The Sentimental Terrorist by Mr Rajesh Talwar
A Novel of Afghanistan

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An Afghan jihadi. A Bangladeshi aid worker. A British security consultant. How their lives are about to affect each other. * ‘In a few seconds they will pull the door open and we will both be dead.’ These are the panic-stricken thoughts of Amala, the Bangladeshi aid worker. Hidden inside a linen-closet with another woman she hears the voices of two Taliban fighters outside. The guesthouse in which she lives came under terrorist attack a short while earlier. One of the men sniggers to the other that there seem to be ‘something bigger than rats inside’. As the seconds tick away, James Stewart, the British consultant, is racing against time to save the woman he loves. Standing outside the closet where the two women are hiding is Mohsin Khan, our sentimental terrorist. Mohsin, who worked for a charity and was peace-loving not long ago, is now fighting with the Taliban. What has turned him into a ruthless jihadi? This short novel will take you inside his mind and his world. A warzone veteran, Rajesh Talwar who has worked in numerous hot spots around the world takes a close and intimate look at love, loss and longing in the time of war.

About Mr Rajesh Talwar

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War-zone veteran, UN staff member and writer Rajesh Talwar has authored more than a dozen books. This is his second novel based in Afghanistan, in which he has fictionalised a personal trauma. At present he lives and works in a tropical island not far from Australia. You can find out more about him at and .
Published August 1, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Talwar’s novel set in modern-day Afghanistan takes a volatile topic—a jihadist preparing to attack a guesthouse in Kabul—and explores the characters involved with empathy and insight.

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“Now I see Nine/Elevens being inflicted on my own country,” laments Mohsin Khan, the educated, thoughtful Afghan protagonist for whom Rajesh Talwar named his magnificent and powerful thriller, The Sentimental Terrorist.

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