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Silent Enemy Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 4, 2011
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“There are writers, and there are fighters—readers are lucky that Tom Young is both.” — Alex Berenson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Fans of Clancy, Coonts, and Dale Brown need to add Young to their must reads lists.” — Booklist
“Young is an excellent storyteller, creating memorable characters with Hemingway-like understatement and precision.” — Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tom Young has logged nearly 4,000 hours as a flight engineer for the Air National Guard in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, and elsewhere, including Latin America, the Horn of Africa, and the Far East. Military honors include two Air Medals, three Aerial Achievement Medals, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He continues to serve with the Air National Guard as a Senior Master Sergeant.
He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and studied writing there and at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, among other places. He is also the author of the oral history The Speed of Heat: An Airlift Wing at War in Iraq and Afghanistan, and contributed to the anthology Operation Homecoming, edited by Andrew Carroll. Young lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Top Customer Reviews
"The story is as lean and mean as they come; it jumps from one disaster to another, leaving bodies and parts of bodies along the way."
Young's latest takes place approximately four years after the events of THE MULLAH'S STORM. We learn early on that Parson, though he left parts of himself in the Hindu Kush mountains, has obtained a medical waiver to go into pilot training and done what he needed to do to earn his wings. As SILENT ENEMY opens, Parson is about to leave Kabul, flying a giant, Vietnam-era C-5 Galaxy to Germany. His mission, though, is quickly changed when Islamic jihadists unleash a bomb attack on the Afghan National Police training center, resulting in a great number of casualties. The wounded are put aboard a number of nearby planes, including Parson's, for medical treatment in Germany.
Army translator Sophia Gold is among those to be transported. Gold, now a Sergeant Major, played an important role in THE MULLAH'S STORM with Parson, and the two shared a decoration ceremony in recognition of their brave and valiant actions under fire. But Gold and Parson barely have time to become reacquainted after departure when the crew receives some horrific news.Read more ›
Here in SILENT ENEMY, which again begins in Afghanistan, Gold, now an English language instructor of Afghan police personnel, sustains cracked ribs when the police HQ is Kabul is devastated by an explosion. Along with several severely injured Afghanis, she’s placed aboard a C-5 Globemaster, the U.S. military’s largest air transporter, for evacuation to a medical facility in Germany. The plane is piloted by Parson, who’s upgraded his skill set and job description since we first met.
Shortly after achieving level flight, the C-5 receives a cryptic radio message from ground control not to descend under any circumstances. They later learn that the Taliban has claimed that all aircraft leaving Bagram air base that day had bombs placed aboard. Parson and his crew are told that at least one other transport has gone down, presumably from a bomb activated by a barometric trigger.
A search of their own aircraft reveals a bomb secreted in the tail assembly with an apparent tilt-activated trigger attached externally (in addition to the presumed internal barometric trigger).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Second great action novel from Young! What was impressive with his first novel, Mullah's Storm, was the great writing in a plot that focused on a few characters in an isolated... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Keith C.
I have read all of his books and this is indeed the best. If you enjoy the "international thriller" genre, then I would highly recommend this novel.Published 12 months ago by Ejay
I love this author! He presents the very fine details of military life and how interactions work in the different branches! The Mullah story was even more exciting!Published 15 months ago by rose
This is another page-turner by Thomas Young. He knows how to write 21st century military suspense.Published 18 months ago by Lumberchip
Second book also rates five stars = had some of the same characters as the first book which is a plus for me. It was also full of action and very well written. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Harry T Cornwall