Product Description Amazon.com Review Trapped in a snowbound cabin or on a long flight there's nobody more reliable than Forsyth for guaranteed diversion. His narrative engine is one of the best in the business; his characters spring quickly to life; he blends research and imagination into high drama. Icon is set in the Russia of 1999 where an ultra-nationalist zealot you might recognize from Nightline is about to become head of state. When his dangerous agenda leaks out no Western government wants to take action -- so a private task force including ex-CIA agent Jason Monk is sent in to derail the demagogue. It's all in the grand tradition of previous Forsythe winners from The Day of the Jackal The Odessa File and The Dogs of War through The Fourth Protocol and The Deceiver . From Booklist Eyeing the 2000 election superpatriot Igor Komarov vows to restore prosperity and national greatness to Russia a platform sure to elevate him to the presidency. He unwisely commits his secret genocidal political desires to paper and the document reaches British intelligence. Is the Black Manifesto genuine and if so how will Hitler the Second be thwarted? Meanwhile Komarov's ruthless minion Grishin attempts to retrieve the manifesto springing a two-pronged plot that proves Forsyth remains a premier crafter of the international cloak-and-dagger thriller. The stop-Komarov conspiracy emanates from retired British Secret Intelligence Service chief Sir Nigel Irvine stepping in for a timorous government wanting no part of dirty work. Irvine taps ex-CIA folks also out to pasture and one Jason Monk emerges to infiltrate Moscow and start rumors about the manifesto's existence in an attempt to provoke Komarov. Gaining audiences by deception Monk shows the document to the Chechens the Orthodox Patriarch and a Jewish business leader all of whom would be consigned to a new gulag should Komarov win. Ensnaring readers in a taut web of disguises and disinformation Forsyth subtly conceals the truth and the existence of a double agent until the very end proving that the skillful author still has some satisfying tricks up his sleeve. Sure to be popular. Gilbert Taylor See all Product Description
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