Avenger

Avenger

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Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training. But Dexter is no ordinary man.

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The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieves and is offered little hope--in the fog of that horrible time and place, the killer, too, has vanished.

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Or so it would seem. For in a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time CIA agent Paul Devereux must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.

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A heart-stopping novel of murder and mystery, double-cross and triple-cross, old loyalties and new hatreds, Avenger has all of Frederick Forsyth's page-turning trademarks.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312319519
0312319517
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 370 p. ; 24 cm.

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thedoggedtruth
Jun 13, 2016

This is really good and worth the read

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wyenotgo
Aug 28, 2015

One of the best of Forsythe's later books, almost up to the impossible standard set by The Fourth Protocol. Forsythe's device of making characters encounter each other a second or third time after many years and in new contexts is here exploited to the max, with highly gratifying effect. Forsythe manages to intelligently, realistically portray brutal violence to suit the purpose of the story, without it dominating the story or becoming simply gratuitous and low-brow. This one is very much a story for our times, connecting the Viet Nam experience and the Balkan War with our present-day situation where war criminals sometimes contrive to escape justice and even enjoy the fruits of their ill-deeds -- until one of Forsythe's heroes catches up with them!

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wilqser
Apr 30, 2014

Cold war thriller about a former Army specialist who takes on the identity of the "avenger" to find the killer of a man who worked for an aid agency in the former Yugoslav republic. The writer tells how the experiences of the man in Vietnam shaped his decision to become the avenger. Great novel for cold war buffs.

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jmdeinken
Apr 14, 2014

Great audio CD! A bit confusing at times towards the beginning as the story goes from 1995 to 2001 to the 1960's to 1975 and back to 2001. Many intriguing threads come together to make for a great story. For me, when you have a novel with all this excitement the ending is huge and can make or break the story. The ending on this one--probably the last two to three sentences--make this novel all worth while! I don't give a 10 out of 10 very often, and right up to the end I was at an 8 out of 10, but the ending on this one earned the book a 10!! Well done, Mr. Forsyth!!

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