Icon

  • by Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by Steven Crossley
  • 19 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1999 and Russia is on the edge of total implosion. Social and moral order has collapsed and what small semblance of control there is, is being imposed by mafia-like criminal gangs. While public opinion in the West is largely indifferent, the political analysts are less sanguine - Russian meltdown will make the disintegration of the Balkans look like the collapse of a cup-cake. Out of the chaos, however, a single charismatic voice is starting to be heard - that of Igor Komarov, a visionary patriot who claims he can restores Russia's greatness and bring prosperity to the masses. He even woos Western political leaders with a rather more realistic analysis of the way forward for Russia. Komarov is set to win the next election when a document is smuggled into the British Embassy in Moscow. It's called The Black Manifesto and it appears to show Komarov's secret agenda - his political blueprint is really Mein Kampf, the rebirth of Russia will be as a New Third Reich with Komarov as Fuhrer. But can the document be authenticated? And what can the Western Alliance's most secret Trilateral Commission do about it if it is? They need to find another voice the masses will listen to and obey rather than Komarov - an icon they can cleave to and trust. Once, not that long ago, he was called the Tsar.
And so develops a thrilling and increasingly frightening adventure - Jason Monk, ex-CIA, who used to run agents into the Soviet Union, is recruited and slips back into Russia, into the desperate Moscow world of poverty, luxury, gangsters and prostitutes and underneath it all, the titanic power struggle to ensure the outcome of the forthcoming elections.

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Enjoyable read with great narration.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as usual several places and names and references to real world events are dropped throughout this book. The book takes place in several different time periods and requires some concentration to piece together the plot lines culminating in a sense of discovery near the end when all the jigsaw pieces finally fit into place as is common in F. Forsyth books. This was my first Forsyth purchase in audio format and I can honestly say it's a book I will most likely listen to again in the future now I know what the finished jigsaw looks like. The narration was good however sometimes the Russians sounded Russian and other times they sounded like London's east end thugs which spoiled the realism slightly still well narrated and an easy listen.
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- John

Another superb Forsyth book

"Icon" is yet another superb book by the master, Frederick Forsyth.

As another reviewer has pointed out, the narrative weaves through several time periods, but it all gets linked together well at the end. As usual with Forsyth books, he adds in enough detail to give the story a sense of realism.

The narrator, Steven Crossley, does a fine job. The pace of the narration is excellent. However, I do not think he did as good a job giving the characters accents, and it is this which cost the book its fifth star.

Overall, well worth a listen.
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks