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The Girl from Kandahar (Tales of MI7 Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

J.J. Ward
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"If you’re looking for a fast-paced, realistic political thriller, with a multi-perspective narrative, rich detail, and twists that will keep the reader guessing, look no further ... Too often, books can be rife with violence for violence sake, using it as shock and awe or with too few details to be sickeningly realistic. This book has none of those flaws, with violence so real, so cavalier on the part of the Afghan women and Taliban that it could be ripped from the headlines." The San Francisco Book Review

“Think through the suspense espionage thrillers that remain like phantoms in the brain and likely they will have been conceived by a British Isles author. Stepping as far back as the Sherlock Holmes style as presented by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and including the imagination of Ian Fleming's James Bond, we now add another master of the medium in J.J. Ward.” - Grady Harp, US Amazon Top 50 & Hall of Fame Reviewer and Amazon Vine Voice.

In Afghanistan, British secret servicewoman Marcie Brown, posing as the third wife of one of ISAF’s most trusted operatives, is killed in a drone strike.

Or at least, that’s what the official report states. Deep inside enemy territory, what remains of her body is deemed irrecoverable.

Seven thousand miles away, in Britain, her grieving husband, MI7 Officer Nicholas Fleming, joins a police investigation which stumbles onto an Islamist plot to bomb central London. Handed responsibility for the counter-terrorism initiative, he uncovers evidence that one of the bombers is his wife.

By degrees, the utterly unbelievable becomes plausible and, at last, undeniable. Questions such as what really happened to her become academic as love and duty are rendered incompatible. To save the lives of hundreds of innocent people, Fleming must order the destruction of the only woman he has ever loved.

To make matters worse, there is evidence that she is slowly recovering her memory …

The Girl From Kandahar is a love story played out on both sides of the War on Terror. Its detailed understanding of Pashtun culture and Islam is matched by a corresponding recognition of Western motives and concerns. Above all, it deals with the human side of the conflict: families split, loved ones lost, communities broken, distrust, hostility, grief.

Yet its prognosis is far from bleak. In the end, it may be that no ideology is as powerful as the simple truth that our best hope lies in each other.

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  • Print Length: 372 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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J.J Ward lives and works in southern England and has been married for 33 years. He has two grown-up boys and a dog called Arthur Perrins. His hobbies include identifying wild flowers, drinking rare teas in unusual locations, and reading.

His favourite contemporary writers are Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan, Jeffrey Eugenides and Magnus Mills, but in general he thinks the novel has been damaged by the hegemony of literary fiction. "On TV, we've got used to the idea of multifaceted genre narratives - The Killing, for example, or Spiral - but novel-writers are expected to save depth and complexity chiefly for Booker-friendly undertakings. The intricacy of The Corrections, Middlesex and 1Q84 - of theme, characterisation and plot - now needs importing into thrillers and romances."

J.J. Ward writes a regular blog on Goodreads. Posts include transcripts of recent author interviews with The Iowa Sketch, The Dorset Literary Walkman and The New York Village Standpipe.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 26 Oct 2014
By Lisa F
Format:Kindle Edition
A gripping page turner that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let up until the last. Intrigue, espionage and characters that are well- drawn and believable.

It tackles current issues head-on with a plot that has so many twists and turns that you'll want to read it again. Just remember to make time to eat and sleep while you're reading this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spot-On Thriller - Across the Board! 7 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was definitely one of my favorite spy/government/thriller novels that I've read in recent years. It wasn't packed with common cliches and normal spy thriller plot lines, which is possibly due to its very real and relevant story that could honestly affect any of the tens of thousands of people who actively work in the War on Terror. It was a very raw take on human struggle, and ideological differences, the like of which you rarely see in modern fiction. It was brutal and unafraid, showing that the author either has an intimate understanding of human struggle, potentially in a military way, or at least has connected with someone in the past who has clued him in to the visceral horrors of conflict.

More than the action of the story itself, I really enjoyed the characters, particularly what they offered to the reader in terms of excitement, unpredictability, and attitude. I truly appreciate the focus on character development, because too often, this genre is somewhat hackneyed, and the characters always seem slightly the same. With The Girl from Kandahar, I feel that Ward spends an appropriate amount of time getting the readers invested in the story, rather than simply attracting them with pure action or drama. I read one of Ward's other books, and I remembered how much importance he put on the quality and realism of his characters; he has carried that on into this book as well, which made a number of the plot twists and events even more believable, simply because I already believed in the characters. It takes a very talented writer to swiftly progress a novel in an interesting way, while still maintaining that loyalty to solid and full-bodied characters, but Ward manages to do it! The book may be tragic at times, but it is gripping nonetheless! A Great Read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A New Approach to Terror 7 Dec 2013
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Tackling a subject like the War on Terror has become a popular area of literature in recent years, as it seems to be everywhere that we look in the media. Numerous wars, constant terror threats, and national tragedies have made this a point of both interest and pain for people around the world, but unless we are directly connected to it either personally or professionally, we only see one side of the story. Ward takes readers into the dark heart of this global issue and puts a personal spin on it. The tragedy of losing a loved one is balanced with a terrible secret that threatens to undo the grieving process and even the memory that remains of that person. Marcie Brown is a tragic figure, caught up in a world she understands but is no longer in control of. Her husband must fight to choose betwee his duty with the remnants of his personal life. Not wanting to give away any spoilers, but the twists and turns in this books will keep you reading it from start to finish.

This is the second Ward novel (Tales of MI7) that I have read, and once again, he delivers in a staggeringly complex and well thought out novel. This might be one of the most real and visceral accounts of the War on Terror that has come out in recent years, mainly because it only gives as much in-depth info as is necessary for readers to feel "in the loop", without boring them with too much jargon, military theory, scientific terms, or geography. That might sound dismissive, or as though I don't care about the details, but with the constant influx of information from popular media on the same subject, this books represented a refreshing look at a terrible aspect of the global community that I felt more connected to.
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Think through the suspense espionage thrillers that remain like phantoms in the brain and likely they will have been conceived by a British Isles author. Stepping as far back as the Sherlock Holmes style as presented by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and including the imagination of Ian Fleming's James Bond, we now add another master of the medium in J.J. Ward. Ward writes romantic fiction, espionage thrillers, philosophy and poetry. According to a brief bio, `he believes that commercial genres have warped people's thinking about fiction generally. "I think they exist so readers can be easily manipulated and milked, and they also - in some of their forms - perpetuate sexism. Any good story has elements of most, if not all, genres." He hopes men & women will read, and enjoy, what he has written in equal numbers. He lives in Sussex and is a secondary school teacher by profession, and runs the school Amnesty International club.' And as this prolific writer has stated, `I want to make romance attractive to men, and guns-`n-muscles attractive to women. And get us all talking to each other again. About books ... and life. `

A too long introduction perhaps, but when reviewing spy novels it is better to let the reader know whether or not the suspense is warranted and in the case of TALES OF THE Mi7: THE GIRL FROM KANDAHAR it is. For those who may have forgotten, MI7, the British Military Intelligence Section 7 (now defunct), was a department of the British Directorate of Military Intelligence. Part of the War Office, MI7 was set up to work in the fields of propaganda and censorship. Using this platform the story involves a British secret servicewoman in Afghanistan who is caught in a drone attack and suffers memory loss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Intense Read
I was very apprehensive about reading this book, when I learnt it was an espionage thriller. In the event I found this book very intriguing and learnt a considerable amount about... Read more
Published 27 days ago by H. Y. Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted
The level of espionage in this novel is very complicated while compounded by family and tribal rivalries. The horrible treatment of women is so vivid and draws your emotions. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Michelle Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of plot twists and well fleshed out characters
Marcie Brown dies in Afghanistan in a drone attack while working undercover for the British secret service agency. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John F
4.0 out of 5 stars A spy drama with a difference
A spy drama with a difference is how I’d describe The Girl from Kandahar. While the book has all the elements that make for an interesting espionage novel, it is also peppered with... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wandering M
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
I have not read the first book but I surely did enjoy the second one. That means you don't necessarily need to read the first one to be able to enjoy this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rafase282
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Hitter
The description of the book is accurate, so instead I'll explain why I give it four stars. The threading of details is great. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Aprilrain
4.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the tin
A suspense filled action-spy novel Tales of MI7: The Girl From Kandahar is far from my usual choice of leisure reading; however the first few pages of this particular book had me... Read more
Published 12 months ago by AlyseGarner
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