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The cobra [sound recording]
Forsyth, Frederick
Adult Fiction FORSYTH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Veteran Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal) shows once again he's a master of the political thriller by taking a simple but completely original idea and turning it into a compelling story. The unnamed Obama-like U.S. president, disgusted by the horrors wrought by illegal drug trafficking, decides to bring the entire weight and resources of the federal government against the international cocaine trade. He first declares drug traders and their cartels to be terrorists, subjecting them to new and extensive legal procedures, then he brings in ex-CIA director Paul Devereaux to head the team that will implement the effort. Devereaux, known as the Cobra from his operations days, is old school-smart, ruthless, unrelenting, and bestowed by the president with free rein to call in any arm of the government. Forsyth lays out how it would all work, and readers will follow eagerly along, always thinking, yes, why don't they do this in real life? The answer to that question lies at the heart of this forceful, suspenseful, intelligent novel. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

After the almost symbolic death of a black youth from a drug overdose, an American President who is clearly Barack Obama decides to wage war on the Colombian drug cartels. Retired senior CIA operative Paul Devereaux (code named Cobra because he strikes ruthlessly) and former army operative Cal Dexter (The Afghan) are brought back to lead the effort. Given carte blanche to destroy the drug industry, Cobra builds up an elite strike force and, augmented by superb intelligence and technology, launches devastating attacks. The equally ruthless drug lords strike back violently. As the bodies and betrayals pile up, the President has second thoughts about the firestorm he's unleashed. Verdict Like almost all Forsyth's novels, beginning with The Day of the Jackal, his latest is a tightly written book that is half thriller and half procedural. With numerous intriguing twists, turns, and betrayals, it is only slightly marred by an improbable ending. Still, highly recommended for Forsyth and thriller fans.-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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