Pashtun

A Military Thriller

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About The Book

An adrenaline-filled war story that depicts the challenges of military special operations in a dangerous, boulder-filled landscape

The Company has a special secret operation planned for one of their top agents: the leaders of the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups are hiding out in Pashtun country, and they must be eliminated. The job falls to a man they have named Frank Morgan—an agent who stood out as a recruit at Quantico and whose skills resemble those of the legendary Vietnam assassin. The other soldiers claim Frank’s abilities as a sniper and a tracker border on the supernatural and are more than willing to complete this mission with him.

Frank begins his adventure in Afghanistan with another Company-appointed soldier: an indestructible lyrical Irishman with a cutting sense of humor and a bottle of Jameson never far from hand. After the men rescue a burqa-clad young woman, they soon discover that the Company has not been honest with them and decide to take a second mate under their wing—a giant who quotes poetry and rap songs while he both enacts torture and lives through his own agonizing trials.

They know now that oil, drugs, and greed have led to this quest; assassinating the terrorists is not their main objective. However, this still must be done. After becoming dangerously acquainted with the heroin business in the frontier provinces, Frank and his comrades continue their mission. But the lines have now blurred, and the assignment is more complicated than they expected.

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About The Author

Ron Lealos graduated from Western Washington University and studied fiction under Tom Spanbauer for several years as part of the Dangerous Writing group in Portland, Oregon. In his nonwriting life, he has developed, manufactured, and marketed a rapid home test for the detection of HIV antibodies. He is also the author of Pashtun. He resides in Vancouver, Washington.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (July 1, 2014)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628737813

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Raves and Reviews

"Lealos writes about Afghanistan as if he’s been there, and Morgan and his comrades operate with ruthlessness and cunning in a war in which almost no one can be trusted and death is not the worst fate that can be befall you . . . the sordidness of this ugly war shines through it all." —Publisher's Weekly

"Brilliant! Pashtun is fast paced, packed with action, and very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed the book! Ron Lealos provides a very realistic glimpse of life on the front lines, the realities and brutalities of war while routinely facing death in the line of duty. His writing style has a unique way of exposing raw emotions. I was quite impressed and captivated by Lealos’s very accurate portrayal of the Taliban, the CIA, and the way he and his fellow Special Operations warriors faced life and death situations on a regular basis." —Don Mann, CWO3/SEAL Team 6/Ret, bestselling author of SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors

"A romping ride through the Hindu Kush where the best is like the worst and no one is to be trusted. Pashtun will keep you turning the pages following hero Frank Morgan’s plunge into assassination, survival and revenge." – James Bruno, bestselling author of Havana Queen

"Lealos writes about Afghanistan as if he’s been there, and Morgan and his comrades operate with ruthlessness and cunning in a war in which almost no one can be trusted and death is not the worst fate that can be befall you . . . the sordidness of this ugly war shines through it all." —Publisher's Weekly

"Brilliant! Pashtun is fast paced, packed with action, and very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed the book! Ron Lealos provides a very realistic glimpse of life on the front lines, the realities and brutalities of war while routinely facing death in the line of duty. His writing style has a unique way of exposing raw emotions. I was quite impressed and captivated by Lealos’s very accurate portrayal of the Taliban, the CIA, and the way he and his fellow Special Operations warriors faced life and death situations on a regular basis." —Don Mann, CWO3/SEAL Team 6/Ret, bestselling author of SEAL Team Six: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors

"A romping ride through the Hindu Kush where the best is like the worst and no one is to be trusted. Pashtun will keep you turning the pages following hero Frank Morgan’s plunge into assassination, survival and revenge." – James Bruno, bestselling author of Havana Queen

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