Friday, October 23, 2009

Apna desi Jason Bourne

Yep, that's right. Our Colonel Menon is no less than the silent, street smart and lone operative created by Robert Ludlum.

I have been repeatedly impressed by Indian fiction of late. Shashi Warrier: with his book- 'The Orphan Diaries' (formerly know as 'the Orphan') creates a superb fugitive on the loose adventure. You have got military precision, the political games and emotions that drive people. The title of the book is revealed only at the end.

Warrier has truly created a hero you'll start to respect: the 39 year old- about to retire- Colonel Menon. He is not without problems though: his inability to connect with the political figures, times when he's possessed by emotions and his never ending injuries. Again- all this makes him more real.

Highly recommended read. Rating 8/10...

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