Monday, May 22, 2017

Book Review: The Girl Who Loved A Pirate by Kulpreet Yadav

Title: The Girl Who Loved A Pirate
Author: Kulpreet Yadav
Publisher: Rumour Book India


In the second installment of the Andy Karan series, The Girl Who Loved A Pirate, author Kulpreet Yadav delves into the abysmal depths of piracy and drug cartels. The story begins with the Pirate of the World who wants to quit a life of crime and settle down with Dao-Ming, the woman he loves. Unfortunately for him, his final mission fails. With his arrest ends the reign of terror that lasted ten years in the Malacca Strait. Locked up in a high security jail in Malaysia, the Pirate of the World longs to be reunited with his lover even when he is days away from his execution. 
The setting of the novel is the high seas, off the Indian coast, where a North Korean Ship called Ocean King is on its way to a port in Iran with a secret cargo. The mission is to hijack the ship and its cargo along with the Brazilian captain and the Filipino crew. The captured pirate and the Indian security forces team up to prevent this shipment.
In a parallel storyline, Andy Karan, an undercover spy from a top secret agency, is sent off on a mission to Goa to avenge his colleague’s murder by drug dealers and to crack the case his friend had been pursuing before getting murdered. 
For the uninitiated, Andy Karan made his debut with ‘Catching The Departed.’ A seeker of truth and justice, he is forever fighting the demons of his birth and fate. He is the star investigator of New Delhi Today magazine by the day and an undercover agent working for the Indian government as and when deemed fit.
The author intertwines the two plots seamlessly when in exchange for the pirate’s freedom, the Indian intelligence, along with their Malaysian counterparts, intends to use the pirate’s expertise for the greater good of the world. Andy, of course, heads the mission.
Kulpreet has written, well and capably, a story that is largely narrative, if full of nice twists and turns. The richly detailed account makes for a cinematic feel with well fleshed out characters to watch out for. There is just the right dose of thrill and anticipation. The ethical dilemmas of the characters involved are crisply conveyed which is oftentimes neglected by authors.

The Girl Who Loved A Pirate is a first-rate crime story that gets inside the shadowy—and astoundingly average—world of spooks, moles, and ops.

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About the Author

Kulpreet Yadav is a bestselling author, motivational speaker and Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, South Asia's leading online literature and culture magazine. Kulpreet’s novel, The Girl Who Loved a Pirate, is India’s first thriller based on marine piracy & hijacking. Passionate about creative writing, Kulpreet also mentors aspiring writers at schools and colleges and has spoken at many literary festivals in India & abroad.  An ex-armed forces officer, his latest novel, The Girl Who Loved a Spy, was launched in 2016. 

I'd like to thank the author for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading! 

* I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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