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The River Panj Paperback – August 31, 2011

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About the Author

National Geographic and Knopf travel author David Raterman worked two years for CARE in war-torn Tajikistan along the Afghanistan border.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466205458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466205451
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,889,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was surprised at the quality of the writing after all the other reviews. Perhaps they were friends being supportive. I could not finish it. The pacing was laborious and left me ... Well it just left me so I never finished it.
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Derek Braun is working for Emergency Relief Corps in Afghanistan when terrorists attack the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. An ex-Notre Dame football star, he has been doing relief work in Central Asia for five years and is planning for this to be his final tour of duty.

He is engaged to marry Zarina, a native of Tajikistan, and intends to return to the United States with her. The events of Sept. 11 take a personal turn when Zarina and a colleague, Henry, are kidnapped in southwestern Tajikistan while distributing food at a medical clinic. Derek embarks on a frantic search to identify the kidnappers and rescue Zarina and Henry. Unable to secure the assistance of Afghan officials and CIA contacts, he embarks on a dangerous journey as he pursues his own leads. He confronts Islamic terrorists, corrupt Russian soldiers and Afghan warlords as the trail leads him to the River Panj along the Afghan border with the former Soviet-controlled Tajikistan. There, a wounded Derek is reunited with his fiancée and his friend after engaging in a gun battle with the kidnappers.

In telling this story, Raterman demonstrates his firsthand knowledge of the region, having travelled through Afghanistan and Tajikistan doing odd jobs and working for CARE. He fills pages with detailed descriptions of the geography of Central Asia and its complicated politics. Although Raterman clearly knows his subject, the setting sometimes overshadows the story because the details of everyday life take something away from the mix of intrigue, violence and romance. The characters are too stereotypical to live up to the challenge of the plot.

The story offers a glimpse of a world that may be unfamiliar to most readers, topical as that world may be, and therein lies the strength of this book.

Reviewed for IR by Eveline Speedie
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I really enjoyed this book. The writing was not as good as I have seen from some of the greats but the story was riveting and the images the author evoked were vivid. The author has either been there or has done some phenomenal research, because I certainly had an experience of what it would be like to be there, in countries we barely know exist.

An American goes to Central Asia and has to deal with another world that is as far removed from modern Western civilization as one can get. His coworker and fiance are kidnapped and the book is his story of doing everything he can to get them back alive.

It was an absolute page turner toward the end.
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I liked this book. I usually find books about the Middle East interesting. This book is different from most books I read. It is quite graphic. It is not for those who are turned off by bloody scenes, but it is action filled and exciting.
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I found this book to be very enjoyable. I read it in a day and a half, it was a great read. I realized I knew very little about Central Asia and enjoyed learning about the history and culture of this area.
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A thrill ride set in the world of relief work in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. Raterman brings to life action so real you will be shaking the dust out of your clothes and reaching for your AK47
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Derek Braun is working for Emergency Relief Corps in Afghanistan when terrorists attack the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. An ex-Notre Dame football star, he has been doing relief work in Central Asia for five years and is planning for this to be his final tour of duty.

He is engaged to marry Zarina, a native of Tajikistan, and intends to return to the United States with her. The events of Sept. 11 take a personal turn when Zarina and a colleague, Henry, are kidnapped in southwestern Tajikistan while distributing food at a medical clinic. Derek embarks on a frantic search to identify the kidnappers and rescue Zarina and Henry. Unable to secure the assistance of Afghan officials and CIA contacts, he embarks on a dangerous journey as he pursues his own leads. He confronts Islamic terrorists, corrupt Russian soldiers and Afghan warlords as the trail leads him to the River Panj along the Afghan border with the former Soviet-controlled Tajikistan. There, a wounded Derek is reunited with his fiancée and his friend after engaging in a gun battle with the kidnappers.

In telling this story, Raterman demonstrates his firsthand knowledge of the region, having travelled through Afghanistan and Tajikistan doing odd jobs and working for CARE. He fills pages with detailed descriptions of the geography of Central Asia and its complicated politics. Although Raterman clearly knows his subject, the setting sometimes overshadows the story because the details of everyday life take something away from the mix of intrigue, violence and romance. The characters are too stereotypical to live up to the challenge of the plot.

The story offers a glimpse of a world that may be unfamiliar to most readers, topical as that world may be, and therein lies the strength of this book.

Reviewed by Eveline Speedie
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