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Line of Control- A Thriller on the Coming War in Asia [Kindle Edition]

Mainak Dhar
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the Amazon.com Bestselling author of Alice in Deadland comes a technothriller that's been called by military experts as `better than Tom Clancy'

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 stage is set for a conflict that brings the Indian subcontinent to the brink of a nuclear apocalypse.

With a broad cast of characters that puts the reader into the thick of the unfolding crisis, a fast-paced storyline ripped from today's headlines, and explosive action, Line of Control is a thriller uniquely suited to the times we live in.

Praise for the Indian paperback edition:

"An outstanding book. Better than Tom Clancy any day. I wish I had/could have written such a book." - Air Commodore Jasjeet Singh (Retd.) Director, Institute for Air Power Studies

"Captures very well the cut and thrust of combat. A thrilling read."
- General V.N Sharma (Retd.) Former Chief of Army Staff, India

"Dhar brings us a scenario that seems possible yet apocalyptic."
- The Hindustan Times

"Other than being a great plot, the author seems know how weapons work, which is a great relief to the readers and spices up the novel." - Frontier India

"The characters seem real, with abundant mention of various historical characters and national heroes. Dhar has done equal justice to characters from both sides of the border. By placing readers in the thick of action, similar to the circumstances that we find ourselves in today, Dhar has actually managed to find a connect that cannot be missed easily." - HT City

"A page-turner right the word 'go', Line of... is also very timely. With utter chaos all around and many internal battles fought in the name of religion, Line of ... couldn't have been timed better. This racy war-thriller is exciting, to say the least, as the reader is drawn deep into the action of war. Mainak Dhar's characterization deserves a special mention too, as each character, be it the Pakistani or Indian, is sketched in detail, complete with their eccentricities and ordinariness." - Deccan Herald

"The spine-chilling war scenario entertains, by all means, with skilful plot, well-drawn variety of characters, thrilling action, a high degree of intrigue, suspense and tension, grim humour...There is no gainsaying the fact that in the wake of recent Mumbai terror strikes, "the war thriller", delineating serious and topical concerns -- fundamentalism fuelling terrorism, burgeoning instability in Pakistan, reaction of other countries to the chronic and mounting tension between India and Pakistan -- will attract much wider readership." - The Tribune



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About the Author

Mainak Dhar is a cubicle dweller by day and author by night with eleven books to his credit so far including the Amazon.com bestseller Alice in Deadland. Learn more about Mainak and contact him at mainakdhar.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463760787
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1J0Y2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mainak Dhar is a cubicle dweller by day and author by night. His first `published' work was a stapled collection of Maths solutions and poems (he figured nobody would pay for his poems alone) he sold to his classmates in Grade 7, and spent the proceeds on ice cream and comics. Mainak was a bestselling author in his native India with titles published by major houses like Penguin and Random House and with one of his novels (Herogiri) being made into a major motion picture. In early 2011, he began to use Amazon to reach international readers through his ebooks and became one of the leading independent authors in the world with more than 100,000 books sold in his first year. Mainak is one of the top selling horror authors on Amazon worldwide and in March 2013, became the #1 bestselling Horror author on Amazon, momentarily unseating Stephen King. He has thirteen books to his credit including the bestselling Alice in Deadland series. Learn more about him and contact him at mainakdhar.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Clancy. 8 Mar. 2012
By Chopper
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a "future history" based on the Indo-Pak border in a world where an Islamicist Saudi Arabia has influenced Pakistan into
invading Kashmir.

Parts of it I found really good, but some of it was so "wooden" I had difficulty keeping up my momentum.
It was almost like a script for a bad film, with snarling villains and lovelorn maidens.
At some stages i felt the only thing missing was the Bollywood style singing and dancing.
The use of hyphens as a form of punctuation was a little annoying.

The Air weapons side seem well researched and plausable, but some of the Land and Sea action and tactics were amusing.
Do the Pakistani Army really sleep in tents when going tactical?
A trained killer stabbing a man in the stomach to kill him? Not the neck? Odd
The stagey and unbelievable way that the bady guy Sethi hands money to his thugs in public conveniently allowing himself to be inadvertently filmed was unbelievable..
Do the Indian Army really shout "Mortar shell coming in" or "Shells coming in" when under attack? Such a mouthful! Why not "Mortar", "Tubing" or good old "INCOMING"
One part has the Indian Army throwing grenades at the enemy as they advance at a run. Frag grenades are classed as defensive grenades because the effective casualty radius of most match or exceed the distance they could be thrown, (30m ish) thus necessitating them being thrown from behind cover.
SS-N-25 missiles on the Khukri class corvettes?

There were more errors, but I have noted enough here to say that this author is not the equal of Tom Clancy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Most certainly not Tom Clancy 18 Oct. 2012
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Contrary to what was suggested in some of the reviews, this book is most certainly not 'better than Tom Clancy'. My expectations were set quite high, partly by the reviews and partly by the potentially refreshing setting and subject. However the book turned out to be very predictable, unimaginative and more or less an endless string of short, loosely related chapters. There is no doubt as to where the author's allegiances lie; one can predict what the outcome of the conflict will be from the very early chapters onward.

If the comparison with Tom Clancy-type thrillers is made, these are rife with details of military hardware, (covert) units, tactics used and the like, which is the expectation that was set. These feature in this book as well, but not in any depth. As mentioned, the chapters are short and leave very little space for this sort of detail other than the mention of type numbers of certain weapons without any sort of satisfying background or elaboration. No surprises here, nothing we haven't seen a few times before on the Discovery Channel. The enemy is mostly blasted to shreds at the earliest opportunity.

From a 'creative writing class' point of view, the characters are flat and don't develop throughout the story. Hardly any suspense is built up, it is almost as if the author is afraid to put his own side at risk of defeat, even though he's in control of the novel. This makes for a very one-sided and predictive storyline and negates much of the tension.

Lastly, we could again be a victim of self-publishing without proper editing. The thing that most amused me about this book in the end was counting the instances where "it's" should be "its" and vice versa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn! 3 Aug. 2012
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I approached this book with interest because it is in the same genre - geopolitical thriller/future history - as my own Amazon Kindle novel The Schmetterling Effect. Both Mainak's book and mine extrapolate from the present to describe geopolitical events, including military action involving nuclear devices, that are set in the near future, though in different theatres and with different outcomes.

Before I started to read Mainak's book proper, my interest was reinforced by noting from the product description that Air Commodore Jasjeet Singh (Retd.) Director, Institute for Air Power Studies, praised the Indian paperback version as being "better than Tom Clancy". In that regard, I consider that Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising is the best work in our joint genre that I have ever read: I have a battered paperback copy of this that I bought over two decades ago and have read over and over again.

I was not in the slightest disappointed by Mainak's book. On the contrary, I liked it very much. While I would not be so bold as to say that he is better than Tom Clancy, I can say that he is in the same class. His alarmingly plausible account of the course of a future conflict between India and Pakistan is masterly on many different levels, ranging through compelling descriptions of small scale infantry fighting, 21st century dogfights and tank battles up to the efforts of the sinister Emir to act as Pakistan's puppet master and the desperate attempts of the Indian government to ascertain what exactly Pakistan is trying to accomplish, and how. The characters are excellently drawn and real to life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
liked it quie a lot
Published 12 months ago by p.hooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Scary how realistic this book is, it doesn't take a huge imagination to see how this could happen in real life, it kept me entertained from start to finish
Published 17 months ago by Gary Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive
good storyline but recycled throughout the book too much
A little disappointed in what promised to be a good read
Published on 4 May 2013 by Ian Ogden
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pace.
A really different backdrop makes this a fine read.
If you like technothrillers this will not disappoint. A kind of Red Storm Rising for the subcontinent.
Published on 1 April 2013 by I J SHEARMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good read
An enjoyable book and the Asian setting made it more so.The characters are a bit 1-dimensional and I found myself getting confused with who was who,and which side they were on. Read more
Published on 5 Mar. 2013 by P. Haigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Randip Sandhu
This book is well worth the read. It's a good page turner for anyone. It's worth the read and time!
Published on 2 Mar. 2013 by RS reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Turmoil in Asia
This is the first book I have read written by an Asian about Asia and it is very interesting and an eye opener. Read more
Published on 28 Feb. 2013 by Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Line of Control
A possible future scenario unfortunately. A good read - the military aspect seems very realistic - obviously a well researched background.
Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by Mr. P. Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
I've bought several of Mainak Dhar's books and enjoyed the lot! Some of the prose may be a bit stiff in places, but it's all good, solid entertainment. Read more
Published on 26 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING TAKE ON POTENTIAL ASIAN CONFLICT
With all the concentration on Afghanistan and Iran, this is an interesting take on a potentially more likely future conflict in the Indian sub-continent that is highly likely,... Read more
Published on 16 Dec. 2012 by D. G. Walker
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