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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.