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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 1st 2011 by Createspace (first published January 1st 2009)
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Al Swanson
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
Abhishek
Jul 17, 2014 Abhishek rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Military fiction enthusiasts
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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
Brent
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
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Utsav Trivedi
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
Pat
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
Divyaroop Bhatnagar
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!
Sanyam Bagaria
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!
Dhananjay Hegde
A gripping tale of a war in the subcontinent. But, sometimes one will be overwhelmed with too many names and numbers.
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
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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
Ruru Ghoshal
Sure. Why not?
Selena
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.
Rae Gee
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!
Bob
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.
Michael Mangalam
a very engrossing read....a book that you cannot put down !
Michael
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.
Randall
This chronicle of realistic events could use more "story." Some pages lose track of what characters are involved from sentence to sentence.
Joe
Great book about modern warfare. And how wars start and stop.
Dhairav
Engrossing and a complete thriller
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