The Mullah's Storm

The Mullah's Storm

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by Tom Young

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From the author of The Hunters and Sand and Fire..."Fans of Clancy, Coonts, and Dale Brown need to add Young to their must-read lists." (Booklist)
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

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From the author of The Hunters and Sand and Fire..."Fans of Clancy, Coonts, and Dale Brown need to add Young to their must-read lists." (Booklist)
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.
"One of the most exciting new thriller talents in years."—Vince Flynn

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"One of the most exciting new thriller talents in years!"
-Vince Flynn

"Gripping and impressively authentic."
-Frederick Forsyth

"Explosive! A gutsy, gritty thriller told only as one who's been there and done that could write it. You will long remember this terrifying, timely tale-and its terrific new writer."
-W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV

"Courage and honor in the face of the enemy have not been so brilliantly portrayed since the great novels of the Second World War. I would recommend Thomas Young's magnificent novel to anybody."
-Jack Higgins

"The Mullah's Storm tears along with the terror and immediacy of a nightmare. Thomas Young takes us on the trip every soldier dreads: alone, injured, and being chased through enemy territory. I couldn't put it down."
-Nathaniel Fick, CEO, Center for a New American Security, and author of One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer

"The Mullah's Storm is a riveting, gale-force tale, impossible to put down. Thomas Young air-drops the reader into the Hindu Kush, surrounded by razor-sharp ridges and miles of unbroken silence, always blurring the line between hunter or hunted. Combining a sniper's precision with a poet's economy of language, Young's debut makes you grateful to be reading safely indoors, but just a little nervous about who might be watching you."
-Craig Mullaney, Department of Defense, Principal Director for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia, and author of The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education

"The Mullah's Storm digs in its hooks from the first chapter and never lets go. There are writers, and there are fighters - readers are lucky that Thomas Young is both."
-Alex Berenson, Author of The Faithful Spy and The Midnight House

"Thomas W. Young is an airman, and a natural-born novelist. If you want to know and to feel what it's like to serve in Afghanistan, this novel is for you. If you are a fan of Patrick O'Brian or C. S. Forester, this novel is for you."
-John Casey, National Book Award-winning author of Spartina

"Thomas Young has written an exciting, creative, and heart-pounding story set in the complex war zone of Afghanistan that he knows well. The polished style and surprising plot turns rivet you to each page. This is a great read for anyone who loves a great survival story superbly told."
-General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC (Ret.) Former Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command

"I found The Mullah's Storm captivating. Like Tom Clancy, Young has an eye for detail about military equipment, operations, and thinking that will ring true with any veteran-something that is not often achieved by other authors-and his portrayal of Afghanistan is not only accurate but most relevant to current events and worth the read alone. Most of all, the story's suspense holds the reader in its grip. The extreme chase from hope to despair and back makes it impossible to put down."
-General Chuck Horner, USAF (Ret.)Former Commander, U.S. Central Command Air Forces

"At last, an Air Force action hero! A C-130 navigator struggles to survive in winter in the Hindu Kush. The plot and the action move with the speed and power of a B-1 bomber."
-Bing West, Author of No True Glory and The Strongest Tribe

"Thomas W. Young writes with the authority of a man who has lived to tell the tale, and he tells it at breakneck pace. He has written a page-turner that might've been torn from today's headlines. The prose crackles with grit and gunfire. The Mullah's Storm is an engrossing, enlightening, and extremely entertaining debut."
-Doug Stanton, Author of Horse Soldiers and In Harm's Way

"The Mullah's Storm is the most realistic and compelling novel that I have ever read. It is suspenseful and electrifying from beginning to end, and as close to reality as it could possibly be. The knowledge, experience, and insights of the author and his ability in writing this book is amazing. It is a 'must read' - and once you start, you will not want to put it down. The Mullah's Storm will surely be a best seller."

-General Carl Stiner, U.S. Army (Ret.) Former Commander in Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command

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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Penguin Publishing Group
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A Parson and Gold Novel Series
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4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years


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Meet 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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The Mullah's Storm 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
NetTech1 More than 1 year ago
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.
starlitehouse More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grabs your attention at the beginning and holds it
Hunter64 More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
dlhen1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great Book.
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p92561 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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woodySP More than 1 year ago
A graphic depiction of a phase of the afgan war. Interesting and well written.
goodbook More than 1 year ago
Really a good book, kept my interest
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A well written, totally engrossing believable thriller! Well worth it!
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