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Eleventh Hour

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  41 reviews
New Delhi, 2017. It is nine years since the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai and the wounds have still not healed. Especially not for Superintendent of Police Vikrant Singh, who ends up landing a slap on the High Commissioner of Pakistan's face when he meets him at an event. Meanwhile, in Bhopal, five members of the Indian Mujahideen, arrested by Vikrant, break out of the Ce ...more
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Published May 1st 2018 by HarperCollins India
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Manpreet Kaur
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a crime novel based around the theme of terrorism, it's a great weekend read.

Started reading this book and could not put it down. It has a very classic storyline as in it's not an entirely unique story or concept but that doesn't affect your reading even a bit. Didn't happen with me, at least.

I enjoyed reading the book, following the events and characters right until I flipped the last page. If you want a quick weekend read... get this one.
Vikas Singh
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book
The first fiction book from Hussain Zaidi and he does not disappoint. Fast paced, he does not allow the reader any slackness. It is a great read in one go, you just cannot put in down. An encyclopedia on Mumbai underworld, Terrorism and the dark underbelly of politics, Hussain Zaidi packs his in depth knowledge with knock out punch. The climax is riveting. Must read.
Anukriti Malik
If you are looking for a gripping crime fiction read to challenge your detective side , you definitely need to pick this up. S. Hussain Zaidi’s Eleventh Hour is a fast paced crime fiction novel that is not only full of twists and turns but also has the power to play with your mind till the last page.

The book opens up when Superintendent of Police Vikrant Singh is suspended on the grounds of hitting the High Commissioner of Pakistan. Meanwhile , the news of a jail break by five member
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Vidhya Thakkar
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eleventh Hour is a Crime based fiction. It's a story of SP Vikrant Singh who is suspended after landing a blow on the high commissioner's face. Meanwhile, in Bhopal, five terrorists escaped from the jail and Vikrant is asked to assist. On the other hand, A cruise liner from Mumbai to Lakshadweep is Hijacked. Dealing with all the situations SP Mirza, Vikrant and his team are on the mission to find the escaped terrorists. How will they solve the case? what will happen next? were the questions on m ...more
Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
Fast paced thriller, with Indian intelligence, security internal and external forces involved.
Arsh
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was thinking to read it since Manpreet Kaur recommend it on her channel. Picked it up yesterday and here I am with the review.
So, it basically projects two main characters, Vikram and Mirza (my favorite) and multiple other characters scrambles throughout this thriller. These two characters certainly represents all those brave officers, be it in any department or of any country, who work very hard day and night to safe guard us, the common people and for the sake of their nations of whom
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Karthik Kailash
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katz Shooting Star:
NAME OF THE BOOK : Eleventh Hour

SP Vikrant Singh, a heroic police officer slaps a Pakistani diplomat and is suspended. When he is being questioned, news breaks out that 5 Indian Mujahideen operatives who had been busted by him, have escaped prison.

In the Arabian sea, a cruise liner is hijacked by Somali pirates and an ex soldier, a retired tycoon and a young woman are among on board.

S. Hussain Zaidi weaves together a racy plot that keeps your mi
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Anuprita Ratnaparkhi
An SP slapping the High commissioner of Pakistan, 5 terrorists escaping from Bhopal Jail and a Mumbai to Lakswadeep cruise liner gone missing – 'Eleventh Hour' is the story that revolves around SP Vikrant Singh, SP Mirza and their team, who are running against time to catch these terrorists.
Excluding first few pages, this one is a fast-paced crime thriller.

Hussain Zaidi, India finest crime journalist, keeps you hooked to the pages till the end. One thing that would help you while reading
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MRIDULA
I am sitting here, trying to gather my thoughts.
Meanwhile, read this book if you are fond of desi thrillers.
Ritika Chhabra
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I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Eleventh Hour by S. Hussain Zaidi is a beautiful book filled with action and suspense, that doesn't let you put it down until you have finally cracked the mystery of the novel, or well, finished it nonetheless. The book is a compilation of three stories going on simultaneously—one is of Superintendent Vikrant Singh who is one of the survivors from the 26/11 attacks and is ex/>Eleventh/>I
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Anjana Avinash
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Eleventh Hour by Hussain Zaidi is an edge of the seat thriller; a cat and mouse game played between the police lead by Superintendent of Police Vikrant Singh on one side and a band of highly committed and extremely dangerous terrorists on the other. This is Zaidi’s first attempt at fiction after his highly successful non-fiction books like Black Friday, From Dongri to Dubai, Mafia Queens of Mumbai and Byculla to Bangkok. Since I hadn’t read the earlier works I went in with a fresh mind and t ...more
Hrishikesh Singh
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Known for works like Black Friday, Dongri to Dubai, Bombay to Bangkok etc. there is absolutely no doubt when a badge on the cover of the book says India's Best Crime Writer. Zaidi prior to becoming everyone's favourite crime writer, has years of experience in investigative journalism that we see in themes of his writing. Out with his new book titled - Eleventh Hour, the writer takes us through yet another thriller featuring the men in uniform from our country. A personal acknowledgement from the ...more
Varun Mehta
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Its rare for a book to grip you from the first page, but this book literally does exactly that. Jumps straight in the thick of the action like an opening scene of a Hollywood Movie.
It is the season of Stories written while keeping movies in mind, Books to be adapted as screen play and Eleventh Hour just follow the trend.
There is suspense. There is drama. There is romance. There is a twist following other twist. Writer has given speed, momentum, twists and thrill which keeps reader curious
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Kunal Gwalani
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bravery. Dedication.

Skill. Belief.

Manipulation. Heroics.

Sacrifice. Patriotism.

These are but some of the emotions on display in this fast paced and well written book, Eleventh Hour by S. Hussain Zaidi.

This thriller novel unravels a terrorist plot and the manhunt that ensues to stop the terrorist and protect their country.
The book is so well written, that it might as well be a movie plot. Fast paced, action sequences, suspense, roma
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Under Review
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
📙"'Are you serious?' Kalra sputtered.
'I am, Sir. If the IM Five are ready to leave, it means they are done with whatever they were planning with the '93 Cache. The city might erupt with bomb blasts the minute they leave. We really cannot take any chances. Please, please sound a red alert.'
There was silence at the other end.

📙Five terrorists break the jail in Bhopal and are suspected to plant some bombs in the Mumbai. But, this is just one face of the coin; what lies on the other is more horrifyin
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Shweta
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fasten your seat belts, Ladies & Gentlemen, you are in for a ride against time.

S.Hussain Zaidi pens a racy thriller with so many twists, turns , that perhaps even after almost reaching the end of the book, one can't predict the end.

Eleventh Hour is a story of recently suspended SP Vikrant Singh & his mentor Mirza, where they unearth & chase dangerous criminals of IS Five , the suspected group behind the infamous 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. They have escaped the Bhopal Central jail &am
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thenirvanablog
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Book begins with Vikrant Singh, a senior Police officer in National Investigation Agency who still has the memories of the drastic terror attack of 26//11 lingering in the abyss of his minds land a blow on the Pakistani High Commision Zakir Abdul Rauf Khan, who still is on visit to India, Vikrant Singh is suspended till further notice but he appointent as a consultant and unofficialy asked to assistant the team track the five member of Indian Mujahideen who had broken out of the Central Jail of ...more
Vishaal
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eleventh Hour is Set in the present time and Hussain Zaidi, has created an interesting and very plausible story that may have some connect to real-life events. The plot is a classic one where Indian intelligence agencies are trying to catch some escaped convicts. There’s terrorism involved and references to actual events of terrorism that happened in the country. The book was a racy and riveting read, with enough twists, turns and reveals to keep me hooked for its entirety. Of course, you will h ...more
Avantika Sharma
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this book in 2 days straight. That is how gripping and thrilling it is! Just my kind of novel - crime, thriller with some emotions and a lot of twists and turns! I am a sucker for such books, and Eleventh Hour turned out to be just like that! I wonder why I haven't read other books yet!

Situated years after the 9/11 Mumbai attacks that nor me, nor any other Mumbaikar will ever forget...the book and the characters take you through on-the-edge ride towards another att
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Tejas
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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John Pinto
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nishatha
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m given to reading in fits and starts. And thanks to the 5-days-a-week job, a happily busy marriage and a kindergartener at home, gone are the days of staying up the whole night with a book. So it takes a really gripping book to have me sit up till 3 am on a Friday night! Veteran investigative editor and crime reporter S.Hussain Zaidi‘s latest crime thriller, Eleventh Hour was right up my alley!

Pick this up you're looking for a quick weekend read. The book is fast-paced, and shows the Indian
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Piku
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5

I love Zaidi's non-fiction works. Dongri to Dubai, Byculla to Bangkok are two of my favourite works of non-fiction. His impeccable research and ability to form an unbiased narrative makes his writing a compelling piece of art.

Eleventh Hour is Zaidi's first work of fiction and predictably revolves around terrorism. The writing his simple and his protagonist Vikrant Singh is a rough & tough shrewd cop, definitely likeable. The couple of plot twists are good a
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Siddhartha
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of S. Hussain Zaidi, hence was hugely disappointed with ‘Mumbai Avengers’ and wished for him to come back to his best with a sensational non-fiction. And he did exactly that with ‘Dangerous Minds’. Again I am wishing that he sticks to writing non-fiction and stays away from writing mediocre fictions hoping them to be made into crappy Bollywood movies. There is nothing to write regarding this book, it was a disappointment especially more considering that this came from the best in ...more
Gauri
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
All the makings of a high-octane, fast-paced thriller that talks about the cat-and- mouse chase of the police and intelligence and the terrorist groups. It starts with a reference point of the 16/11 attacks in Mumbai that transpired in the year 2008 and what is going to transpire nine years later in 2017. It revolves around the efforts of passionate officer Vikrant Singh and his senior Mirza go about catching the culprits and bringing them to book after a major bloodbath.
Jayasri KS
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my first book of Hussain Zaidi and it's pretty good.
I really liked the plot of the book and the way the characters are portrayed.
The background of the story, the characters, the details of the book all are up to the mark.
But I felt the book is too dramatical for me. Towards the ending, it's actually unbelievable. Certain parts of the book are too flimsy.
I personally feel that this book will be good for making movies or series.

Overall, it's a 3-star read for me.
Sapthagiri
A good read

I am a big fan of Hussain Zaidi. If I started reading non-fiction, the credit goes to Zaidi. Might be that I am expecting too much from him, that, I give the Eleventh Hour 3 stars. Zaidi's brilliance is showcased in patches, imagine if it was maintained throughout. Saying the same, the book still keeps the reader hooked.
Ganesh Sharma
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging... Super read..

I am a big fan of zaidi's work. He never disappoint me.. I like this book because as a reader my first expectation is to engage with the story. It has all the ingredients of thriller. As story line is good, unexpected twist and turn make it more enjoyable.. You can finish this book in one go.
Vishal Ranadive
Considering regular work of Mr. Zaidi, I bought this book... It took me couple of pages to understand that it is fictional.... And end was more fictional than tollywood..
Mr. Zaidi you are one of my favorite author and please understand you can do much better than this.
Imtiaz Faizi
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great action book. Even though it reminds me of Forsynth novels, the Indian theme was impressive. I loved the action and suspence and the final twist as well even though the identity of villain was easily guessable
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Hussain Zaidi is an Indian author and former investigative journalist. His works include Dongri to Dubai: Six Decades of the Mumbai Mafia, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, Black Friday, and My Name is Abu Salem.
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