Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#BookReview : The Hunt for Kohinoor (Mehrunisa Trilogy #2) by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar

On the jacket:

A spine-chilling ninety-six hour hunt through the world’s most dangerous terrain where history collides with gunfire - will Mehrunisa get out of this one alive?   One morning on her way to work, Mehrunisa gets a call that will change her life forever. The truth about her missing father is at her fingertips - but it will take her on the most desperate chase of her lifetime.   A chase that will pit her against hardened Jihadis plotting the deadliest terror attack on India, that will test her mettle against history’s deep secrets, that will teach her that the price of love can mean bloodied hands ...   The Hunt for Kohinoor hurtles from from icy Kashmir to snow-clad Hindukush, from the sinister corridors of a military hospital to the warrens of Peshawar, even as the clock counts down to the impending catastrophe. 


This is my first read of the Mehrunisa Trilogy, and neither had I read Someshwar before. I had heard raving reviews about the author and her books, though. So, while skeptical of reading a book, I had not read the previous part of, I was also looking forward to what Someshwar had to offer, in the book.

Mehrunisa Khosa is the protagonist of this trilogy and the first book (before The Hunt For Kohinoor) is The Taj Conspiracy. The book begins with a dream Meherunisa is having. Only, the reader doesn't know it's a dream. the sequence was so thrilling, it had made the hair at the back of my neck stand up. The book eases into the plot very smoothly and at no point did I feel at loss for not reading part 1 of the series. But yes, I am left wanting to read the previous part before I go on to read part 3. I went to a book store looking for The Taj Conspiracy but it was sold out. So instead, I ended up buying another copy of this book, to gift to someone.

Mehrunisa has 96 hours to save the country from an attack which will erase more than one can think of. A racy pace, well defined characters and smooth transition between different events make this a definite thrilling read. The writing is of extremely high standard if compared to the average standard of writings by Indian authors.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Westland Books. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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