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Authors: Frederick Forsyth

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The Fist of God

The Fist of God

PRAISE FOR

THE FIST OF GOD

“ ‘The man with ten minutes to live was laughing.’ So begins Frederick Forsyth’s
The Fist of God
—and even with just that one line you can see that he has returned to the pulse-pounding form of such books as
The Day of the Jackal
and
The Dogs of War
. Forsyth has written perhaps the first true thriller to come out of the Gulf War.”


Book-of-the-Month Club News

“[A] fat, layered, complex, and altogether sublime spy action novel ...

The Fist of God
is delicious yet authentic fun, the stuff of good espionage thrillers.”


Chicago Sun-Times

“The Gulf War is the setting of Forsyth’s brilliantly plotted ‘what if’

thriller in which historical facts are turned into gripping fiction. ... It’s the mark of master Forsyth that characters and background information are introduced so cleanly and precisely that impossibly complex events are never confusing, and the story develops its grip so surely it’s almost impossible to put the book down.”


Publishers Weekly

“The novel ends in a blaze of top-notch military action, finely wrought descriptions of the gadgetry of destruction, and a twisty revelation. ...

Super sleuthing.”


Kirkus Reviews

The Fist of God

Bantam Books by Frederick Forsyth

THE DAY OF THE JACKAL

THE DEVIL’S ALTERNATIVE

THE DOGS OF WAR

NO COMEBACKS

THE ODESSA FILE

THE FOURTH PROTOCOL

THE NEGOTIATOR

THE DECEIVER

THE FIST OF GOD

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FREDERICK

FORSYTH

THE FIST

The Fist of God

OF GOD

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The Fist of God

For the widows and orphans of the Special Air Service
Regiment.

And for Sandy, without whose support this would have been
so much harder.

To those who know what really happened in the Gulf, and
who spoke to me about it, my sincere thanks. You know who
you are; let it be.

CAST OF PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS

THE AMERICANS

George Bush President James Baker Secretary of State Colin Powell Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff General Norman Commander-in-Chief, Coalition Schwarzkopf Forces, Gulf Theater Lieutenant General Commander, Coalition Air Forces, Charles (Chuck) Horner Gulf Theater Brigadier General Deputy to Chuck Horner Buster Glosson

Bill Stewart Deputy Director (Operations), CIA Chip Barber Head, Middle East Division, CIA William Webster Director of Central Intelligence, CIA Don Walker USAF fighter pilot Steve Turner USAF fighter squadron commander Tim Nathanson Wizzo to Don Walker Randy Roberts Wingman to Don Walker Jim Henry Wizzo to Randy Roberts Harry Sinclair Head of London Station, CIA Saul Nathanson Banker and philanthropist The Fist of God

“Daddy” Lomax Retired nuclear physicist
THE BRITISH

Margaret Thatcher Prime Minister John Major Thatcher’s successor as Prime Minister Lieutenant General Commander, British Forces, Gulf Theater Sir Peter de la Billière

Sir Colin McColl Chief, SIS

Sir Paul Spruce Chairman, British Medusa Committee Brigadier J.P, Lovat Director, Special Forces Colonel Bruce Craig Commanding Officer, 22nd SAS Regiment Major Mike Martin Major, SAS

Major “Sparky” Low SAS Officer, Khafji Dr. Terry Martin Academic and Arabist Steve Laing Director of Operations, Mid-East Division, SIS

Simon Paxman Head of Iraq Desk, SIS

Stuart Harris British businessman, Baghdad Julian Gray Head of Station, SIS, Riyadh Dr. Bryant Bacteriologist, Medusa Committee Dr. Reinhart Poison gas expert, Medusa Committee Dr. John Hipwell Nuclear expert, Medusa Committee Sean Plummer Head of Arab Service, GCHQ

Wing Commander Commanding Officer, 608th Squadron, RAF

Philip Curzon

Squadron Leader Pilot, 608th Squadron, RAF

Lofty Williamson

Flight Lieutenant Williamson’s navigator Sid Blair

Flight Lieutenant Pilot, 608th Squadron Peter Johns

Flight Lieutenant Johns’s navigator Nicky Tyne

Sergeant Peter SAS man Stephenson

Corporal Ben Eastman SAS man Corporal Kevin North SAS man
THE IRAQIS

Saddam Hussein President The Fist of God

Izzat Ibrahim Deputy President Hussein Kamil Saddam’s son-in-law, head of MIMI Taha Ramadam Prime Minister Sadoun Hammadi Deputy Premier Tariq Aziz Foreign Minister Ali Hassan Majid Governor-General, occupied Kuwait General Saadi Tumah Commander, Republican Guard Abbas

General Ali Musuli Commander, Engineering Corps General Abdullah Commander, Armored Corps Kadiri

Dr. Amer Saadi Deputy to Hussein Kamil Brigadier Hassan Chief, Counterintelligence Rahmani

Dr. Ismail Ubaidi Chief, Foreign Espionage Brigadier Omar Chief, Secret Police (Amn-al-Amm) Khatib

Colonel Osman Colonel, Army Engineers Badri

Colonel Abdelkarim Colonel, Iraqi Air Force Badri

Dr. Jaafar Al-Jaafar Head, nuclear program Colonel Sabaawi Secret Police Chief, occupied Kuwait Dr. Salah Siddiqui Nuclear engineer
THE KUWAITIS

Khaled Al-Khalifa Pilot, captain Ahmed Al-Khalifa Merchant Colonel Abu Fouad Head, resistance movement Asrar Qabandi Heroine of resistance
THE ISRAELIS

Itzhak Shamir Prime Minister General Yaacov Head of Mossad

“Kobi” Dror

Sami Gershon Head, Combatants Division, Mossad David Sharon Head of Iraq Desk, Mossad Benjamin Netanyahu Deputy Foreign Minister Gideon “Gidi” Mission controller, Operation Joshua The Fist of God

Barzilai

Dr. Moshe Hadari Arabist, Tel Aviv University Avi Herzog, alias Mossad agent in Vienna Karim Aziz

THE VIENNESE

Wolfgang Gemütlich Vice-president, the Winkler Bank Edith Hardenberg Gemütlich’s private secretary

Contents

Contents

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

The Fist of God

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

A Final Note

About The Author

THE FIST OF GOD

Chapter 1

The man with ten minutes to live was laughing.

The source of his amusement was a story just told him by his personal aide, Monique Jaminé, who was driving him home that chill, drizzling evening of March 22, 1990, from his office to his apartment.

It concerned a mutual colleague in the Space Research Corporation The Fist of God

offices at rue de Stalle, a woman regarded as a real vamp, a man-eater, who had turned out to be gay. The deception appealed to the man’s lavatorial sense of humor.

The pair had left the offices in the Brussels suburb of Uccle, Belgium, at ten to seven, Monique driving the Renault 21 estate wagon. She had, some months earlier, sold her employer’s own Volkswagen because he was such a rotten driver, she feared he would end up killing himself.

It was only a ten-minute drive from the offices to his apartment in the center building of the three-building Cheridreu complex off rue François Folie, but they stopped halfway there at a baker’s shop. Both went inside, he to buy a loaf of his favorite
pain de campagne
. There was rain in the wind; they bowed their heads, failing to notice the car that followed behind them.

Nothing strange in that. Neither was trained in tradecraft; the unmarked car with its two dark-jowled occupants had been following the scientist for weeks, never losing him, never approaching him, just watching; and he had not seen them. Others had, but he did not know.

Emerging from the shop just in front of the cemetery, he tossed his loaf into the back seat and climbed aboard to complete the journey to his home. At ten minutes after seven, Monique drew up in front of the plate-glass doors of the apartment building, set fifteen meters back from the street. She offered to come up with him, to see him home, but he declined. She knew he would be expecting his girlfriend Helene and did not wish them to meet. It was one of his vanities, in which his adoring female staff indulged him, that Helene was just a good friend, keeping him company while he was in Brussels and his wife was in Canada.

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