The Veteran takes your breath away in the way beautiful emotions are taken to a finale that almost punches you off your feet. When you buy Mr. Forsyth's books he gives you what we in India call "Paisa Vasool", value for your money not just in the way he weaves a wonderful tapestry of intrigues & emotions with the story telling poised to end in a grand finale but also gives you that extra slice of realism. What the hell am I talking about? That colonel Labalaba that he talks so briefly about in this book? real stuff, there indeed was a SAS commando by that name who did the very exact things that Mr. Forsyth so accurately writes about. Below is the youtube link if you don't believe me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxmtbMFGSXo&playnext=1&list=PL5FFDDFA750F39D0A&feature=results_main"...triumph of justice" indeed!Bravo! Bravo!