Title: The Shadow Throne
Author: Aroon Raman
Price: INR 250/-
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genre: Thriller/ Fiction
From the Blurb of the book
A mysterious murder at the Qutub Minar triggers a call to ace journalist Chandrasekhar from his cop acquaintance, Inspector Syed Ali Hassan. The victim is unlike anyone Chandra has ever seen: a white Caucasian male who has all the looks of a throwback to Greek antiquity. Soon after, Hassan calls in to report the case has been taken away from him in all likelihood by RAW the Research & Analysis Wing, the uber-agency of Indian intelligence.
What began as a murder enquiry soon morphs into a deadly game of hide-and-seek within the shadowy world of Pakistan’s ISI and India’s RAW; and Chandra, his friend history professor Meenakshi Pirzada and Hassan find themselves in a race against time to avert a sub-continental nuclear holocaust. As the action moves to its hair-raising climax among the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, Chandra must face up to the fact that Inspector Hassan is not all that he seems…
A taut thriller this book is surely worth a read. Very rarely do we get to read thrillers from Contemporary Indian Authors which have enough chills, thrills, intelligence & broodiness which makes a good thriller what it is. This book however works on all those counts.
What didn’t work for me in the book was a little slow beginning. Initially you would feel that almost nothing is happening but eventually the book catches up & becomes a page turner. Also the little bit of history in the book also gets a little boring.
Something that I liked a lot about the book was the way the Indo Pakistan relationship was presented, very different & offbeat. I won't say much about the book for the fear of disclosing the suspense.
A worthy page turner best suited for as a travelling read when you have time in hand.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
P.S. Jas this post is dedicated to you because I was lying in a slumber when I read your comment which said, “Hope to catch up with you thrice a week :)” you reminded me of my resolve (yes I had already forgotten all about it;)).