It’s been 21 days since I shared details of my 10th book and first FICTION THRILLER, which has already sold 400+ copies in just 45 days since release, and has been amongst the Top 30 books in the Crime, Thriller & Mystery category of Amazon India for 20+ out of these 45 days.
SPIES, LIES & RED-TAPE is the first Spy-Military-Political Thriller based on the Indian Sub-Continent, revolving around an Alternate Reality of Indian Politics – as reflected in the featured image of this post.
The book already has 230 Reviews on Amazon, with 50% of the readers giving it 5 out of 5 stars, and 37% giving it 4 out of 5 stars. HERE IS THE SYNOPSIS OF THE NOVEL:
The Gang of Six were clenching their fists under the 21-seater oval teak table in the PMO in New Delhi. How could their Prime Minister speak to them like that? How does the Constitution of India allow such people, with just 35 seats out of 543 in the Lok Sabha, to become the PM?
The Indian PM’s aircraft took off from Islamabad Airport at 7:45 am IST and was scheduled to land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi at 9:10 am IST. When the aircraft started deviating from its scheduled route, there was panic at the IGIA air traffic control tower. By 9:15 am IST, the aircraft was seen heading south, when it became out of range of the radars at IGIA. Had the PM’s aircraft been hijacked? Was it headed to Sri Lanka or the Maldives?
The defence minister, external affairs minister and the NSA had accompanied the PM to Islamabad. In their absence, the best men to contact the Indian Air Force Chief were the cabinet secretary or the defence secretary. Both men tried to get hold of him, but to no avail. He was not answering his office or mobile phone. They tried the Vice Chief and got no response either. What in hell was going on?
By 9:45 am IST, Indian Army soldiers in battle gear began arriving in army trucks at North and South Block, and at various other ministry buildings spread across Lutyens’ Delhi. Hundreds of soldiers also arrived at the residences of the union ministers in the 28.7 km2 Lutyens Bungalow Zone.
At 9:45 pm Pakistan Time, about five hours after the Indian generals had finished the press conference in New Delhi and about two hours after millions had started demonstrating on roads across fifty-plus Indian cities, Prime Minister Irfan Khan chaired a meeting of Pakistan’s National Security Council. A plan of action was framed.
I promise you a unique and intriguing plot, with a mixture of political powerplay, thrill, suspense, mystery, treachery, military strategy & action, regional geopolitics, conspiracy, espionage, terrorism, and a little bit of erotica.
An avid book reader from Mohali (Punjab) has written: “Readers, brace yourselves as you are about to read a high intensity story in which each page takes you through a journey of a lifetime. When you keep readers hooked till the end, I would call it the real success of a book.”
An AMAZON TOP 50 REVIEWER from Gurgaon (NCR) has written: “One of the best spy fiction read after a long time. The crisply and intensely written story kept me hooked to it throughout right from the word ‘go’. I just wanted to keep going endlessly. It was so gripping and enjoying.”
A Financial Analyst from Bodhgaya (Bihar) says: “This is perhaps the first political fiction that is so enjoyable. Amit, in his very first novel, has shown tremendous skills at plot construction and narrative building. Kudos to Amit for this amazing [fiction] debut.”
Last but certainly not the least, this is what one of India’s most senior retired Army officers sais: “An innovative and engrossing piece of fiction which is so realistic and pragmatic that you start feeling it is actually happening. The author has researched regional geopolitics extremely well to come out with a strategic plan to solve the dispute with our neighbour, once and for all. The imaginary political vacuum is narrated in a lucid manner to highlight how it can be detrimental to our national security. The book also brings out the apolitical character of our armed forces which can go to any length to protect national interest. The spies add colour to the book, which is a visionary piece of art so tastefully written, it will leave a reader richer and amused and propel him or her to read it again and again.”