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The Fox

Lu par : David Rintoul
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Fox by Frederick Forsyth.

The 18th novel from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, the man who defined the genre.

The Fox is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centres around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organisations.

©2018 Frederick Forsyth (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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"Forsyth is a magnificent storyteller." (Daily Mail)

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  • Alex
  • 21/09/2018

Disappointing effort from a capable author

I view FF as a really capable author, which is why I'm so disappointed with this book. All the contemporary aspects of this book rang hollow. He still did a good job on the traditional aspects of it, e.g. tradecraft and the overall plot. But it fell apart in a few critical areas:

Technology - for a book about hacking, the tech side of it needs to be at least passable. In this book the tech is so wrong that it's just nonsense.

The Ending - Without putting any spoliers in, if you're Frederick Forsyth it is not okay to have an ending that a high school student would get in trouble for.

Contemporary Characters - This is more of a minor gripe, but there were a couple of times when a character was given some really old-fashioned stereotypical traits that just felt disconnected from reality. Also, FF decided to put Trump in the book (which is fine), but for plot reasons he couldn't make him live up to his reputation. It would have been so easy to have omitted the direct reference to "the president's book, the Art of the Deal", and not have had that contradiction. It's just sloppy.

As far as the performance went, at the start I found the narrator's accents a bit jarring, other than that it was okay.

To sum it up, I think FF did the bare minimum and is relying on his reputation to sell this.

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  • mvwijland
  • 08/08/2019

Love the narrator

The story is great, although the hacking part is a byline, hardly explained. But the idea of the story is well crafted. Love the details, political viewpoints on issues.

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  • Chad Morrison
  • 03/05/2019

Interesting lead, failure in execution.

The leading character Sir Adrian Western had me looking forward to future books, but the ending in this novel made me think of a student hitting a word limit in an academic essay. Well read by the narrator.

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  • Mr. R. A. Forrest
  • 17/12/2018

A lively romp, but a but clunky...

Really enjoyed this story with all the ingredients of a good espionage tale. But, thinly veiled references to current government members, and a professor Baron Cohen were faintly ridiculous. David Rintoul's sonorous reading gave extra gravitas that the narrative really needed. His soft Scottish accent had echoes of the Flemming readings he has done. A pleasure to listen to. I say listen, have fun and enjoy. It's like a movie you are glad you watched, but really don't take away too much and will probably never watch again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05/10/2018

Truly fantastic!!

Frederick Forsyth is a master writer and this book is further proof of his excellence!!

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  • REM
  • 12/10/2018

A brilliantly usual Forsyth story

It's always a highlight when a novel story is published from his hands. However this one, the storyline is somewhat more predictable and there are minor inaccuracies when referring to historical facts (e.g. Ceausescus last speech was not in Timisoara, but in the capital Bucharest).