When British and American intelligence businesses catch wind of a serious Al Qaeda operation within the wings, they’re primed for motion.
They’ve the sources, the most effective individuals on the drive, the mightiest digital energy known to mankind and the gumption to drag it off.
They only don’t know what exactly awaits them.
They don’t know what the operation is about, where the strike may happen, what kind of explosives could be used or maybe something deadlier….
What they want is an insider. One of their own contained in the tremendous secret circle of the Al Qaeda higher echelons.
The highest brass zeroes in on Izmat Khan, a 5 yr prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former commander of the dreaded Taliban.
To change locations, the brass decides on Colonel Mike Martin, a struggle veteran.
A person born and introduced up in struggle torn Iraq. Most significantly, Mike is somebody who can pull off the impossible- cross off as an Arab amongst Arabs.
The brass is relying on his darkish, lean seems to be, command over the dialect and intensive data of the mountains.
They put him by intensive prayer classes, bodily and psychological preparations and construct a pleasant cowl story for a way Izmat Khan will escape Guantanamo Bay.
The swap is full and their man is now on the opposite facet of the wall, able to uncover Al Qaeda’s plan.
Forsyth’s deceptively languid tempo lulls you right into a false sense of momentary safety, for he yanks the rug from below your toes the very subsequent second.
His characters are rooted, effectively established and nearly life-like. Terse bits of humor will be discovered sprinkled all through, laced with wry undertones.
The twist within the story is so refined it takes some moments so that you can grasp its significance. The Afghan is one more strong piece of analysis blended with clean flowing prose- a grasp stroke by Forsyth.