The Mullah's Storm

By Tom Young
(Berkley, Mass Market Paperback, 9780425242254, 320pp.)

Publication Date: June 7, 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2010 Indie Next List
“Air Force navigator Michael Parson is transporting a prisoner, a Taliban mullah, out of Afghanistan when his plane is shot down. On foot in a bitter, blinding snowstorm, Parson, the mullah, and the mullah's female interpreter, Army Sergeant Gold, must evade the enemy long enough for a rescue team to airlift them to safety. This is a story that draws you into the pulsing heart of the war in Afghanistan, a story of courage and gripping adventure, and a moving and timely glimpse into a soldier's mind.”
-- Jennie Turner-Collins, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH


Description

A transport plane carrying a high-ranking Taliban prisoner is shot down in a blizzard over Afghanistan's mountainous Hindu Kush. The storm makes rescue impossible, and for two people-navigator Michael Parson and a female Army interpreter, Sergeant Gold-a battle for survival begins against not only the hazards of nature, but the treacheries of man: the Taliban stalking them, the villagers whose loyalties are unknown, and a prisoner who would very much like the three of them to be caught.




About the Author

Tom Young has logged nearly 4,000 hours as a flight engineer for the Air National Guard in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, and elsewhere, including Latin America, the Horn of Africa, and the Far East. Military honors include two Air Medals, three Aerial Achievement Medals, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He continues to serve with the Air National Guard as a Senior Master Sergeant.

He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and studied writing there and at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, among other places. He is also the author of the oral history The Speed of Heat: An Airlift Wing at War in Iraq and Afghanistan, and contributed to the anthology Operation Homecoming, edited by Andrew Carroll. Young lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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