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Fist Of God Kindle Edition
About the Author
- ASIN : B0051UT5PA
- Publisher : Transworld Digital; Reprinted Edition (30 June 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 3489 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 626 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,218 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There are books that let you live in an idyllic and a happy-sappy world and there are books that take you through a roller-coaster of emotions; a concoction crafted to make you literally live in another dimension whilst reading the book. The Fist of God is my first Forsyth book and boy am I impressed! Riveting is not the word! Storytelling is an art and Forsyth has hit this one out of the park.
The plot flirts with a nice blend of facts and fiction in the Gulf War that engages the reader right from the beginning. In my opinion, the author has not altered the actual course of events thereby making it a tenable and solid plot. The British, the Americans, the Iraqis, the Kuwaitis, the Israelis and the Viennese form the meat of the storyline.
Forsyth is one pedantic writer! The description of characters is meticulous and every reader can form imageries in their minds whilst relating to the character or the storyline. A certain SAS soldier named Mike Martin is very likeable and the textbook definition of a special forces commander. The very nature of his line of work will make anyone respect the amount of sacrifice and perseverance that a soldier has to make to defy the odds and achieve their objectives. The unsung heroes; we have the MARCOS here who live by the motto: The few, the fearless. And they are also anonymous, behind enemy lines, weakening the enemy and averting a crisis before the war has begun. Mike Martin did his bit for the country and you'll definitely like the character for his ability to think on the fly.
The author, owing to his experience as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force for Her Majesty, has taken diligent efforts to painstakingly describe the military hardware; most notably air surveillance and fighter planes, missiles and the like and how the Allied Forces flexed their muscles to gather intelligence and counter Saddam's plans. I have to admit that Forsyth has been scrupulous in his approach while describing the military hardware and at times, I had to look up images of planes, missiles and other hardware on the internet (despite playing most war games on the computer). So, the verbose description can get a tad exasperating but don't let that distract you from the awesomeness that ensues; when you come to know how powerful these weapons actually are. The expansive description coupled with a long list of characters is fundamentally the reason this book is a wee above 600 pages. But never did I feel that the plot is being dragged; there were simultaneous activities throughout the Gulf theater and even in the background in other countries.
I won't give away any spoilers but if there is an example of being shrewd, I believe Mossad fits the bill perfectly! Their way of doing "business" is so spine-chilling and so secretive that their modus-operandi is bound to rattle you to the bone.
To immerse myself into another 'dimension', I'd often play the original soundtracks of Blackhawk down, Modern Warfare 1 & 2 to add to the dramatic effect. Can't complain as I also wanted to filter unwanted cacophony and chaotic sound around me! Give it a try! 🔕😂
All in all, a gem of a thriller and I cannot wait to read the rest of his works. Up next is The Day of The Jackal; his best work until now. If you are looking for a quintessential thriller, look no further! The Fist of God will leave you enthralled and gasping for more.
Warning: Strong withdrawal symptoms possible. Better stack up on his other books or some nice thrillers to cope up! 😋
Character depth is praise-worthy..
Would recommend this book for someone who is interested in war genre as I feel very few authors can be as impactful as Fredrick Forsyth w.r.t this genre..