I am an absolute fan of thrillers
as I had mentioned here previously. Most of this thriller space in my bookshelf
is occupied by Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum and some more celebrated
authors but today I can say I have come across a fast paced and an action
packed thriller by our very own Indian author Mukul Deva. I think it’s the
first Indian Thriller that I have come across.
The story starts with a fictional
account of series of bomb blasts in Delhi which is masterminded by people
across the border. Iqbal, the protagonist, is among the many unfortunate
misguided young bloods from India who are brought into this fiery path of Jihad
by their religious leaders. He along with groups of boys from India are taken and
trained in the various terrorist camps in POK under the guidance of big bosses
of the neighboring army.
This thrilling tale takes you
through beyond the untold lines and illustrates the less discovered world of
terrorist camps across the border. Since it comes from the ex-army man you don’t
have to play with your imagination much. To know more about him you can check
his website here
When he returns to his base in
Lucknow after his training he faces the cruel shock of the death of his mother
and beloved sister in the Delhi blasts which was carried out by his jihadi
group. Faced with the brutal twinge he starts to follow the dictates of his
conscience and starts planning his revenge against all of those who are
responsible for misguiding young people and running the terror factory.
Apart from the story of Iqbal the
most intriguing part in the book, for me, was the response and retaliation from
Indian Government as an answer to the repeated terror attacks on our land. Deva,
gives a brilliant description of the vengeance by the Indian Army. His depiction
of Force 22, which I can make out is an equivalent to the US Marines &
Seals, is breath taking. How I wish our army could actually take up steps as
described, I am sure we would be in a much better situation than our ‘handing-the
list-of terrorist-names’ stance.
‘Lashkar’ offers the much required adrenalin punch for a thriller
and I am quite impressed with the way it’s written. It was quite an engrossing
read which compelled me to finish it off in three days flat, making me a little
more sleep deprived! But I am not complaining.
I think I should also share a few
facts which have an uncanny resemblance with reality. This book was written and
published in 2008. It mentions the presence of Osama bin Laden in an ISI safe
house in Pakistan and we all know what happened in May 2011. Similarly some
more details are also mentioned in the book and I think it’s time which is
going to tell us if they also will bear resemblance or not. I read over the net
that a movie is also on the cards.
My thought – A very nice and thoughtful
read. I also came across its sequel ‘Salim
Must Die’ and I am currently glued on it.
My rating – 4.5/ 5
Book – Lashkar
Author – Mukul Deva
Genre - Thriller
Publisher – HarperCollins Publishers India
Published in – 2008
ISBN – 978-81-7223-665-6
Pages – 371
Format - paperback
Labels: book review, Fiction, Lashkar, Thriller