The Warriors [NOOK Book]


The remarkable new suspense novel from the man “who has been there and done that” (W. E. B. Griffin)—“Fans of Clancy and Coonts need to add Young to their must-read lists” (Booklist).

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Parson has seen plenty ...
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The remarkable new suspense novel from the man “who has been there and done that” (W. E. B. Griffin)—“Fans of Clancy and Coonts need to add Young to their must-read lists” (Booklist).

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Parson has seen plenty of action lately, so he’s happy with his new assignment as safety officer at a Kyrgyzstan air base. It’s a pretty laidback way to spend the next year.

Or so he thought. On his second day, a C-27 crashes on the runway with a load of electronic gear—and opium. Recruiting his battle companion Sergeant Major Sophia Gold as interpreter, he investigates not only the crash but the source of the cargo, and the answers they find will lead them into a conflict as lethal as any they have known.

A new Balkan war is brewing, driven by a man of ruthless ambition. Parson himself flew during the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo, so he’s known their horror firsthand. But neither he nor Gold has seen anything like what’s about to happen now.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Young's fourth novel featuring Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Parson and ex-Army translator Sophia Gold is a terrific addition to what has become an exemplary series. Stationed at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, Parson is acting as the base safety officer when an Afghan Air Force C-27 crashes on landing. What seems to be an unfortunate accident caused by a downdraft becomes vastly more complicated when a cargo of opium is discovered. Parson calls in his friend Gold, who's now working in Afghanistan for the United Nations as a civilian, to help him with the investigation, and soon the two are swept up in a much bigger plot to restart the Bosnian War. Young handles all the military thriller logistics like a seasoned pro, getting his likable heroes in and out of trouble, but it's his superior writing that elevates this book above most of the others in this crowded subgenre. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
Twenty years after the slaughter of 100,000 people in Bosnia, Serbian war criminal and arms dealer Viktor Dusic is intent on re-igniting the campaign against Muslims through acts of terrorism and coldblooded murder. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Parson, who flew missions in Bosnia and Kosovo, must spring back into action to prevent further atrocities. Parson has just settled into what he had hoped would be a low-key existence as safety officer at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan. Then, a C-27 cargo plane from Afghanistan containing a huge shipment of opium crashes in front of him. To investigate this unlikely event, he reunites with Sophia Gold, a battle-scarred ex-Army friend now working for the United Nations as an expert Pashto interpreter. With the help of Dragan, a University of Chicago–educated Serbian internal affairs cop, and Irena, a young Air Force enlistee who was born in Sarajevo, he infiltrates Belgrade to douse the threat. Young, a decorated former flight engineer with the Air National Guard who served in Kosovo and Bosnia as well as Iraq and Afghanistan, has plenty of real-life experience to draw upon. He is an assured stylist with a gift for subtle characterizations and tightly controlled action scenes. The novel has moral depth as well, shadowing current events with dark moments from the past, notably the tragic 1993 killing of a young couple known as "the Bosnian Romeo and Juliet"--a Muslim and a Christian. Parsons, introduced in Young's stellar debut, The Mullah's Storm (2010), is not the most charismatic hero, but his steady intelligence makes him good company. An expertly rendered tale of lingering hostilities rooted in the former Yugoslavia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101621189
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/11/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 36,962
  • File size: 790 KB

Meet the Author

Tom Young
Tom Young has logged more than 4,000 hours for the Air National Guard in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, and elsewhere. The author of The Mullah’s Storm, Silent Enemy, and The Renegades, he lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Iceclan sucks

    Its stupid and inactive

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

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    A Gripping Tale

    War stories based in foreign countries are sometimes a bit hard for me to follow. Author Tom Young makes his stories, featuring Lieutenant Colonel Michael Parson and Sergeant Major Sophia Gold, easy for me to follow. Narrator Scott Brick does an excellent job bring these various characters to life. His mannerisms adds depth to the emotions of Young’s words. Brick’s cadence will pull you in and leave you breathless as the adrenaline rush begins. His flare with various dialects enhances the story. After seeing his share of fighting, Lieutenant Colonel Parson is looking forward to his new stint as a safety officer at the Kyrgyzstan air base. Before he can get settle in good, a C-27 crashes on the runway. During the crash investigation, Parson discovers the crew were transporting more than just electronics. Opium is found hidden inside the crates. As the investigation digs deeper, Parson calls on his old friend, Sergeant Major Gold, to serve as an interpreter as they search for the source of the cargo. Little does he realize they are both about to be on the front lines of a possible war outbreak. As they and their colleagues race to find the source of the drug trafficking and what it’s tied to, a madman is bent on starting a new war to serve his own purpose. Young gives his characters realistic traits and continues to develop and evolve them with each new book. He also gives readers/listeners a deep look into his ‘evil’ characters, showing why they feel so strong for their cause. He makes his characters likable and memorable. His vivid descriptions of the settings places the reader/listener in the middle of the action. His accounts of the faraway countries brings them closer with a better understanding of their people, cultures and their strives to live peaceful. THE WARRIORS is a fast-pace adventure keeping you on the edge of your seat. While this story may not be quite as intense as some Young’s prior books, it’s still loaded with heart-stopping action. In addition, Young shows what could be a flicker of romance kindling between Parson and Gold. While this is the fourth book to feature Parson and Gold, THE WARRIORS is a standalone story. One of the many things I enjoy about this story is knowing that Young’s own military background adds to the depth of the plot. In addition, at the end the background on how this story came to be is included. Once again Young draws you into the realm of world problems and the struggles for peace. This is a gripping tale that will hold you captivate from beginning to end. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013


    What do you do when the wars end? You try to stop the bad guys from reigniting an old one.

    At least that’s what air force Lt Col Michael Parson and his battle-tested companion, army Sergeant Major Sophia Gold, are up to in THE WARRIORS, Tom Young’s compelling new novel. It’s another page-turner from Young, himself an air force veteran, who plunges us into the dark zeitgeist of the recent Balkan wars.

    I would have liked to have seen Parson and Gold more at the center of action, rather than being strap hangers as they were through much of story, at least until its action-packed conclusion. That nit pick aside, there’s enough danger, drama and intrigue in THE WARRIORS that I can heartily recommend it. Tom Young is a skilled and insightful novelist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Ice clan here

    Right your bios here

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    Posted December 26, 2013

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