The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieves an. A family grieves and is offered little hope--in the fog of that horrible time and place, the killer, too, has vanished. Or so it would seem. For in a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score.
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The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. A family grieves an. A family grieves and is offered little hope--in the fog of that horrible time and place, the killer, too, has vanished.
Or so it would seem. For in a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time CIA agent Paul Devereux must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos. A heart-stopping novel of murder and mystery, double-cross and triple-cross, old loyalties and new hatreds, Avenger has all of Frederick Forsyth's page-turning trademarks.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Avenger by Frederick Forsyth. Avenger by Frederick Forsyth. Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training.
But Dexter is no ordinary man. A family grieves an Attorney Calvin Dexter hangs his shingle in a quiet New Jersey town, has a reasonably successful practice, and takes the hills strong while triathalon training. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Avenger , please sign up. Any content issues not appropriate for young teenagers in this book?
See 1 question about Avenger…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Avenger. Oct 10, Beata rated it really liked it. Occasionally I read Forsyth Avenger is a real page-turner, and I don't think many readers doubt if revenge can be justified View all 3 comments. This was adapted for television in the film Avenger starring Sam Elliott. The first act of the novel introduces Calvin Dexter, the main character of the story.
Dexter is described as a lawyer in his early fifties with a passion for running triathlons to keep in shape. The book digs into his past and reveals that he is a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran, and that his last to Avenger, Frederick Forsyth Avenger is a political thriller novel by Frederick Forsyth published in September He was married and had a daughter who at the age of 16 was lured away and forced into prostitution by Latino gang members and eventually murdered.
Dexter hunts down his daughter's killers in Panama and executes them, then returns home only to discover that his beloved wife couldn't deal with the death of their only child, and committed suicide during his absence. He moves away, and becomes only a small town lawyer in his public face. But when the reason and price is right, he transforms himself into the "Avenger" and delivers justice by 'rendering' foreign criminals to the United States not killing them , so that they will stand trial for their crimes against Americans.
Intertwined into the backstory of Calvin Dexter is the narrative of a young American volunteer from a very privileged family who was murdered while delivering aid in Bosnia during the Bosnian War. Apr 02, Sumit RK rated it liked it. Frederick Forsyth is one of the best if not the best thriller writers today and Avenger proves it again. Avenger is the story of vigilante Cal Dexter's pursuit of a Serbian warlord into the jungles of the fictional Republic of San Martin.
Dexter, a former Vietnam war veteran, now small-town attorney and secret mercenary. Dexter is after Zoran Zilic, a gangster who has escaped Serbia with a fortune after killing an American aid worker. There is also an FBI angle to the entire story and the muc Frederick Forsyth is one of the best if not the best thriller writers today and Avenger proves it again.
Forsyth fans won't be surprised that the action is supported by extensive research on geopolitical, historical and scientific matters. Forsyth weaves in as many real characters and events as fictional and delves into each character's history explaining their strengths, weakness and general motivation.
This style allows the reader to grasp and retain some of the most complex political and military information. At pages, the book is fairly long but no page lacks interest and the novel's second half, which focuses on the Avenger's attempted capture of Zilic is pure gold. I thought same was the case with some of his earlier novels too esp Cobra.
But overall, if you love thrillers, you will enjoy this one. Sep 16, K. Absolutely rated it it was ok Shelves: spy , sad , suspense-thriller , guy-lit , crime. If you are just looking for entertainment to while away time, this is a good book for you.
I have an elder lawyer-brother who is a practicing lawyer and he also refuses to work in a law firm. He was still a young child when Vietnam War happened. He runs on a treadmill and has not competed in a triathlon. He has a lovely wife and two beautiful children. In short, his life may not be exactly similar with that of Cal Dexter but… what are the chances that my brother maintains a secret office in Manila where he entertains wealthy clients to hunt the terrorists in Bosnia or in the Middle East?
There is a chance that my brother has a huge bank account but he cannot lead a double life. He is too busy attending to his clients, case hearings, writing the legal documents, playing chess, reading books and writing book reviews.
How can he have time to go to Bosnia and hunt a terrorist? He would not time to do that! Writing - just like most of the thrillers, the writing style is simple, straightforward but borders on being pretentious. Granted that the English author Frederick Forsyth has lived in different countries, e. For example, how would CIA intervene in the arrest of a murderer just because it would hinder in the capture of Osama Bin Laden?
I would imagine that the CIA agents are smart enough to find other ways to prosecute criminals whatever consequences their arrest would entail. I was able to finish the book but the reading at some point in the middle switched from being engaging to somewhat boring. The first part was about Cal Dexter an ex-Vietnam rat soldier and it talked about those intricate tunnels in Vietnam hidden from the eyes of the American soldiers. There were also references to his being a triathlon.
Then the narration went to the rape and murder of his daughter and then the eventual suicide of his wife. Then when the global terrorist, CIA, etc etc. My first Forsyth and I am already disappointed.
Will I read another book by him? But still this is an okay book. Maybe the timing was just not right because I am in the thick of reading more attention-getting books like the one of Bolano, Hammett and Pineda. Then of course, the brilliance of James M. Cain was still fresh in my mind while reading this book. View all 4 comments. May 16, Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing. An Excellent Read! I Loved It! Avenger , the darling of the bulk buy bins, seemed like a bit of dumb ol' fun.
Avenger by Frederick Forsyth (2003)
It is the story of vigilante Cal Dexter's pursuit of a Serbian warlord into the jungles of the fictional Republic of San Martin. Dexter, former Vietnam tunnel rat, now small-town attorney and clandestine kidnapper of refugees from justice, is after Zoran Zilic, a gangster who has escaped Serbia with a fortune but not before savagely killing an American aid worker who happens to be the grandson of a billionaire mining magnate. It's the magnate who sets in motion the operation against Zilic, first through a man known as "The Tracker," who locates him, then via the Avenger, whose task is to bring Zilic to American justice. Forsyth fans won't be surprised that the action, always exciting, is supported by numerous briefings on matters geopolitical, historical and scientific; with Jackal , Forsyth established the now traditional formula of thrillers that educate as well as entertain. The digressions are frequent early on but no page lacks interest and the novel's second half, which focuses on the Avenger's attempted snatch of Zilic, is pure gold.
Avenger by Frederick Forsyth
The narrative interweaves the stories of a number of different characters, which start out in different countries, times and places. His early experience was in the Biafran Civil War , which laid the basis of his ability to not only grasp the essentials of a conflict but to convey it in clear, emphatic prose. I myself work in a government agency — if only our explanations of processes and procedures were so clear and authoritative! Early in my career I worked in international current affairs ie wars and conflicts, and I produced news items about the first Gulf War August 2, — February 28, How many novels do you know set in the Yugoslav civil wars or against either of the Gulf Wars?