Book Review

Book Review: Checkmate by Varun Tejwani

BLURB

The year is 2020.
While New Delhi deliberates on commensurate retaliation to Beijing’s actions, a series of events across the globe pushes the world to the brink of war.
A high-profile assassination in Israel stirs up emotions in the Middle East, and the Arab armies form an alliance united by the rallying calls of jihad: to conquer the holy land, once again.
The public execution of a CIA agent in North Korea brings the gargantuan navies of US and China to a terrifying stalemate in the Sea of Japan, while the world watches in horror as hopes for human survival and global markets dwindle into oblivion.
Amidst all this, Lama, the influential leader of Tibet, finds himself in a political pickle, and sways towards Beijing, the mightier side, in the event of an Indo-China conflict. So does Pakistan, China’s all weather friend.
With the possibility of war on both fronts, as the struggle for dominance on Tibet brings the dragon to India’s doorstep, the tiger prepares for yet another showdown with the dragon.
Six decades after the Indo-China war of 1962, will the tiger be able to turn the tide and douse the dragon’s fire?
Who shall fire the first shot and who is actually calling the shots? Only time will tell.
Witness a tale untold and immerse yourself in a world of moves and countermoves, where there’s no distinction between black and white. Where every piece has a role to play but their loyalties are not a function of their colour. Where the only thing that truly matters is who gets to call CHECKMATE.The year is 2020.
While New Delhi deliberates on commensurate retaliation to Beijing’s actions, a series of events across the globe pushes the world to the brink of war.
A high-profile assassination in Israel stirs up emotions in the Middle East, and the Arab armies form an alliance united by the rallying calls of jihad: to conquer the holy land, once again.
The public execution of a CIA agent in North Korea brings the gargantuan navies of US and China to a terrifying stalemate in the Sea of Japan, while the world watches in horror as hopes for human survival and global markets dwindle into oblivion.
Amidst all this, Lama, the influential leader of Tibet, finds himself in a political pickle, and sways towards Beijing, the mightier side, in the event of an Indo-China conflict. So does Pakistan, China’s all weather friend.
With the possibility of war on both fronts, as the struggle for dominance on Tibet brings the dragon to India’s doorstep, the tiger prepares for yet another showdown with the dragon.
Six decades after the Indo-China war of 1962, will the tiger be able to turn the tide and douse the dragon’s fire?
Who shall fire the first shot and who is actually calling the shots? Only time will tell.
Witness a tale untold and immerse yourself in a world of moves and countermoves, where there’s no distinction between black and white. Where every piece has a role to play but their loyalties are not a function of their colour. Where the only thing that truly matters is who gets to call CHECKMATE.

REVIEW

Cover: 4/5
Title: 4/5
Blurb: 3/5
Presentation: 4/5
Plot: 4.5/5

Final Rating: 4/5

The Cover includes so many details about the plot. It simply represents India because of the elements used. There is an appearance of some other elements also, which depicted China, as per the story.

The title “Checkmate” signifies the win of one over other. It is mostly used in Chess, when a person defeats the other person. It is an eye-catching word which is used by the Author to grab the attention of the readers.

Brief Synopsis: This is the second part of the Novel “”The Last Chai”, which was an amazing political thriller as well.

The plot of the story may be fiction but it is based on the current ploticial situations of our country. This story is the extension to the last novel, and talks about India’s relationship with China.

As the story is based in the year 2020, it may turn out to be true. God knows if it will happen or not. But the way the storyline is written, even if it happens, I won’t be surprised because as a matter of fact, India and China are the two most developing nations with technological advances in various weapons for their defence.

This novel is a must read if you want to find out the international standing of both the countries.

The narration is gripping, it kept me hooked till I finished it. The twists and the turns made the experience even more thrilling. I could imagine the situation, if it happens. The characters, specially the secret agents were so well written, it really added to the charm of the novel.
The language used was simple and easy to understand.

I would recommend it to everyone who likes Political Thrillers, specially the ones which are informative in nature.

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