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The Girl Who Loved A Pirate Paperback – 28 Aug 2015
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“The fast-paced narrative and suspense-filled plot are components that make the book read like a movie script." —The Times of India
“A brilliant thriller.” —Hindustan Times
"High-Octane Thriller." —Asian Age
“Kulpreet Yadav reminds me of Alistair Mclean! Kulpreet grabs the reader by the scruff of the neck and doesn’t let go till the last line.” —Salil Desai, Author, Inspector Saralkar Mystery Series
“Well researched, gripping tale." —Fahad Samar, Filmmaker & Author
"An intriguing narrative that provides a constant sense of curiosity, Andy Karan subtly stems into the imagination of the reader and keeps growing steadily." —Sumant Batra, Founder, Kumaon Literary Festival
“A smashing read…” —Vish Dhamija, Author
"Clever, sharp and dexterously plotted, Kulpreet's writing has this innate ability to keep you on your toes as you read." —Harsh Snehanshu, Author, Green Mango More
“This detective novel introduces Andy Karan, who promises to be an interesting character to watch out for. He might just be the next Sherlock Holmes from India… the thriller grips you to the core.” —Readomania
“This thriller thrills… only time will tell if Andy too will have some director making him as immortal as Byomkesh Bakshi.” —Arvind Passey, The Real Fiction
“This is a book that sticks to its genre of crime fiction faithfully and pins its readers to the edge of their seats. A true blue mystery.” —Deepti Menon, Deep Ties
“A promising step forward for Indian crime fiction in English. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader involved and guessing until the end – helped along by Yadav’s clean, fluid writing.” —Ambreen Momin,Kitaab
About the Author
Kulpreet Yadav is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, startup mentor, and Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, South Asia's leading online magazine of literature and culture. Kulpreet’s latest novel, The Girl Who Loved a Pirate, is India’s first thriller based on marine piracy and hijacking. Passionate about Creative Writing, Kulpreet also mentors aspiring writers at schools and colleges and has spoken at many literary festivals in India and abroad. An ex-armed forces officer, he now lives in New Delhi. More at www.kulpreetyadav.com
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A recommended read for sure.
A bit slow paced at the beginning but gains pace towards the second half. The characters are credible and the language of the book is something everyone can connect to. The author has quite cleverly avoided the use of flowery language. There is a twist in the tale towards the end. A good read !!
The author has weaved a memorable love story too into this action thriller between the beautiful Dao-Ming and iron-willed pirate Ba-Qat.
The prologue and the Epilogue gives a different touch to the writing style and throws light upon the character of Andy Karan and the backstory of Ba-Qat respectively.
‘The Girl who loved the Pirate’ is filled with action sequences. The part I liked most was where Ba-Qat captures the North Korean ship. The details the author has included makes sure you will have bitten off half your nails by the time you reach the end of the sequence.
The language is simple and hence the book is an easy read. The depth in the details is proof of the research that must have gone into the writing of this book.
The book takes a bit of time to capture your attention initially, but once it does, it races to the finish line without a hiccup and you turn the last page with the satisfaction of having spent time reading something wonderful.
The setting of the novel is the high seas, off the Indian coast, where a North Korean Ship called Ocean King is on its way to a port in Iran with a secret cargo. The mission is to hijack the ship and its cargo along with the Brazilian captain and the Filipino crew. The captured pirate and the Indian security forces team up to prevent this shipment.
In a parallel storyline, Andy Karan, an undercover spy from a top secret agency, is sent off on a mission to Goa to avenge his colleague’s murder by drug dealers and to crack the case his friend had been pursuing before getting murdered.
For the uninitiated, Andy Karan made his debut with ‘Catching The Departed.’ A seeker of truth and justice, he is forever fighting the demons of his birth and fate. He is the star investigator of New Delhi Today magazine by the day and an undercover agent working for the Indian government as and when deemed fit.
The author intertwines the two plots seamlessly when in exchange for the pirate’s freedom, the Indian intelligence, along with their Malaysian counterparts, intends to use the pirate’s expertise for the greater good of the world. Andy, of course, heads the mission.
Kulpreet has written, well and capably, a story that is largely narrative, if full of nice twists and turns. The richly detailed account makes for a cinematic feel with well fleshed out characters to watch out for. There is just the right dose of thrill and anticipation. The ethical dilemmas of the characters involved are crisply conveyed which is oftentimes neglected by authors.
The Girl Who Loved A Pirate is a first-rate crime story that gets inside the shadowy—and astoundingly average—world of spooks, moles, and ops.
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