This powerful, dark, and morally provocative debut novel
about a US Special Forces unit operating in Afghanistan reads like No Easy Day meets
It’s hot and getting hotter this summer in
Afghanipakiraqistan—the preferred name for the ambiguous stretch of the world
where the US Special Forces operate with little outside attention. Team leader
Dutch Shaw is missing his late grandmother. She was the last link he had to
civilian life, to any kind of world of innocence.
But there’s no time to mourn. After two helicopters in a
sister squadron are shot down, Shaw and his team know that they’re going to be
spun up and sent back in, deep into insurgent territory, where a mysterious new
organization called al-Ayeelaa has been attracting high-value targets from
across the region. As Shaw and his men fight their way closer to the source,
mission by mission, they begin to realize that their way may have been prepared
for them in advance—and not by a welcoming host.
The Knife is a
debut novel of intense authenticity by a former soldier in a Special Operations Command direct-action team. As scenes of horseshoes and
horseplay cut to dim Ambien-soaked trips in helicopters and beyond, Ritchell’s
story takes us deep beneath the testosterone-laced patter and into the lonelier,
more ambivalent world of military life in the Middle East. The result is a
fast-paced journey into darkness, a quintessential novel of the American wars
of the twenty-first century. Download and start listening now!