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Silent Enemy (Michael Parson & Sophia Gold #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  491 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
Four years after the events of The Mullah's Storm ("an irresistible adventure story"-USA Today), jihadists strike the Afghan National Police training center in Kabul, killing many and wounding others, including Sergeant Major Sophia Gold. The injured are hurriedly loaded onto a C-5 Galaxy bound for Germany, but once airborne, the commander, Major Michael Parson, receives a ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Putnam Adult
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Brian Rueger
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lee Martin
Outstanding story. Aviation and suspense always make a "edge-of-you-seat" story!
Roger Smitter
Tom Young gives tech and military commend-driven novel. The crew of a very large transport plane is taking wounded American and Middle - Eastern fighters to the US for hospital treatment. The enemy has somehow placed a bomb on the jet, configured to go off when the plane gets below a certain altitude.

Young gives us a minute-to-minute of what the air crew and the some of the wounded are doing. There's a lots of airplane tech stuff. In fact, the the tech dialogue overwhelms the development of huma
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Gripping fictional story that while I am not sure has ever happened, is close enough to real life to read like a journal entry of the worst day of someone's life.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second time with this book. Enjoyed it as much the second time around. The writer is the real deal.
Jon C. Hooper
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A day + in a plane

Talk about over coming problem after problem these people overcame most of the obstacles to survive this flight even though few were in one piece
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mwsa-bookstore
Don't bother to set your alarm clock… you'll still be reading this book when it goes off in the morning!

Thomas W. Young's "Silent Enemy" is a real page turner. After a terrorist bombing leads to a mass casualty event, the US military hastily arranges a medevac flight from Afghanistan to Germany, where patients—both American and Afghan—can receive the medical attention they so desperately need. By chance this flight (in a specially-configured C-5 Galaxy cargo jet) reunites the two main characters
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Silent Enemy begins with a bang, literally. The Afghan National Police training center is attacked with a bomb. The survivors, many of them injured, are evacuated by transport planes. Once the planes are airborne, it is discovered that bombs have also been placed aboard several of the planes.

The story is told from alternating viewpoints through the eyes of the pilot, Major Michael Parson, and one of the teachers from the school, Sergeant Major Sophia Gold. The plane can’t descend without trigger
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
By the author of MULLAH's STORM and continues with the characters, Major Parson and Sergeant Gold. SILENT ENEMY pretty much takes place entirely in the air, as in a Military Plane, a C-5 transport trying to exit Kabul, Afghanistan on its way to Germany. After a ferocious attack on a Police Training Center in Kabul, wounded military and locals are put on board this air bus to get them to safety in Germany. They are no sooner in the air then word is given them that bombs have been placed on many o ...more
Paul Pessolano
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
“Silent Enemy” by Thomas W. Young, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

In “Silent Enemy”, Thomas W. Young, brings back Sergeant Major Sophia Gold and Major Michael Parson from his first book, “The Mullah’s Storm”.

Murphy’s Law, if anything can go wrong it will go wrong, is very evident in “Silent Enemy”.

Parson is the pilot of a C-5 Galaxy and is forced into service as a medi-evac plane when a bomb explodes in a Police Training Center in Kabul. Among the many injured is Gol
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Silent Enemy is the story of Major Parson and Sergeant Gold. We were first introduced to these two characters in Young's previous book The Mullah's Storm. I am not familiar with that book yet I still found Silent Enemy easy to follow.

Major Parson is pilot in the Air-force and Sergeant Gold is from the Army working as a teacher in Afghanistan to help train those who want to become police and make Afghanistan a better place. Her school/police office is bombed and students and staff are injured. Go
Ronald Roseborough
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a fitting tribute to the men and woman of our armed services, who face danger throughout the world in an effort to bring peace and stability to people here and abroad. Told from the viewpoint of one who knows. No this isn't the first book about a bomb on an airplane. The uniqueness lies in the fact that the aircraft is a U.S. military aircraft. Terrorist bombs have supposedly been placed on this and other aircraft while they were at a secure base in Afghanistan. If you can get past ...more
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A high-octaine thriller that will keep you reading late into the night!

A terrorist bomb explodes outside an Afghani police training center, leaving many killed and many more injured. Sophia Gold, teaching the Afghanis English at the training center, finds herself face to face once more with Mike Parson as he and his crew are to fly the wounded out of Afghanistan and to Germany for medical services. Once airborne, however, Parson receives news no pilot wants to get -- terrorists have outfitted hi
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, mystery
#2 in the Michael Parson & Sophia Gold series. This novel occurs 4 years after the events in The Mullah's Storm (2010) for which they both were awarded the Silver Star. Now the unlikely pair run across each other again when Parson's flight is changed to a medical evacuation from Kabul to Germany and Gold is along as a translator for the wounded Afghani police trainees. Whith all the action taking place as a series of emergencies on the aircraft, Gold necessarily takes a secondary role, altho ...more
Jonathan Tomes
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
This follows the novel The Mullah's Storm. The same characters—a pilot and a female master sergeant that had escaped from the Taliban after the military aircraft that he was flying was shot down—find themselves on another flight, this one transporting the wounded from a bombing in Afghanistan to a military hospital in Germany. The bombing was part of a plot to place bombs on the medical evacuation aircraft, and they learn that there is a bomb on board set to go off if they descend below a certai ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Military aircraft disasters
USAF C-5 Departs Bagram with Barometric-trigger bomb. Parsons and his crew are about to make a routine departure from Bagram when a MEDEVAC emergency follows the Taliban bombing a police academy. Included in the EVAC group is Sophia Gold, an Army SGT MAJ that Parsons has had previous experience with following the shoot down of his C-130 previously. This FLT 84 is one of several USAF planes departing Bagram that day carrying stowed altitude bombs, the first three of which explode in descending pa ...more
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is Thomas Young's second book. My wife, Sally and I listened to this book on CD's on our trip to St. George and back. Thomas is a very good new author. After listening to this book I read his first novel. He has one major flaw in his writing: He has not learned to really bring his story to a final conclusion. By that I mean he leaves the reader hanging and in the case of book one to book two, he doesn't fill in the gaps. I expected to learn in book two, Silent Enemy, how the "hero" got out ...more
Mike Tueros
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is probably deserving of 3.5 stars, but not quite good enough for the full 4. Silent Enemy reads like the movie Speed, however with everything happening on a plane. A bomb has detonated in the Middle East, with many of the wounded and surviving requiring medical treatment at a nearby air base, and requiring air transport to get there. Captain Parson and his team crew the designated aircraft, and take on some 50 wounded and medical personnel for the trip. Once in the air, it becomes kno ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing story! When I find a series I like (and the first book of this series was decent) I usually do not read the description of future books in the series as I like being surprised. Well I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I love predicament/survival stories. I love finding out what is going to go wrong and how the characters are going to get out of the predicament. This is a perfect example of that type of story. It had me on the edge of my seat for the majority of the book ...more
John Evans
Aug 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Fairly authoritative sounding writing on airforce procedures and C5 Galaxy. However the main character, Parsons, a battle hardened captain, should be court marshaled for stupidity like not wearing available clothing when going into tail section at 34,000 feet and for staying too long without oxygen. Then he flies straight into a hellish thunderstorm in a damaged aircraft when he could have gone around it or climbed over it. And a lot is made of an Afghan suggesting they photograph bomb to get he ...more
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, first-reads
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway a few months ago. I just never got around to reading it until now...

This book is not the typical genre I would choose, but I did get through it. During a bit of the story, I actually had to force myself to read it. I'm sure it was more interesting (to others) than I thought it was, but as I said, not a genre I typically enjoy.

There was lots of action...the book actually began with a bomb. Some of those injured were evacuated via an aircraft, heading for Ge
Cynthia K
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won-in-giveaway
This was a great suspense novel told from the alternating perspectives of an Air Force pilot and an Army interpreter. Any readers like myself who missed "The Mullah's Storm" which introduced these characters will probably not end up going back to read the first book since so much is revealed in this sequel. However, "Silent Enemy" can stand alone.
En route from Kabul to Germany while transporting those wounded by a bombing at a training center, our lead characters learn that the terrorists also p
Pascal Marco
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thomas Young's SILENT ENEMY is so engrossing, so well crafted, that as a new author myself I learned so much about how to keep a story moving forward on a break-neck, unflinching, edge of your seat pace. His knowledge of his environment, a military aircraft flying out of an Afghan airbase with wounded personnel on board, is beyond reproach. Not knowing a thing about military planes like these, I found it totally engrossing as he made the most routine cockpit moves seem like intricate moves on a ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The writing and style were on par with other established writers in the genre (Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy). There were some technical terms that maybe lent credibility, but I found them sort of cumbersome. As far as the story, it seemed that literally every possible thing that could go wrong did, which kept things exciting, but also became exhausting at times. The romantic element could use a little work (but then, I have been called "sappy" and should perhaps seek to satisfy these "girly" litera ...more
Norma Christensen
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't have many books here in Brazil and for some reason, holding a book is funner than holding my I pad! I know, I might as well get over it!
I have never seen so many things go wrong with an airplane and I was so glad when the darn thing landed. I think maybe I would have like his first book, Mullah's Storm better. I didn't like the fact that the whole book took place on the airplane and didn't give enough background on the characters, or even add any romance to it. I just couldn't wait unti
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Yowzer! A great read in the tradition of military thrillers. A military plane loaded with wounded is also carrying a bomb that will detonate below a certain altitude. Add terrorist attacks, lightning strikes, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions and you have non-stop action. It has a Clancy techno aspect because it does take place in a confined space but the traditional crew ritual keeps you informed without boring catchup narration. The characters are well-drawn so the reader doesn't have to thin ...more
Sandy Neal
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Chris Brand and Michael Lingenfelter
This book is nonstop action from the very beginning. This is a well-written, riveting story. With descriptions such as "It did not so much as fly as wallow through the air" on page 57 of the proof, the reader really gets a feel for what it might be like to be on this plane, in this crisis situation. Now, I have to read this author's first novel with the characters of Parson and Gold.

One suggestion would be ti sgare a list of acronyms and their definitions at the end of the book for those of us
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-east
I loved this book! A real page-turner! Maj Parson is a USAF pilot of a C-5. Sergeant Major Gold is an Army interpreter in Afghanistan. The training facility she is working in is bombed and many Americans and Afghans are injured. The C-5 is reconfigured as a flying hospital. As they are enroute to Germany they are notified that terrorists have planted bombs on-board several US military aircraft that were at the location they just left. The bomb will detonate when they try to land. Now the crew en ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
USAF Major Michael Parsons and Army Sergeant Major Sophia Gold return in a second thrilling novel by Tom Young. After a terrorist truck bomb explodes at an Afghan police academy, Sergeant Major Gold os escorting some of the wounded Afghans aboard Major Parsons C-5 aircraft in a last minute medi-vac flight. While in the air, they learn that a bomb is aboard and several other aircraft from the base have exploded as they attempted to land. The flight is divert to differnt locations with the final o ...more
Jason Lewis
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-won
An excellent nonstop thriller that keeps you guessing as to what the characters are going to experience next. He introduces new twists and turns that come unexpectedly as you go through each chapter creating situations that can only be solved through enduring last second decisions.
The characters give off a variety of personalities that Young has allowed to flow and bounce off each other in every step through the process of solving the emergency at hand. Makes me want to find the prequel to under
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is one of the few novels I could not complete. I got about halfway through and found it much too distracting to keep all of the military abbreviations in proper prospective. (Having served in the US Air Force I recognize the futility of dealing with military jargon). It was reminiscent of my school days history classes centering on the New Deal and the many agencies established by the government (of course, using abbreviations. Endless boredom!) The premise/plot was interesting but not near ...more
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