB intelligence. Counterintelligence. Detective work that spans the globe. Not a lot of shoot-em-ups. Just burn through the pages, take a sip of Pacifico, and imagine you're slinking down an alley in Eastern Europe to make a "dead drop".

  • Terry Wilkes
    2018-11-11 08:04

    The grand daddy of nuclear thrillers, this book has been so influential its plot has formed the basis of everything from James Bond films (Octopussy is essentially a rewrite) through to 24 and on to hundreds of ebooks from wannabe thriller kings.Forsyth's writing is less crisp here than in some of his other works (such as The Day of the Jackal or Where Eagles Dare) but still masterful.Well worth a read; there's a reason this book has been copied so much.

  • Vadassery Rakesh
    2018-12-07 12:48

    I think the book could have been a bit shorter to make it a block buster, which even otherwise it is. But if it had not carried the name Forsyth, many would have quit during the first 100 pages. But the latter part is just superb and covering the minutest detail with twists and turns. The hallmark of a master story teller is evident very much during the ending stages.

  • Durgasankar Bussetti
    2018-11-21 13:08

    Finally completed the book 3 years after buying it. A typical Forsyth style. But this is more inclined politically. A book that kept me awake to finish it off after many years....One shouldn't miss it, if u like forsyth style...

  • Mohammed
    2018-11-18 05:48

    Early in this book i thought it was looking like a weak effort. The story,characters,the the realistic writing style made it in the end a taut,gripping tale by a master of International espinage.I enjoyed it mostly because it was a very believable look in the world of spooks.

  • Hakim Ladha
    2018-11-13 08:42

    One of the best books of Frederick Forsyth I have read till date.

  • Gonçalo Almeida
    2018-11-18 10:05

    Mais um grande livro do grande mestre da espionagem e intriga internacionais. Muito bom

  • Rupesh Goenka
    2018-11-14 05:01

    A descriptive well written British Spy thriller.. Absolutely Super Fantastic!!

  • Said Al-Maskery
    2018-11-26 04:42

    Well done! A very well thought and written novel. I enjoyed every page of it, but the ending was quick and expected.

  • Jon
    2018-12-11 09:46

    ticked all my boxes for cold war espionage fiction. an excellent read.

  • Steve Cunningham
    2018-11-29 05:41

    Came to the book via the Commodore 64 game. The first politically-based book I ever read. Game changer, no more dragons for me after this. I was in.