Saturday, 7 October 2017

Book Review- Karachi Deception by Shatrujeet Nath

Abhimanyu was the son of the great warrior Arjun who bravely broke and entered the complicated Chakravyuh in the historic battle of Mahabharat. However, he was not able to come out of it and lost his life. When Major Imtiaz Ahmed was called for Project Abhimanyu, he knew he was entering a Chakravyuh. Would he meet the fate of Abhimanyu during the project or would he emerge triumphant remains a mystery throughout the 250 odd pages of Karachi Deception. 

The plot revolves around Unit Kilo, a highly specialized and covert cell of the Indian army which has to eliminate Irshad Dilawar. Dilawar is a name associated with every imaginable illegal activity and gravest of terrorist attacks in the Indian subcontinent. In spite of being in the most wanted list, Dilawar remains on the loose and flourishes under the protection of Pakistani government. While the Indian government works relentlessly to garner support on global platforms to declare Irshad Dilawar a terrorist and pressurize Karachi to surrender him, Dilawar lives comfortably in Pakistan and continues planning further attacks to claim innocent lives.

Major Imtiaz Ahmed is one of the most talented officers of the army who unflinchingly works to accomplish the mission and never backs down even in the most perilous situations. When General Dixit offers him to be a part of Project Abhimanyu, he knows that this might be the most dangerous project he has ever undertaken. With lieutenant Rafiq and captain Shamsheer, Imitiaz has to strike and eliminate Irshad Dilawar in Karachi amidst all the security. Everything goes as planned till Imitiaz finds out that there is a traitor in the team. Imitiaz has been advised to abort the mission sighting obvious dangers. Does he give in to the threat and retreats or does he take the challenge head on and continues to work on the mission? Will this Abhimanyu come back from the chakravyuh to claim victory? Does Dilawar run out of luck this time or is able to get away once again with the backing of his “friends” in Karachi? To find the answers to all these questions, you should read this intriguing book.

The Indo-Pak tussle is not a new subject and many books have already been penned on a similar plot. This book also is not an exception. However, a crisp writing style and a completely unpredictable twist at the end sets this one apart. The characters may have a striking resemblance to some living ones. The story flows smoothly and the description of incidents is vivid. It is interesting enough to finish in a couple of sittings.

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About the Author: Door-to-door salesman, copywriter, business journalist & assistant editor at The Economic Times; Shatrujeet Nath was all this before he took to writing fiction full-time. He debuted with The Karachi Deception in 2013, followed by The Guardians of the Halahala and The Conspiracy at Meru, the first two books in the Vikramaditya Veergatha series. At present, he is writing volume three of the series. Shatrujeet lives in Mumbai, but spends much of his time in the fantasy worlds of his stories. (Source: Goodreads)