The Best Frederick Forsyth Books

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List of the best Frederick Forsyth books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Frederick Forsyth is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels and non-fiction works below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Frederick Forsyth who want to know which novels they should start reading first. These books are military/political thrillers that will draw you in with no trouble. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader. This list features The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File and more. What are Frederick Forsyth's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.


  • The Day of the Jackal is a thriller novel by English writer Frederick Forsyth about a professional assassin who is contracted by the OAS, a French dissident paramilitary organisation, to kill Charles de Gaulle, the President of France. The novel received admiring reviews and praise when first published in 1971, and it received a 1972 Best Novel Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The novel remains popular, and in 2003 it was listed on the BBC's survey The Big Read. The OAS did exist as described in the novel, and the book opens with an accurate depiction of the attempt on the life of President de Gaulle led by Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry, but the subsequent plot is fiction.
    • Author: Frederick Forsyth
    • First Published: 1971-06-07
    • Subjects: Espionage, France, Adventure, Terrorism, Attempted assassination
    • Genres (Book): Suspense, Thriller, Fiction, Spy fiction, Historical novel
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Odessa File is a thriller by Frederick Forsyth, first published in 1972, about the adventures of a young German reporter attempting to discover the location of a former SS concentration-camp commander. The name ODESSA is an acronym for the German phrase "Organisation der Ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen", which translates as "Organization of Former Members of the SS". The novel alleges that ODESSA is an international Nazi organisation established before the defeat of Nazi Germany for the purpose of protecting former members of the SS after the war instead of a war veterans' group.
    • Author: Frederick Forsyth
    • First Published: 1972
    • Subjects: Espionage, Adventure
    • Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Fist of God is a 1994 suspense novel by British writer Frederick Forsyth. Featuring a story set during the Persian Gulf War, the novel details an Allied effort to find a suspected Iraqi nuclear weapon. The story features the brothers Mike and Terry Martin who also appear in Forsyth's 2006 novel The Afghan.
    • Author: Frederick Forsyth
    • First Published: 1994
    • Subjects: Military
    • Genres (Book): Thriller, Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Fourth Protocol is a novel written by Frederick Forsyth and published in August 1984.
    • Author: Frederick Forsyth
    • First Published: 1984-08
    • Subjects: Espionage, Adventure
    • Genres (Book): Thriller, Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
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    Avenger is a political thriller novel by Frederick Forsyth published in September 2003. This was adapted for television in the 2006 film Avenger starring Sam Elliott.
    • Author: Frederick Forsyth
    • First Published: 2003
    • Subjects: Espionage, Revenge, Adventure, New Jersey
    • Genres (Book): Thriller, Fiction, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Devil's Alternative is a novel by British writer Frederick Forsyth first published in 1979. It was his fourth full-length novel and marked a new direction in his work, setting the story several years in the future rather than in the recent past. The work evolved from an unfilmed screenplay entitled No Alternative.
    • Author: Frederick Forsyth
    • First Published: 1979
    • Genres (Book): Thriller, Novel
    • Original Language: English Language