Hi Friends, I believe The Fox is the first book I read by Frederick Forsyth. My taste in fiction runs the gamut although I have favorites. The Fox reminds me of the Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva. (see post)
From the Publisher
Most weapons do what you tell them. Most weapons you can control.
But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn’t a smart missile or a stealth submarine or even an AI computer program?What if it’s a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves?How valuable would he be? And what wouldn’t you do to get hold of him?
What I think
Sir Adrian Weston, a retired deputy chief from the British Secret Intelligence Service, is also a trusted adviser to the British Prime Minister. When the hacker turns out to be a teenager from the suburb in England, Sir Adrian devises a plan called Operation Troy. The operation would save the teen from long years in the U.S. prison. The boy would be known as The Fox for his stealth in the cyber world. He manages to hack into enemies’ super-secured computer systems without anyone the wiser.
The author never names the current heads of state by name (other than a fictitious British Prime Minister). However, readers would have no trouble telling who the people are from the description. Other than the British and the American governments, you’ll see a few other governments making an appearance. Israel, Iran, North Korea, and of course, Russia. He skillfully weaves in some real-life events to make the story so much more fascinating.
Just when you think that this genius can do anything in the cyberspace to save the world, something happens. If there’s anything I don’t quite like is the ending. It seems a little forced or too coincidental.
Still, this is a great thrill ride. Absolutely entertaining to read!
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