The Mullah's Storm

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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 ...
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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.
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Publishers Weekly
At the start of Young's well-crafted first novel, a transport plane carrying a high-value prisoner, a radical mullah, is forced down in the rugged Hindu Kush of Afghanistan. Maj. Michael Parson, the plane's co-pilot, and female Master Sergeant Gold, an interpreter who speaks Pashto, must brave a ferocious winter storm and reach a nearby Special Forces team with the mullah, but they wind up in the hands of Taliban insurgents.The SF team rescues Parson, but the Taliban escape, taking the mullah and the translator in opposite directions.The team must try to recapture the mullah, but Parson can't abandon Gold because"You love your comrades more than you hate your enemies."Young (The Speed of Heat: An Airlift Wing at War in Iraq and Afghanistan) draws on his own war experiences for verisimilitude, which, along with believable characters and an exciting plot, makes this one of the better thrillers to come out of the Afghan theater. (Sept.)
Library Journal
In his debut novel, decorated war veteran Young gives us the view from the support side of combat but with a twist. While flying through a blizzard, a transport plane carrying a high-value Taliban captive about to be interrogated is shot down, leaving just the captive and two crew members, a navigator and a U.S. Army sergeant. As the three journey to allied forces through the Hindu Kush, the crewmen quickly realize that the blizzard is the least of their problems. Audie Award winner Scott Brick (see Behind the Mike, LJ 10/15/09) effectively narrates this exciting work; his clear, strong baritone moves at a nice clip and suits the material. Public libraries should consider. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/10.—Ed.]—Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll. Lib., Lynchburg
Kirkus Reviews

An Air Force major and female Army translator battle for survival in Afghanistan after their transport plane is shot down during a blizzard.

In this impressive first novel by a decorated former flight engineer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Air National Guard, the conflict in Afghanistan is reduced in gripping personal terms to its basics: Man against man, man against nature, hope against despair, fear against itself. Major Michael Parson is the navigator of a C-130 Hercules carrying a high-ranking Taliban mullah to an interrogation center. After the plane is downed by a shoulder-launched missile and other surviving crew members are killed by insurgents, Parson and interpreter Gold escape with their shackled prisoner. Stranded in the bone-chilling wilds of the Hindu Kush, with no chance of rescue because of low visibility, they hole up in snow caves, nurse injuries and await the enemy. In a terrifying sequence in the first part of the book that brings Parson to tears, they are captured by the Taliban and about to be beheaded. An Afghan-American squad saves Parson but can't prevent the ruthless Marwan and his men from dragging off Gold. When orders from above make saving her a secondary priority, Parson goes after her alone. Ultimately, he is influenced by the sense of morality she maintains even after she is tortured. Young is an excellent storyteller, creating memorable characters with Hemingway-like understatement and precision. His descriptions of the terrain, the sound different weapons make, the feeling of fingers and toes succumbing to frostbite, the way thinks look through night vision goggles, are superb.

A smart, unsettling, timely novel that puts a human face on the Afghanistan conflict while conveying the immense challenges the United States faces there.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425242254
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 173,291
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Young

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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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Is this really the author's first fiction novel?

    Having read military novels from many different authors on different conflicts, The Mullah's Storm was the first I'd picked up about the war in Afghanistan. Being a former Army Sergeant, I was looking forward to reading something referencing more recent times - during the time that I had served. This novel certainly fulfilled my every expectation. The author's style is so distinct and easy to follow that it was surprising this is his first fiction piece. While some authors explain too intently to the point of losing the tactical reasoning, the military terminology in this novel was utilized just enough for either the veteran to recall or the layman to relate. There were some very shocking moments, and unexpected twists that I enjoyed seeing, rather that the usual "everybody wins" type of action novel. I definitely look forward to Thomas W. Young's future writings.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

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    Must Read!

    The Mullah's Storm by Thomas W. Young is a must read for all.
    The fast pace intro snares you but it's the in depth look at survival that keeps you turning the page. You'll be hooked by page two.
    Michael Parson and several crew members are shot down during a blizzard in Afghanistan while transporting a Taliban detainee for questioning. Unable to get help due to the severe storm the survivors must rely on each other to survive. Not only in a hostile environment with the Taliban hunting them but also never knowing when and if they meet someone if they are friendly or not. Parson finds himself stuck between staying with fellow survivors or carrying out the mission of delivering the detainee for interrogation and along the way gains and loses both friends and enemies. He finds himself pushed to his limits both physically and mentally. This is an action pack thriller that will zoom in to your mind like a snipers bullet, you'll never know what hit you till it's over.

    It is obvious from the beginning that this book is written by someone who has been there and know's his way around. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads but would defiantly recommend it and I can't wait to see what Thomas W. Young does next

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    An excellent read from a powerful new author.

    I found this by pure random luck in a small bookstore on a trip out of town with my family. It was a rare find as most of my book purchaces are now by Nook. I tore through the first several chapters within hours even putting down an unfinished book to start this one.

    Thomas W. Young sets before you a delicious tale and snags you in the first chapter. His style is unique and I find it impossible to compare him to any other author. His description of Afghanistan and the thoughts, inner struggles, motivation, and feelings, of Major Parson makes him among the most easy to relate to characters ever. Far from being the secret weapon who strikes terror in his foes, he is a normal man thrust into extrordinary circumstances and digging deep inside himself to overcome the challenges of survival and duty.

    The fact that The Mullah's Storm is Thomas W. Young's first novel is mere trivia as he writes with the skill and prose of a veteran author. I cannot reccomend this book enough. The last time I found such a refreshing suprise in an author was Dick Couch, whom I also reccomend. Pick up The Mullah's Storm and you will not be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Good combination of story & action

    Grabs your attention at the beginning and holds it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    Very good read

    the Detail is great makes you think you are there as it happens I enjoyed the book immensely and would recommend it to any one as an action book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Into It

    Another excellent book by Thomas W. Young. His vivid depiction of Afghanistan geography helped in visualizing what the characters had to endure. My husband also
    read the book and he said that he was reliving what he went through in survival school.
    Young incorporated the technology that is needed by the armed forces for combat in
    Afghanistan.
    The reader could relate how Parson changed his aspect of the country from when he flew over it and when he was on the ground. People and the land become real to him. Young created Gold as an non -wimping, typical armed forces officer who always went forward.
    She was well versed in the culture and language of Afghanistan. One wonders how she could mentally and physically do her part in the story.
    A great book for all readers. One really feels like she or he is into the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    WOW

    This is a great Book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    great book! although the ending kind of disapointed me. except

    great book! although the ending kind of disapointed me. except for the last page it is truely well written with detail and great character development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    An unexpected gem of a read! This was a great military action no

    An unexpected gem of a read!
    This was a great military action novel for a weekend read. I normally prefer military sci-fi but I've added Tom W. Young to my personal list of notable authors to keep a lookout for in future.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    recommended

    A graphic depiction of a phase of the afgan war. Interesting and well written.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Really a good book, kept my interest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Very Well Done

    A well written, totally engrossing believable thriller! Well worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    I recommend this book to military fiction readers.

    For a first novel, this was very good. While the premise is both believable, the main character's "wilderness abilities" steatch the imagination somewhat. The characters are well developed. This is a good book for a light week-end read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

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    If you like Tom Clancy, you will love this!

    Young take his experiance in the USAF and puts pen to paper for a non stop action thiller. The protaginist is really human and he does make mistakes. He acts like an officer and sometime he acts like a person. This makes a great read.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    This is an action packed military thriller

    In Afghanistan, the C-130 Hercules transport plane left Bagram Air Base to deliver a Taliban Mullah prisoner for interrogation when the storm hit. The heavy blowing snow made visibility impossible and a rapid drop in pressure made flying even more dangerous. However, a surface to air missile strikes the plane causing it to crash in the mountainous lethal Hindu Kush region. The crew has several dead or severely injured; the blizzard cuts them off from immediate rescue while the Taliban who know the area intimately are coming to rescue the Mullah.

    With broken legs keeping him trapped, Lieutenant Colonel Fisher assigns the highest ranking person standing navigator Major Michael Parson and Army Pashto interpreter and cultural awareness expert Master Sergeant Gold to escort the Mullah to the authorities. The enemy who heed the Mullah's call to bring hell to the Americans and their allies know the terrain made more treacherous by the storm while his two escorts already believe they are traveling in a frozen hell. The Taliban hunt them abetted by frightened villagers and the Mullah who prays for deliverance.

    This is an action packed military thriller that brings alive the stark reality of war in Afghanistan. The Air Force navigator and the Army interpreter are fully drawn characters, but it is the prisoner they escort who owns the plot (along with his country).as his beliefs profoundly contrast with prevalent Western philosophy. The suspense is summed up by author Thomas W. Young as an airman in Afghanistan: "., what scared me the most wasn't the thought of getting shot down and killed. It was the thought of getting shot down and not killed."

    Harriet Klausner

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