RIP - Book Review

I have been reviewing fictions for some time now and keeping up with that here is another work of fiction, a thriller from Mukul Deva.

Mukul Deva is one of the leading writers of Military thrillers in India and is famous for his Lashkar series.

The author is an alumnus of the La Martiniere College, Lucknow, the National Defence Academy, Pune and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, abd was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry of the Indian Army in 1981.

A group of ex- para troopers get down to the job of eliminating the corrupt politicians and call themselves the K- Team. A CBI officer,a rouge ex-para trooper, a charming news anchor, 2 kids are all caught in the story web.

The story starts with the K-team led by Colonel Krishna Athewale  in preparation to eliminate a politician. Things are planned and the execution is carried out like clockwork.The articles used for the execution are discarded discreetly.Exterminations take place in Patna, Chennai and Pune .

The target person are high profile politicians who have been very corrupt and even sold the country.This shows the K- Teams determination to punish those corrupt politicians who have escaped from law and are still ruling the country and also serves as a warning to the others who are still following the corrupt means to govern the nation and make them repent for their actions.

The members of the K-Team,[apatly named so as their names all start with K], Krishna, Karan, Kashif, Kulwant carry out these operations in the name of RIP – Resurgent Indian Patriots. They send out warnings just before the killings but no one is able to stop them.

The politicians who know that they will be targeted soon , join together to catch and eliminate  RIP before the CBI does so that they are spared. But the K- Team is always a step ahead. Finally the K-team achieves what they intended to carryout – a corruption free country and the corrupt politicians taken off their seats…..

What I like about this book is the way Mukul Deva has written the Author’s Note . To quote his words…

This book has been born out of an extreme sense of anger and shame.Anger at the appalling, naked greed so shamelessly displayed by the Indian political class.And shame that they happen to be fellow Indians.

Just reading these lines made me understand and feel his frustration!

The narration is simple and very easy to follow.

The pace of the story or rather the plot does not slacken anywhere . It gives you an ‘edge-of-the-seat’ experience all through. Towards the end I almost thought Krishna would be caught red handed in his operation but the I was surprised and relieved to find that my assessment was wrong.

The story is not all along just a thriller. There are places where emotions and tears flow freely. The memories of Krishna losing his wife, the TV anchor Reena finding her husband with another woman etc..

The author has mentioned that this book is a work of fiction yet I could not help but notice that some of the characters and incidents are drawn from real life.The 2G scam, fodder scam, Bofors, Anna Hazzare movement etc. can be connected to the real world even though the names have been changed…

To conclude,I am a great fan of thrillers and cannot put down a book until I get to the last page if the story is a very interesting one. This book did not fail to impress me right from the start. 

A very good thriller with lots of plots and a hint of romance and play of emotions that you cannot put down till you have read it to the end. 

Until I reviewed this book, I was not aware of this author or the host of books he has written.This book prompts me to read his other works too.

I will gladly rate this 4/5...

At a glance

Book - R I P

Author - Mukul Deva

Publisher - Westland Ltd.

No. of Pages - 286

Price - INR 200

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