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Title:
Pashtun : a military thriller
Author:
Lealos, Ron.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]
Physical Description:
279 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
The Company has a special secret operation planned for one of their top agents: the leaders of the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups are hiding out in Pashtun country, and they must be eliminated. The job falls to a man they have named Frank Morgan--an agent who stood out as a recruit at Quantico and whose skills resemble those of the legendary Vietnam assassin. The other soldiers claim Frank's abilities as a sniper and a tracker border on the supernatural and are more than willing to complete this mission with him. Frank begins his adventure in Afghanistan with another Company-appointed soldier: an indestructible lyrical Irishman with a cutting sense of humor and a bottle of Jameson never far from hand.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781628737813
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"A romping ride. . . . Pashtun will keep you turning the pages following hero Frank Morgan's plunge into assassination, survival, and revenge." --James Bruno, bestselling author of Havana Queen

The Company has a special secret operation planned for one of their top agents: the leaders of the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups are hiding out in Pashtun country, and they must be eliminated. The job falls to a man they have named Frank Morgan--after the Company's deadliest agent--who stood out as a recruit at Quantico and whose skills resemble those of his namesake. The other soldiers claim Frank's abilities as a sniper and a tracker border on the supernatural and are more than willing to complete this mission with him.

Frank begins his adventure in Afghanistan with another Company-appointed soldier: an indestructible, lyrical Irishman with a cutting sense of humor and a bottle of Jameson never far from hand. After the men rescue a burqa-clad young woman, they soon discover that the Company has not been honest with them and decide to take a second mate under their wing--a giant lieutenant who had been previously mixed up with the Taliban and could provide vital intel for their mission.

However, together they quickly learn that oil, drugs, and greed have led to this quest; assassinating the terrorists is not their main objective. With the lines now blurred, their assignment is more complicated than ever.

Pashtun --in paperback for the first time--depicts the challenges of military special ops in a boulder-filled landscape, and is told with compassion for those asked to fight the battles.

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Author Notes

Ron Lealos graduated from Western Washington University and studied fiction under Tom Spanbauer for several years as part of the Dangerous Writing group in Portland, Oregon. In his nonwriting life, he has developed, manufactured, and marketed a rapid home test for the detection of HIV antibodies. Pashtun is his first book. He resides in Vancouver, Washington.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Frank Morgan, cynical, bitter, and patriotic, stars in this tale of greed, atrocities, and heroism. The best CIA assassin in Afghanistan, the pseudonymous Morgan takes his name from famed Vietnam assassin Frank Morgan, the hero of Lealos's earlier adult novels (Don't Mean Nuthin' and No Merci). Operating out of Jalalabad, Morgan goes on missions that often include hard-drinking Irishman Finnen or huge black Ranger Washington, or both. The three men often use torture to get intel before dispatching their targets, who include American soldiers. Morgan feels increasingly guilty about his actions, but he does his job. Lealos writes about Afghanistan as if he's been there, and Morgan and his comrades operate with ruthlessness and cunning in a war in which almost no one can be trusted and death is not the worst fate that can be befall you. Lealos overdoes the Irish antics of Finnen and the jive talk of Washington, but the sordidness of this ugly war shines through it all. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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