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The Fist of God [Mass Market Paperback]

Frederick Forsyth
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Book Description

July 1 1995
From the bestselling author of The Day of the Jackal, international  master of intrigue Frederick Forsyth, comes a thriller that brilliantly  blends fact with fiction for one of this summer's--or any season's--most  explosive reads!

From the behind-the-scenes decision-making of the Allies to the secret meetings of Saddam Hussein's war cabinet, from the brave American fliers running their dangerous missions over Iraq to the heroic young spy planted deep in the heart of Baghdad, Forsyth's incomparable storytelling skill keeps the suspense at a breakneck pace.  Somewhere in Baghdad is the mysterious "Jericho," the traitor who is willing--for a price--to reveal what is going on in the high councils of the Iraqi dictator.  But Saddam's ultimate weapon has been kept secret even from his most trusted advisers, and the nightmare scenario that haunts General Schwarzkopf and his colleagues is suddenly imminent, unless somehow, the spy can locate that weapon--The Fist of God--in time.

Peopled with vivid characters, brilliantly displaying Forsyth's incomparable, knowledge of intelligence operations and tradecraft, moving back and forth
between Washington and London, Baghdad and Kuwait, desert vastnesses and city bazaars, this breathtaking novel is an utterly convincing story of what may
actually have happened behind the headlines.

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From Publishers Weekly

A British agent discovers Saddam Hussein has a secret weapon in this latest thriller from the author of The Day of the Jackal.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In yet another espionage thriller from the best-selling author of The Fourth Protocol (Viking, 1984), the good guys are out to prevent Saddam Hussein from using a most powerful weapon.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of my favorite stories, and one of my favorite all time novels by an author I had been introduced to with this book. Forsyth writes with a passionate 'between the lines' feeling to this riveting true story, which relates much to the politics of the world's second Gulf War in 2003. In 1994 director Robert Young, inspired by Forsyth's book wrote and directed a summary-like script to the story in the form of HBO's original docudrama 'Doomsday Gun'. Whereas Forsyth's novel begins with a third-person account of the assassination of Dr. Gerald Bull, HBO's film turns the story towards the life and death of Dr. Bull. 'The Fist of God' may read like stereo instructions towards the body of explanation; (The Iraq weapons program, the violation(s) of international weapons embargo laws), watching the film first can make reading Forsyth's version so much more intriguing. Parts in the film played by actors Michael Kitchen, Francesca Annis and Marianne Dennicourt are abolished, for the book will make you see the entire story for what it was outside of the Space Research Corporation and Dr. Bull's massive (put poorly constructed) weapon. However Forsyth does'nt make an attempt to swing left of that aspect, 'The Fist of God' is simply a more detailed and much more credible source for information on what continues to be a growing mystery within the US and British governments...and of course Iraq.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb historical novel July 30 2002
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After reading "The Day of the Jackal" for the first time in over 25 years, I decided to read "The Fist of God" for the third time to see how the two stacked up. Both are superb pieces of work, but I think I'm going to give a slight edge to "Fist". Not that comparisons need to be made.
The novel covers the period from the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and ends about when the ground troops invaded the country to take it back. In between it tells a story to try and explain why Saddam Hussein just let the forces come in and do this. He could have temporarily backed out, and re-invaded at a later time, when momentum to build more forces would not have been as high. Was this just a bad military move, or did he have something extra up his sleeve?
Whether or not this secret is true or not is not important, although it would not be unbelievable if true. What makes it a great novel is all the places it takes us during this period. This was a big event that happened not too long ago, that still has world-wide ramifications to this day.
Yes, we see the historical figures such as George Bush Sr., Margaret Thatcher, Norman Schwartzkopf, and yes, Hussein. But except for Hussein, these are minor characters. It is the ordinary characters, most of whom are very interesting that make it great reading.
Although there are many characters, the main one would be Mike Martin, who is most instrumental in pulling off the plot. He is a British soldier of Arabic ancestry who begins the war going to Kuwait to be an almost one-man underground resistance movement. When a mole is discovered in Hussein's inner circle that wants to sell the good guys information, Martin is transferred to Baghdad to get this information. He has his share of tense moments as his contribution to the war effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing Dec 2 2001
By Haseeb
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Although this represents my first Forsyth novel and my first spy novel I know a good one when I read one. I've watched quite a few good espionage movies including "The Day of The Jackel" and "The Odessa File" (based on Forsyth novels). I read this book because I was impressed at the depth of the two movies mentioned above. After 9/11/01, I also wanted to read something which relates to the going ons in the middle east.
The obtjectives of the story are simple: First, to find out if Saddam Hussain has any weapons which may pose a serious threat to the allied forces in the gulf. Secondly, if he has any weapons destroy them before he plans to use them. The story becomes somewhat complex because in order to meet the objectives, a well coordinated intelligence operation involving people in the US, Europe, Iraq, Israel and Kuwait must take place. The entire operation involves scholars, spooks and sneeks (special ops and spies) and even someone with close connections to Saddam himself. The whole story of how an SAS man was able go deep into Iraq incognito was fascinating and believeable. The SAS man whose name is Mike Martin was sent in Iraq to gather intelligence on the weapons and then help to destroy them. The information Mike gets is not first hand however. Mike must depend on another mysterious character known only as Jerico. (...)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Novel of the Gulf War Nov. 26 2001
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This gripping novel is set against the backdrop of the Gulf War of 1991
It is jam packed with suspense and action and we never know who will survive and who wont
We see into the inner workings of the governments and secret services of the USA , UK and Israel
As well as into the chilling terror of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship and get a glimpse of Saddam's evil mind as well as the unbelievable cruelty of Hussein and his minions such as the head of his secret police Amn -al -Amn Omar Khatib and General Abdullah Kadiri , men who delight in the most horrific cruelties on those who get in their way.These tortures and deaths are described in a way that enables us to feel for the vicitms
The heroes of the story include Mike Martin , a SAS agent working in Baghdad and Don Walker , a US Air Force Fighter Pilot
I was a bit disappointed about the way he dealt with the MOSSAD operations in Vienna. As an admirer of the MOSSAD Id have hoped that their antics would have been more heroic and gripping than his story of a MOSSAD agent romancing a lonely and dowdy female bank worker in order to get bank secrets and then abandoning her
The central message of the novel-outlined in the postscript is the terrible danger the West is putting herself and the world in by selling dangerous and unconventional weapons to Arab and Third World dictatorships
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! Forsyth's best book
Fist of God is Forsyth's best (and longest) novel. Based on the first Gulf War, it is an intriguing blend of actual events and personalities with great storytelling. Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by mackattack9988
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class !!
Frederick Forsyth's research has always been awe-inspiring, but this novel exceeds all expectations. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by Deependra Bisht
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't this man afford an editor?
While it may be true that this is an informative book about the Gulf War, its poor writing makes it almost painful to read:
"The port arrived as if unbidden"... Read more
Published on July 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply great book
I could not put this book down. Along with A Day of the Jackal, his best.
Published on June 8 2003 by J. Hammond
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
The characters are dimensionless and symbol-like. The plot is
OK, though there are too many unnecessary details. Read more
Published on June 2 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars I am going to reread this--again
If I cannot find my copy, I am going to buy another. I have read this book three times, and I found it thoroughly engrossing. Read more
Published on March 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars another classic
Forsyth once again shows why he is the master of espionage novels. The details are so vivid, you almost feel like you are eavesdropping. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2003 by David Group
2.0 out of 5 stars Writing in the Sand
A belated scissors and paste attempt to cash in on the first Gulf War. It reads like 50 magazine articles stitched together with a bit of 'Jane's' thrown in to keep armchair... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002 by Captain Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars struck by the fist
forsyth's researched beautifully. his best along with dogs of war, and odessa.
--ash.
Published on Aug. 16 2002 by Ash C
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of spies
An excellent book of spies and tyranny of the gulf war, here Forsyth wrote as he knows and he keeps you reading all the time, I think that everything in this book could be real,... Read more
Published on May 9 2002 by Jorge Frid
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