Book review: 'Operation India One' a compelling read for thriller lovers
True to the intention, the book opens with a high octane chase sequence and ends with a superbly crafted hostage-drama.
The book 'Operation India One' stands out as a bold attempt by a debutant Indian author to balance the Naxalite issue - a burning socio-economic problem faced by the country, with a fictional narrative appealing to mass market.
The first thing which appeal to a choosy reader is the good cover design along with the nicely written blurb which promise the reader a book full of action. True to the intention, the book opens with a high octane chase sequence and ends with a superbly crafted hostage-drama. In between we get an unfinished love story between the protagonists- Gautam and Nisha, the chivalry of Kavita – the commandant of all women commando force (Razia Regiment) and bravery of Charulata- the commander of the Naxalite organization-MAF. The dilemma faced by Gautam and Nisha in choosing their sides when the hostage drama unfolds has been rightly portrayed.
The author has taken full advantage of his experience with power plants as construction of a power plant is the axis around which the story revolves. The political, bureaucratic and corporate nexus which usurps the land of the poor in the name of development, pushing them to take up arms against the nation has been portrayed correctly. The author has cleverly abstained from taking sides in the story and it has been left to the readers to decide whether the action taken by the protagonists were right.
However a plethora of characters do confuse the readers. It would have been better if the fringe characters like –Narendra Nath, Ajay, Rammohan etc had been dropped or developed further so as to connect to the readers.
Overall a compelling read for thriller lovers. It is one of the few thrillers written be an Indian author, in simple language, which not only binds the readers to the last but also entice them to think.