This propulsive spy-thriller is a wild ride into India's complicated, and sometimes bloody, inner and outer affairs, and it comes wrapped in a mixture of high action, deep intrigues, dark humor, and loads of cultural tidbits that will delight thriller lovers and anyone fascinated by the world’s largest democracy. Dhar gives thoughtful attention to dealing with emotional and psychological problems, allowing readers a glimpse through the first-person narrative into the mindset of a decorated but broken soldier, who is paying a high price for being good at his job. “I could live with that,” Sen, the narrator, tells us. “I’d learned to live with a lot worse. For example, I had learned to live with myself.”
Readers will be absorbed as Sen searches for the truth while fighting against enemies from within his own company as well as outside forces—and his own demons. Dhar mindfully stirs his protagonist from brutal moments to tender ones, including the time he spends with his mother. Though the execution of individual moments varies in success, the crisp action, thought-provoking plot, and compelling protagonist will leave readers hungry for more.
Takeaway: A gripping India-set thriller about a jaded soldier facing an assassination plot.
Great for fans of: Sean McFate’s Shadow War, Mukul Deva.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A