Monday, December 04, 2006

The Afghan, by Frederick Forsyth

Well-written, but formulaic, this is the story of a British agent of middle eastern extraction who goes undercover to impersonate an al Qaida operative who has been released from Guantanamo Bay.

The good prose of an Englishman is hard for me to resist, even if it's predictable. What is not predictable are the fascinating details of fictional, yet plausible, plots in our age of terrorism.

Forsyth's character takes risks and does not play fair, which is necessary to avert a devastating terrorist attack. If you are a civil libertarian who wants to extend the benefit of the doubt to terrorists, you will find this book insufferable. I give it two and a half stars.

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