The Pakistani Connection

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
336 Pages
Reviewed on 08/21/2016
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Author Biography

The author was born in 1945 at the end of WWII in the North West Frontier province of war time India (now Pakistan); son of Major Ian Craigie of Scottish and Russian parentage. He is married, has adaughter and has lived and worked in Germany for the past twenty years. He holds dual British and German citizenship. His early childhood was spent in Kenya East Africa. He finished his academic career studying Physics at University College London. After obtaining a B.Sc first class honors and Ph.D. degree he began research in high energy nuclear particle physics. Over the next fourteen years he published over eighty scientific works in major physics journals and proceedings of international conferences, His publications included two monographs and two books.(Most of his works can be found in the ww web under “N S Craigie”)
During his research years he visited the Soviet Union and a number of east block countries attending symposiums, giving seminars and collaborating with east block physicists on joint projects. These experiences gave him a vivid impression of life behind the iron curtain during the cold war and brought him indirectly in contact with the KGB and East German Stasi, who were monitoring the scientists he had contact with.
In 1984 he left academia and entered industry as a developer of intelligent sensors for the automation industry. In his first four years he submitted and was granted six patents in the above mentioned field. In 1990 he took up a position as a senior executive of his last employer and became its joint CEO and Managing Director in 1994. One of his important tasks was chairman of the board of the directors of a joint venture company in Shanghai. Over a period ofsixteen years he visited and worked in China on numerous occasions.
As a frequent traveler over the years, visiting almost all continents, numerous countries, including most of the major cities around the world, he often took for leisure an exciting spy thriller novel from one or other of his favorite authors: Forsyth, le Carre, and Higgins. As time went on he had read most of their works as well the works of Follet, Arthur, Clancy, Forbes and others, so that he found less and less to read. Ten years ago this gave him the motivation to write spy novels himself as part of a wider urge to write about life in general. He is aided by a vivid imagination combined with his many interesting and unusual experiences in life.
His other major pastimes are scuba diving, in which he has the Master Scuba Diver certification and making UW films. In his student days he had a great interest in philosophy and the development of human behavior and their social order This interest is beginning to re-assert itself and in the future he intends to write something on his thoughts in this direction, but for the time being crime and espionage thrillers, will be his main preoccupation

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Stuart Craigie writes an action packed thriller in The Pakistani Connection. After 9/11, Bin Laden disappears. The government leaders of the UK and the US want Bin Laden and his top leaders found and eliminated. The war on terror escalates; Special Forces from both nations deploy task forces to seek out and destroy Bin Laden and his cohorts. However, the real mystery is who is running the show while Bin Laden hides? The world is on the brink of Jihadist Armageddon. Al Qaeda claims they are going to “unleash on the free world a horror that far exceeds 9/11.” Two men, Naeem Fiazudin and John Sebastian, go undercover to try to stop it. Under the guidance of MI6 and with the aid of the CIA, they infiltrate the world of Al Qaeda. What they discover is beyond frightening, it is the world’s worst terrifying nightmare. Once they were part of the British Army’s SAS, now they are the world’s only hope.

The Pakistani Connection by Stuart Craigie takes you into the heart of the terrorist world. The story’s plot takes you behind the scenes, deep into the mindset of Al Qaeda. Keeping you on the edge of your seat, Craigie pens the struggle to overcome the IS movement with intrigue and fear. The mixture of these two emotions runs rampant throughout the narrative. The idea of soldiers turned spies is not new; regardless, it makes for an exciting plot. The two main characters are an exceptional team; their characters are equal and vital to the plot’s outcome. Craigie buffets the heroes' strengths against each other, creating an 'iron sharpens iron' effect. I appreciated that they were real, feeling emotions in thought and action. They were not portrayed as larger than life, superheroes beyond belief, but as courageous, daring and vulnerable. The setting changes frequently, creating a steady flow of movement. Page upon page, the action rises to the climactic turning point, and then descends rapidly into its conclusion, leaving the reader out of breath and satisfied, knowing all is well with the world once again.