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The Day of the Jackal written by Fredrick Forsyth is a fictional novel that displays the authors brilliance by setting a mood and connecting you with the characters The Day of the Jackal takes place in post World War II in France The Jackal is a professional assassin whose name is not revealed who is hired by a French terrorist group to kill Charles de Gualle the President of France This terrorist group has had several failed attacks on the President and the Jackal is their last hope The mood the author sets is exceptionally suspenseful When Rodin the leader of the terrorist group hears of the failed attacks the reader can feel his frustration and hatred towards the French government When Jean-Marie Bastien is vigorously preparing for the first assault on de Gualle the reader can sense the tension in the air and the feeling of accomplishment when Bastien says Thats it One hundred and fifty bullets will have passed through the presidential car by the time it comes abreast of the van By God weve got it All this points to Fredrick Forsyths amazing mood setting talent in this novel The reader feels at one with the many characters as they each take part in the many small ventures that give rise to the climax In a scene where the Jackal is purchasing a fake identification card the reader can tell that the man making the card is an expert Not because it was mentioned but because the man has such a large amount of information about ID cards to offer This same writing talent that displays the characters with subtle suggestion instead of giving specific details is also shown when the Jackal goes to purchase his sniper rifle It is not mentioned earlier but the way the armorer talks about the mechanics involved with making a gun in which the Jackal described shows that he is
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