|Publisher:||St Martins Pr|
|Publish Date:||Aug 2004|
|Number of Pages:||340|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.37|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||4.24 x 0.94 x 6.78|
Frederick Forsyth was born in Ashford, England on August 25, 1938. At age seventeen, he decided he was ready to start experiencing life for himself, so he left school and traveled to Spain. While there he briefly attended the University of Granada before returning to England and joining the Royal Air Force. He served with the RAF from 1956 to 1958, earning his wings when he was just nineteen years old.
He left the RAF to become a reporter for the Eastern Daily Press, Reuters News Agency, and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). While with the BBC, he was sent to Nigeria to cover an uprising in the Biafra region. As he learned more about the conflict, he became sympathetic to the rebel 'cause. He was pulled from Nigeria and reassigned to London when he reported this viewpoint. Furious, he resigned and returned to Nigeria as a freelance reporter, eventually writing The Biafra Story and later, Emeka, a biography of the rebel leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
Upon his return to England in 1970, Forsyth began writing fiction. His first novel, The Day of the Jackal, won an Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America. His other works include The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol, Devil's Alternative, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger, The Afghan, and The Cobra.
Unassuming attorney Calvin Dexter bumps around his empty suburban home, waiting for a chance to exact horrible revenge for wrongs done to him years ago. It's up to CIA Agent Kevin McBride to stop him.
Colin Dexter is a small-town lawyer whose life has been devastated by tragedy-his daughter was murdered by kidnappers and his wife committed suicide. He responded by dedicating himself to avenging crimes. An idealistic young man has recently been killed by a Serbian warlord, who then disappeared. Though Dexter has retired from his life as an "Avenger", he is hired to find the warlord and bring him back. Dexter was never a killer; he has always brought criminals to justice alive.
A combat veteran and highly decorated "tunnel rat" in Vietnam, he may be over 50, but he is a tri athlete and is in excellent shape for the mission. Forsyth's books are always compared to his first novel, The Day of the Jackal, and Avenger compares most favorably; gripping, complex, and exciting, this is a well-written and thrilling tale of evil and retribution. Readers may want to compare Forsyth's Colin Dexter to Tom Clancy's John Clark or Lee Child's Jack Reacher, but Dexter stands firmly on his own. Recommended for all fiction collections.
-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI
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