Author: Mainak Dhar
Kindle Edition: 238 Pages
Publisher: Tara Press ( August 2018)
About The Book:
I was out on a date. Everything was perfect… Till that shot… a high-calibre one, no apparent sound. And, the man in front of me fell. A rifle with a suppressor? A sniper in the middle of a Mumbai mall? As the body count mounted, I was soon sucked deeper into the chaos unleashed by that shot. To survive and save those whom I care about, I have to become the man I left behind. I have no choice but to tap into a bloody past that has put me on the terror kill list. I may also have no option but to join hands with the sniper terrorising Mumbai. The problem is that the man has sworn to kill me. In a world where the young and poor kill and die in conflicts started by the old and rich, I and my unlikely companion finally discover the thin line that separates a mere killer from a hero. This is our story…
About The Author:
After finishing his schooling at Modern School, Barakhamba Road and his under-graduation at Hindu College, Delhi, Mainak Dhar graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has spent two decades in the corporate sector — starting with Procter & Gamble in India. He spent eighteen years with P&G, fifteen of them outside India across the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, he moved back to India as the CEO of the India operations of a major consumer product multinational.
A self-described cubicle dweller by day and writer by night, Mainak is also the author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad. These books have been translated into Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, German and Portuguese. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Puja, and their son, Aaditya. When not at work or with his family, he can usually be found working on or thinking about his next book.
This is the third book of Dhar that I have put my hands on and I can confidently say that the author excels when it comes to writing unputdownable thrillers. This story is set in a mix of political and military background, gives the reader chills on various occasions. The book successfully communicates what it intends to. It is a book that introduces the reader to the hidden realities behind military strategies, vested political agendas and how human life is just a mere pawn in a much bigger and complex game of power.
The characters of the plot are few but well weaved. The struggles of the protagonist are clearly portrayed through his words and emotions. There is a delay in revealing his past, although thoughtful, could have been placed earlier. However, the unpredictable suspense makes up for that. The character of the female protagonist brings much-needed softness and strength at the same time. Her role and character brilliantly portray the independent women one encounters in today’s realm, a woman who is clear of what she wants in her life irrespective of the changes and uncertainties revolving around her life. The other characters have done their job greatly and a peek into everyone’s past only makes them more relatable.
The plot of the book is somewhat predictable from the blurb itself but still contains the element of thrill in appropriate proportions. Often the reader will find himself knowing what is coming next, but the way this story unfolds is what will keep the reader hooked. The story picks up right from the first chapter and continues at a good pace until the end of it. What can be a let down for many people, which is also a fair deal, is the practical ending of the story. The plot is well thought and the role of complex human feelings and emotional outbursts is well played with. This is a plot which many readers might also find filmy. The language of the book is fairly simple and not loaded with jargons.
Bottom line: An unputdownable thriller playing around with a blend of human emotions.
And now I’ll leave you with a few lines from the book…
This review is a part of Book Review Programme at Writersmelon.com