Finished reading "The Day of the Jackal" by Frederick Forsyth.
This political thriller is about a plot by disgruntled ultra-right ex-soldiers to kill French President Charles de Gaulle in 1963. They hire a foreign mercenary to do the job.
French security authorities discover the plot, enlist help from British and American police, and launch a massive manhunt for the elusive hitman known as the Jackal. They eventually get and kill him seconds before he could aim at de Gaulle's head.
While reading this exciting book, I couldn't help but wonder how the plot could have turned out if there were cell phones, airport security cameras and other electronic security gadgets 50 years ago.
I'm pleased to report that I've ended my reading on a high note, having completed 49 books during 2013.
I wish to thank everyone who participated in our book club during the past year, and I hope we continue our enriching discussions thru 2014.