Frederick Forsyth is known for his thriller books with lots of background research. “The Cobra” is his latest book that I read recently. This is not his best work but since I have read it few months ago, I will start by writing about it first and then write about his other books later. This is a book about international cocaine trade controlled by Columbian drug-lords. In this story, US president gives a free hand to ex-CIA agent Paul to eliminate the source of this problem and use US military help as well as help from other countries.
As usual, the author has done lot of research and that reflects in the story very well. Paul does his homework for a long time and figures out that the best way to destroy the trade is by targeting their supply routes. Along with his team, he starts destroying cocaine carrying ships and airplanes and does it with such secrecy that drug-lords do not realize it till the situation becomes very difficult for them. He also uses misinformation campaign against them to weaken them and then breaks into their ranks to get a complete list of their agents in customs and law enforcement across countries. This starts a brutal gang war between international drug cartels resulting in violence on streets and many innocents also loosing lives and eventually he is asked to abandon his operation.
The story is really gripping from beginning to end and opened my eyes to such a deep-rooted problem which has destroyed more lives and families as compared to all the terrorist attacks that have taken place in past decade. Indian connection in the book was also interesting. The old grain carriers are converted into warships at Indian coast at ship rebuilding facility.