The Cobra

  • by Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by John Chancer
  • 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From international best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth comes a chilling new mystery.
The cocaine industry is worth billions of dollars a year to the drug cartels who spread their evil across Western society, causing incalculable misery, poverty and death. Slowly, gradually, inexorably it is spreading and it is a blight which must be stopped.
One man, Paul Devereaux, intellectual, dedicated, utterly ruthless and ex-CIA special ops, is given what seems like an impossible task. At his disposal is anything he wants - men, resources, money. And he will not stop until he has completed his mission.
Up to now, the drugs trade has been accustomed to world governments attempting to curtail their criminal activities. But up to now, those governments have played by the rules. And that is about to change. The rules no longer apply. A dirty war is about to get a whole lot dirtier....
Frederick Forsyth is the author of 11 best-selling novels, including The Day of the Jackal, The Fourth Protocol, The Fist of God, Icon, Avenger and The Afghan.
A complete and unabridged reading by John Chancer.

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Forsyth back on form

I was disappointed by the author's previous book, The Afgan, which I felt was inferior in plotting to his many excellent thrillers that I've enjoyed in the past. The Cobra has more in common with the latter, though the theme is very different. In past books the quarry has usually been a political figure or regime, whereas in this book the adversary is the cocaine drugs trade based in Columbia. As with other books by the author there's a lot of detail about aircraft, guns, bombs and admiring references to the SAS and its US equivalent. Women hardly figure: it's real 'boys own stuff', yet, surprisingly, as a woman I enjoy these books. The technological detail gives a sense of authenticity and usually it's not so overdone as to be boring.
It's an intriguing story that starts in the present day, with obvious references to President Obama and PM David Cameron, though they are never mentioned, and carries on into the future for a couple of years. A retired spy is coaxed out of retirement and given leave, and an enormous budget, to create an audacious plan to destroy the network of the cocaine trade fanning out from South America into the USA and Europe. Real and fictitious characters are interwoven in this pacy thriller with some surprises along the way that I won't spoil by describing. The author has obviously done a great deal of research into the drugs trade and it is a chilling story of corruption, vicious violence fueled by the gigantic profits to be made between the crop in the jungle to the streets of the West.
It's interesting how the fall of Communism has caused the likes of Forsyth and Le Carre to find other adversaries for their 'heros' to tackle.
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- Kirstine

The Cobra

What a fabulous book typical of Frederick Forsyth that will keep you listening to the end. Full of fascinating twists and turns it will give you an insight into the cocaine trade. I would think the information on how cocaine is processed would put you off the drug for life. Thoroughly recommended.
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- Dianne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-08-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios