‘Escape From Pakistan’, the untold story of Commodore Jack Shea is a pulse-pounding thriller by Debora Ann Shea, and a long-overdue tribute to her father Commodore Jack Shea – a gallant mariner who epitomized courage, loyalty, and survival against overwhelming odds.
It is an inspiring story of a naval officer Jack Shea, who masterminded the escape and gives a firsthand insight into the precarious times post-partition in Pakistan. The book is grounded in years of examining archival resources, letters and diaries, personal accounts, and Debora’s own memories of those bittersweet days. It portrays the trials and tribulations of Indian diplomats living in Pakistan during the mid-sixties and leaves you inspired to live your best life.
At 17, Jack Shea left his grandparents’ house and joins the Royal Indian Navy. A few months before the Indo–Pak war of 1965, when Jack is posted at Karachi, Pakistan as Naval Attaché in the Indian High Commission, he was assigned the task to plan an escape of the First Secretary in danger of being booked for espionage. The ever-reliable naval officer charted out a route through precarious desert terrain. His meticulous planning ended in a successful escape but made him a target of revenge for ISI.
Shea was assaulted in the middle of a party inside the Indian Deputy High Commissioner’s bungalow and thrown off the terrace of the bungalow and left for dead. After lying comatose for a month in Karachi Hospital, Jack not only recovered and completed his tenure in Karachi but also went on to receive the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) from the President of India. Later, he assumed command of the 11th Destroyer Squadron, plays a pivotal role in the Indo–Pak war of 1971 before retiring in 1976 as a Commodore.