Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Book Review – Sniper’s Eye by Mainak Dhar

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Present and future are built on remnants of the past. One may choose to forget the past and lead a life of abandon but the past will always come to haunt when you expect the least. Especially when it holds some nasty secrets. So when Aaditya decides to pretend and live a normal life, he knew that the ghosts from the past will come back for him. What he didn’t know was that it will engulf his present in a dangerous whirlwind and endanger not only his future but of all those around him who he loved and cared for.

The plot:- There is a sniper with a terrifying agenda in the vibrant city of Mumbai. Important people from the higher echelons of the society are being mercilessly shot dead by this sniper. When Aadtiya accidentally gets drawn into this dangerous game to aim and shoot, he finds himself on the hit-list issued by the same sniper’s gang. And the past that he had so carefully kept under wraps so far suddenly becomes front page news. The repercussions are grave. Not only does he now stand to lose his newly acquired job and peace of mind, he also has unwillingly put at risk the lives of some loved ones, Zoya, Ravi and Rekha.

The IB chief steps in to help and trace down the sniper. Aaditya receives help from some other quarters to keep him and others safe. However, he finds himself in the captivity of terrorists. And the secrets begin to unfold. What comes to surface puts Aadtiya in great risk and questions his belief in the system so far. 

The first thing that caught my attention about Sniper’s Eye was its cover page. This intelligently designed cover page shows a city through the scope of a rifle. The plot inside is equally intriguing. The story starts on a high note and maintains the same pace more or less, throughout. If you are a thriller fan, you may predict some of the twists in the plot. It vaguely reminded me of some movies in some instances. But overall a good captivating read which makes you turn pages one after the other. Mainak Dhar’s 03:02 has been my favourite. Sniper’s Eye joins the list but 03:02 retains the top slot.

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ABout the author: After graduating from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Mainak 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.

I received a free copy of this book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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