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By Matthew Palmer

An NPR most sensible publication of the Year

From a veteran insider with over 20 years’ event within the U.S. overseas carrier comes a taut, insightful mystery of world intrigue and behind-the-scenes overseas politics.

Sam Trainor’s occupation of in a foreign country paintings coupled with a penchant for being outspoken has left him at the open air of the aggressive Washington establishment.  previously the pinnacle South Asia professional within the nation Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and examine, Trainor has moved to the non-public region, operating as an analyst for the consulting enterprise Argus Systems.

But Sam quickly discovers that for all their similarities, the govt and their employed contractors have greatly diverse explanations. As he struggles to regulate to a extra company, profit-driven model of the paintings that have been his existence, he stumbles throughout an intelligence anomaly—the transcript of a cellphone dialog concerning the quickest how one can upend the fragile political stability retaining India and Pakistan from all-out battle. but Sam is familiar with that dialog can’t have occurred—because he's having an affair with one of many alleged participants.

As he digs into the resource of this incorrect information, he realizes that extra is at stake than simply undesirable intel. an individual is intentionally twisting the intelligence to stoke the simmering clash among India and Pakistan, nuclear-armed competitors that experience already fought a number of wars. And Sam’s new company will be as much as its neck in it.

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To do that, they have to educate you approximately explosives. ” “And the place did you practice those abilities within the carrier of the military of infidels? ” “In Afghanistan. ” “And what did you study there? ” “I discovered easy methods to hate, Janab. ” In his mind’s eye, Khan may perhaps see the our bodies and the items of our bodies on the marriage ceremony get together in Herat, the bride and groom and ratings of visitors blown aside through the robust bomb. He may scent the stench of burned flesh and singed hair. He may suppose anew the anger that flowed so freely via his veins, the resource of his commitment to the undertaking. His name to jihad. “And so now you've joined the military of the righteous? ” Masood requested. “Yes. ” They ate in silence for your time as Masood looked to be weighing what Khan had stated. “Your identify is auspicious,” the HeM chief provided, after possibly ten mins of contemplation. This used to be a little cryptic and Khan was once uncertain that he had understood appropriately. “Khan? How so? ” “Kamran Khan. you've got 3 vowels on your identify, all ‘a’s. The numerical values of the consonants overall nineteen in response to the method that i lately constructed at the foundation of printed wisdom. it's the similar because the numerical price for the note wahid, that's Arabic for one and consultant of the oneness of God. The notice wahid is used to explain Allah within the Quran precisely nineteen instances. ” Khan nodded at this as if he understood what Masood was once announcing. truthfully, he had no proposal. “The sum of the digits within the quantity nineteen is ten as there are ten digits in Kamran Khan and the sum of these digits—one and zero—is one, finishing the circle. The Quran itself elevates the quantity nineteen. Sura seventy four. 30 explains that ‘over it are nineteen. And we now have set none yet angels because the guardians of the hellfire. ’ God has ninety-nine names, yet he himself is one and loves ordinary numbers. There are markers within the actual global in addition. The ecliptic cycle of the earth and moon is precisely nineteen years. The notice 12 months happens seven occasions within the Quran and the notice years twelve. jointly they seem to be a ideal nineteen. ” It used to be now transparent to Khan what Masood used to be announcing and why. He used to be a mystic. Numerology used to be a car for the direct event of the divine. This was once Sufi stuff . . . and it used to be harmful. It used to be a trust method that Salafist fundamentalists reminiscent of the Taliban might have thought of heretical. And there has been just one applicable punishment for heretics. The Hand of the Prophet, besides the fact that, used to be much less dogmatic. Masood wasn’t comprehensive. “Nineteen is a rare quantity. it's matched basically by way of the Basmala. actually, 786 is the main sublimely appealing of numbers. i've got written many books and scholarly articles, yet I by no means write the identify of God. The quantity 786 preserves the purity of our prayers. ” This reference Khan understood. The Basmala used to be one of those shorthand for some of the most universal and but such a lot sacred words in Islam: Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim. within the identify of God, the main gracious, the main merciful. It used to be the 1st verse of the 1st sura within the Quran.

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