19 June, 2013

#BookReview :: The Karachi Deception by Shatrujeet Nath

Project Abhimanyu — an audacious plot hatched by the RAW and Indian Army intelligence to assassinate Mumbai’s dreaded underworld don Irshad Dilawar, who’s hiding in Pakistan and assisting the ISI in its proxy war against India.
Major Imtiaz Ahmed is picked to lead the special ops mission deep inside Pakistan — but the ISI and Dilawar are several steps ahead of the Indians. Beaten at every turn, Major Imtiaz is faced with the horrifying realisation that Project Abhimanyu has been compromised... and his men are being lured into a deadly trap.
Set against the backdrop of global terrorism, Shatrujeet Nath’s debut novel is a quintessential spy thriller where nothing is what it seems — and treachery is a constant companion.

Hail Shatrujeet Nath… What a debut!

Irshad Dilawar, a terrorist hiding in Pakistan, is a known aide of ISI and is on a number of wanted lists. RAW and Indian Army have come together to take this menace off the streets – one way or the other – preferably permanently. But despite their best efforts, they are always a step behind. That’s when Major Imtiaz, the leader of this very special group, realises that their plan has been compromised and that they are walking straight into a trap.

The characters were mostly well developed. I would have personally liked to read a bit more background on some of the major characters. Not a big issue though because I guess that it would have probably compromised with the pace of the story. The protagonist, Imtiaz is a really great character. He is strong, focused and brave. He is the kind of man who is dependable and the kind you can idolize and look up to. You cheer for and be scared for him, all the while knowing that in the end, he will emerge victorious. On the other hand, Dilawar is a character that really needed more time in the plot. I had very little idea about his psyche. Though he is no Gabbar or Mogambo, he does test our protagonist.

The book opens with an assassination plot or a rather a botched assassination attempt and I was hooked. After that great beginning, the story continued to maintain its pace and rhythm throughout. There’s a lot of action in there and I must say that the action scenes were really well done. The language of the author is good and nowhere has he overdone even a bit. The descriptions of places and people felt well researched and were detailed. Okay, so I am not an expert in this case, but as a reader, it just felt right. The chapters led one into the other smoothly and the narrative was just right.

Overall, it’s a great book and an even better debut. Shatrujeet is an author to watch out for and maybe soon we will have our very own James Patterson flooding international market.

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The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.

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