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KRISTIN HENDERSON is a contributor to The Washington Post Magazine, including reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan. She's the author of two previous books of non-fiction, most recently the critically praised While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront. She lives in Washington, DC, where she's on the staff of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a nonprofit that assists injured service members and their families.
on March 02, 2013 :
What a great read! I had a chance to read this book before it was published, and it sucked me in right from the beginning. The plot was gripping and the characters are fully developed and three dimensional. This is a tale of naivety and miss placed good intentions having deadly consequences, set against the backdrop of war torn Afghanistan. The Author creates a carefully crafted web of motives and allegiances where making the wrong assumption can have deadly and violent results. Our hero is a young idealistic AID officer named Sonny whose character gradually evolves as he attempts to find answers in the disappearance of the young woman he loves. There is no shortage of action and tension in this book, but the language is also beautifully crafted and there is a nice leavening of humor. The Author weaves a suspenseful mystery around a clash of cultures. She provides a level of detail and insight into the world of the military, NGO's, and the Culture of Afghanistan itself that can only come from careful research and first hand experience. I came away from the book not just thoroughly entertained but with a greater understanding of the complex forces at work in a country where there are no easy answers. The quality of writing in this book is as refreshing as it is rare. I whole-heartedly recommend the Zargari Incident.
(reviewed long after purchase)