Reading this book took me a little effort as it was a military thriller and they are usually sprinkled with jargon which makes me have to leave the book and constantly read up their meaning. I did have to read some parts again but otherwise it was like any other thriller – fast and gripping. This book is authored by journalist Shiv Aroor who I met at the Mangalore Lit Fest 2019.
The first couple of chapters started off fast, immediately capturing the reader’s attention. The book slows down a bit after that to allow the reader to pause and take a breath. The author uses this time to weave all the different parts of the story together and the plot resumes its fast pace again, drawing the reader back into the depths of the story. As I mentioned at the start, I was a little apprehensive with the military jargon or names of the different weapons I would find. However, to make understanding this easier, Shiv Aroor has included a small diagram of the arsenal he mentions which helps in visualizing things better.
One thing to note about this book is the plot execution. The details and the planning which goes down to the minutest detail helps wrap the book together. I was impressed with the details of all the missions included in the book, which seem to miss out on nothing, and one can visualize exactly how everything plays. Lastly, I would like to point out the character development which takes place at every point in the story, revealing new shades of the person, and most importantly, the protagonists in the book had flaws. They were not perfect, allowing us to think of them as one of us, which I think was what the author was trying to convey.
Reading this book has made me decide one thing - this was my first military thriller and I’m sure it won’t be my last.
Was excellent meeting you, Abhinav! And may I say it was most gratifying to see Anvita reading Operation Jinnah! ♥️ https://t.co/ZbWjk5d1QA pic.twitter.com/hOog2hjcLn— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) December 1, 2019
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