THE LONG DAY'S DYING

by David Blackman

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THE LONG DAY'S DYING

by David Blackman

It is 2006 and Corporal Ash and three other Australian SAS soldiers are trapped inside an Afghan village. The rest of their team has just been killed by an IED. Their communications have been destroyed and they have no idea as to the strength of their enemy lurking outside. Nerves are stretched beyond breaking point as the possibility that this could be the end looms large. Into this mix a Taliban fighter appears from a concealed hiding spot and is quickly disarmed. His only defence against a summary execution is the claim that he intended to give himself up and knows a way out of this predicament.

Thus begins a cat and mouse between the four as each man decides on whether their prisoner, formerly a student from LSE, is worth more to them dead or alive. He paints a dire picture of the situation and promotes himself as their only hope of escape against the soon to be reinforced Taliban. As their numbers dwindle, Ash and the Taliban fighter come to a sort of understanding of each other's position and the realization that they face a common foe in the light of the Taliban fighter's final revelation. Completely unmasked, there is nothing left but to fight for their own as well as each other's survival.

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