Frederick Forsyth Books

Frederick Forsyth is an English bestselling writer, former spy, and journalist and an occasional political commentator. He is popularly known for thrillers such as The Odessa File, The Dogs War, The Veteran Avenger, The Kill List, The Fourth Protocol and The Devil’s Alternative. Forsyth was born in Ashford, Kent and attended Tonbridge School before joining the University of Granada in Spain. Before journalism, he served in the Royal Air Force where he piloted the de Havilland Vampire. He later joined Reuters in 1961 and BBC in 1965 where he worked as an assistant diplomatic correspondent. For three months in 1967, the author covered the Biafran war between Nigeria and Biafra.

Order of Frederick Forsyth Standalone Novels

Order of Frederick Forsyth Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published
1 No Comebacks 1982
2 The Veteran 2000

Order of Frederick Forsyth Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published
1 Biafra Story 1969
2 Emeka 1991
3 Used In Evidence 2005
4 The Outsider 2015


# Read Title Published
1 Great Flying Stories 1991
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Forsyth left BBC in 1968 and returned to Biafra where he worked as a freelancer, and in 1969, he published a book about the Biafran War titled The Biafra Story. He decided to write a novel in 1970 but to write it using similar techniques that he applied in journalism. His first full-length novel was The Day of the Jackal which became an international bestseller and was made into a movie by the same name. Later in 1972, he published The Odessa File a book that narrates the story of a reporter who attempts to track down a group of ex-Nazis in the modern Germany. The author wrote The Dogs of War in 1974, a book that explains the story of a mining executive who hires mercenaries to overthrow the government of an African country. Other novels written by Frederick Forsyth are No Comebacks (1982), The Deceiver (1991), Icon (1996) and Avenger (2003)


Frederick Forsyth was the winner of 1972 Edgar Allan Poe Award for the novel The Day of the Jackal. Additionally, in February 2012, the Crime Writers Association listed Forsyth as the winner of Cartier Diamond Dagger Award as a recognition for his prolific work. The author was also appointed as the Commander of the Order of the British Empire during the 1997 New Year Honors.


Several of Frederick Forsyth books have been adapted into films and television shows. Here are some of the films based on his book titles: The Odessa File (1974), The Fourth Protocol (1987), Avenger (2006), Icon (2005) Money with Menaces (1973) and Cry of the Innocent (1980).


Here are two best books by Frederick Forsyth, The Day of the Jackal (1971) and The Dogs of War (1974). Both of these books have been adapted for the big screen.

The Day of the Jackal: Frederick Forsyth debut novel describes the story of a man named the Jackal. A tall Englishman and a professional assassin, described as a man of unknown identity, and who is unknown to any secret service in the world. This time round, he assigned with a task of assassinating the world’s heavily guarded man.

The Jackal is one man whose mission can change the course of history. His mission is so secretive such that not even his employers know his name. And even as the clock time ticks to the D-day, it appears that no power in the whole world can stop the killer jackal.

The Day of the Jackal plot takes place in the crisis faced France during the early 60’s when the country was bracing itself for civil war. Weaving together the historical facts of a country on the brink of civil war, Frederick Forsyth creates a high voltage political thriller.

The Dogs of War: The novel plot takes place in Africa where Sir James Manson, a cunning tycoon plans to overthrow the authority of a small African country so as to secure the mining rights to the Crystal Mountain. This mountain holds enormous amounts of platinum deposits, and via a series of elaborate plans involving the manipulation of shares and Swiss banks, Sir James intends to exploit the deposits and make millions of money. He then hires a ruthless mercenary by the name Cat Shannon to carry out a coup on the corrupt Zangara president.

The Dogs of War features an interesting plot, and it begins well. The atmospheres created in the first few scenes you in and each of the mercenaries presented in the book has their distinctive personality, and the character of the mercenary Shannon Cat makes a likable and a fantastic protagonist who you will end up liking for the good deed he does for others.