The life of journalist and author Frederick Forsyth has been as high octane as many of his own bestselling thrillers. Much recent press attention has been paid to his admission in this book of having spied for MI6 but there is much else to recommend this interesting, and often exciting memoir. He writes “More times than I can count, a lucky break has got me out of a tight spot or procured me an advantage.” He's not wrong. Time and again he escapes life threatening situations from a lucky tip off to leave Hamburg having upset a dangerous arms dealer, to being shot at by a MiG fighter jet in Biafra and to the engine failure of his plane in the air over Gabon. It is really no wonder he writes thrillers.