Good read, the author sets up the main storyline of going after the cocaine traders with setting up the resources to do the task.
The American President experiences a
tragedy firsthand when one of his employees grandchildren overdoses on cocaine. He authorizes a study to see which course of action to take to combat the cocaine menace. He next finds someone to lead his war on cocaine.
His choice is Paul Devereaux better known as the Cobra. He is a former head of CIA black ops and he is utterly ruthless.
To assist him in his war on cocaine he recruits Cal Dexter from the Avenger book. The head man of the cocaine cartel is Don Diego Esteban.He is the master of the cocaine industry in Columbia. Devereaux opens season on the cocaine industry.
The grittiest of Forsythe's books so far, even more violent in places than Avenger. As it happens, it features the return of Cal Dexter, prime character of Avenger. But dealing as it does with the Cocaine trade and the vicious gangs that run that filthy business, a high degree of violence was unavoidable. The main weakness of this book is its failure to present any truly compelling, sympathetic characters that the reader is likely to care about. Forsythe is a great story teller but (with a few exceptions such as The Dourth Protocol and The Veteran) that remoteness and one-dimensionality of characters is a frequent shortcoming in most of his books.
The final message of this book is a sad commentary on the unwillingness of western societies to face up to the realities that we face nowadays. Nevertheless, it makes for an easy, diversionary read that doesn't demand a lot of effort, a good respite from more substantial fare.
My first Forsyth. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I'll be reading more. A well written and organized implementation of an impossible(?) hypothesis. Morally acceptable ending??
Fast-paced, easy read that keeps you interested and turning the page.
Fantastic! One of 2010s very best! Outstanding! 10 of 10 stars
One of 2010s very best! Outstanding! 10 of 10 stars
A good read with lots of detail. I read late into the night as it did capture my attendtion.
Didn't end as I had expected, and was a little disappointed.
Given Forsyth's standards, Cobra is disappointing.
Lots of facts about drugs moving from Colombia throughout the world and I am sure all the facts were researched, but that's the problem with the book: its a book of facts, not a story.
Each "fact" is presented to the readers but there is nothing gripping happening like in his previous thriller books for which he became famous. Disappointed.
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