14/2 The Attack on Pulwama by Vikas Trivedi and Smita Agarwal
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd
Price: Rs. 150 INR(paperback), Rs. 75 INR(Kindle edition)
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My take on the book:
The name Pulwama brings back horrific memories to every Indian, the terror attack that happened on the CRPF personnel convoy on 14th Feb 2019. This was followed by the Balakot airstrike on 26th Feb as a retaliation by the Indian Air Force(IAF) targeting the terrorist camps in Pakistan along the border. The next day saw the shooting down of the IAF flight, its pilot held briefly captive to be returned to home country after 2 days. These events that happened within the span of few weeks are well documented in the public domain.
14/2 The Attack on Pulwama attempts to unravel the story behind these events, what led to them, who were the masterminds, documenting the minute details involved, albeit in a smart way by mixing fact with fiction. While the events described in the book are all drawn from the above-mentioned real-life events, the names are changed to maintain the fiction flavor.
The story runs in two parallel threads — what happened to the pilot Anand who was caught behind the enemy border and what will Clinton Joseph, NIA officer investigating the Pulwama attack find about the reasons and personnel behind this gruesome attack. The narration keeps alternating between these two storylines and keeps the reader on the edge. The mood of the book if set by the backdrop chosen and the pace is maintained well by the authors till the end.
At less than 150 pages, it makes for a quick read. This book makes for a good read for fans of thriller and action stories and to those who like to read about contemporary events.