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Publisher's Summary

Canadian billionaire Steven Edmond's grandson was an aid volunteer in the former Yugoslavia. After he was murdered, Edmond sought revenge by hiring an ex-Vietnam special forces agent to hunt the killer down: Cal Dexter, ex-Vietnam Special Forces, the one man who could bring the killer to justice. But what starts as a personal, domestic tragedy soon explodes into a terrifying drama on the centre stage of world terrorism.

©2004 Frederick Forsyth (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[N]o page lacks interest and the novel's second half...is pure gold." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Forsyth's extraordinary care with detail, his solid voice, and his exquisite pacing make this a totally engrossing thriller." ( Booklist)

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Kazablanka's review

My favourite Forsyth novel. Read it many years ago, and it was just as fascinating on this second run through. Meticulous back story in the first part, which I enjoyed the most. The action, in the second part, was possibly a bit over the top, but an enjoyable, satisfying conclusion. Great naration, as well.

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  • Rob
  • 21-09-2019

FF does it again

Mr Forsyth has once again provided a wide-ranging, detailed narrative that takes the reader into the tunnels of Vietnam at the height of the conflict, across to Bosnia gripped in the brutality of it's civil conflict and then to South America. the hero is a laconic, highly disciplined ex soldier driven to use his special skills to bring international criminals to justice... not Batman, but the philosophical process is much the same. FF ensures that the reader is provided every detail, all the background, so that the imagery comes alive and the tension is very real. This rivals The Negotiator in scope and story, but the similarities are recognizable. Beautifully read and delivered.

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Great story highly recommended

Predictable but still thrilling, a carefully thought out plot, could easily be made as a great movie.

Narrator did an excellent job, though he need to work on his certain accents.

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  • EJ
  • 19-04-2014

Excellent Forsyth

Where does Avenger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

An excellent read that had me tied to my armchair until the book was finished. I look forward to my next Frederick Forsyth novel.

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  • PABLO
  • 01-10-2014

Just a great storyteller.

Where does Avenger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty good read 7 out of 10. I hadn't read Forsyth's stuff for a while but have kicked off with this book and just realyl enjoyed it. Found myself engrossed in the story and would recommend it to anyone who likes this type of yarn.

What other book might you compare Avenger to, and why?

It has to be COBRA the follow up to AVENGER.

Have you listened to any of Eric Conger’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not to my knowledge.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Great thriller.

Any additional comments?

Good story,well read

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  • Brian Murgatroyd
  • 15-06-2018

Excellent

Thanks to Audible I’ve become a Forsyth devotee & I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I listened to The Cobra, the follow-up to Avenger, beforehand but despite being out of order it didn’t affect my enjoyment. If you like Forsyth then you’ll like this. Eric Conger was a good narrator too.

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  • Mrs M
  • 19-04-2019

Well researched

A gripping and well researched story. I learned a lot about the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. But the narrator mispronounced several words, which was very weird and irritating.

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  • Brian
  • 15-12-2014

Engrossing Storyline

What made the experience of listening to Avenger the most enjoyable?

First class research gives the storyline a credible plausability

What was one of the most memorable moments of Avenger?

A subtle twist at the end

Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favourite?

The avenger himself

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Rendered subject to the law

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  • D.A.L., Devon
  • 14-12-2014

Forsyth has done it again.

Where does Avenger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

at the moment. one the top books I have read.

What did you like best about this story?

Forsyth is a polished writer, his research is accurate and his story weaves in and out of recent historical facts - a terrific listen.

What does Eric Conger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His accents are good and he brings gravitas to the story.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Spellbinding, gripping a true Forsyth.

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Thoroughly recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-04-2013

AVENGER

this is my favourite listen. I never get tired of the story line which in my opinion is very cleverly crafted and extremely informative of the events of the time one of the best listen for a long time

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  • REW1966
  • 05-01-2021

Great Plot & Details

I enjoyed listening to this book and Forsyth rarely disappoints. Occasionally I wanted just a little less detail and backstory when some characters and situations were introduced, however, for others who are less familiar with the Vietnam and Yugoslav conflicts, it may be welcome. Eric Conger has a good voice and narrative rhythm, which for me is an absolute must for someone who'll be talking in your ear for many hours. In all he did an excellent job. I understand no one voice actor can do every accent, but Eric's South African was lamentable and his British wasn't great - I'm not sufficiently familiar with the various Yugoslav accents to comment on them so I won't. It's a shame the producers, or Eric himself, couldn't have taken the trouble to find out how to pronounce some foreign words, whose mispronunciation was irritating and avoidable. Schipol, the airport serving Amsterdam, is the one that sticks in my mind, but there were enough others for me to note it. I'm not expecting him to go 'full Dutch' on it, but if I can be bothered to look it up to check my pronunciation is correct, then someone getting well-paid to say it should too.

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  • Marbo
  • 23-12-2020

Decent enough thriller

Gets a bit Hollywood near the end, but the buildup is finely crafted. Better than some of his other later novels.

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  • Molefly
  • 07-12-2020

a bit long winded and violent

too much violence but a clever story with i Guess accurate historical details. I lost the plot rather but despite all finished it

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