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A Cold War attack by Soviet helicopters on an Afghan village. A knife-edge CIA operation that goes wrong. And a vengeful mujahideen tribesman, armed with Stinger missiles. When CIA officer Joe Johnson is handed the tough task by his boss of capturing a Soviet helicopter and forging better contacts among the mujahideen, he unknowingly finds himself up against a sinister KGB rival who wants him dead. 

But after coming under fire, Johnson comes to suspect that his difficulties stem not just from the Soviets - but from a traitor on his own side. To extricate himself from the web of deceit in which he finds himself, Johnson comes to rely on a female colleague from Britain’s MI6, Jayne Robinson, to whom he grows unexpectedly close. 

As pressure mounts on Johnson from CIA headquarters at Langley and politicians in Washington, DC, the story reaches a climax during a life-or-death shootout in Jalalabad. The Afghan, set in 1988, is a thriller that forms a compelling prequel to the Joe Johnson series as a whole. It also creates the backdrop for Book Four in the series, Stalin’s Final Sting, set in Afghanistan, New York City, and Moscow in the present day. Meet Joe Johnson today and see how he uncovers dark secrets.

©2019 Andrew Turpin (P)2019 Andrew Turpin

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  • Allen a
  • 11-05-2020

More please

After listening to 'The Afghan' I was left wanting more. Lucky for me, it is a prequel to the Joe Johnston series and I am able to fulfill my wish. It is a completely believable story set in the turbulent time of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and the United States effort to push them out. It has the required intrigue, action and a little romance without getting sexually explicate. Please keep them coming Andrew.

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  • bookaholic536
  • 30-04-2020

Many loose ends to be tied up

This book, while well written and holding my attention, was somewhat unsatisfying. I presume because it was a prequel to the series and left many loose ends and unanswered questions. As I haven't read any other books in the series yet, I felt like the book was unfinished. Perhaps the book is more satisfying for readers who already have a knowledge of the characters and their history. Still, it did a good job getting me tempted to find out if any of those loose ends are ever tied up. I will probably continue tho the 1st book in the series to finally determine how I feel about the author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-04-2020

outstanding book

I always enjoy books about our history and especially when it comes to war. This book relayed allot of possible details that really work in the real world. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys anything to do with war and history.

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  • ND Roughrider
  • 27-07-2019

Great introduction to a great series!

I've already finished books 1 & 2 in the series and found this intro to the series to be highly enlightening to the rest of the series! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Graham R Williamson
  • 14-10-2020

Answers question

I found this to fill in missing spaces from the others of how he exactly. Ended up there.

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  • clive
  • 29-06-2020

An enjoyable listen

I did enjoy listening to the Afghan, and I would recommend listening, as it was an enjoyable listen.

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  • Neville Townsend
  • 08-05-2020

The Afghan

A good thriller based in the Afghan Russian war, twists and turn along the way listen to this you won't be disappointed

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  • Clair
  • 05-05-2020

A good listen

Interesting to hear the story of the beginning of the series. The book held my interest to the end. The reader was very good, with different voices for each character. Recommended listen

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  • John J Gorrie
  • 21-04-2020

A great series, highly recommended

I have enjoyed the series greatly, it is well written and fast paced. I love the way that all the books give a new take on aspects of history. If you are a fan of adventure/historical/thrillers, read or listen to all of the books. Can't wait for the next instalment.

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