The Icon by Fredrick Forsyth is a pretty old book. Why then, did I choose the write an online book review now? simple, I read it again and realized the genius that is Fredrick Forsyth and the fact that when it comes to a plan to take over a country and later the world; there is, in my humble opinion, no comparison to Mr. Fredrick Forsyth!
This book review author finds The Icon keeps the pace flowing
The Icon does not seem to loose its flow from the start to the finish. With the critical conditions surrounding Russia so beautifully placed in front of our eyes, it does not take long for the reader to understand the Political turmoil and how things are about to change drastically. As always, the “episode” of a menial worker being at the wrong place (for the enemies) at the wrong time (again for the enemies) ensures that the “grand plan” of takeover finds itself in the hands of some pretty worried Diplomats who turn to the “secret group” of leaders to aid in the “freedom” of Russia.
While each section and episode is broken down and pasts of the characters is visited, it seems that at the precise moment where needed, we come to know more about our protagonist and how his past always seems to be too close to comfort. While taking historical figures is common for a writer, the nature and situation in which they are portrayed is refreshing and what’s more, is not often seen even in today’s books. The pace, the action, the emotions are all entwined exquisitely to bring out a realistic image in the eyes of the reader and post the ending of the book; one may imagine a state where-in this was possible.
The Icon by Fredrick Forsyth can fit in any time period
While the earlier book reviews were of a different nature, it is hard to view them with the current situations and scenarios. The beauty of The Icon, is that it can easily fit in to the current political scenario with all the coups and protests occurring throughout the world. What’s more, the political situation expressed in The Icon, mirrors the conditions under which the latest revolutions took place. This was what brought me back to the book, and with the world as a whole now, taking an active interest in the internal matters of individual countries, your mind can easily go on for a quick conspiracy theory, that is what The Icon, by Fredrick Forsyth does to you.
Written with the understanding that there will always be a situation of unrest, somewhere in the world, Fredrick Forsyth has created a world where no matter who is out to destroy the country and its people, there are some good men within it, who; knowingly or unknowingly, come together and “save the day” The Icon, truly adapts to the time it’s read at.
- Release Date: 9/02/1997