Saturday, October 21, 2017

Book Review: 'Spectre' by Anil John

Indian author Anil John is passionate about writing and after holding various positions with leading multi-national companies in Banking, Insurance and Real Estate sectors over the past 17 years he is beginning to realize his dream of becoming a well-known author. He has a warmly humorous feature in stating he is ‘the only Martian who could make it to planet Earth and is still alive.’

Though Anil writes for the Young Adult audience his words and thoughts are such that adults would do well to investigate the concepts of this sensitive scribe. Anil’s first book THE REVELATION (written for the Young Adult audience) addressed issues of relationships and entered the fantasy world of extraterrestrials: he proved to the audience that he is able to manage that genre well.

Now he steps into that very popular field of suspense thrillers, espionage, and mysteries – perfect escape mechanisms from the world outside which is becoming all too similar! His Prologue sets the atmosphere – ‘The meeting took place in a furnished weather proofed wooden cabin in a remote jungle area, some three hundred miles from Moscow. The members of the Confidential Panel had arrived secretly at irregular intervals. They came from eight different countries, but their visit had been quietly arranged by a senior minister in Moscow, and there was no record of entry in their passports. Upon their arrival, armed guards escorted them into the wooden cabin, and when the last visitor appeared, the cabin door was locked and the guards took up positions in the spine chilling winds, alert for any sign of intruders. The members seated around the large rectangular table were men in powerful positions, high in the councils of their respective governments worldwide. They had met before and they trusted one another because they had no choice. For added security, each had been assigned a code name; eight deadly sins (envy, wrath, lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, pride).’

Anil supplies a brief synopsis that captures the essence of the story: ‘Jordan is on the glorious edge of geo-political confrontation. He is handsome, intelligent, dynamic and a successful businessman who has suddenly become the Indian diplomat to an Iron Curtain country. He is the man who is about to dramatically change the course of world events - only if he lives. This fast paced crime suspense thriller races from the political alleys of New Delhi in India to the shadowy dangers of Islamabad in Pakistan. Jordan is caught in the web of cruel politics and vicious international conspiracy. Even before he takes up his post as an Indian diplomat, he is marked for death by unseen and powerful enemies including world's most competent and mysterious assassin, and propel into a nightmare of conspiracy, terror and deception. Alone and stranger in a foreign country, He must find a way to escape the diabolical plan hatched for him.

Anil carries this intense story for a mere 124 pages and in distilling the prose in this manner he enhances the terror. Another mastered genre for Anil John. Grady Harp, October 16
This book is free on Kindle Unlimited

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