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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Title: Snippers Eye

Author: Mainak Dhar

Category:Fiction (Thriller)
Publisher: TARA Press
Price: INR 299
Pages: 183

Thrillers are one of the most common genres there are; this makes the creation of a riveting and unique plot exceptionally hard to achieve. You may find many spin-offs, or many stories that are along a similar theme; but it is hard to actually find a plot that is unique, which is why one tends to hold a special place for those books that have a unique flair, style – but more so for a book that has a unique story theme, very different from the beaten themes we are used to. This is where the current book under review – Snipers’ Eye – scores very high marks. A unique storyline indeed, making for a fun read.


This is the story of a former Para-Commando, and a man with a past who has made his life and career in the corporate world. Few people – including his lover, are aware of his secret ace commando days, or that he is a man of pure action. He is witness to a sniper shooting in a mall – and by force of habit, goes after the shooter and the shooters’ team in order to save innocents, killing one. This does two things – first, he and his hidden story come to light.
And two, and far more importantly, it brings him centerstage in this whole sordid affair – which is, incidentally, not ending anytime soon, and certainly not with only one killing. This audacious killing is but the first in a series of daring daylight sniper killings of retired former top law-keepers and armed forces officers, setting the stage for a confrontation. The former commando is drawn into the case, first by the police who seek his help, and then by other unknowns… which leads one to wonder, why is a mere coincidental presence of an ex-Army Officer causing so much distress to the other side?

You normally go into a new author with a slight trepidation, unsure of what you may get. My approach was also quite similar – I need not have worried. It was a treat to read this excellent thriller, riveting from the first page, quite literally, as the plot explodes into action from the start. You are pulled into the unique concept, and then you are kept in the story by its sheer pace. The story and the plot is a rapid, fast-paced, action filled book right from the start.

There are issues; no one is perfect. The plot slightly wavers, the tightness slightly, ever so slightly, waver and weakens in the middle portion; but picks up pretty soon, ensuring that you want for little or nothing.  That small aspect apart, there is no weak point that I could spot. The fast-paced nature of the story means that even the smallest slackening of pace becomes rapidly noticeable. Does this impact the overall effect, the enjoyment? To some extent – yes.

This is an action oriented book – and relatively fast paced at that. It is not meant to be an involved thriller at all. This leaves little scope of character development; and neither is this missed. That is to say, this is adequate given the confines of the plot and the overall story. The language is simple, straight and easy – this is a big plus. Also, the biggest plus – no vulgarity or rough words for the most part that I can recall, which is a big, big plus.
In conclusion, this is an excellent, fast paced thriller – filled with action, twists and plot turns that keep you glued to the book for the most part, and enthralled plus engaged in the book. This is not a book that involves you into the characters and the plot; it isnt intense in any way. This is just a straightforward action story. That is the basic aspect – and keeps to this theme with remarkable clarity of focus – leaving you impressed with a good book as you turn the last page.

This is perfect for a fast journey read, can be concluded in that time! In fact, properly touched up – this can make for a fantastic action movie script; it has all the right ingredients… simplicity, clarity, outright action, fast paced, not too intense etc. The scenes move fast, and the story flows effortlessly. What more could you want in an action movie?

Rating: 4/5

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