About the author:
Mukul Deva is a best-selling author, noted for the spy-military thrillers on terrorism and action. His most famous works include Lashkar, Salim Must Die, Blowback and Tanzeem.
Impressions off the back-cover:
A thriller based in India, with a group of people trying to bring attention to bring attention to the state of corruption and politics etc. by killing some of those corrupt politicians and people. There are people trying to stop them, as expected and innocent people who might fall in their way, as is also expected. The description and cover design with a syringe, a bullet “I” and a soldier call for a fast-paced deep-set plot with lots of action.
My thoughts on the book:
In a crime thriller novel, the hero is a good person trying to stop the villains from reigning terror or killing good people. There is the thrill of a kill and that too at regular intervals. The pace of the novel is fast, and enthralling. It keeps you from putting a bookmark and stopping the read for a while. In the end, it might even leave you breathless.
RIP, by Mukul Deva has a lot of those qualities. The good people, Colonel Krishna Athawale and his team, the K-Team or the Resurgent Indian Patriots (RIP) are hell-bent at stopping corrupt people from ruling the country and bringing it down, by bringing them down. The villains in this case are trying to stop them from killing the corrupt politicians who pay them heavily. They are led by rogue commando Raghav Bhagat.
The RIP start out with three executions done in similar manners within minutes of each other in different parts of the country, and then send out a mail taking responsibility and also warning the country of 3 more killings in the 3 days to follow. Soon after, a minister along with two other politicians (relatives of 2 victims) assembles his own strike team to stop RIP, also giving reports of the police leads to them. The excellent narration keeps us hooked to the story which is like a cat-and-mouse between RIP, the cops and the secret strike-team.
The sub-story also brings a romance element into the picture, and it is dealt with very nicely without hindering the thrill part of the plot. The military details have been given due diligence given their delicate nature and the characters sketched very nicely.
“You can smell the gunpowder. Such is the power of the words of Deva.” – The Hindu
I don’t know if it was gunpowder but the book did have a distinct scent to it. The book is a page turner for sure. The action is literally throughout the book. I don’t find any characters that are there for the sake of. Each character has been handled with care, their mindset and thoughts sketched well. It leaves us thinking if such a patriot can be real. This is the first time I’m reading Deva’s work. It is excellent. I’m certainly going to try and find more of his books to read.
Author: Mukul Deva
Genre: Crime Thriller
Price: INR 200
(January 30th, 2013)