Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Action Thriller - 03:02 by Mainak Dhar

I am very glad that I came across thetalespensieve and I applied for giveaway for 03:02 by Mainak Dhar. Otherwise I would have missed an awesome action thriller. During flood in our hometown we had experienced complete black out for a week, well law and order were still intact in most of the parts, but I can still relate many things in story with real incidents that we experienced.


Blurb of the book goes like this:
At 03:02 on a Sunday morning, the world as we knew it came to an end. 
Mumbai suddenly went black — no electricity, no phones, no internet and no working cars. It was as if someone had turned off the master switch of our civilization, turning us back hundreds of years overnight. We learned that it was not just Mumbai, but much of the world that had been impacted. 
We also learned that it was no accident. A deadly enemy was behind it. An enemy that was now in our midst, seeking to conquer us and destroy our way of life. This is how our war for freedom began. A war that was to be waged not on the borders or by the Army, but in our homes and streets, with us as the soldiers. 
This is our story. 
The story of 03:02 starts with a blackout in Mumbai city at 03:02. People took it lightly and went back to their bed. When they woke up in morning finding no electronics or electrical device is working, their life became miserable. A strong heart guy Aditya took things in hand and started directing people to constructive work. Living in a same society for years and not knowing people personally was a common thing in today's world. But blackout brought people together. People who usually seen in lifts and parking lots became partner in daily activities like food, water and other scavenging. 

Well story doesn't end with just one society but same things happened to 70% of world. Which brought anarchy along with blackout. Police, militia and government had their own struggle to keep things in order. Without law and order in Mumbai and many other cities things go beyond imagination. Story was focused on Mumbai specially Patch between International Airport to Powai region. In initial days Aditya faced lot of resistance from society people who were considering power outage was just a temporary phenomena, but as time progressed they understood it was not gonna end soon. 

Using his common tactics and other's help Aditya kept securing his and neighborhood societies from looters and thugs. But they got big shock when they learned the most feared and brutal terrorist group is just 4-5 km away from there location. Instead of giving up to terrorist, Aditya and his Azad Hind Fauj fought till end. (Well I don't want give every twist and turn in my review)

Story was written in first person as Aditya main protagonist. Its fast paced narration which made me finish book in 4 sittings, in spite of its length. Talking about ratings:
  • Cover - 3.5 / 5 
  • Concept - 3.5 / 5 (Not completely new seen similar in Die Hard Movie)
  • Language - 3.5 / 5 
  • Story Line - 4 / 5 (Smooth and Fast Paced)
  • Characters - 4 / 5
  • Overall - 4 / 5
Book can be found at - Amazon  & Flipkart
Review from other readers can be found at GoodReads

I won a review copy from The Tales Pensieve as part of Reviewers Programme. Register on #TTP for lots of #book fun and activities.
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