(Reviewed by Ishita RC)
Three elite commandos of the India Army – Major Imtiaz Ahmed, Captain Shamsheer Suleiman and Lieutenant Rafiq Mehmood – are chosen for once in a lifetime one-of-a-kind mission: to enter Pakistan and eliminate the dreaded underworld don, Irshad Dilwar. Despite the detailed planning, the puzzle pieces don’t fit into place. It doesn’t take long for Major Imtiaz to realise that the mission has been compromised. Will he be successful or will he pay with his life like Abhimanyu did?
The debut crime thriller is a fantastic book with its well-crafted, richly detailed, dramatic plot that keeps the readers engaged with its fast pace action and numerous twists and turns. The characters are strong, but because of the numerous subplots that were introduced to keep the book invigorating, they appear a bit lost and do not get the necessary definition and dimension until the climax. The political scenario of India and Pakistan has been beautifully painted in words and as an Indian I can definitely relate with it thoroughly.
The best part about the book is its plot and the excellent flair of writing style that the author has displayed ingeniously. There is no interruption in the flow. Non-Indian readers might flounder when they come to certain parts of the book that take on typical Indian connotations and enunciation. I would simply suggest the readers to just go with the flow since that one line definitely won’t hamper anything.
The Karachi Deception is another fabulous thriller from an Indian author that I am definitely recommending further on.