ISBN 9780099552918,The Devil's Alternative

The Devil's Alternative


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 1995

ISBN 9780099552918

ISBN-10 0099552914


Number of Pages 496 Pages
Language (English)

Crime & Mystery

The Devil's Alternative New Edition is set during the height of the Cold War in 1982. The Soviet Union's population faces starvation as its entire wheat crop fails. As the United States prepares to strike a deal with Russia for political information and military concessions against food supplies, the Russian Politburo turns hostile to its ailing leader Chairman Maxim Rudin and hatches a plan to invade Western Europe and seize the crucial supplies for themselves.

A British Intelligence agent Adam Munro informs the U.S. and British leaderships about these turn of events. Even as the two governments are grappling with this disturbing and dangerous situation, the matters get complicated when some Ukrainian nationalists hold the oil supertanker Freya and her cargo of one million tonnes of crude oil to ransom. They demand the release of their compatriots who have been arrested in West Berlin for the murder of the Russian KGB Chief. The United States and British leadership find their backs against the walls as they receive news that the Soviet Union will withdraw from all concessionary talks and invade Western Europe if the hijackers are released.

On the other hand, the hijackers threaten to let loose an ecological catastrophe which could affect the lives of millions of people living in the coastal countries if their demands are not met. As the two countries face this devil's alternative, The Devil's Alternative New Ed Edition manages to sustain the suspense and the dangerous game of intrigue and terror till the very end, while it races towards a nail biting climax.

About Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth is a bestselling British author and former journalist who has acquired a cult following for his political thriller novels.

Besides The Devil's Alternative New Edition, he is also the author of several other popular books like, The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, The Fourth Protocol, Icon, The Fist of God, No Comebacks a collection of short stories, The Negotiator, The Veteran a collection of short stories, and The Cobra. Many of his books have been adapted into successful films. He won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel for The Day of the Jackal.

Forsyth's books are acknowledged for their comprehensive research and meticulous attention to detail. The plots of his books revolve around actual global events, political crisis, and the power politics in play in contemporary times. He weaves his stories around these events and real personalities and uses his razor sharp and incisive style of writing to emerge with racy, fast paced storylines for his books.

Born on 25 August 1938, in Kent, England, Forsyth went to the University of Granada, Spain, and then joined the Royal Air Force as its youngest pilot at the age of nineteen. Thereafter, he became a journalist with Reuters in 1961 and later joined the BBC as an assistant diplomatic correspondent in 1965, where he did extensive coverage of war torn countries and political crises arising across the globe. He wrote his first novel, The Day of the Jackal in 1971, which became an international bestseller. In 2012, Forsyth won the Cartier Diamond Dagger award by the Crime Writers Association for his literary efforts. He is a person with strong political views which he expresses in occasional radio commentaries and has given the voiceover for a number of documentaries. Forsyth also continues with his journalistic endeavours and has a weekly column in the Daily Express. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1997 by the Queen for his contribution to literature.