An elite platoon of Special Forces soldiers infiltrates aforbidding Afghan war zone on horseback in search of vast treasure in thislyrical, thrilling blend of military fiction and Western.
When Corporal Elijah Russell’s superb horsemanship isrevealed during a firefight in northern Iraq, the young Army Ranger is assignedto an elite Special Forces unit preparing to stage a secret mission in easternAfghanistan. Elijah’s task is to train the Green Berets—fiercely loyal to theirenigmatic commander, Captain Wynne—to ride the horses they will use to executethis mission through treacherous mountain terrain. But as the team pressesfarther into enemy territory, the nature of their operation only becomes moremysterious, and Wynne’s charismatic power takes on a darker cast. Ultimately,Elijah finds himself forced to make a choice: on one side, his best friend andhis most deeply held beliefs; on the other, a commanding officer driven by amessianic zeal for his mission.
Based on the author’s extensive interviews with GreenBerets, Army Rangers, and other veterans, this taut page-turner brilliantlyfuses the war novel and the Western into a compellingly original tale.
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