Review : R.I.P by Mukul Deva

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Title: R.I.P
Author: Mukul Deva
Pages: 286
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
Genre: Fiction/Thriller
Release: December 2012
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R.I.P. The Resurgent Indian Patriots. Self- appointed guardians of a nation seething with anger at the endless scams and scandals rocking its very foundation. Vigilantes who vow to stop corrupt politicians and colluding civil servants. Even if it means killing them.

Colonel Krishna Athawale and his team of Special Forces officers rally to protect the country from the enemy within. They call themselves the K-Team. And no one is safe from their deadly intent.

Hellbent on stopping them is Raghav Bhagat, rogue para commando, gun for hire and Krishnas bete noir.

Caught in the crossfire is Vinod Bedi, Special Director CBI. Reena Bhagat, a glamorous news anchor, embittered by her husbands betrayal. And two young boys, Sachin and Azaan, torn apart by the loss of a parent.

It doesn't get bigger.

 ~~NO Spoiler~~


Book cover is dominated by the shades of fire, anger, blood and a soldier silhouette gazing the bright golden sun peeking out of the dark clouds. This explosive cover got everything that will boil your blood and The detailing with the syringe and the bullet is commendable. "Mukul Deva" written in RED is textured giving the illusion of blood smear. It's the brief of the story, very appropriate and I loved it.
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The book was born out of extreme sense of anger and shame. Anger at the appalling, naked greed so shamelessly displayed by the Indian political class. And shame that they happen to be fellow-Indians.-- Author's Note
Well R.I.P stands for The Resurgent Indian Patriots but is also an innuendo to Rest in peace (My perception). I usually start the story without reading the Disclaimer/author's note and read it after am done with the story, It's more fun that way so would suggest to do that specially with this one. (ALERT) Or you'll miss loads of laughs. The concept of the story is wicked. Although it is a complete work of fiction but the connection between fiction and reality is astonishing, down right blunt and Hilarious in many ways. This heart pumping thriller is first and foremost about the administration of the long-overdue justice, Right!!
Mukul Deva does a nice job of capturing the setting and providing an authentic feel and voice to his characters.
 R.I.P is a group of ex-commandos, hardcore patriots having the same believes and motive of freeing India from the greedy clutches of the Corrupt Leaders who are draining Indian trasure to fill their own pockets. These RIP guardians goes by the name K-team (K being the initial of every member) Retired major Kevin David, Kashif, Kamlesh, Karan and Kulwant, If you look closely you'll find that the team members are from every caste which is a nice touch from Author boosting the UNITY of RELIGION even in such a bold and blatant mission. 
 "The safety, honour and welfare of your country comes first, always and every time...
The safety, honour and welfare of the men you command comes next, Always and every time."
The leader of the K-team is Colonel Krishna Athawale, a courageous daredevil ex-paratrooper, strong built, honest, widower and a victim of fate. He hopes to see a day when all Indians will have a roof on their head, proper meal to fill their bellies and the right to live with dignity and security. And to achieve that he has taken a huge risk.
"In the space of a heartbeat, the man within died and the warrior came alive"
The fortifying distress and zeal to protect India from the enemy within made the K-team choose the route of assassinating the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, And they do that in open, After giving fair warning. And things got more interesting as one of the dishonest rough ex-para commando Raghav Bhagat joined the blood-shedding party for the opposite team. One of the fair special director of CBI is caught in this deadly web trying to find the start and the end.
The K-team actions and the mentioned Hazaria's hunger-strike in the book gives the feel of Revolutionist and the Gandhians movement during freedom struggle.
In addition to the whole action pack,  A sweet romance is also kindling between a widower and a divorcee with love triangle. I liked how Author has put up a point of giving freedom to his characters to move on with their lives and choose their happiness and life partner no matter the age, and it's beautiful how the kids are coping up despite of pain of losing a parent. 

It's fast-paced and a true page-turner lucid writing, there's a gravity and social conscience that pervades the story and adds a weight to the narrative. There is depth here, more than I expected. I really liked that writing style wasn't too fancy, sometimes in order to choose fancy words authors tends to break the flow of reading and mess up the story theme. The flow of this one was smooth with a BOOM, with reaching new heights by every other page.

This one engaged me
in a sense that no matter how hard I try to keep it all serious while reading, I was helpless but to exclaim "OH Bring it on baby!" "BOOM"... "Yeah, That's the way".
4 explosive coffee cups...EnJOY!!
Starbucks coffee cup for One of the most courageous and daredevil book I have ever read.

All in all a well-written, emotionally-charged thriller certainly delivered the right message to the patriots, politicians and citizens of this nation =D. Overall, a satisfying read that held my attention throughout.

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Reading Progress

02/11page 286
100.0%"After a 'BOOM'.. ending was sweet!!!"
02/11page 286
100.0%"After a 'BOOM'.. ending was sweet!!!"
02/11page 273
95.0%"Krishna, Vinod and Raghav all at the same POINT..."
02/11page 112
39.0%"The analogy was hilarious!! I can't tell it to you here.."
02/10page 108
37.0%"Cross firing, Snipers, and kindling romance at bay... getting more engrossing page by page..."
02/07page 51
17.0%"It's astonishing to see the current 'Fictional' state of India.. Good going!!"
02/07page 5
1.0%"Writing style is good..."

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