North From Calcutta

North From Calcutta

by Duane Evans, Deborah Rhoney
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North From Calcutta 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TheRightWord More than 1 year ago
It takes a talented writer to take an ordinary person from North America and plunk them down in the middle of the Middle East with all their politics and belief systems. Duane Evans does that very effectively in North from Calcutta. One of the reasons I was drawn to this book was Evans' real-life CIA experience. I knew that would add a surreal edge to this story. Through a cast of true-to-life characters, Evans takes the reader on a journey into India and a dam that if destroyed could change the balance of power in the region. A great debut espionage thriller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting and timely read.
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CBH More than 1 year ago
A well-written story that could be out of today's headlines with the struggles that exist in Pakistan in their attempt to determine their own destiny and governing body. This particular story has at its central core the battle between Pakistan and India over Kashmir, with each claiming Kashmir is theirs. But this story goes far beyond that battle and encompasses the various private and governmental groups that want control over the entire area and will do almost anything to get it regardless of human cost in death or injuries and the lack of care over those casualties. Pakistani ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) investigator, Tarek Durrani, was quite shaken up while leading his first assignment but came through with minor scars. Tarek was summoned into his agency and told to report to another newer group for assignment. The IRE (International Relations Executive) was a rival of the ISI and Tarek was reluctant to take this new assignment but he was there for Pakistan where needed to help his nation. Tarek knew not what to expect as he met many new private and personal people, some governmental, some not, and some he could and some could not trust. He had to be on guard at all times but he was used to that. A new dam had been built that had been a big point of friction between Bangladesh and India. The dam was huge and controlled water flow in a huge area making the area a very serious threat of terrorists. A dedication was scheduled and the terrorists planned to take it out the dam not caring how many or whom they killed in the process. Tarek and many other investigators worked together as well as apart not trusting each other. In the process of his investigation, Tarek met a lovely woman that was a luxury he had not been able to afford for many years due to his deeply involved work. As time went on he and Sahar found it hard to be apart but Tarek knew the extreme danger that his job entailed so he tried to discourage the relationship but eventually neither could get their mind off the other. It's called LOVE! The story told by Duane Evans is fantastic. He knows from his life's work much about the espionage work and how it can take so much out of a person's life. There are no "down times" in North From Calcutta and the reader will learn much about the danger that a spy or anyone connected with a government working with any foreign nation endures. A great read. More than 1 year ago
Duane Evans has used his CIA background to construct a very tight,detailed first novel of espionage and intrigue that takes place mainly in India and Pakistan. His main character,Tarek,a Pakistani ISI agent, is inbetween a rock and a hard place. He doesn`t know who to trust and spends a lot of time trying to figure out plots within plots and who the "bad guys" are. Finally,and just under the wire, he realizes that war between Pakistan and India is just around the corner. In a race against time, he and a few friends must try to prevent a catastrophe of worldwide proportions. As if Tarek does not have enough on his mind,he also has to save the "love of his life",an Indian architect that he met while posing as a Dubai businessman. Duane Evans is a real detail man. Almost nothing is left out. His experience as a CIA officer has helped him write a novel that takes place in India,Pakistan,Bangladesh,Washington DC and other parts of the world. His characters are very well-developed. His plot (and plots within plots) is extrmely complex and the politics involved in this story is mind-boggling. For some, this could be just a bit too hard to grasp. There are many different people you have to keep track of in order to keep this all straight in your mind. The beginning third of the book seems to plod along but this background info is necessary to flesh out the rest of the book. The book takes off in the middle and speeds up at the end with a very exciting finish. Duane Evans is a very detailed writer with a tight grasp of the English language. If you love South Asian politics and terrorist plots,this book is right up you alley. Reviewed by Dennis De Rose for ReviewYourBook.Com
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
NORTH FROM CALCUTTA is a thrilling adventure through modern day India and Pakistan. Tarek Durrani the Pakistani intelligence officer discovers that a terrorist group will attack somewhere that could cause a war or worse; a nuclear disaster. The group, headed by Salim will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. To make matters complicated, Tarek falls in love with Sahar, an Indian archictect. Duane Evans' writing flows and makes you feel that you are there. He slowly builds the suspense as he introduces you to the characters that make up this intriguing problem. Then towards the last quarter of the book, the pages explode with action that keeps you hoping that Tarek will succeed, stop the bad guys and get the girl. But you have to read the book to find out.