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Book Review: Operation Fox-Hunt by Sidhartha Thorat

So, the India-Pakistan theme is back. Though rarely, but this time through a book. Good one, the book by Siddharth Thorat is a spy-politico thriller. Being a fresh writer, he has put in the best of best efforts. The pace and plot of the book surely keep readers riveted.

Sanjay and Shezad are the two prime characters of this book. The latter belongs to Pakistani Army, an elite officer, who creeps into India through Kashmir with some ferocious militants to throw an attack on the Indian soil. However, Indian Intelligence being superior to them; traces them down, and abort their operation just at the start, in Mumbai.

The main charm of the book lies in tracing them (militants). That involves a lot of meetings, scanning and interconnected relationship between the various agencies and bureaus. The writer has carefully used over 50 abbreviations to make the most of the climaxes. And at the end, he also provided a useful glossary so that naïve readers can link up their mind while reading.

The narrative spans over the number of regions and lands like India, Bangladesh, Borderlands, Tajikistan, etc. Fox is a code- to be detected by Indian men. Therefore, making its title quite appropriate – Operation Fox Hunt. Unlike other boring and banal love stories, this Indian writer has brilliantly come up with a fresh plot, which is quite encouraging.

Unarguably, the writer hails from the army background and it is quite apprehensive the way he has used his grooming effect to produce up this piece de resistance at his debut venture. Being on the writer’s side, we can apparently say that, at instances, the new writer has missed on cultural and natural settings. But that’s fine. He will come up perfectly with his next book as he is an army brat.


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