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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
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Published August 3rd 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 1st 2009)
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Ajayshankar11
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved reading books from this Author, he has set a standard for himself. Reading the book when news about "Isis starting a new province in Kashmir" so could relate easily. Plot is interesting and gripping till the end, finished in one go. As the title reads all action is at the Line of control (India and Pakistan) and activities related to it.
Author has worked hard to build the characters and situations for the story. He has done justice to all characters and situations. He is su
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Al Swanson
Dec 28, 2011 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
Brent
Jun 04, 2012 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
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Sunil Seetharaman
The last line

The closest to Tom Clancy I've read, and I mean that as a compliment. Fantastic stuff, fast moving storyline, good character building. Look forward to reading more of this. And yes, the last line in the novel.
Dhawal Joshi
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Seeing the blurb, cover and the praises in the description I was honestly pretty excited to read the book. In past such type of books have been really good for ex, Nation At War Series which is one of my fav by Varun Tejwani. You can check out reviews for the same on my website.

Apart from that, the book honestly felt like a cross hybrid between a military weapons encyclopedia and your typical 90's bollywood classic. That's the best I can describe without much revelation of the plot. I am a reade
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Shanky
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mainak has a good ability to reproduce the same effect as Clancy. I'm reading the Jack Ryan series and this book reminded me so much of that. The plot is strong and well developed and the story is woven in an interesting fashion. This book has all that is necessary to keep you engaged and makes for a racy read. This involves war and the emotions run high while reading this one especially if you are a fan of reading about wars. There are a few m
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Digvijay
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, 3.5 stars.

About the book,

1. While the narration concerned with the Armed forces is highly stereotypical and tepid, the plot and the striking audacity of attacks is something everyone should be concerned about. The way it's all glued together seems to be simplistic but the open similarities with the reality is what makes it engaging.
2. The author has hit the 'dukhti rag' of our democracy by involving the delicate social thread of communal rivalry.
3. The author has a reasonably good
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Aravind
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story of a can-happen-anytime war between India and Pakistan is a good, fast-paced read which I would rate as a 3.5 starrer. The author seems to have researched well enough to make the war terminology sound authentic. The negatives about this novel are some unrealistic sequences, a predictable romance and, most irritatingly, a shoddy editing that has let slip a lot of grammatical errors through.
Amlanjyoti Saikia
Unexpectedly good

Didn't have a ton of expectations when I came to this book. But, it turned out to be a pretty well rounded fictional version of the sub-continent's political realities, and the cracks in India's armour. A cautionary tale with a happy ending that we Indians absolutely adore (Bollywood spoiled us).
Ananya
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sub stories have been blended well with the main plot. Adequate amount of suspense has been maintained. Detailed description about military, war, weapons etc are mentioned which show the author's effort in writing the book. Characters were well developed. A short love story made it something cute too. Overall it was a good read!
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.
Ankit Mund
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome war novel !

It's the best war novel that I've ever read. It keeps the reader on the edge with its portrayal of war events. What makes it more exciting is the India-Pakistan duel.
Jatin Mehta
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read but lot of typos

Very interesting plot making it a good read, but a lot of typos and a few gaffes - e.g. in one paragraph, the author mentions a completely different character than actually intended. A lot of minor typos in the book, though, making it irksome.
Vipul Chemburkar
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping

A fast paced thriller. Based on realpolitik, the situations outlined seem actually plausible in real life. Brings out the risks of fundamentalism and nuclear war ver clearly.
Likhita Nagamalli
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick one time read that puts you in a real war field. The author gave his best with the terminology and the sequences. The author made sure he caught the nerve of a reader with his plot and story line.
Sandeep Dey
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book.

Loved the way the story unfolds. Also Mainak had given equal opportunities to both India And Pakistan and it is the core truth common people on both sides does not want war.
Parikshit Lale
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant though predictable

Just couldn't keep this down, a pretty fast read. Even though plot was more or less predictable with one unexpected twist, really enjoyed detailing of weapon systems and pace of the story.
Ashwini
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved reading this page turner. it brilliantly captures the nuances and strategies of a war. the story is compelling and binds you to find out what is going to happen next. the characters are well sketched. a few grammatical mistakes in the book but these can be overlooked.
VISWANADHAM NAMBURI
A good gripping book till the end.
Ajitabh Pandey
A very fast pace action packed page turner. And if the plot is India-Pakistan conflict, then its a bonus. Only a few chapters were little slow and drama type of situation.
Hemant
May 24, 2017 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.
Suparnkumar Sathe
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book, painting India- Pak war scenario, though many of the things were shown too optimistic. Still a good read.
Mrinal Ayush
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started slow but it quickly turned into a page turner. Obviously not the best war book written, but it sure gives a thrilling tale of two countries entrenched in a war neither of them wants.
Abhishek Rajput
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It paints a real grim picture of war

It paints a real grim picture of war which is just a case of when and not if.

A war that will surely change the course of the world and not just of Indian subcontinent
Abhijit Biswas
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blockbuster

It's like watching a high octane war movie. Has all the ingredients for it. It gives detail description of the military arsenal available with both India and Pakistan. The ending was also enjoyable. Overall a good gripping thriller till the end.
Abhishek
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Utsav Trivedi
Sep 26, 2012 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
Pat
Jun 30, 2013 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 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
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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
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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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