The Pakistani Connection

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
336 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2016
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Author Biography

Born in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where my father, Major A I Craigie, served at the end of WWII, accompanied by my mother. After finishing a BSC and Ph.D. at University College London, I spent the next 12 years as a research scientist, publishing some eighty articles, including two monographs and two books. In 1984 I entered industry in Germany as a company executive and became the CEO of an internationally operating company. I also served as chairman of the company’s joint-venture in Shanghai China. During all these years, I travelled widely, visiting many countries and major cities. In particular, in my research days, I spent time in Pakistan on two occasions as an invited speaker at an international summer physics college hosted by the Pakistani Atomic Energy Commission. During these stays, I visited many of the locations featured in this my latest novel. My motivation to write over the past ten years stems from reading and enjoying the many spy thrillers by Le Carré, Forsyth, Higgins, Clancy and others, and aided by my own vivid Imagination.

    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.