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Desert Hunt

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  12 reviews
In the liberal oasis of Dubai, Al Qaeda plots to secure a suitcase nuke design that would have devastating and far-reaching consequences, while changing the rules of the terror game forever. When a top Hamas commander is assassinated in Dubai, a spectacular suicide attack is played out to avenge the killing, and, more importantly, to divert attention away from the nuke ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published June 29th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Prakash Yadav
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Desert Hunt" is fast-paced novel providing not only an insight into the gulf's political situation but also a classic action-thriller experience similar to James Bond novels. A bit slow in the beginning and a tad bit over descriptive, but 40 pages into it the characters are in place and events begin to rapidly unfold.
The characters are well developed (at the expense of the over descriptiveness). Taking into account all the dramatic action sequences, it wouldn't be a surprise if a movie were to
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the context of the recent face-off between India and Pakistan, "Desert Hunt" made excellent reading. The gripping narration traces the origins of global terrorism to Pakistan and gives the reader an insight into how the terror sleeping cells operate. The danger of Pakistani nuke designs falling into wrong hands is very real and the world community should take serious note of the same.
Dennis Mews
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very detailed and informative story centred around a terrorist plot, with many fascinating insights into the customs, frictions and lifestyles of Dubai and its neighbours in the Middle East. The author clearly understands the region very well and has crafted a fine read, building up the tension to it's violent finale.

With a level of technical detail reminiscent of the James Bond stories, this book would be an absorbing read for those who, like me, have limited knowledge and
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Desert Hunt is an engrossing fast-paced thriller set in the backdrop of Dubai. The story revolves largely around terrorism and the political ramifications faced by international agents working to counter this threat. The story feels so true to life that I often had to pause and remind myself that I was just reading a book! Although the topic is a serious one, the author manages to build an interesting narrative of characters and situations with a pinch of humor thrown in every now and then. ...more
Shevlin Sebastian
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'Desert Hunt', by KSR Menon is a gripping, fast-paced and highly readable thriller about terrorists and security agents playing cat and mouse games in the dazzling city of Dubai. It is as good as most of the thrillers which come out in the West: a mix of knowledge and high writing skills.

Menon knows Dubai well. He has worked there as a correspondent, for more than 15 years, employed with the Press Trust of India, the United News of India, and for other newspapers in India.

One is sure Menon
Meera Sivakrishnan
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is an interesting novel. Since I have lived in this part of the world for more than a decade,I can identify the places mentioned in the novel .l feel nostalgic about it.
The plot is very intriguing & the novel progress into a fast pace.
I read twice the novel to recall the places I had lived.If you have lived in one of the gulf countries, you may enjoy more. Most of my friends have enjoyed reading it.
I want the author to write a sequel to it.
Mark Brennan
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Typically this isn't the kind of book I thought I would enjoy but Menon has a unique and clear way of telling the story this story so that it could relate to almost anyone. I learned a lot about something I knew little before and it was so well written that I couldn't put it down.
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Muraly Nair
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Though the focus of the story is on nuclear piracy and the dangerous possibility of a small atomic weapon falling into the hands of terrorists in the Middle East, the author has very cleverly woven present-day Indian worries, like Islamist organisations and the Pakistani ISI recruiting Gulf-based Indian workers and the use of fake Indian currency of Pakistan origin to, among other things, funding their nefarious anti-India activities. Even as the main story is gripping in itself, the smuggling ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Desert Hunt is a must-read for all of those who enjoy a well-written book.

I kindly received a copy from K.S.R. Menon himself, and I couldn't be happier right now.

Richly detailed, Desert Hunt takes us to the innards of Al Qaeda, introduces us to the dark relations between different terrorist cells, and also imply a few uncertainties between the Intelligence Service of a few countries.

It also explores the reason why many people end up as "terrorists", and presents us a very human and raw view of
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked up 'Desert Hunt' one evening, and for the next 4 days, every free moment was spent reading was simply gripping and hard to put down! At first I wasn't sure what to expect since I have never read any books in this genre...but once I began, I was totally involved. I think the political dimension as well as intrigue drew me into it, and the characters are so interestingly developed...Jabbar, Sultan and Subi...they all were brought to life so well. As I read, I kept wanting to know ...more
Sree Harsha Ramesh
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Desert Hunt has a great plot which spans across continents with Dubai being the epicentre of brewing terrorist activity.
The characters are developed in a painstaking detail, albeit a little too stereotypically (Subbu, the RAW chief, he is a Tam-Brahm, amirite?)
Kudos to K.S.R. Menon for bringing to fore, in his fictional debut, a very valid terror scenario that could bring the world to a stand-still.
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KSR Menon has worked as the Middle East correspondent of Indian news agencies – the Press Trust of India and later the United News of India – in Dubai for over 18 years. Reporting on the political and economic developments in the region has given him a keen insight into the life in one of the most volatile regions of the world. Menon was also News Editor with Emirates Evening Post, the
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