Whichever option I choose, men are going to die.
When the entire Soviet Union wheat crop is destroyed by a devastating string of failures, the population faces starvation. The USA is quick to offer assistance. They devise a plan to trade vital food resources with the Russians in exchange for sensitive political information. But the Politburo has other ideas: the invasion of Western Europe to commandeer the food for them...
As the paths of communication breakdown the president of the United States and leaders from around the world face an appalling choice: Should they allow the loss of thousands to save the lives of many more? This is the Devil's Alternative and in this incomparable and gripping thriller the Cold War giants must fight a battle to the death.
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Gripping thriller with renewed topicality
A bit dated but still classic Forsyth
It's probably on a par. It was easy to follow as an audio book - the characters were distinct from one another and there weren't so many that it confused.
To be honest it was a bit formulaic and while I can remember key points, they would seem trivial, for instance the captain of the tanker receiving a visit from his wife was quite poignant but hardly a pivotal moment.
David Rintoul brought the characters to life by 'doing' their accents. I also thought he pronounced the various place names correctly and I liked that he had taken the effort to do that. The performance was the best part.
Not at all. It was a good listen but not outstanding. Steady, innocuous stuff.
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