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The Misunderstood Ally

Author: Faraz Inam


  • ISBN: 9781907340147
  • Published: 15 Aug 2011
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of pages: 376

Year 2010-11 and the world is in the grip of a “War on Terror”. Reprisal threats from indigenous forces resisting foreign presence in Afghanistan have made the developed countries wary of extremism in the Muslim world; creating a clash between Islam and the West. The USA, the sole super power and leader of the free world, and Pakistan, the sole Muslim nuclear power and teetering citadel of Islam, are two countries on different sides of this conundrum; but their intertwined interests have brought them into an uneasy alliance against the radical forces rising from Afghanistan.

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1 review for The Misunderstood Ally

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    5.0 out of 5 stars powerful
    Reviewed in the United States on 7 February 2012
    In his first novel, Faraz Inam paints a realistic picture of the war on terrorism as it is fought in Pakistan. Following Samantha Albright, a CIA agent, to Islamabad and the country’s tribal region, we experience the hands on involvement of the various factions, from the Afghan terrorists that orchestrate suicide bombings on innocent Pakistanis to the operation of American drones that, despite precision rockets, kill not only the terrorists but also innocent bystanders. The reader finds warmth and normalcy in the family circle of a Pakistani army officer, Lt. Col. Dhilawar Jahangiri. He is at the center of the action bravely and selflessly fighting the adversary.
    It takes awhile before the suspense in the narrative grows, but when it does, it captures the imagination. What makes the novel powerful, I believe, is the author’s ability to expose not only the good or the evil of the principal characters but also the aspects that make them human. The author evokes some sympathy for even the worst of them. The language, even without perfect syntax, grammar and punctuation, is rich and alive and passionate and gives the novel an exotic touch. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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