Day of the Jackal is one of my all-time favorite books. I literally could not put it down. Unfortunately for Frederick Forsyth, every book of his gets compared to Day of the Jackal. In recent years, some have lived up to it and some have not. Unfortunately, The Fox does not.
The Fox is about a boy (young man) with Asperger’s Syndrome, who happens to be a computer genius. A boy who can hack into literally any computer he wants. He comes to the attention of the British government because he hacked into the NSA and the CIA. The Americans want to extradite him, but the Brits come up with a plan. Let the boy stay in the UK and let him be put to use as a hacker for the good guys against the bad guys – Russia, Iran, and North Korea. It’s a good premise.
There are a lot of people who want the boy dead. And the Brits go to great lengths to protect him. The question is whether they will be successful.
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It just missed the mark. My major complaint is that it jumped around a lot. You move from Russia, to England, to the U.S., to North Korea. There is also too much telling and not enough showing. Forsyth assumes that readers will be okay with being told things in a cryptic manner and being left to assume facts never given. It just didn’t work for me.
The book is not bad. It’s a solid thriller. It just didn’t hit the right notes with me.
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