The Afghan

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Frederick Forsyth

Narrated By: Robert Powell

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: August 2006

Duration: 11 hours 0 minutes


A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue.

The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File: the books of Frederick Forsyth have helped define the international thriller as we know it today. Combining meticulous research with crisp narratives and plots as current as the headlines, Forsyth shows us the world as it is in a way that few have ever been able to equal.

And the world as it is today is a very scary place.

When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

The Afghan is Izmat Khan, a five-year prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former senior commander of the Taliban. The Afghan is also Colonel Mike Martin, a 25-year-old veteran of war zones around the world; a dark, lean man born and raised in Iraq. In an attempt to stave off disaster, the intelligence agencies will try to do what no one has ever done before, pass off a Westerner as an Arab among Arabs, and pass off Martin as the trusted Khan.

It will require extraordinary preparation, and then extraordinary luck, for nothing can truly prepare Martin for the dark and shifting world into which he is about to enter. Or for the terrible things he will find there.

Filled with remarkable detail and compulsive drama, The Afghan is further proof that Forsyth is truly master of suspense.


  • Jean

    The Afghan is a great story lots of suspense and action. Forsyth did a good job of bring current events and history into a fast pace story. Robert Powell did an excellent job narrating the story. The ending was a bit different than the average story so it keeps you on your toes. You will enjoy this book.

  • Anonymous

    Very well written story of one the deep shadows of war. Excellent character development to flesh out he intrigue. Five stars in not nearly enough.

  • Anonymous

    I had to force myself to listen to this whole book! It was very boring and hard to follow. There were a few sections where I thought it was starting to pick up ..... but then it dropped off to boring again. Too bad ... it could have been a great story.

  • Mandi Chestler

    Frederick Forsyth is the master of mixing well researched factoids with nail-biting fiction. Not only does he provide the reader/listener with a tense thriller, but also the nagging feeling that this terrorist plot could actually be plausible.

  • Amit Chatterjee

    Really good book to listen on a audio format. Does not measure up to previous Forsyth novels like Day of the Jackal, but then not much does. Some of the sub plots are a little "simple" but overall an enjoyable "read".

  • Anonymous

    I thought I would like this book, and in concept I did, but I found that it was hard to listen to. There is just too much detail to get bogged down in- such that you find youself listening to 30 minutes about something that's only ancillary to the plot of the book. I like Forsyth when I can read it and skim the stuff I'm not interested in, but won't listen to him again.

  • grabec

    I love this author but found this book so hard to read. I am geographically challenged so this could have been some of the problem with this book but I found my mind wandering and it seemed that the book really bogged down. However, I may not have given it enough of a chance as I quit listening after about the first CD.