By Stephen Alter
Colonel Imtiaz Afridi, India's mythical spymaster, has zeroed in on a brand new possibility emanating from the borderlands over which he retains watch from his surveillance middle within the Himalayan foothills. An elusive warlordfaceless, anonymous, and identified purely by means of his nom de guerre Guldaar, that means "leopard" in Urduhas equipped a bootleg empire in the course of the lands that Alexander the nice as soon as conquered, in keeping with extortion, cash laundering, corruption, and homicide. His achieve extends throughout nationwide obstacles, and with help from parts within the CIA and Pakistan's ISI, he performs tribal factions and sovereign international locations off one another and threatens to destabilize the complete, nuclear-armed region.
Seizing on Guldaar's one vulnerability, his ex-lover residing with their son less than CIA keep watch over within the usa, Afridi calls on agent Annapurna "Anna" Tagore to spring her free and go back her to India, the place he wishes her aid to put a seize. in the meantime, while an American journalist reporting from Pakistan comes too on the subject of the internal workings of Guldaar's empire, he's abducted by means of the Taliban and traded to the warlord as a hostage. As Afridi closes in, the yankee turns into a serious bargaining chip in Guldaar's ruthless conflict for survival.
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