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The River Panj, a thriller by National Geographic author David Raterman

Imagine being an emergency relief worker in Afghanistan on
9/11 and getting a phone call that America was attacked. And that your fiancée
and colleague were kidnapped.

 

“There’s a new voice in the world of thriller writers …
David Raterman knows his stuff, because he’s walked the dusty roads of Central
Asia and he’s looked al-Qaida mujahedeen in the eyes and lived to tell about
it. Raterman is the real deal. Just read the first few pages of The River Panj
and you’ll discover an exciting new writer.”

- David Hagberg, best-selling thriller novelist and
three-time Edgar nominee.

 

America needs a hero in Afghanistan. At the beginning of the
war, our mission was clear-cut. And that's how it remains in The River Panj, a
political thriller featuring ex-Notre Dame football star Derek Braun.

 

On September 11, 2001, Derek is doing relief work in
war-torn Afghanistan when his fiancée and elderly colleague are kidnapped along
the border with ex-Soviet Tajikistan, which is struggling out of its own civil
war. With no one to help, he goes in search. On this dangerous journey, he
faces Islamic terrorists, heroin smugglers, corrupt Russian soldiers, Iranian
spies and helpless CIA agents, witnessing an assortment of terrible acts that
culminate in his own kidnapping.

 

Meanwhile terrorists begin using bodies of released hostages
to export dirty bomb material to the United States. Osama bin Laden wants to
acquire cesium-137 powder from the Soviet nuclear plant still operating in
Tajikistan for the world’s first suicide dirty bomb. But is al-Qaeda involved
in the plot targeting the Sears Tower in Chicago? Or another terrorist group?

 

Derek Braun finds out. But can he escape with his loved ones
and alert authorities in time?

 

The River Panj explores two vastly different worlds:
emergency relief workers who sacrifice their peace of mind and sometimes their
lives to offer assistance to the citizens of dangerous regions of the world,
and the murderous terrorists who operate in their midst.

----

David Raterman has written books for National Geographic and
Knopf/Random House and is a features correspondent for the South Florida Sun
Sentinel. He worked two years for CARE in ex-Soviet Tajikistan and seven months
for a clinic that made artificial limbs for soldiers and war victims in
Armenia. "The River Panj" is his debut novel.

 

After studying at Ohio University's Scripps School of
Journalism, Raterman backpacked around much of the world for seven years,
working odd jobs to support himself. He speaks Russian fluently.

 

Raterman lived in Chicago until he was nine and then grew up
in Cincinnati, where most of his family and friends remain. He married a
Russian TV writer and they live in Fort Lauderdale with their twin daughters.
He is a member of The International Thriller Writers.

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Re: The River Panj, a thriller by National Geographic author David Raterman


DavidRaterman wrote:

Imagine being an emergency relief worker in Afghanistan on
9/11 and getting a phone call that America was attacked. And that your fiancée
and colleague were kidnapped.

 

“There’s a new voice in the world of thriller writers …
David Raterman knows his stuff, because he’s walked the dusty roads of Central
Asia and he’s looked al-Qaida mujahedeen in the eyes and lived to tell about
it. Raterman is the real deal. Just read the first few pages of The River Panj
and you’ll discover an exciting new writer.”

- David Hagberg, best-selling thriller novelist and
three-time Edgar nominee.

 

America needs a hero in Afghanistan. At the beginning of the
war, our mission was clear-cut. And that's how it remains in The River Panj, a
political thriller featuring ex-Notre Dame football star Derek Braun.

 

On September 11, 2001, Derek is doing relief work in
war-torn Afghanistan when his fiancée and elderly colleague are kidnapped along
the border with ex-Soviet Tajikistan, which is struggling out of its own civil
war. With no one to help, he goes in search. On this dangerous journey, he
faces Islamic terrorists, heroin smugglers, corrupt Russian soldiers, Iranian
spies and helpless CIA agents, witnessing an assortment of terrible acts that
culminate in his own kidnapping.

 

Meanwhile terrorists begin using bodies of released hostages
to export dirty bomb material to the United States. Osama bin Laden wants to
acquire cesium-137 powder from the Soviet nuclear plant still operating in
Tajikistan for the world’s first suicide dirty bomb. But is al-Qaeda involved
in the plot targeting the Sears Tower in Chicago? Or another terrorist group?

 

Derek Braun finds out. But can he escape with his loved ones
and alert authorities in time?

 

The River Panj explores two vastly different worlds:
emergency relief workers who sacrifice their peace of mind and sometimes their
lives to offer assistance to the citizens of dangerous regions of the world,
and the murderous terrorists who operate in their midst.

----

David Raterman has written books for National Geographic and
Knopf/Random House and is a features correspondent for the South Florida Sun
Sentinel. He worked two years for CARE in ex-Soviet Tajikistan and seven months
for a clinic that made artificial limbs for soldiers and war victims in
Armenia. "The River Panj" is his debut novel.

 

After studying at Ohio University's Scripps School of
Journalism, Raterman backpacked around much of the world for seven years,
working odd jobs to support himself. He speaks Russian fluently.

 

Raterman lived in Chicago until he was nine and then grew up
in Cincinnati, where most of his family and friends remain. He married a
Russian TV writer and they live in Fort Lauderdale with their twin daughters.
He is a member of The International Thriller Writers.


Hi David - Thanks for joining us! Here's a link to your book:

 

The River Panj