When a former Army buddy is murdered by an Afghan military colleague, U.S. Army Special Investigator Alex Klear is called back into action in Afghanistan to investigate what is thought to be a classic “green-on-blue” killing. Alex finds Kabul in a state of chaos, partly under government control, partly controlled by the Taliban.
From the beginning, he suspects that the Army has identified the wrong man as the killer, and that an innocent Afghan soldier has become the victim of a complex frame-up. His suspicions are solidified when he discovers that his friend had been investigating a massive fraud at Kabul Bank. As Alex is drawn into the epicenter of the biggest bank fraud in history, he finds his efforts systematically thwarted by both the American and the Afghanistan governments.
In the lawless streets of Kabul and into the far outreaches of Afghanistan, Alex relentlessly hunts his friend’s killerand uncovers the truth. In real-life, an incident kept mostly out of the mediaa monumental embarrassment to both countries.
About the Author
After serving with the U.S. Army overseas, Albert Ashforth earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from New York University. He worked for two New York newspapers before returning to Europe as an instructor for the University of Maryland's Overseas Program. He also served at the German Military Academy training NATO officers and as an instructor at the 10th Group Special Forces headquarters in Bad Tolz. As a military contractor, he has done tours in Bosnia, Macedonia, Germany, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. He is the author of three novels and numerous articles and short stories. His novel The Rendition won the Military Writers of America Bronze Medal. Ashforth is on the faculty at the State University of New York and lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The wonderful thing about thrillers written by Albert Ashforth is that, unlike other (also very good!) authors who bring us into the world of terrorism and international intrigue, Ashforth leads us by the hand into the intimacy of characters, conversation, personal tension, and suspense. As he details corruption in Afghanistan, we learn about bank scandals, cheating wives, compassionate (when they aren't planting bombs) tribal leaders, and the universal frustration each Americans has in not knowing when a supposed Afghan friend will turn on him in a "green-on-blue" killing. Alex Klear, an Army Special Investigator sent to Kabul to investigate an old buddy's death, stands alone in his belief that his friend was not murdered by an Afghan soldier - a convenient fall guy who might have been killed even before the green-on-blue killing occurred. In his efforts to uncover the real murderer, Alex has to deal with stolen corpses, missing evidence, an irate girlfriend, seductive and conniving ladies (in the best James Bond tradition), obstructive superior officers, roadside bombs, and the frustration of not even knowing who his boss is. This inside look at skullduggery in Kabul is fascinating. This is the second Alex Klear novel I have read. Klear is a charming odd-ball kind of a guy. I like him and I like spending time with him. You will, too. A great read.
This was a most interesting modern thriller with action in both Afghanistan and the US. A romance subplot keeps the narrative interesting as Alex Klear investigates the death of an old buddy in a suspected "blue on green" killing. Alex is working a black op, and is not sure who he is actually working for until the very end of the story. As the action unfolds, it is almost impossible to figure out who to trust, and in the end all the answers are wrong. I particularly enjoyed the characters from both Afghanistan and the US. Human nature seems to be the same in many cultures, and Ashforth does a great job of building the characters in depth. This is definitely a book that is impossible to put down. The resolution of the bank fraud being investigated, the motive for the murder, and who is driving the attempts on Alex's life makes for fascinating reading.