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ChatChat - Claudia Cragg

Aug 25, 2013

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Here KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks with Frederick Forsyth about his latest thriller, 'The Kill List'.

In interesting update (4 Oct 2013) on this interview, former NSA/CIA Chief speaking at a Washington Post Forum on 'Cyber Security, joked about "Putting Edward Snowden on Obama’s Kill List". This goes to show, perhaps, that the once journalist Forsyth's intinct for veritas amidst dissembling is far greater than even he knows. 

Frederick Forsyth is the author of fourteen novels and short story collections, from 1971's The Day of the Jackal to 2003's Avenger. A former pilot and print and television reporter, he has had five movies made from his works, and a television miniseries. He also writes a column for Britain's 'Daily Express' newspaper. This latest work, too, is shortly to be made into a movie directed by Rupert Sanders

From Penguin, “In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does The Kill List.

Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top hunter of men.

He has spent the last six years at his job. He knows nothing about his target’s name, face, or location. He realizes his search will take him to places where few could survive. But the Preacher has made it personal now. The hunt is on.”