ARC Review

ARC Review: Eleventh Hour by S. Husain Zaidi

New Delhi, 2017. It is nine years since the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai and the wounds have still not healed. Especially not for Superintendent of Police Vikrant Singh, who ends up landing a slap on the High Commissioner of Pakistan’s face when he meets him at an event. Meanwhile, in Bhopal, five members of the Indian Mujahideen, arrested by Vikrant, break out of the Central Jail. Vikrant, suspended for the diplomatic disaster, is unofficially asked to assist the team tracking the escaped terrorists. In another part of the country, a retired tycoon, a heartbroken ex-soldier and a young woman dealing with demons of her own embark on a journey of self-discovery aboard a cruise liner from Mumbai to Lakshadweep. Fate, however, has other plans, and the cruise liner is hijacked. Racy and riveting, this is Hussain Zaidi at his best.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Harper Collins India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Eleventh Hour is one of those brilliantly written crime based plot with its foundation in terrorism – in short it is one that every thriller addict will definitely enjoy.  

The foundation of the story lay in the 26/11 blasts that left this country shaken – and its security and intelligence forces to be on their toes and two steps ahead of the villains to keep this country safe.

On one side of plot lay SP Vikrant Singh, who is patriotic to his core making him take a step that gets him suspended yet unapologetic of his own actions (and to be really honest, I couldn’t even find fault with them anyways!). And on the other side of the plot lay the escape of the 5 terrorists that Vikrant had once captured and arrested – and the chain of events that almost end up shaking this country and the world.

While I read this book, I couldn’t help but feel as if the plot isn’t anything new, but boy was it gripping – here the author is able keep the pace of the plot strong and smooth – the story follows from one twist to another – and the best part is that we get a holistic view of everything that is happening on a parallel timeline – which, I have to admit, isn’t always easy, but the author seems to make it quite effortlessly!

This was the perfect weekend read – if you want to spend a lazy weekend with a book that you can enjoy without it destroying your emotions.  

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5



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