Mukul Deva. Iqbal, a simple Muslim boy from Aligarh, is lured across the border into Pakistan to join the ranks of the notorious Lashkar-e-Toiba, one of the most dreaded Islamist militant organizations in the world. Six months later, a series of bomb blasts rip through a busy market in New Delhi, killing dozens of innocent people. As the police swing into action, it becomes clear that it isn't just a terror attack they are dealing with, but a larger conspiracy to unseat the government.
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Iqbal, a small-town boy from Lucknow, is lured across the Indian border into Pakistan for training as a jihadi by one of the most dreaded ter A riveting action thriller that moves from Delhi to the rugged mountains of LOC in Kashmir , to Lahore, Karachi and Multan, Lashkar is a gripping tale of terror and counter-terror, and terrible fall-out of the games government plays.. Iqbal, a small-town boy from Lucknow, is lured across the Indian border into Pakistan for training as a jihadi by one of the most dreaded terrorist organizations in the world.
Months later, on 29th October , on the eve of Diwali and Eid, a series of bomb blasts unleash death on the streets of Delhi. The blasts are a continuation of the proxy war raged between Pakistan's military and intelligence in India. The magnitude of destruction outrages the normally docile Indian public and its demand for justice rocks Indian Government into action.
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Start your review of Lashkar: Into the Heart of Terror. Jan 06, Raja Subramanian rated it really liked it Shelves: books-owned , read-in A friend of mine had remarked that Mukul Deva's books are interesting and exciting ones.
Specifically, he asked me to rad Time after Time. I could not procure that immediately, but managed to get my hands on Lashkar. I wasn't disappointed at all. Lashkar is a wonderful action thriller dealing with a topic that is well-known to every single Indian who have watched hopelessly as terror outfits from across the border have wreaked havoc in India. The entire world knows that all terror outfits receive A friend of mine had remarked that Mukul Deva's books are interesting and exciting ones.
The entire world knows that all terror outfits receive excellent patronage in Pakistan. High profile terrorists and gangsters are known to live in Pakistan and lead a king's life thumbing their noses at India.
The typical Indian response has been one of outrage, anger, and frustration, buMt pretty much no action to back the feelings. Not in this story. A team of ISI supported extremists slip into India around the time of Deepavali and near meticulously unleash a carnage in several places in Delhi. The Indian government, for a change, decides to swiftly respond in an Israeli style to take out some of the terrorists by striking deep inside Pakistan itself.
Meanwhile, Iqbal, a typical confused youth from Lucknow gets radicalized thanks to a fiery-speaking cleric in a Delhi mosque. He is lured into Pakistan for training, gets back into India and discovers that his mother and sister are killed in the Delhi blasts. Mukul Deva weaves the story in an engaging manner, keeping the pace hot. The characters are immensely believable ones, indeed resembling actual persons very closely.
The writing style is simple and straight-forward. There are some curious expressions used in some of the conversations. For instance, I found it amusing when a Delhi cop says "Shot on a Stick" when a terrorist runs straight towards him with a gun in his hand after a botched-up bus bombing attempt.
Seriously, "Shit on a Stick" from a Haryanvi cop? I wonder what that would have translated into in Hindi! Oh, some of my friends actually did offer a few hilarious translations. Overall, it was a good story, well told. After all, we are probably unlikely to see an Indian response to acts of terrorism as it was narrated here in this book.
We call all dream, can't we?! Now I must find the other books of Mukul Deva! Super detailed, written by an ex-army guy who has obviously been in the thick of the action. The coincidental part is that this book was written way before the actual assault on Obama in Pakistan. If you are an Indian you will wish this wasn't fiction. Different Genre, first book from an Indian point of view.
Is a work of fiction alas! Cannot imagine Indian leadership doing anything along the lines of the book!! Good effort nonetheless. Jan 02, Vishal Kale rated it it was amazing.
The story covers a vast scope - starting from the terror plot planning at the highest levels of the Pakistani Government, moving onto the political moves by the Indian Government by the Indian Prime Minister and senior Armed Forces officers, and finally into the execution phase. To keep the book fast-paced, characterisation has been kept to a bare minimum. Surprisingly, this does not impede upon your enjoyment of the book. In fact, quite the reverse - as the story becomes nice and lean and conce The story covers a vast scope - starting from the terror plot planning at the highest levels of the Pakistani Government, moving onto the political moves by the Indian Government by the Indian Prime Minister and senior Armed Forces officers, and finally into the execution phase.
In fact, quite the reverse - as the story becomes nice and lean and concentrates on the action sequences and the content of the dialogues and intrigues portrayed Perhaps the biggest fun aspect in the book is the portrayal of the Indian side as aggressive and fast-paced, firm and action oriented. This is in marked contrast to the measured, mature and responsible, at times seemingly meek and muted response that is met with derision by most educated Indians in reality.
The Indian Government in this book comes across as aggressive, innovative, bold and ultra-quick in decision making. It makes for a fun read, as you really enjoy the clinical dissection of the USA and Pakistan, as well as the bold decisions of the Indian Government. A must read for this alone. You wont enjoy it! Lashkar is a strange book - one that challenges conventional wisdom in fiction writing, and goes into uncharted territory. It uses actual existing political realities, and builds up on them.
It does not needlessly vilify any nation - and sticks not to jingoism but to cold hard facts. And if those facts paint any nation black, so be it. It comes across as very objective,as opposed to the jingoistic portrayals of Iraq, Russia etc in most other western spy thrillers. And, most critically, it carries a lesson as well: in the story of Iqbal - an engineer from India who goes astray, and wakens up to the reality very late..
In his story is hidden the fundamental problem and inadmissibility of terrorism, and the dishonourable nature of terrorism - as well as the fact that they are mere tools in a much larger geo-political landscape. Overall this is a book I rate at 5 stars out of 5.
No contest! Aug 28, Ninad rated it really liked it. Unlike the other books that you have in this genre, Lashkar definitely stands out, Mukul Deva has given a gem of a novel. The premise is simple, understandable and also gives you a thorough insight of the war that is waging within the country. The protagonist Iqbal and his journey from India to a lashkar training camp in Pakistan and the terror strike which is carried out in India which causes the death of his mother and sister is equally heart moving.
In my view , this is not just a story w Unlike the other books that you have in this genre, Lashkar definitely stands out, Mukul Deva has given a gem of a novel. In my view , this is not just a story written by an individual who has just been sitting behind a desk and coughing up literature, but by a man who has been on the LOC and seen the action happen. Mukul Deva , hails from the army, with 15 years of active service, makes us experience the war, that takes place everyday between India and Pakistan.
If you want to know the truth about terrorism.. Lashkar is a must read for you
Lashkar: Into the Heart of Terror
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