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Librarian note an alternate cover for this edition can be found hereThe Jackal A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes A killer at the top of his profession A man unknown to any secret service in the world An assassin with a contract to kill the world s most heavily guarded manOne man with a rifle who can change the course of history One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name And as the minutes count down to the final act of execution, it seems that there is no power on earth that can stop the Jackal Any details I give about this book will quaff the fun out of this engaging read, so I would stick to the literary basics The author does very well in setting up the context in the first half and drives the reader to fast paced action that follows The Day of the Jackal is a captivating battle between two meticulous professionals, two experts of their trades on either side of the law And finally, beneath all its action, drama and chases, it actually boils down to which of them isdisciplin Any details I give about this book will quaff the fun out of this engaging read, so I would stick to the literary basics The author does very well in setting up the context in the first half and drives the reader to fast paced action that follows The Day of the Jackal is a captivating battle between two meticulous professionals, two experts of their trades on either side of the law And finally, beneath all its action, drama and chases, it actually boils down to which of them isdisciplined about his work At one point I did feel though one of the characters did something totally out of character, but I could attribute it to survival instinct A must read thriller A professional does not act out of fervour and is thereforecalm and less likely to make elementary errors Not being idealistic, he is not likely to have second thoughts at the last minute about who else might get hurt in the explosion or whatever method, and being a professional he has calculated the risks to the last contingency So his chances of success on schedule are surer than anyone else s, but he will not even enter into operation until he has devised a plan that will enable him A professional does not act out of fervour and is thereforecalm and less likely to make elementary errors Not being idealistic, he is not likely to have second thoughts at the last minute about who else might get hurt in the explosion or whatever method, and being a professional he has calculated the risks to the last contingency So his chances of success on schedule are surer than anyone else s, but he will not even enter into operation until he has devised a plan that will enable him not only to complete the mission, but to escape unharmed Charles de Gaulle, the president of France, has alienated many of his top military staff with his decisions regarding French colonies These same men had supported his return to power believing that he would strengthen the colonies, but de Gaulle had a different objective He gave Algiers their independence and subsequently most of the rest of France s colonies as well The men who were bathed in blood securing those colonies felt betrayed They formed a coalition called the OAS and recruited members willing to die trying to kill de Gaulle They failed.The book begins with an execution for the attempted assassination of the president of FranceIt is cold at 6 40 in the morning of a March day in Paris, and seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by a firing squad They are soldiers They know how to kill and have killed, but to assassinate a public figure like de Gaulle requires somethingthan just someone motivated to kill him They need a professional Enter The Jackal.He is an Englishman, maybe, but who he truly is has been hidden under layers of identities that stretch back to the very first time he killed for money He is a chameleon He can change his personality, his appearance, and his passport with one quick stop in a deep doorway He develops several contingencies for every step of the plan because rigidity is what gets men like him killed The men protecting de Gaulle have a difficult job They have discovered the plot by the OAS after some rather unsavory moments with a member of their inner circleApart from the breathing, the silence of the cellar was almost tangible All the men were in shirt sleeves, rolled up high and damp with sweat The odour was crushing, a stench of sweat, metal, stale smoke, and human vomit Even the latter, pungent enough, was overpowered by one even stronger, the unmistakable reek of fear and painThe problem is that they don t know enough because even the people who hired The Jackal know very little De Gaulle is not interested in changing any of his public appearances because of unsubstantiated, well to his mind, rumors After all he is well aware that there are people who want to kill him all the time No one will ever be able to accuse de Gaulle of being a coward, but haughty arrogance he has in spades Even with all the men assigned to protect de Gaulle he was still vulnerable to The Jackal.There is a leak in the inner circle of those that are assigned to find The Jackal This woman uses her assets to elicit information from her lover that she can pass to the OAS Tell me all about it, she cooed The leaks go back and forth between both organizations, never giving enough information, but always just enough for those protecting and those intent on killing to alter their plans The Jackal goes underground He seduces a vulnerable Baroness He is charming and she is in need of reassurancesHer thigh was pressed against him below the belly and through the satin of her dress she felt the rigid arrogance of his prick For a second she withdrew her leg, then pushed it back again There was no conscious moment of decision taking the realisation came without effort that she wanted him, badly, between her thighs, insider her belly, all night The line rigid arrogance of his prick made me laugh out loud The Baroness is not the only one he seduces, lonely homosexuals, as well, serve as a safe haven for him as he makes his way closer and closer to his objective The Jackal will use anyone and anything to win this game he has started The Jackal also knows his hardwareAs soon as the bullet struck flesh, gristle, or bone, it would experience a sudden deceleration The effect on the mercury would be to hurl the droplet forwards towards the plugged front of the bullet Here its onward rush would rip away the tip of the slug, splaying the lead outwards like the fingers of an open hand or the petals of a blossoming flower In this shape the leaded projectile would tear through nerve and tissue, ripping, cutting, slicing, leaving fragments of itself over an area the size of a tea saucer Hitting the head, such a bulle would not emerge, but would demolish everything inside the cranium, forcing the bone shell to fragment Can you feel the love for destruction Back in 1997 I went to see a movie called The Jackal I had no clue that it was based on a book It was just a Friday night entertainment One highlight of the film is when the actor Jack Black, who I harbor some kind of odd animosity towards, is killed rather spectacularly Well the character he plays, not the actual actor, but I could suspend belief for a few moments Bruce Willis plays The Jackal Richard Gere and Sidney Poitier are playing the characters trying to find him The setting of the plot has been changed and the timing moved up from the 1950s to the 1990s, but they do actually use plot devices from the Frederick Forsyth book There is a 1973 movie that follows the book very closely I have not seen it, but the reviews of that movie are very good My intention is to watch it very soon Frederick ForsythForsyth infused this novel with historical details that addedvalidity to the plot and added richness to the flow of the narrative He also included the intricacies of political plotting and the difficulty, even with a small group, in keeping anything a secret The ruthlessness and the zeal with which the assassin approaches what seems to be an impossible task was unnerving, chilling The way in which the hands of the investigators are tied at many points by the unwillingness of de Gaulle to cooperate stretches the tension like an overstressed piano string I was impressed that a 44 year old novel could still have me running through the streets of Paris, with an elevated pulse, hoping to thwart the aims of a diabolical killer If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at To those that gave this 4 or 5 stars I completely get it I really do I found much impressiveness in this classic spy story, despite the 3 star ceiling I ended up placing on it Technically proficient and drenched in details, this is as authentic an anatomy of an assassination attempt I have ever seen Forsyth s Jackal like control over the narrative was singular and I can certainly understand this being considered a classic among the spy thriller genre.Despite the significant amount of superi To those that gave this 4 or 5 stars I completely get it I really do I found much impressiveness in this classic spy story, despite the 3 star ceiling I ended up placing on it Technically proficient and drenched in details, this is as authentic an anatomy of an assassination attempt I have ever seen Forsyth s Jackal like control over the narrative was singular and I can certainly understand this being considered a classic among the spy thriller genre.Despite the significant amount of superior that Forsyth brought to this story, my 3 star rating reflects my lack of engagement in the story resulting largely from what I found to be a lack of well drawn characters and a dearth of emotion in the narrative These two missing components prevented me from getting warm and toasty with the story even with the undeniable quality of the plot PLOT SUMMARYA novel in 4 parts First, the reader is introduced to the OAS Organisation de l arm e secr te or Organization of the Secret Army , a rabies loaded, right wing French nationalist group formed during the Algerian War and dedicated to keeping Algeria part of France if I can pause for a brief side note, the OAS completely reminded me of the scene in Monty Python s, The Meaning of Life when John Cleese saidI would remind you that the cormorant was presented to us by the Corporation of the town of Sudbury to commemorate Empire Day, when we try to remember the names of all those from the Sudbury area who so gallantly gave their lives to keep China British Sorry, couldn t resist sprinkling a little MP into the mix Anyway, feeling spiteful, betrayed andthan a little miffed by de Charlie s gall and his support for Algerian independence, the OAS unsuccessfully tries to pop caps in de Gaulle s derriere several times, most notably in a French suburb in 1962.The above is all historical fact and provides a terrific lead in for Forsyth to seamlessly transition into the fictional story.Part 2 of the story is easily my favorite part of the book The OAS is in shambles after being infiltrated and decimated by the French Action service the counter terrorist portion of the French intelligence apparatus As a result, the head of the OAS decides that the only way to turn things around is to succeed in assassinating de Gaulle and the only way to do that is to bring in a ninja professional assassin Enter Bruce Willis the Englishman a nameless, mysterious, high priced assassin considered the best in the world Engaged by the OAS and given complete operational control over the assignment, the rest of this section of the book details.and I mean D.E.T.A.I.L.S the Englishbloke s preparation for the assassination I was fascinated by this section and thought it felt incredibly authentic Step by step the reader follows the Englishgent as he arranges the creation of false identities, the design and production of the perfect weapon, extensively studies de Gaulle, selects the appropriate time and place for the kill, and identifies his escape route I ve never seen this kind of detail presented better without intrusion by the pace assassins known of PLOD and BOG Forsyth eludes both of these story killers and maintains excellent narrative flow I LOVED IT Part 3 focuses on the French government s counter terrorist group as they learn of the potential plot and investigate various leads looking for a break As with the rest of the book, the intricacy of the details is very impressive However, this is where I started to disengage a bit from the plot due to a lack of emotional investment in the story Part of this stems from the intentional coldness of the Englishman His whole persona is one of ice which would have been great if contrasted byemotionally colorful characters in the novel Unfortunately, I didn t find that and so it made immersing myself into the story impossible Lack of immersion led to lack of connection led to lack of interest as the narrative began to seem far too dry The fourth part of the book is the climax where we have the Jackal closing in on his target and the Frenchies closing in on the Jackal Again, technically this was done to perfection and I have no truck with anyone who slapped 5 stars on this story However, for me, my lack of investment in the narrative continued to plague me and so the amount of tension of which there should have been plenty was running on empty I still enjoyed it, but I kept telling myself that I SHOULD be enjoying itOverall, Forsyth wrote a very impressive book and I would not quibble with it being listed among the classics of the genre I just found the story a bit dry and the characters a bit too wooden to engage enough to say I really liked it Thus a solid 3 stars and my respect for Forsyth s accomplishment The day of the jackal was over, and I was glad of that Just because this old thriller was related to a favored genre of mine the historical fiction didn t mean I would like outdated thrillers with no idea that hasn t been milked by movies of various characteristics But I learned one thing after reading this book, and that was that archaic books like this died intestate There were defining aspects in this hefty not too much though novel There were new characters that kept making entr The day of the jackal was over, and I was glad of that Just because this old thriller was related to a favored genre of mine the historical fiction didn t mean I would like outdated thrillers with no idea that hasn t been milked by movies of various characteristics But I learned one thing after reading this book, and that was that archaic books like this died intestate There were defining aspects in this hefty not too much though novel There were new characters that kept making entry until the last pages Also there was the fact that we know that The Jackal wasn t going to succeed At the other end of the spectrum, there was another type of sitting duck of the species known as Dead Meat Those who you knew were going to die did die But as the novel progressed, it wasdifficult to care for the victims The only brilliant idea in the story was that the info that set the ball rolling was an error of identification That threw this reader completely In the end, though, it wasn t enough to justify reading the book in the first place