𝐀𝐬𝐡𝐯𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐡𝐚- 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐎𝐟 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫
𝐁𝐲 𝐀𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐚 𝐒𝐢𝐧𝐡𝐚
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫: 𝐒𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐭𝐢 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝: 𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟔
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫
𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫: 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑
The tale commences with the abduction of a corrupt politician named Ashok Kumar Nandi, who had an extramarital relationship with Sumona, the chairwoman of the Thandi group. They both used each other for personal gains. The protagonist of the story is Ashwin Jamwal, a man with strong leadership qualities and a desire to bring positive change to his country. Despite his reluctance to enter the political arena, he encounters Indra Mohan Raathi during his college years. Raathi urges Ashwin to join his newly formed Nationalist Party, which seeks to purify politics and guide India toward genuine progress. However, Ashwin declines the offer and instead pursues a career in the civil service. While serving as a principled and honest bureaucrat, he faces pressure from all sides, including political and social forces. Eventually, he resigns from his job and enters politics, believing that real change can only come about by reforming the nation's politics. Ashwin is elected as India's youngest Prime Minister, and the story picks up pace, culminating in an international stage. Despite facing numerous obstacles, such as giving up his love, becoming embroiled in conspiracies, narrowly escaping assassination, and confronting a world-threatening danger, Ashwin managed to ascend to the pinnacle of success. However, he remained unaware that his life was being manipulated by someone with an insatiable thirst for power, namely Hades. The book's crux is the mystery surrounding Hades, his manipulations, and his true identity.
I found the introduction of new characters towards the end of the novel to be quite disappointing. Additionally, the book attempted to tackle too much within a relatively short number of pages, resulting in a crowded narrative that made it challenging to keep track of the numerous characters and plot points. As a result, by the book's conclusion, it was difficult to recall the roles and identities of different characters. Despite these shortcomings, the author has skillfully crafted a well-written thriller.
Undoubtedly, the plot of the book is intriguing, as the author delves into the complex power dynamics that operate both in India's domestic politics and on the international stage. While the discussions among foreign ministers about terrorism may appear tedious to some readers and a potential obstacle to reaching the climax, they are crucial to the plot's development, as they prevent the final revelation from feeling contrived or predictable.
The characters in the book are well-developed and receive equal attention as per the book's requirements. Their actions are relatable, and the author has done an admirable job of portraying them as such. The pace of the story is brisk right from the outset, though it does falter somewhat in the middle before picking up again towards the conclusion. There are multiple subplots, some of which only become significant later on in the story. Overall, the book is engaging and manages to sustain suspense throughout.
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