The Fist of God

The Fist of God

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Baker & Taylor
During the Gulf War, a mysterious spy planted deep in the heart of Iraq becomes the key as Saddam Hussein threatens to unleash a secret, ultimate weapon on the Allied forces

Blackwell North Amer
Only Frederick Forsyth, acknowledged master of international intrigue and suspense, could have created the one story about the Persian Gulf War that could never be revealed - until now.
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.
Unless the Allies can penetrate the Iraqi regime, they fear they will be sending the vast coalition of air and land forces they have mobilized after the invasion of Kuwait into a bloody desert Armageddon. Then word leaks out to British intelligence that Israel's Mossad had once run a mole in Iraq itself - someone in the highest levels of Saddam's government whose identity even the Mossad had never been able to discover. This is the mysterious "Jericho," and into Baghdad, under the very eyes of Iraq's fearsome secret police, goes Major Mike Martin of Britain's elite Special Air Service Regiment, disguised as an Arab and determined to reestablish the connection with Jericho.
It is a most dangerous game. Moreover, while Jericho can convey - for a price - inside information about what is going on in the high councils of the Iraqi dictator, Saddam has kept his ultimate weapon secret even from his most trusted advisers. The nightmare scenario that haunts General Schwarzkopf and his colleagues is suddenly imminent unless, somehow, Mike Martin can locate that weapon in time.
Peopled with vivid characters, brilliantly displaying the intricacies of intelligence operations, both electronic and human, moving back and forth between Washington and London, Baghdad and Kuwait, desert vastnesses and city bazaars, revealing espionage tradecraft as only Frederick Forsyth can, The Fist of God is a breathtaking novel that tells the utterly convincing story of what may actually have happened behind the headlines.

& Taylor

During the Gulf War, a mysterious spy planted deep in the heart of Iraq becomes the key as Saddam Hussein threatens to unleash a secret, ultimate weapon on the Allied forces. By the author of The Day of the Jackal. 300,000 first printing. $300,000 ad/promo. BOMC Main.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1994
ISBN: 9780553091267
Characteristics: 544 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 11, 2016

I had to stop reading around 1/10th of the volume. This book is the most boring I ever tried to read by this writer. A real brick ! I love his writing but the unnecessary condensation of encyclopedic facts, names, dates (he did enormous amount of research for sure) makes it tough to read. There's no action for the first 100 pages, nothing original and with rather predictable ending.

Feb 15, 2010

Enjoyed this book very much. A good story that gives real insights into what may have gone on behind the scenes in the first Gulf war. The main character is used by the author in a later book called The Afghan.


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