The kidnapping of a young man on a country road in Oxfordshire is but the first brutal step in a ruthless plan to force the President of the US out of office. If it succeeds, he will be psychologically and emotionally destroyed. Only one man can stop it - Quinn, the world's forem... read full description below.
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The kidnapping of a young man on a country road in Oxfordshire is but the first brutal step in a ruthless plan to force the President of the United States out of office. If it succeeds, he will be psychologically and emotionally destroyed. Only one man can stop it - Quinn, the world's foremost Negotiator, who must bargain for the life of an innocent man, unaware that ransom was never the kidnapper's real objective... The Negotiator unfolds with the spellbinding excitement, unceasing surprise and riveting detail that are the hallmarks of Frederick Forsyth, the master storyteller.
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||Forsyth gives us all we ask for. -- Chicago Tribune, <br> Forsyth at the top of his game! --Tom Clancy, author of The Hunt For Red October, <br> A Blockbuster. -- New York Daily News, <br> A completely satisfying thriller. . . The Negotiator delivers. . . A string of unsettling climaxes. -- Newsweek,
||Forsyth's first novel in five years, and while it doesn't quite match the white-knuckle tensions of The Day of the Jackal or the baroque plottings of The Devil's Alternative, this big tale of global Realpolitik balancing on the kidnap of a US President's son is still a standout thriller - sophisticated, stingingly suspenseful, and grounded in the author's trademarked attention to authentic detail. As usual, Forsyth builds slowly, seeding multiple plot lines that will eventually detonate the main action. It's 1990, and, independently, right-wing cabals in both the US and Russia are running scared on two counts: with Soviet and US oil reserves near zero, the Arabs will soon own the world economy; and, with a giant arms-reduction treaty okayed by Gorbachev and American President John Cormack, each nation's defense industry is about to go belly-up. The solution? The two cabals conspire to destroy the treaty and then, acting alone, to go after oil by invading Iran (the Russians) and installing a puppet regime in Saudi Arabia (the Americans). How? By emotionally breaking Cormack - and American-Soviet ties - by kidnapping his young son, Simon, a student at Oxford, and then letting slip that the snatch was a Soviet job. Enter Forsyth's lone-wolf hero, veteran hostage negotiator Quinn, drawn out of retirement. Quinn's ballet of wits with the thuggish kidnappers forms the intricate puzzle/centerpiece of the novel's first half; when all of Quinn's efforts go terribly awry, however, Forsyth switches from intellectual to visceral satisfactions as the negotiator becomes the vengeful hunter (aided by a sexy FBI agent) to track down the kidnappers and their bosses across Europe and America - even as President Cormack crumbles and international chaos looms. No one does it better. A crackling good read that's sure to soar up the best-seller lists. (Kirkus Reviews)
Frederick Forsyth is the author of ten bestselling novels- The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fourth Protocol, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon and Avenger. His other works include The Biafra Story, The Shepherd, two short story collections, No Comebacks and The Veteran, and a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom of Manhattan. He has also collected together an anthology of flying tales, Great Flying Stories, which includes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Roald Dahl, Len Deighton and H.G. Wells. He lives in Hertfordshire, England.