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Vivek Ahuja
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22 January 2013
The year is 2014. A violent uprising has been instigated all across Tibet as Beijing moves to establish control while the Dalai Lama’s health deteriorates further and questions on the future of the Tibetan leadership are raised. As Beijing pursues the rebels and their benefactors within India, both nations are plunged into a spiraling descent to war. Now each side must navigate their widely different paths to victory as vast armies on both sides wage all-out war in their bid to become the dominant power in Asia…

Product details

  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; I edition (22 January 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481094181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481094184
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A definite book to read 17 March 2014
By v.amit
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I will give this book an excellent rating, because Mr vivek has done a very fine job of not getting either too technical in details nor did he try to create a "world is in danger" or "humanity is in danger" type of a scenario unlike many of the western authors.

He has kept the story line fast paced yet simple in it's execution.

Reader can relate to the characters in the story.

An excellent book again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling read..... 27 January 2014
Would absolutely recommend this book....For someone who likes reading about fictional war scenarios, Mr. Ahuja's book is a must read as it delves into the human element in warfare as well as the overarching geopolitics. Extremely well crafted storyline. Look forward to the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 10 November 2013
By sandip
The book is wonderfully written by Mr.Ahuja. It shows the Research done by author on Various Military hardwares,systems & orbats by author. It is very gripping book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 5 May 2014
One of the best war novels written by an Indian author. The description of the various battles especially the duels between the fighter supported by the AWACS makes the book an Excellent Read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Filling a much needed gap in the genre of good writing on military scenarios in S.Asia 17 February 2013
By Rajarshi - Published on
Move over Clancy, Hawksley,Bahl. Finally there is a well researched and realistic fiction on conflict in Asia.

For fans of military fiction, this book is an eye-opener. Most books either cover wars from a geopolitical level or at an in depth level at the denomination of a platoon. Where Ahuja differentiates himself is in being able to scope in to action at grassroots level (you can only wonder at the level of research done in his description of unit level tactics and weapon systems) to creating a frame for the reader to understand the macro level context.

Definitely a worthy read for people who have an in-depth interest in S.Asia & China.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book 18 February 2013
By Saravanan - Published on
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I bought this book a couple of weeks back. Did not put it down until I finished it. It took me 4 days to complete the book.
For those of you who haven't read it yet, this book is about a plausible future war scenario between Bharat and China with pakistan thrown in a bit. It has a very detailed storyline that focuses a lot on land battle between Bharat's Army and the PLA/PLAAF. The author has an amazing knowledge of himalayan region that he uses to the hilt.
Here are the negative: firstly, there were few spelling mistakes. Secondly, the scenario loses an aspect of realism because the author did not focus on naval warfare to the extent that he dealt with the land warfare/ air warfare. Also, in some of the battles, Bharat's side seem to have access to warfare systems like the Pinaka batteries, but for whatever reason the author doesn't provide the same relief to the PLA/PLAAF.

But, overall I loved it. Authors from Bharat are certainly coming of age...
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent futuristic but grounded millitary fiction of an Indo-Chinese conflict 22 February 2013
By Dhaval Shah - Published on
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Fans of millitary fiction, tired of cold war like scenarios or small scale engagements can now rejoice. Here is a very realistic millitary scenario depicting a potential Indo-Chinese conflict and how it may actually end up. The surprise is in how it may end up and why 1962 was a flash in pan when the Indian leadership failed its people.

Imagine a brutal tank battle in Ladakh at 16,000 ft (the highest mountain on mainland US is @20,000 ft) or a battle in the passes of Bhutan or a vicious air battle where the Mig 29s and Su 30 are pitted against S-27s and J-8s. This novel covers it vividly. A cat and mouse game to punch holes in the S-300 radar defence, yes that is covered to. Use of transport aircrafts, refuellers, AWACS, cruise missiles and both tactical and strategic missiles are also covered. This is present technologies which the Asian giants currently possess. An operational supersonic cruise missile or near operational ALCM is pitted against a sophisticated radar coverage.

In this novel, the auther Vivek weaves a compelling story around the tools of war and how humans use it. The novel is fast paced and sucks you into reading further, due to a very good story built around actual data points. It has its elements of humour as well, sample this:

" ... What cause do we have for mobilizing these Divisions?" the PM said.

Chakri shared a look at Yadav in silence and then sighed where he sat in silence.

"Cause? How about defending our borders? Does that sound like a good enough cause, you idiot?"

Yadav said calmly:

"Defending our borders, sir. That's a just enough cause, isn't it?"

Brilliant! For the followers in news about the recent happenings in India, where the pacifist PM is being pilloried for beheadings of Indian soldiers at the border, the above hits home.

It appears that this novel has been in making for a while so all the more credit to the author for his perserverance and making it thorugh his first publication. It does not appear that this is his first fiction.

What could have been better? The prologue. The novel jumps directly into the conflict and keeps our attention, however a build up on the current Tibetan occupation, the ongoing tibetan sacrfices, the Indo-Chinese conflict rooted in Mao's foolhardiness and Kissinger's acquiescence etc should have been added for the lay person. Further, an epilogue giving the topography of the McMohan line and some details with photos of the arms like the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile and the advanced Su 30 MKI and Su 27 could have been added.

Again for a novel that lays down the use of arms and how they fare when pitted against each other, depicting a realistic scenario for a lay person this achieves a lot. A very complex and advanced mathematical modelling over a table top war fare exercise is deftly hidden by the author here. It does steer clear of international politics and that is a good thing.

Overall, every person/journalist interested in millitary history and modern conflicts in the Indian subcontinent should read this. This novel ensures why simple juxtapositions like Pakistani missiles are tall fair and hence more advanced than short and stubby Indian missiles are dumb. Or why the mere possession in numbers of Su 27s by the Chinese will make them masters of the aerospace is a far fetched thought.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Geopolitical-military-techno fiction book 3 January 2014
By Jonas Ortega - Published on
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It is a detailed geopolitical-military-techno fiction book. It is very interesting, but a bit naive. It is biased toward India, and perhaps tried to cover many individual stories that make it a tad hard to follow. Hence the 4 stars.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good air, tank and infantry battle scenes. Good characterisations of both Indian and Chinese soldiers and airmen 30 December 2013
By john brooks - Published on
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I enjoyed this military thriller very much. Obviously the author knows India very well and has been able to construct a very plausible scenario. Very difficult to put this book down. I would like to see more by this author, but I get the feeling this is a one shot deal.

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