By Mohammed Hanif
A primary novel of the 1st order—provocative, exuberant, wickedly clever—that reimagines the conspiracies and coincidences resulting in the mysterious 1988 aircraft crash that killed Pakistan’s dictator common Zia ul-Haq.
At the heart is Ali Shigri: Pakistan Air strength pilot and Silent Drill Commander of Fury Squadron. His father, one among Zia’s colonels, dedicated suicide below suspicious conditions. Ali is decided to appreciate what or who driven his father to such desperation—and to avenge his death.
What he fast discovers is a snarl of occasions: american citizens in Pakistan, Soviets in Afghanistan, money in each hand. yet Ali continues to be sufferer, decided, a slightly world-weary (“You wish freedom they usually offer you poultry korma”), and unsurprised at discovering Zia at each flip. He mounts an complex plot for revenge with an ever-changing group (willing and never) that comes with his silk-underwear-and-cologne-wearing roommate; a hash-smoking American lieutenant with questionable factors; the executive of Pakistan’s mystery police, who mistakenly believes he’s in cahoots with the CIA; a blind lady imprisoned for fornication; Uncle Starchy, the squadron’s laundryman; and, now not least of all, a mango-besotted crow. normal Zia—devout Muslim and leering admirer of non-Muslim cleavage—begins on a daily basis via asking his leader of safeguard: “Who’s attempting to kill me?” and the reply lies in a conspiracy attempting its damnedest to occur . . .
Intrigue and subterfuge mix with misstep and success during this darkly comedian e-book approximately love, betrayal, tyranny, family—and a global that without warning resembles our personal.
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The Hercules was the one they had used before, painted totally black with no insignia, armed and equipped specifically for covert night flights over hostile territory. Murdock patted the side of the big plane. He knew it was the most versatile and widely used military transport in the post-World War II era. The four big turboprop engines growled away outside. He'd heard that a C-130 had even been flown off a Navy carrier without the use of a catapult or arresting wires. The plane had a 133-foot wingspan, which made Murdock wonder how they did it.
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A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif