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Book Review: The Last Attractor of Chaos by Abhinav Singh

The Last Attractor of Chaos by Abhinav Singh is a spy thriller novel. Three aspects make a novel worth reading and they are plot, time duration, and settings. Well, the time period in the novel stretches over two decades and its multi-place setting makes way for a tight, suspenseful framework for the story. And eventually a series of mysterious subplots make an impressive overall plot for the novel.

The story opens up with a military exercise dealing with the transporting of a powerful nuke weapon KALI.x. Well, it is not an exercise but a plot to steal the weapon. The prime hacker in this process is Mr. Mehta from the IB department. Having realized the trap, he runs for his life, sends a message to one of his trusted colleagues, Shruti. But he gets killed.

Initially you will sense that there is some male hero in the book, like of Hollywood movies or Alister Maclean books. However, the story begins shedding light when Shruti’s husband, Ashwin Rathore, is also get killed by some secret men. Ashwin Rathore was a noted scientist of particle physics. After his death, he is seen alive with his consciousness Tantunam Anuha. They both discuss a few concepts of physics, like universal energy and particle physics and altering the actions of humans by energy game.

Shruti is six months pregnant. She is arrested by IB for the charges of murder and weapon theft. As is often the case in spy thrillers, the protagonists are more than they appear – here the personal life of Shruti is inflicted with deep pain and with her husband dead, she has to use all her tricks, talent and early career training knacks to come out of this trap undefiled. While moving with the novel, it becomes difficult to know who the guy is playing bad – but the author has done a commendable job by concealing their motives and identities till the end.

Throughout the novel, you may guess what is going to happen next, but you will be given another seat every time because the novel is segmented into three parts: current crises of Shruti, her past where her father was a spy in Pakistan, and the concern of Ashwin Rathore who at any cost wants to save Shruti for his unborn baby.

Because of Shruti’s past with R&AW, at every step her life looks taut and tied. For this reason, the story sounds like knuckle-biting episode in fiction. The novel sounds realistic and innovative even with having concepts like particle physics and after-death vigilance.

Other than tangible settings, the story, like an invisible backdrop, revolves around a powerful nuclear weapon called KALI.x, but still it is not the only revelation in the story. Exceptional at action and moving at a sharp pace, it is an all-encompassing story of sabotage, betrayal, miscommunication and haunting past of spies.

The author has clearly done his homework before getting into this sweeping novel of spies and government treacheries. This novel will surely remind of the spy thrillers written by Alister Maclean and Daniel Silva. The way of narration is simply lollapalooza and there is so much to relish from this book that the readers will surely wait for the sequel. It is a treat for spy thrillers that the element of suspense never sees a dull point throughout the novel.


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