- Paperback: 502 pages
- Publisher: Westland; Latest edition (3 October 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9386036495
- ISBN-13: 978-9386036490
- Package Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pound of Flesh Paperback – 3 Oct 2016
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An alumnus of La Martiniere College, Lucknow, the National Defence Academy, Pune and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Mukul Deva was commissioned in December 1981 into the Sikh Light Infantry of the Indian Army. He took early retirement from the army as a Major, after fifteen years of service, including a decade of combat operations in India and overseas. Now settled in Singapore, he is a highly successful entrepreneur, a globally renowned keynote speaker, highly sought after executive, business and creativity coach and a professional mentor. He has also served as a Mentor on the United Nations Institute of Training and Research Afghanistan Fellowship.
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The plot is a complicated one with numerous sub-plots which are interconnected slowly but seamlessly. Initially the readers will be at a loss due to the numerous characters and subplots but as the storyline expands, the outline of the story becomes vivid. Characters craft, like the storyline is a slow process. The mannerisms and back stories of the main characters are developed in the second half of the book whereas the antagonists are lucid from the beginning. The formidable character SK needs a special mention. How his past crafted him as a felon is described convincingly. Yet detailed account on how he battered Pamela, and his wife as well as the pathetic condition of the victim, along with the apathy of the predator was outrageously mysogynic.
Ravinder's angle with Manju was distracting and as I have mentioned in my several reviews, unduly squeezing in romance in thrillers kills the fun. The climax is predictable. I seems like the sequence was taken directly from some Bollywood Movie.
My Verdict : Overall the book is entertaining and thrilling barring some clichés and commercial elements
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I waas not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
The plot is complex with sub plots going on parallelly. For instance, Ravinder Singh is investigating Harpal Singh while his daughter is Engaged to Harpal’s son Mandeep. So, things are more than complicated for Ravinder and his investigation into not only Pamela Stewart but also the other missing girls who seem to be connected to this case. While both human trafficking and organ harvesting are serious issues in the modern-day world, the author could have with dealt the issues with more gravity. The characters are well developed and each character is placed in the story just so they can contribute something. I liked Ravinder Singh’s character quite a bit and understood his dilemma. Though his intelligence does not really get a chance to shine through as in this case he mostly stumbles across things quite accidentally. It was like the antagonist was doing half his job for him. The antagonist’s character though needed some more work towards the end as I felt that all the buildup he got wasn’t really justified at the end. He seemed to get what he deserved a bit too easily.
Overall, this book is a brilliantly paced work of thriller. With witnesses disappearing and plot twists being delivered, I was so engrossed in the story that I finished reading the book (and it is quite a big one) in one day.
The text flows fluidly, pages turn automatically and somewhere along the story you begin to care for the characters, if only briefly. Though a longish book - I read it in 3 days flat, it keeps you that engaged. But if you are looking for a lazy weekend, please do not buy this book. Because this book would keep you frantically turning the pages, the thrill of the "chor-police" saga would keep you going restlessly till you reach the conclusion.
But then, this book could have been a lot more. The plot could have been a little more complex, the book could have been a lot more thinner, the protagonist less of a damsel in distress - he was guided more by fortuitous breaks than by his smarts and resourcefulness. Stuff happened to him, he had no control over events, he simply reacted to what the bad guys threw at him.
Decent stuff, but next time dear author, cut to the chase.
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