Afghanistan: Battlefield of Power - Graveyard of Reputations
A secret peace with the Taliban. Complete U.S. troop withdrawal. Secured with a huge Central Asian oil deal. Virtually guaranteeing the re-election of a President. The backers will garner enormous wealth. CIA officer Harry Brennan's moral conscience compels him to get in the way of this plot. In doing so, he faces political enemies at home more dangerous than the terrorists who have kidnapped his daughter, Laurie. And her fate is tied to that of Russian spy Sergei Nemsky's daughter, Anya, in need of treatment for a rare disease. The two adversaries, drawing on their respective spycraft skills and connections, form a secret and risky pact to save their daughters’ lives. Harry’s career takes off after he falls in love with Camilla Loomis, a young and politically powerful Washington socialite. But the resulting tension between his career and commitment to the truth compels Harry to balk and unilaterally take on the powerful men and women behind the pay-for-play scheme. Harry finds himself running for his life from jihadists in Afghanistan and Predator drones in Yemen, a target of his own CIA…
Written by a former insider and censored by the U.S. government, TRIBE resonates with authenticity rarely seen in the political thriller genre.
“At our last encounter, I told you that your leadership has concocted a scheme, a grand and stupid scheme, to make inroads in Central Asia, at my government’s expense. I said that perhaps, at another time, we could discuss this as well as other possibilities between you and me.”
Nemsky reaches into his coat and pulls out an envelope. He removes a document and hands it over to me. I study it.
It’s on White House stationery. Classified TOP SECRET, it is a National Security Presidential Directive – NSPD for short among us bureaucrats. It bears the President’s signature at the bottom of the second page. It looks like the genuine article, or it’s an exceptionally good forgery.
I look up at Nemsky. “How did you get this?”
He shrugs. “I am a spy, after all.”
“Why are you showing it to me?”
“As I said, I thought you should know what schemes your government is up to.”