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Goat Game: Thirteen Tales from the Afghan Frontier

Wickliffe W. Walker

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ISBN 10: 1479320471 / ISBN 13: 9781479320479
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Goat Game: Thirteen Tales from the Afghan ...

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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No one knows both sides of the Pak-Afghan Frontier as [Wick] does. He has climbed the mountains, run the rivers, and sipped tea in countless tribal councils. In these thirteen tales, he offers readers a boots-on-the-ground feel for life and operations in this topographically and culturally rugged region....The small villages, the dusty streets, the smell of smoky wood fires, the pace and cadence of conversations--this is the way it was.
--from the foreword by Gary C. Schroen, leader of the first joint CIA/military team in Afghanistan following 9/11

Goat Game presents the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan with originality and unmistakable authenticity. Thirteen interrelated stories capture slices of life--and of death--across two decades in that turbulent and little-understood region as al-Qa'ida evolves and reveals itself to America and the world. Each story has a specific purpose and role in the book, and together they form a unique and engaging narrative. Those unsung few Special Operations soldiers and intelligence officers who have served at the very point of the spear in Southwest Asia may find here eerie reflections of their own experiences. General readers with an interest in international affairs will find Goat Game a riveting, beyond-the-headlines depiction of that enigmatic theater of war. With vivid description, engaging dialogue, and reverence for the storied history of the region, author "Wick" Walker distills in these stories a sense of the exotic landscape--from the crowded bazaars of Rawalpindi and Peshawar to the heights of the Hindu Kush . He populates the stories with memorable characters: protagonist Bailey, an American Special Forces officer; his friend, a powerful and canny Pakistani commando officer; a wise and self-effacing Afghan interpreter; a ruthless al Qa'ida propagandist and his Somali bodyguard; and others. Goat Game explores territory untouched by conventional journalism and war memoirs.

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     At first a barely perceptible throbbing from the north, the huge, lumbering form of the aircraft seemed to suddenly materialize overhead, a roaring black outline against the curtain of stars in the Afghan night, surrounded by a sparkling halo where flinty sand flew up into the thrashing rotor. Colonel Bailey spun and hunched his shoulders as the gritty blast washed over him. When the roar of the engine reduced to an idle, he turned and stumbled clumsily across the dark, rubble-strewn landing zone to clamber aboard.
     A moon-bright cascade of icy rock and snowfields plunged earthward, framed by the open helicopter door, seeming almost to brush the muzzle of the protruding machine gun. Inside the darkened aircraft, the gunner was a barely visible silhouette, backlit by the pale glow of instrument lights.
             --From This Troublesome Priest

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