The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth

In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List.

Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA’s top hunter of men.

He has spent the last six years at his job. He knows nothing about his target’s name, face, or location. He realizes his search will take him to places where few could survive. But the Preacher has made it personal now. The hunt is on. 


The Kill List is an average thriller in my opinion. I say that because while it has its share of positives, at no point does the book make you go “Wow ! I wasn’t expecting that !”.

A major reason for whatever appeal it has is its highly contemporary setting. While most thrillers are set in the familiar World War or Cold War era, this one has references leading right up to the Abbottabad Mission. In addition to that, a lot of the narrative involves the cyberspace and drones. If you need a movie reference, I’d say Body Of Lies (know that right ?).

While I appreciate the above, it also contributed to my disappointment with the climax. After a whole book of technology supremacy, the climax fizzled out in a very mundane and action film style.

If you are just setting foot into thrillers, this could work for you. But if you are somewhat of a thriller expert, then skip it.

Have you read this ? Agree/Disagree ? And isn’t Body of Lies quite a good movie ? Did it become a hit ? Oh so many questions !!