The Fox by Frederick Forsyth

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I’m sorry Mr Forsyth, but this book did not grip me.

Quotes from the book:

  • “In that strange danse macabre that is espionage it is common for agents on opposite sides to attend embassy cocktail parties – conversing, beaming, clinking glasses and pretending to be all jolly diplomats together, while behind the mask privately intending to outwit and destroy the opponent.”
  • “In triumph, modesty. In pain, stoicism. In defeat, grace under fire. But very rarely tears.”

Plot summary:  Luke, a teenage boy with incredible technical skill is recruited by the British government to hack into various computer systems worldwide to steal security keys for the purpose of sabotage – changing the route of a Russian battleship; destroying an LPG gasline; and disrupting the North Korean missile program. The campaign of sabotage continues, but Luke’s safety becomes threatened when enemy spies find his location.

Other editions:Penguin Random House

Read an extract here.    Author’s website


  • “This timely, well-written thriller has it all. Great plot with surprising twists and turns. Intriguing characters. Spellbinding suspense. A fast, tremendously entertaining read.Full review: Washington Post
  • “… one of the most tedious books I have ever read” “The same thing keeps happening over and over again and the writing is completely devoid of tension.” “The world was a safer place. Though not for readers.” Full review: The Guardian

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