Ever wonder what it's like to be caught in the middle of the Afghan war? Bob Shepherd can tell you. He spent time there as a security adviser and wrote about his experiences in The Circuit. Now in his new novel The Infidel he tells the story of two British soldiers caught up in deadly political intrigues. A modern-day retelling of Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King, it takes place, like its 19th-century predecessor, in Afghanistan's remote Nuristan province where Shepherd spent time.
In this interview, Shepherd discusses The Infidel as well as the realities of the war in Afghanistan in 2010.