Two Frogs

The Fist of God


by Frederick Forsyth
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2004

Forsyth blurs the line between history and historical fiction in this spy novel (good things come in threes!). Set in 1990-1991 and involving the first Gulf War, The Fist of God gives a very scary account of what could have happened with only a few minor changes to Saddam’s weapons procurement program. The characters are nuanced and engaging, the plot is interesting and plausible, and excitement abounds. I don’t want to say too much about the story itself, since to do so could give away the incredible last-page revelation (don’t read ahead on this one!) about the mystery man – Jericho. Even though this is a historical novel, it gave me new things to think about in terms of current events in Iraq. A definite must-read for anyone interested in Middle Eastern affairs.

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