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Line of Control: A Thriller on the Coming War in Asia

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It is 2012, and the world is a more dangerous place than ever before. Revolutions have swept aside one Middle Eastern regime after another. A regime allied to Al Qaeda has swept to power in Saudi Arabia, and uses its oil wealth and modern arsenal to further spread Jihad around the world. Yet another military coup brings a fundamentalist regime to power in Pakistan, which i ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published August 3rd 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 1st 2009)
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Al Swanson
Dec 28, 2011 Al Swanson rated it really liked it
One of the great things about reading on the Kindle is also one of it's biggest shortcomings: cost of the books. If you want to read the latest from Clancy, you'll pay as much or more for the Kindle edition as you'd pay for the hardcover. If you want to read the latest from Mainak Dhar, you might pay 99 cents. In fact, there is another great thing about books on Kindle - some you can't get in print. I'm not sure that this is one, but there's a large and growing number of authors popping out titl ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Brent rated it really liked it
All in all, this was a solid story. Dhar deviates from convention at times, switching between different characters' POVs in the same scene, telling instead of showing, etc. I touched upon some of the other shortcomings in my "mid-read" commentary.

However, his underlying premise regarding what sparks the armed conflict between India and Pakistan seemed pretty realistic to me, and he obviously did quite a bit of research regarding the weapons systems used by both sides as well as the two countrie
Venkatesh Chetlur
Your regular potboiler....sort of like a Bollywood thriller - expect someone to make this into a movie. Has all the ingredients... patritic fervor, unscrupulous enemy, villain in the shadows... the works...

Good thing is that the pace does not let up and the writing is ok.

Overall, a decent one time read - maybe on a flight.
May 24, 2017 Hemant rated it really liked it
After a long time I have read a good fiction which introduced war as vivid with lot of weapons and warheads. If you like reading about India/Pak stuff, it would be a good read.
Feb 26, 2014 Abhishek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military fiction enthusiasts
Shelves: favorites
Another good book by Mainak Dhar after "Hindustaan" which provided an enjoyable reading experience. The book does not falter in any department whether it be war or politics. It explores a new scenario of Saudi Arabia (in place of China) helping Pakistan against India after a fanatic takes over Saudi Arabia. The good thing about the book is that all three wings of the armed forces are represented , as in most books the role of Navy (especially the surface fleet) is greatly underestimated. The str ...more
Utsav Trivedi
Sep 26, 2012 Utsav Trivedi rated it liked it
I have always been a lover of this Genre "WAR". Be it the movies like Saving Private Ryan or the series like Band of Brothers. This book is no different. The start of the book with too many characters being introduced to you in a couple of chapters, but once you are accustomed with the characters, it becomes a page turner. It has suspense and you would want to continue reading. The story in interesting and what is appreciable is the amount of research which the author has done on Indian Army. Ev ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
It is 2012, and the world is a more dangerous place than ever before. Revolutions have swept aside one Middle Eastern regime after another. A regime allied to Al Qaeda has swept to power in Saudi Arabia, and uses its oil wealth and modern arsenal to further spread Jihad around the world. Yet another military coup brings a fundamentalist regime to power in Pakistan, which initiates an audacious plan to strike the first blow in this new global Jihad. As unprecedented terror attacks stun India, the ...more
Ajay Ajay
Sep 28, 2014 Ajay Ajay rated it it was amazing
Read it long time back. An astonishing work by the Author. I was dying to see one Indian Author, who could write what Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum and similar write. There were none, until I found this one book.

A very exciting journey. Complex role of Indian Army, Pakistani Army and government and Wow! A possible nuclear detonation at the end!!! A cart in the valley of Kashmir!! Sensational!!

If Tom Clancy wrote Sum of All Fears, then our man, the Author Mainak wrote not less than him. Pick your c
Ryan Rauber
An interesting yarn. Reminds of the Larry Bond books I read in the 90s. In this case, it's a what-if scenario if a conflict erupts between India and Pakistan. I enjoyed this book, though I had to suspend belief at certain times. The author seems to have done plenty of research on the military capabilities of each nation. Another plus is that the story is told almost exclusively from the point of view of Indians and Pakistanis involved in the conflict. If you enjoyed those Larry Bond books, you'l ...more
Siddharth Kharkar
Very, very similar to Dragon Fire. Almost seems like they were written by the same author.

The war goes in a different direction with this book however. The book has more technical detail (which I like), the characters however seem a bit over-the-top at times (A dashing, honest, slick 6foot 2inch Indian prime minister.... umm... no... havent had those in a while...). The book is a honest attempt however, and is thoroughly entertaining. I read it all in one go, which I can only say for certain boo
Feb 18, 2012 Selena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Certainly stepped out of my comfort zone with this book. Was quite technical in places which took a little getting used to. Biggest downfall was the inconsistency with spelling and such in the book, for example one of the main characters Illahi was also spelt Ilahi, often on the same page.

Not sure exactly who this book would suit but I'm sure, as with any book, there's an audience for it, perhaps I'm just not quite the right one.
Feb 20, 2013 Bob rated it liked it
Pushed by the new radical leader of Saudi Arabia Pakistan instigates a war with India. This book covers the war from both sides in this fictional account. Interesting reading by I found it hard to keep some of the characters straight as to which side they were on as the names were often similar. A decent read however.
Rae Gee
Apr 24, 2012 Rae Gee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
Line of Control was one of those books which grabbed me from the start. Having lived in India, I was interested in reading a local perspective of modern warfare. And it didn't disappoint. Engaging and entirely believable, if you fancy reading India's answer to Tom Clancy then give Mainak Dhar a go. Definitely going to try some of his other books now!
Aug 11, 2016 Ram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yep, finished reading this book on independence day (Coincidence)!! It's a very good read. Did not notice any dull spots, keeps you on your toes. The details provided about the inventories of the armed forces on both sides is very neat. Not sure how precise it is, but loved it!
Sanyam Bagaria
Mar 22, 2014 Sanyam Bagaria rated it it was amazing
A definite must read for those interested in military working, and how a modern war might happen. Book is extremely thrilling from day one. Use of Military lingo makes it all the more realistic.

I hope this book gets recognized soon by the media. one of its kind!
Divyaroop Bhatnagar
Mar 10, 2014 Divyaroop Bhatnagar rated it liked it
Quite good for war fiction focused on South Asia. The writing is patchy though. It starts well and then peters out a bit. Potential nuclear war between India and Pakistan is a hot topic. Hope it never happens and if we ever get close we have the dashing Khosla as PM of India!
Kamesh Kumar N
Very good military fiction portraying an imaginary armed conflict between India and Pakistan. Details of the arsenal, comparison between air force and navy of both the countries have been done well.
Jul 31, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Good story and surprising plot reveal on the last page. The way a good thriller should be. Needs better editing but an overall good read.
Jun 07, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it
Can't wait to read this author's other works.
Aug 06, 2012 Randall rated it liked it
This chronicle of realistic events could use more "story." Some pages lose track of what characters are involved from sentence to sentence.
Ruru Ghoshal
Mar 15, 2014 Ruru Ghoshal rated it it was amazing
Sure. Why not?
Apr 12, 2016 Viswas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Author sort of gives a detailed account of the arsenal available in India and Pakistan's Disposal. I found the novel very engaging indeed, Although there are continuity issues at some places.
Michael Mangalam
Jan 11, 2014 Michael Mangalam rated it really liked it
a very engrossing read....a book that you cannot put down !
Mar 06, 2012 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Great book about modern warfare. And how wars start and stop.
Jul 16, 2016 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, kindle
Very much as intense as a Clancy novel. It is very good.
Dhananjay Hegde
Nov 29, 2014 Dhananjay Hegde rated it liked it
A gripping tale of a war in the subcontinent. But, sometimes one will be overwhelmed with too many names and numbers.
May 17, 2012 Dhairav rated it really liked it
Engrossing and a complete thriller
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After finishing his schooling at Modern School, Barakhamba Road and his under-graduation at Hindu College, Delhi, Mainak Dhar graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has spent two decades in the corporate sector — starting with Procter & Gamble in India. He spent eighteen years with P&G, fifteen of them outside India across the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, he move ...more
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