Praise for Foxtrot in Kandahar
"The author considers his time in Afghanistan in 2001 to be the high point of his career in the CIA. The story he tells here (which we suspect is only part of a larger story) begins on September 11, 2001, and ends on December 7, 2001, when Kandahar, the seat of the Taliban, fell to local militia and American forces. There have been numerous conflicting news stories and articles about the fall of Kandahar, and we've all wondered how much of what we've read is fact, how much is speculation, and how much is sheer fantasy. With no apparent political ax to grind, Evans certainly appears to be delivering the unvarnished facts: the gritty, frustrating, brutal, exhilarating truth of what went on at the beginning of the so-called "war on terror" (although the requirements of national security mean some people and events are slightly altered or incomplete). One thing is certain: Evans, who has also written fiction (North from Calcutta, 2009), is a fine storyteller. This account of a key period in recent American history deserves attention."
"Exceptionally well informed and informative, Foxtrot in Kandahar is an extraordinary read from cover to cover and will have a special appeal and value for academicians and non-specialist general readers with an interest in modern warfare, Afghan tribal politics, and the contemporary role of the CIA in that part of the world."
- Midwest Book Review
"Duane Evans had a ringside seat from the very start of the CIA's response to 9/11 as he volunteered and led the fight into Afghanistan. This American hero dramatically reports the huge challenges and exceptional success of he and his brothers' work in Afghanistan defeating the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in nine weeks."
- Ambassador Cofer Black, former Director, Counterterrorist Center
"Duane Evans was one of a handful of patriots who went to war in Afghanistan in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. He overcame multiple obstacles to build a combined force of CIA, DOD, and Afghan tribal fighters that helped defeat the Taliban in their stronghold. His important book contributes greatly to the history of the campaign in southern Afghanistan and to our understanding of unconventional warfare in the 21st century. Mr. Evans deserves our thanks for his valiant service fighting terrorists and for writing this valuable book."
- Frank Archibald, former Deputy Director for Operations, CIA
"Foxtrot in Kandahar, by my respected friend and colleague Duane Evans, is a great read that adds an important chapter to CIA's role in liberating Afghanistan from the Taliban following the attacks on 11 September 2001. Evans' leadership and entry into Afghanistan's most dangerous sector, the Taliban's capital in Kandahar, is modern para-military adventure at its best. Persevering against the CIA's bureaucracy, Afghan tribal mistrust, and a lethal enemy, Evans, the men of Team Foxtrot, Team Echo, and Special Forces ODA's that fought alongside them served heroically."
- Gary Berntsen, former senior CIA officer and author of Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander
"Foxtrot in Kandahar provides an optic into the challenges faced by a CIA team leader operating in a dynamic combat environment. An absolutely top-notch informational on CIA ops, it is recommended for its insight into the first launch of US resources into this new and very dangerous theater, and some of its heretofore unknown accomplishments. If you like non-fiction action, you won't be disappointed."
- James Parker, Senior CIA Officer (Ret.), and author of Last Man Out and Operation: Code Name Mule
"Foxtrot in Kandahar is masterfully written, emphasizing factual detail on terrorist organizations and the dynamics of military and government agencies working together in the GWOT. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it."
- Don D. Mann, author of the NY Times bestseller Inside SEAL Team Six