Persons of Interest’ examines E.M. Forrester's dictum - "If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I would have the guts to betray my country."
The novel follows the lives of four young scientists at Bell Labs from the late 90's through early 2002. Karim is a Princeton-educated Pakistani chemist. Dana is a lesbian laser expert from MIT who plays drums in a punk band called The Downer Cows. Jonathan is our narrator and Bob a mathematician. They all contribute to a Pakistani charity that supports a refugee camp on the Afghan border sponsored by Karim’s wife.
Their mentor Kosta, a Nobel Prize contender in Princeton, dies early in the story. On his deathbed he gives them money in a numbered bank account in Abu Dhabi and a secret method for enriching uranium. The group soon finds that several shady organizations want the secret.
They lose their jobs when the Labs goes broke in the summer of 2001. They meet in France in early September, 2001, to organize their own company. They observe the events of 9/11 on CNN. Returning from France they are detained at the airport in Chicago. The Americans are released after a few days but Karim has simply disappeared.
Our narrator goes to Pakistan to find Karim and they end up at a village on the Afghan border on the night of December 12th. The CIA has arranged a twenty-four hour ceasefire during the battle of Tora Bora. Why?
A hook doesn't explain backstory. It artfully entices you into wanting to know the story.
The only thing that interests me here is your last paragraph.