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Operation Jinnah – A Military Thriller by Shiv Aroor | Book Reviews

I love reading thrillers. Recently I came across a book named “Operation Jinnah!” by Shiv Aroor. I’ve started reading the book without many expectations and gradually I started enjoying the way it is written. Being a reporter Shiv himself had came across many authentic details and scenarios which is explored in this fiction nicely.

Book Title : Operation Jinnah
Author :
Publisher : Juggernaut Books Published: (15 May 2017 / 26 May 2017)
# of Pages : 295 (Paperback – English)
320 (Paperback – Hindi/English)
549 (EBook – Juggernaut)
Purchase Link(s) : Buy Book From Amazon India – Paperback Edition
Buy Book From Amazon US/International – Paperback Edition (English and Hindi)
Buy Book From Amazon US/International – Paperback Edition

I read this book on Juggernaut app, and here is the cover page of the same.

Operation Jinnah - A Military Thriller By Shiv Aroor - Book Cover

Operation Jinnah – A Military Thriller By Shiv Aroor – Book Cover

The cover page is fantastically designed with a female commando shown in full combat mode and a “rich with details” background. The smoothness of her face and clothes of the commando makes is taken from a Hollywood film though. Also, the colors of the commando’s suit are not matching exactly with what I’d seen so far, but it doesn’t make the cover less effective. Overall, we can consider it as an attractive cover.

The Plot:

While, I cannot write in detail about the plot as it then will contain spoilers, revealing the story and affecting your reading experience, we will take a bird’s eye view of it.

Operation Jinnah, a secret and highly classified operations by Indian armed forces to destroy Jinnah naval base of Pakistan is progressing secretly as planned. The operation was somehow called off at the very last moment. The weapons were self-destructed before the moments ahead of their strike on the target. The care has been taken that none of the tiny parts of the weapon can reveal the identity of the country who launched an attack! Leaving no proof will make you eligible to detach yourself from otherwise world known fact!

A young girl named Varuna who was visiting Kashmir with her friends was so mesmerized by its beauty that she cannot think that this place could be dangerous. Like her other friends and many youths around the world, she also was connected with the social media in a “more than required” attachment! While on her way to the airport with her friends, her car was force stopped. The driver and all her friends were killed and she was abducted!

The attack didn’t give her any time to react, and she could not have done anything otherwise. She was taken to an unknown destination by the kidnappers. And it was not within the country!

But, why was she abducted? Is terrorism rising again in “the heaven on the earth”? But then also why a young girl like her? Or was it something much bigger, which is not known to many?

Well, she is the daughter of a decorated leader of Indian armed forces. But, usually, wars happen between two armed forces or between the rule observers and rule breakers, why to drag family inside? What the leader of the terror organization (if it is behind this abduction) want from her or her father? And what is the link between Operation Jinnah and this abduction, if any? The operation was called off, so there shouldn’t be any consequences of that operation which could have lead this incident, right?

I know that there are many questions like these are erupting your mind also like mine, when I was reading the book. But I will suggest you read the book to know more. And, in the same context I couldn’t stop myself from mentioning a line from the book:

Silence is Golden. And Not Just During Operations.

Views and Reviews:

Let me start by saying that the book is fantastic.

The book touches some of the aspects in a way that other authors often doesn’t like to explore to stay away from controversies. Shiv took a brave step in that regards. It is not rare to find such examples in some of the countries through. Anyway, let us talk about this book and various aspects of the same.

Being a milliary thriller, the book remains honest to the genre.

The author does a brilliant job in weaving some of the thrilling incidents with each other in a nice way. His knowledge about armed forces, various terminologies used there, various innovations in the field, the way the operations are planned and executed is evident in the book. He knows how to mix various ingredients of the thriller quite effectively.

These days, it is not rare to find abusive words in a book or even some forced adult readers specific scenes, this book is free of them and I like this attribute as well.

All of the characters are given the weightage they require. The characters (positive and negative both) grows gradually and kees revealing various shades or aspects. I like the characterization in this book. Possibly feminism, women empowerment and gender equality are most wrongly used words/phrases these days. People wrongly link it with cloths, use of abusive words in the language, polygamy, living irresponsible life and many more…

The characters of Sarasvati, Akila and even Varuna at an extent shows a good example of empowered females. They are the lead characters in the book despite having other powerful people shown in the book. And the way they are treated by Admiral of Indian Navy or their colleagues like Vikramaditya, is the way females should be treated in real life also. So yes, this book gives you the idealistic representation of women empowerment.

The dialogs/description serve an important role in any book. Let me take you to a ride of some interesting lines I found in the book which remained with me even after completing the book. Of course, I will try hard to keep the spoilers at the bay :).

Emotions are explored in a nice way through lines like:

So this what it’s like to feel helpless

And the dilemma of anyone, be it a person from armed forces or in power, you can feel the same (as written below) even in some family situations as well:

Did anyone really know what the right thing was in situation like this?

The commandoes who work in a pair are known as buddies, and when in a team they must have a great level of understanding. A wordless communication is the best way for them to execute their task effectively. The unity amongst the team is represented nicely via the following line:

A wordless acknowledgment passed between the three as they stood before the admiral.

A disturbing feeling is represented in lines like:

It was a question that terrified him because trusting a man he had no control over was irrational.

The short communication during the mission, along with some opposite words in the same line:

“Stop. Stop. Don’t move a muscle,” Saraswati whispered loudly.

There are some philosophical lines in the book like:

There’s nothing as pure as revenge.

If there ever were a bridge no one wanted to cross, it was this one.

You ever heard of field magic?

And you always want a leader who can talk to the leaders of other powerful countries in such a way:

“You’ve been in the Marines, Mr. President. Surely you know that we leave mythology alone?” The prime minister smiled.

When you are determined to do what needs to be done, regardless of its viability and affordability, you will definitely say something like:
“Oh, you won’t be telling me if it can be done,” Vikramaditya said, shaking his head. “You’ll be doing it.”

Of course, there should be sarcasm embedded in the conversation, as it gives a chance to have some light moments in the otherwise overall tensed scenario. Here are some such lines:

“And what’s the exit plan?”
“Well, that’s the thing,” he replied, looking straight at the president. “We don’t have one.”

“It’s done, son. And you’re involved. There’s nothing you can do now.”

And some untold words and feelings to convey what is not explicitly said, but was always there, is represented by lines like:

“… Not for a moment should you think I’m not grateful. I’m giving you the respect of telling you that I understand why you did it.”

..the comrades by your side were the most valuable people you would ever know.

So, now you must have got the idea about the quality of the book. The combat scenes, the chasing incidents and the mission execution(s) are explored quite convincingly.

If glossary was given at the end, the book good have been more effective.

Summary:

A military thriller which remains true to its genre, showing the tough life the real heroes are enjoying and keep the people safe. It has the right mixture of action, emotion, drama, nicely built characters, patriotism. The research work done by the author to make the stuff convincing is visible throughout. A recommended read.

ThinkerViews Rating:

Definitely 4.5 stars out of 5.

Bonus:

Here is an interview of Shiv Aroor where he is talking about this book, especially women in combat roles.

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