Saturday, November 23, 2013

#BookReview : The Shadow Throne by Aroon Raman

On the jacket:

India faces nuclear Armageddon.

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 …


The Shadow Throne begins with journalist Chandra, who is reminiscing about his wife, being called to a murder scene at Qutub Minar, by Hassan who is a cop. At the crime scene, further investigations reveal, it was not just some random murder but hints of a nuclear holocaust. What begins as a murder mystery, takes shape of something much more, with ISI and RAW involved, which Chandra with his friend Meenakshi, and Hassan try to get into the root of.

A cult group, which is long dead, is trying to divide Pakistan, and have a new nation of their own. So, they are getting missiles from Afghanistan, to launch them at India and China; which would push Pakistan into a corner, to be bombed over by the US. Pakistan will be destroyed and the cult can form a new country out of it's parts.

The journalist in me, loves mysteries that are solved by journalists, even in books. The Shadow Throne didn't disappoint me one bit. Very fast-paced, the book had my eyes glued and heart beats racing. I was told by a couple of others who had already read the book, that it's unputdownable. And how!

A very tight plot, crisp editing (albeit poor proof-reading, as there are quite a few typos and this can be rectified in the next print), and written with the comfortable ease of being a seasoned author, this book is far cry from what one would expect a debut novel to be. Loved how India and Pakistan, ISI and RAW have been woven into a plot and the way they have been projected. Thrillers are not easy to pen down, and keep the reader captivated is definitely not. Raman has done a very good job in The Shadow Throne. The cover design is interesting too.

Rating: ****/5

[Rating: This is an author request review. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

1 comment:

  1. This seems like a really interesting read. Very bollywood thriller-ish!


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