Monday, January 23, 2017

Pound of flesh by Mukul Deva- Review




Book Name         -Pound of flesh
Author                  - Mukul Deva
Publisher              -Westland books 
Number of Pages -484
Publishing Year   - 2016
Edition                  - Paperback
Price                     -350
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Rating : 3.5



My Review

Pamela lands in Delhi to join her friend Jasmine but lands up in the hands of a cruel malicious organ dealer SK aka Santhosh Kumar aka Hammer. It is not a secret that SK is the tool in the hands of Harpal Singh, a political King maker. Retired IG Ravinder Singh, father of Jasmine remains in the middle of the whole game of life and death. The fact that Jasmine is betrothed to Dr. Mandeep, Harpal's son, makes the scenario even worse. Making the plot more complicated is the past of Ravinder when he killed SK's father.

The plot is a complicated one with numerous sub-plots which are interconnected slowly but seamlessly. Initially the readers will be at a loss due to the numerous characters and subplots but as the storyline expands, the outline of the story becomes vivid. Characters craft, like the storyline is a slow process. The mannerisms and back stories of the main characters are developed in the second half of the book whereas the antagonists are lucid from the beginning. The formidable  character SK needs a special mention. How his past crafted him as a felon is described convincingly. Yet detailed account on how he battered Pamela, and his wife as well as the pathetic condition of the victim, along with the apathy of the predator was outrageously mysogynic. 
Ravinder's angle with Manju was distracting and as I have mentioned in my several reviews, unduly squeezing in romance in thrillers kills the fun. The climax is predictable. I seems like the sequence was taken directly from some Bollywood Movie.

My Verdict : Overall the book is entertaining and thrilling barring some clich├ęs and commercial elements

Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I waas not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author


An alumnus of La Martiniere College, Lucknow, the National Defence Academy, Pune and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Mukul Deva was commissioned in December 1981 into the Sikh Light Infantry of the Indian Army. He took early retirement from the army as a Major, after fifteen years of service, including a decade of combat operations in India and overseas. Now settled in Singapore, he is a highly successful entrepreneur, a globally renowned keynote speaker, highly sought after executive, business and creativity coach and a professional mentor. He has also served as a Mentor on the United Nations Institute of Training and Research Afghanistan Fellowship.