The Devil's Alternative

The Devil's Alternative

by Frederick Forsyth


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#1 New York Times bestselling author Frederick Forsyth delivers a frighteningly possible novel of international terrorism and impending war…

As the Russian people face starvation, the Politburo is faced with a hard choice: negotiate with America for food, go to war for national survival, or deal with an uprising in the motherland. Through an informant, British Agent Adam Munro learns that the situation is growing dangerously tense, with powerful forces in the USSR maneuvering for supremacy.

But even as East and West conduct delicate talks, events spiral out of control and threaten to undo every step taken. The world’s largest oil tanker is hijacked by terrorists, and a Ukrainian “freedom fighter” is rescued in a bloody catastrophe on the Black Sea.

From Moscow to Washington, the stakes grow ever more perilous as the mad actions of a few threaten to engulf the entire world in nuclear war—unless Munro can stop them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451239389
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 150,827
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frederick Forsyth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels, including The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File, as well as short story collections and a memoir. A former Air Force pilot, and one-time print and television reporter for the BBC, he has had four movies and two television miniseries made from his works. He is the winner of three Edgar Awards, and in 2012 he won the Diamond Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association, a lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence. He lives in Hertfordshire, England.

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“When it comes to espionage, international intrigue, and suspense, Frederick Forsyth is a master.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Forsyth is truly the world’s reigning master of suspense” —Los Angeles Times

“A many-layered thriller…and Mr. Forsyth wraps it all up with a double-whammy ending that will take even the most wary reader by surprise.” —The New York Times Book Review

“An enormous plot that builds unfalteringly, a staggeringly well-detailed international thriller that shows him in blazing top form.”—Kirkus Reviews

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The Devil's Alternative 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Driven with plausibility and suspense.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Forsyth is known as one of the masters of the political/espionage thrillers. However, I found this book overly long with so many characters that they became hard to keep track of. Forsyth is obviously more interested in plot than character development, which I find makes his characters rather wooden. Speaking of the plot, I got to the point of thinking "Aha, so that's where this is going to end up" about half way through the book, only to realize there were still 200 pages or so to go and no end in sight, followed by many more plot twists. I hope the other two books by Forsyth that I bought are better than this one was.
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Anonymous 12 months ago
Takes awhile to get all the characters figured out as there are so many russian names. Once it gets going it is very good.
Neilsantos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am still enjoying my re-discovery of Forsyth, though this one was a little slower moving than some of his others. It had some really fantastic ideas for terrorist targets though.If I were an evil terrorist mastermind, I'd drop a super-tanker in the Suez and Panama. I say that easily, as if it were a simple matter, and it isn't, but I bet it's easier than taking over airliners. No, the loss of life wouldn't be anything spectacular, but isolating 80% of global shipping would be an economic disaster. Bwah ha ha ha.
Borg-mx5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Makes me almost long for the day of the "Evil Empire".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The true irony is that Mr. Forsyth indicates in his Foreward that he believes in accuracy, yet this book was published in 1980, takes place in April 1982 and references the USSR as current, when it actually dissolved in 1981.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read every novel by Frederick Forsyth, and this one is definitely the best. 'The Deceiver' is just about as good. I've given away several copies of both.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding story, well written and you could not find again in the later Forsyth's novel.
jij70 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read it yet!