Blurb: At 03:02 on a Sunday morning, the world as we knew it came to an end. Mumbai suddenly went black — no electricity, no phones, no internet and no working cars. It was as if someone had turned off the master switch of our civilization, turning us back hundreds of years overnight. We learned that it was not just Mumbai, but much of the world that had been impacted. We also learned that it was no accident. A deadly enemy was behind it. An enemy that was now in our midst, seeking to conquer us and destroy our way of life. This is how our war for freedom began. A war that was to be waged not on the borders or by the Army, but in our homes and streets, with us as the soldiers. This is our story.
About the author: After graduating from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Mainak has spent two decades in the corporate sector, starting with Procter & Gamble in India. He spent eighteen years with P&G, fifteen of them outside India across the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, he moved back to India as the CEO of the India operations of a major consumer products multinational. A self-described cubicle dweller by day and writer by night, Mainak is also the author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad. These books have been translated into Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, German and Portuguese. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Puja and their son, Aaditya. When not at work or with his family, he can usually be found working on or thinking about his next book.
Review: I am a huge fan of thrillers. 03:02 by Mainak Dhar is one of the best thrillers I ever read of this year. The title, the look of the book and the plot are very new and it did keep me entertained till the last page. When I first read the synopsis, I couldn’t understand except that at 03:02 AM, Mumbai suddenly went black with no electricity, no phones, no internet and no working cars. Everything stopped. I started reading the book immediately to find out this mystery. As I kept on reading I found out why unexpected and unbelievable circumstances arrived in Mumbai. The writing is very real and interesting. The right fun of reading the story comes in the 2nd part of the book. It marks the start of a war against bad men. 342 pages were a bit long for me but this was quite a quick read as this being a thriller. Good part was that the story was not predictable, the next move was surprising. Not just being a thriller, this book was also a sort of motivational and inspirational with some good quotes. In the story I found the strategy, planning and execution of the attacks very skilful. Author did not bore the readers with the details and I did not feel any part of the story was unwanted. Simple vocabulary and brilliant writing makes this book great read. The characterization is also nicely developed which makes you understand the background and mindset of each and every character involved. There were no spelling mistakes but yes a little better editing and cutting the story by few pages would have been better. If you are reading my review, I suggest you should read the book. It is highly recommendable. I would like to read more stories by author Mainak Dhar in future.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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