The Fist of God Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 1995
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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.
From Library Journal
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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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.Read more ›
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. (...)
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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Fascinating. The detail in this complex story is spellbinding.Published 4 months ago by Hal, Calgary, Canada
The main plot is reasonably good, but there are so many dead-end subplots that don't really connect to the main plot. It is just a jumbled mess. Read morePublished 12 months ago by KevinWinnipeg
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 morePublished on June 2 2004 by mackattack9988
Frederick Forsyth's research has always been awe-inspiring, but this novel exceeds all expectations. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Deependra Bisht
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
I could not put this book down. Along with A Day of the Jackal, his best.Published on June 8 2003 by J. Hammond
The characters are dimensionless and symbol-like. The plot is
OK, though there are too many unnecessary details. Read more
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 morePublished on March 19 2003