Review: Checkmate


Author: Varun T.
Genre: Mystery, Political Thriller.
Rating: 🍫🍫🍫

Blurb:

The year is 2020.

While New Delhi deliberates on commensurate retaliation to Beijing’s actions, a series of events across the globe pushes the world to the brink of war.

A high-profile assassination in Israel stirs up emotions in the Middle East, and the Arab armies form an alliance united by the rallying calls of jihad: to conquer the holy land, once again.

The public execution of a CIA agent in North Korea brings the gargantuan navies of US and China to a terrifying stalemate in the Sea of Japan, while the world watches in horror as hopes for human survival and global markets dwindle into oblivion.

Amidst all this, Lama, the influential leader of Tibet, finds himself in a political pickle, and sways towards Beijing, the mightier side, in the event of an Indo-China conflict. So does Pakistan, China’s all weather friend.

With the possibility of war on both fronts, as the struggle for dominance on Tibet brings the dragon to India’s doorstep, the tiger prepares for yet another showdown with the dragon.

Six decades after the Indo-China war of 1962, will the tiger be able to turn the tide and douse the dragon’s fire?

Who shall fire the first shot and who is actually calling the shots? Only time will tell.
Witness a tale untold and immerse yourself in a world of moves and countermoves, where there’s no distinction between black and white. Where every piece has a role to play but their loyalties are not a function of their colour. Where the only thing that truly matters is who gets to call CHECKMATE.

Cover Review:

I'm definitely not a fan of the cover. It looks way too overcrowded for my taste. 

Book Review:

Checkmate was the kind of an average book. I wanted to finish it, and yet the story dragged a lot. 

The storyline was good, but the writing style sometimes turned way too monotonous and boring. 

The characters weren't well developed at all, and left a lot to be desired. I wish there'd been more content to the story. 

I don't really know what else to say. I didn't hate the book, but I didn't love it either. It's one of the few books that I can't decide whether I like or don't. 


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