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jackalFormat: Trade Paperback
Pub. Date: 1971
Publisher: New American Library
Type: Fiction ~ Library Book
Pages: 406
Read: 6/14/2013
Rating: Really liked it ♥♡♥

In the forward to this book Forsyth writes that he seeks for ‘interesting, accurate, and feasible’, I would say he has succeeded with this book.

This is historical fiction in that the story is woven around people who actually existed and events that happened. French President Charles de Gaulle was hated by many of the French people and Jean Bastien-Thiry did organize an assassination attempt on 22 August 1962. As for the details of the French police and some events related (kidnappings and torture), those I am not sure of.

At first I thought the book was going to delve into this political stand and that conflicting stand, but we get enough to understand why de Gaulle was hated. What makes this book fascinating is the preparations the Jackal takes to assassinate President de Gaulle and the efforts of the French police to find him, all while operating under a clock of secrecy imposed by de Gaulle. Even the reader doesn’t know the Jackal’s real name but we are taken along with him as he moves toward his goal. We see the utter ruthlessness of the Jackal and the working of the brain of the little hen-pecked detective, forced to stand up to the scorn of the Ministers of the government. This is a fast paced political thriller as Forsyth counts down the days, then the hours up to the assassination attempt. I highly recommend this to people who enjoy thrillers, political and otherwise.

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

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