The Afghan Frederick Forsyth shows his usual flair for realistic thriller scenarios in The Afghan , a tale of a British commando posing as a Taliban fighter… The Afghan Frederick Forsyth shows his usual flair for realistic thriller scenarios in The Afghan , a tale of a British commando posing as a Taliban fighter… 2006-08-22 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Putnam
Book Review

The Afghan (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 22, 2006; Writer: Frederick Forsyth; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Putnam

Frederick Forsyth shows his usual flair for realistic thriller scenarios in The Afghan, a tale of a British commando posing as a Taliban fighter to infiltrate a 9/11-scale al-Qaeda conspiracy. The action builds slowly while Forsyth pieces together a panorama of the war between Western intelligence agencies and global jihadist networks, full of weapons specs, briefings on Islamic fundamentalism, and SIGINT procedural (for the rest of us, that's interception of radio and other signals). Forsyth can be professorial (''Let us not forget that Wahhabism is the state religion of Saudi Arabia''), but the mass of detail jells into a plot that's intricate, cunning, and scarily plausible.

Originally posted Aug 18, 2006 Published in issue #893 Aug 25, 2006 Order article reprints