Book Review #188: The Karachi Deception

Author: Shatrujeet Nath

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction, Crime Fiction, Spy Thriller, Indian Fiction

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Rupa Publications India

Date of publication: 1 April 2016

No. of pages: 240


Three elite commandos of the India Army – Major Imtiaz Ahmed, Captain Shamsheer Suleiman and Lieutenant Rafiq Mehmood – are chosen for once in a lifetime one-of-a-kind mission: to enter Pakistan and eliminate the dreaded underwood don Irshad Dilwar. Despite the detailed planning, the puzzle pieces don’t fit in place together. It doesn’t take long for Major Imtiaz to realise that mission has been compromised. Will he be successful or will he pay with his life like Abhimanyu did?


The debut crime thriller is a fantastic book with its well crafted, richly detailed, dramatic plot that keeps the readers engaged with his fast pace action and the nunerous twists and turns. The characters are strong, but because of the numerous subplots that were introduced to keep the book invigorating, they appear a bit lost and do not get the necessary definition and dimension until the climax. The political scenario of India and Pakistan has been beautifully painted in words and as an Indian I can definitely relate with it thoroughly. 

The best part about the book will be its plot and the excellent flair of writing style that the author has displayed ingeniously. There is no interruption in the flow. Non Indian readers might flounder when they come to certain parts of the book that take on a typical Indian connotations and enunciations. I would simply suggest the readers to just go with the flow since that one line definitely won’t hamper anything. 

My opinion: Another fabulous thriller from an Indian author that I am definitely recommending it further on. 

My rating: 4 out of 5


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