powerful, dark, and morally provocative debut novel about a U.S.
Special Forces unit operating in the Middle East, written by a former
No Easy Day meets Redeployment…
It’s hot and getting hotter this
summer in Afghanipakiraqistan—the preferred name for the ambiguous
stretch of the world where the U.S. 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 United States 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
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.