The Mullah's Storm
An extraordinary debut novel about courage and survival in Afghanistan, written as only a man who has "been there and done that" could tell it.
"When you write fiction, your best work may come from what scares you the most," writes airman Thomas W. Young. "When I first flew to Afghanistan, what scared me the most wasn't the thought of getting shot down and killed. It was t...more
Parson survives the crash, although with a broken wrist. The p...more
Maj. Michael Parson & Master Sgt Sophia Gold series - A transport pla...more
The C-130 is hit by a missle and crash lands. The Mullah, Sergeant Gols, and navigator, Michael Parson, in trying to complete their mission, set out on foot. The conditions continue to worsen as night falls upon them. It is bitterly cold, windy, and s...more
The characters were un...more
The main character - Michael Parson - felt realistic in a competent but definitely not always likeable way. His female army interpreter companion was well written, and highly competent in her own way, but somehow still didn't *quite* work for me, although I couldn't tell you why.
Perhaps part of my issue with the book was the plot, whi...more
The military lingo was right on. You knew you were reading a book by a person who had spent years in the military. You didn't have to spend a lot of time saying things like "they wouldn't do that!" That was a huge plus.
The hero was not a spec ops guy who knew everything and could do it all with his hands ties behind his...more
I got this book by way of the goodreads giveaway first reads thing (awesome!) and so, of course, i had to read it. It was free, how could i not? At first glance, not really my kind of book. It’s about a pilot who gets shot down in Afghanistan and has to get out with the only other survivors. Sargent Gold (a chick, yay!) the translator, and a mullah (Islamic spiritual leader, old, completely hateable) who's a prisoner and the reason the plane got shot down in the first place. It’s set in...more
I usually don’t go for war stories, but I had a feeling that this would be different and it was. Young has done an excellent job of explaining what it feels like during a war. As the parent of a USAF pilot, it was wrenchingly poignant to read about events that might occur during her career.
Characterizations are always important to me in novels and Young has written all of his cha...more
This was the 1st of 3 novels so far about our military and what the men & women who sacifice each day for what? Renagades was the 3rd novel of his that I read first. Now I am reading the first two. You should read them in order Mullah's Storm, Silent Enemy and then Renegades.
It gives me hope that we h...more
Did I mention that it’s set behind enemy lines in current Afghanistan and that the good guys include...more
The action was relentless from beginning to end. And speaking of the end, I liked how Young finished this book although I would understand if some readers would be disappointed.
No political preaching, real characters, bad guys to hate-oh, did I mention the action?
Young has taken his real world experience and put it...more
This novel was gripping and graphic. Some scenes were hard to read...more
WHY: A transport plane carrying an elderly mullah is shot down shortly after taking off from Bagram, Afghanistan. Navigator Michael Parson and Army translator Sergeant Gold continue the mission to get him to interrogation. Facing a hostile winter environment, they work against horrible weather and the enemy to do so. Setting is very well done, but characterization is weak and the book ends abruptly. Despite tha...more
The descriptions of the terrain in Afghanistan were amazing. I could imagine the mountains and the ruggedness just by the way it was described. I found the descriptions in the book to be very lifelike.
The story was great. I thought that the w...more
The story in a nutshell-- an American pilot-navigator and his crew are shot down in Afghanista...more