Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Book Review: Eleventh Hour by S. Hussain Zaidi


Title: Eleventh Hour

Author: S. Hussain Zaidi

Publisher: Harper Collins

Type: Paperback

Price: INR 299
Eleventh Hour Book Cover - Source: Amazon.in


Blurb:
New Delhi, 2017. It is nine years since the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai and the wounds have still not healed. Especially not for Superintendent of Police Vikrant Singh, who ends up landing a slap on the High Commissioner of Pakistan's face when he meets him at an event. Meanwhile, in Bhopal, five members of the Indian Mujahideen, arrested by Vikrant, break out of the Central Jail. Vikrant, suspended for the diplomatic disaster, is unofficially asked to assist the team in tracking the escaped terrorists. In another part of the country, a retired tycoon, a heartbroken ex-soldier and a young woman dealing with demons of her own embark on a journey of self-discovery aboard a cruise liner from Mumbai to Lakshadweep. Fate, however, has other plans, and the cruise liner is hijacked. Racy and riveting, this is Hussain Zaidi at his best.

My review:
I’m a sucker for crime thrillers and if it has to do with investigators and detectives then I’m all game. Coincidentally, I’m typing this at the eleventh hour as I’m a little behind schedule in posting the review, but I’m glad I picked this book up for review. 


Eleventh Hour by S. Hussain Zaidi has all the makings of a high-octane, fast-paced thriller that talks about the cat-and- mouse chase of the country's Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the terrorist group. It starts with a reference point of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai that transpired in the year 2008 and what is going to transpire nine years later in 2017. 

The story begins with a bang, quite literally when an irate SP Vikrant Singh punches a Pakistani diplomat for not delivering justice to the victims of the 2008 terror attack. It revolves around the efforts of this passionate and patriotic officer and his senior Mirza - the mentor-protege duo - and how go about catching the culprits and bringing them to book whilst preventing a major bloodbath. The beauty of it all is that it all boils down to the eleventh hour.
The author does a great job in storytelling and it is easy to paint the scenes in your head while reading. Also gives us a glimpse of how the minds of the IB and police work in the country. The camaraderie between Mirza and Vikrant is well-written. One aspect can also work well for an anti-smoking campaign (ha ha!). Besides the fact that it has an engrossing  storyline, it also has all the makings of a thrilling Bollywood script. 

What I liked:
Gripped me from the very first page. It’s a rare trait for books now-a-days.
Secondly, the surprise element right at the end of the climax caught me by surprise.
Thirdly, a Mumbaikar can easily relate to the locations mentioned in the book.


What I disliked:
I found it easy to identify one of the culprits. 

What I feel:
A must-read for thriller buffs like me. Cannot put it down.

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