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A chilling examination of how far we will go to survive and the consequences of the choices we make.

In remote Pakistan, Nick Bright awaits his fate. A successful financial trader, Nick is kidnapped by an Islamic militant group, but with no one negotiating his release, he agrees to an unusual plan. He will earn his own ransom by helping his captors manipulate and master the world commodities and currency markets.

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  • “A tense, provocative thriller about the unholy nexus of international terrorism and big bucks.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Ahktar again turns hypersensitive subjects into thought-provoking and thoughtful drama.”


  • “The prime theme is pulsing and alive: when human lives become just one more commodity to be traded, blood eventually flows in the streets”

    Financial Times

  • “Whip-smart and twisty”

    Time out New York

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About the Author
Author Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar is an American-born, first generation Pakistani American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He holds degrees in theater from Brown University and in directing from the Graduate Film Program at Columbia University, where he won multiple awards for his work. He is the author of numerous screenplays and was star and cowriter of The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture—Drama.