Book Review | The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue

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The Official Synopsis:

For more than forty years, Frederick Forsyth has been writing extraordinary real-world novels of intrigue, from the groundbreaking The Day of the Jackal to the prescient The Kill List. Whether writing about the murky world of arms dealers, the shadowy Nazi underground movement, or the intricacies of worldwide drug cartels, every plot has been chillingly plausible because every detail has been minutely researched.

But what most people don’t know is that some of his greatest stories of intrigue have been in his own life.

He was the RAF’s youngest pilot at the age of nineteen, barely escaped the wrath of an arms dealer in Hamburg, got strafed by a MiG during the Nigerian civil war, landed during a bloody coup in Guinea-Bissau (and was accused of helping fund a 1973 coup in Equatorial Guinea). The Stasi arrested him, the Israelis feted him, the IRA threatened him, and a certain attractive Czech secret police agent—well, her actions were a bit more intimate. And that’s just for starters.
It is a memoir like no other—and a book of pure delight.

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My Two Cents:

Frederick Forsyth Books are generally a pleasure to read.

But his memoir, though quite intriguing wasnt that as engrossing. Although there is a lot of action involved, but the drama is missing. This could be due to the story being “real life” where he didnt want to add to it.

The Official synopsis makes the book sound very exciting but when you actually read the stories they come across as rather forced with abrupt narration.

Being a fan of FF’s books I had hoped for a lot more, like the well researched books he writes with ample drama and a good flow. This was a book which has the potential but seems to have been censored to keep the juicy bits out.

Link to Goodreads: The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue

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