It’s many years now since, as a teenager, I read my first Forsyth novels, classics like The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File. It seem’s he’d decided to call it a day after 2013’s The Kill List, but five years later he’s back with a new one. The Fox deals with the current hot issues of cyber-crimes and hacking, and centres not on a computer genius, but around an autistic boy operating on his computer from his bedroom in his parents’ home – a tale which seems to coincide with a number of news stories over the last few years. Obviously, this person suddenly becomes hot property to any number of interested parties. I won’t give away the numerous twists and turns of the plot here, but suffice to say the author’s in-depth research on the topic pays dividends as he goes through the intricacies of hacking and the nuts and bolts of espionage. For a book like this to work, the details need to be spot on, and the author does a good job in taking the complexities of the hacker’s techniques and putting them into an understandable form for the layman, striking a balance between the technical and the readable. A well-paced novel with good characters and a nail-biting final act – in fact everything you’d expect from a Frederick Forsyth novel!
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Maybe not quite up to the very high standards set by his early work, but still a good page turning read for the thriller fan – and of course if you’ve somehow managed not to read his classic early hot run of novels, seek them out – as with all the best fiction,they still stand up today.
One thing you’ve learned
His autobiography from a couple of years back, The Outsider, is also well worth a read if you’re interested in the author and his background.