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MLI posts on 4/29/2011 1:11:37 PM Is 'The Savage Gorge' the worst book by Colin Forbes? It must be one of the worst books I have ever read.
MT posts on 6/4/2010 2:04:48 PM I think Colin Forbes better novels were the early ones - and I thought that both Tramp in Armour and The Stone Leopard were very good. The first was in the Alistair Maclean tradition and the latter was a suspenseful hunt, more like Day of the Jackal. The later Tweed books suffered from character and plot development.
Chris posts on 5/27/2010 7:44:38 AM I think he was an early user of a word processor and he found he could keep writing the same story just changing names and places and calling it a new book all of the Tweed books are the same story



Craig L posts on 5/13/2010 6:16:35 PM I'm currently reading 'Rhinoceros', featuring Tweed and co. I've realised that Forbes' style of writing, although childish, cliched and irritating, is absolutely hilarious.
Emmanuel posts on 4/17/2010 5:10:28 AM I have read most books of Colin Forbes (both translated in greek and most in english). I would agree with many of the other comments that manytimes the plot was lacking or being simple. But, for me, reading his books was a nice company, after school, in cold afternoons, or after work. Nothing to compare with Dan Brown, Umberto Eco or others, truly charismatic authors. But Colin Forbes' books at least kept me good company, made me "travel" along his characters, and at the end of the day I was relaxed. Best of his books that I have read noumerous times (in almost 20 years) and everytime I enjoyed is The janus Man
alexis kay daniels posts on 1/18/2010 1:19:29 PM So wrong colin forbes is one of the best authers I have read love the tweed stories
Elgar posts on 1/12/2010 4:11:13 AM I was quite pleased to receive a Christmas present of 10 action adventure books by Colin Forbes .... beauty, now I could get some reading relief from some of my wive's girly novels! Hello! How did this guy convince anyone to publish his stuff? Wooden characters with sub teenage behaviours, supposedly adults? It's a long list. Glad to have found this site to help me with my decision not to read more than one book. Anyone want to buy 9 unread Colin Forbe's 'thrillers?
Rick K posts on 1/9/2010 6:22:56 PM I am so glad that I happened upon this site. I was on holiday last week and needed a book to pass some time. I went into a local bookstore and found Colin Forbes' Cell. I had never heard of Forbes but the book sounded intriguing. As I read the first few chapters, I found myself wondering how a book like this even got published. I turned to the front inside cover and was astounded to find that he had written so many other books. And people actually buy them!! Worst supposedly best seller that I have ever read. Will not be reading any more of his books again.
Dave Draper posts on 12/27/2009 7:36:20 PM I have read two Colin Forbes novels. The first, Precipice, was so awful I had to read another, convinced it was an abherration. Surely, I thought, no one could become a best selling author peddling this rubbish. How wrong I was. Cauldron was just as bad, probably worse, in fact. My eloquence fails me when trying to describe how truly dire these books are. The characters are caricatures, the plots weak and inconsistent, but it is the stilted and basic dialogue that is the absolute worst. The interraction between the main characters reads like something penned by an eight year old who is desperate to get his homework out of the way so he can watch TV. How Mr Forbes ever made a living as a writer is beyond me and it is no surprise at all that he hid behind a pseudonym. I certainly wouldn't like to admit to anyone that I'd written the two novels that I read.
Maggie posts on 9/4/2009 6:30:38 AM Having read all of these reviews I must say I am relieved - I was beginning to think it was me. I've just finished Deadlock - I've a new policy of picking up random books from the library to expand my author knowledge. What a load of tosh. I will not be picking another from this author - I'm with all of those who wonder how he made a living writing this rubbish. (The "villain" Tweed had been searching for, had been infiltrated by Tweed's mole - quite early in the plot - and yet was not eliminated until the end after he had been allowed to slaughter inumerable people??) Oh well.
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