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Fissile Material

It has finally happened—an Indian thriller of quality ... here comes India's Clancy or Ludlum or Forsyth.

Fissile Material
Fissile Material
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It has finally happened—an Indian thriller of quality. Like the discovery of Ishant Sharma who can hit the deck consistently at 140 kilometres an hour, Mukul Deva has written a 400-plus-page thriller where neither the tautness nor the pace collapses. The villain understandably is a retired Pakistani ISI brigadier, with streaks of megalomania and an apocalyptic, fundamentalist worldview. The book is indeed ‘prescient’ as one blurb describes it, for the entire plot is outsourced by the ISI chief to a retired crony with access to much of the ISI’s infrastructure, as indeed happened in preparing for the Mumbai attack. Deva is more optimistic than prescient when it comes to the good guys. Intelligence agencies are brought under control, the executive arm and signal intelligence wing actually coordinate in a modern computerised control room, and Force 22, India’s secret strike force, is given an all-India role.

Most joyously optimistic of all, India’s national security apparatchiks suddenly develop a part of the anatomy long gone...

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