The Talion Tale: Book Review

About The Talion Tale

Just when Lieutenant Jamshed Hyatt Khan, lovingly called Jimmy, begins to feel that he can leave his tormented past behind and acquire some semblance of normalcy; a demonic machination of fate throws his life into irrevocable chaos. The heinous terror attack of 26/11 bereaves him of the love of his life and his family. Reeling with a grave sense of loss and helplessness, the enraged soldier vents his anger on a terrorist sympathizer in Kashmir, where he is posted. The extrajudicial killing turns him into a pariah in the eyes of the Indian Army and a golden catch for the RAW; the Indian intelligence agency, which in the wake of 26/11, has received a secret mandate straight from the top. Devoid of reasons to live and stranded both personally and professionally, Jimmy is convinced by the RAW to undertake a covert surgical strike deep inside Pakistan. Initially annoyed at his systematic trapping, he gradually realizes that after four wars and decades of failed diplomacy, for Indians like him, a covert mission is the only way to secure justice. Thus, Lieutenant Jamshed Hyatt Khan dies and a coldblooded, lethal assassin is born, one who is driven only by revenge and has nothing to lose. Will he succeed in his mission and secure justice for his nation as well as for himself? Meandering like a spy thriller, with its fair share of realistic twists and turns; ‘The Talion Tale’ is a cry for justice. It is also a tale of love, loss and the vengeance that is born out of it.


Book Review

Right from the book blurb, Rahul Apte grips the reader with the elements of thrill and suspense. Likewise, the novel is a fast-paced thriller with various emotions jotted down in a plot.

The book plot is set up primarily in India, Pakistan, and Afganistan during the period of the 90s to the time of Mumbai 26/11 attacks.

The narration is done in the third person and is quite easy to follow. A particularly good thing I liked about this novel is the well-knitted plot. The easy language and apt narration are cherries over the cake.

Our protagonist is well portrayed, and I really felt connected while reading through his emotions. His story is written in a blunt way. I loved the aptly given title to the book, and the minimalist cover design compliments the story.

If it’s ever been turned into a movie, it’d be a cool James Bond type spy thriller. I sense a lot more is on its way from Rahul Apte. Good luck!

For thriller genre lovers, “The Talion Tale” is a must-read.


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About the Author

“Geopolitical conflicts of present-day trace their roots deep into the history of mankind, and history, as they say, is always written by the Victor. It is Rahul’s fervent desire to present to his readers, the voice of the vanquished as well. He is thankful to the Almighty for bestowing him with a strong sense of justice and it is to this trait that he owes his almost visceral desire to take his readers into a utopian world where the poor, the vanquished and the marginalized are heard. It is this wish that turns him; an engineer by qualification and a banker by profession, into a dreamer. (Rahul passed out of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2006 and later obtained his MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad in 2010. He lives in Mumbai where he works as a Project Finance professional for a prominent conglomerate.) Every now and then, the dreamer steals him away from the rigours of a full-time corporate banking career and the incessant demands that life in Mumbai places on its denizens. The dreamer recedes into a shell, mesmerized by the chimaera of a just world. As Edmund Burke once famously said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Rahul wishes to create, at least in the minds of his readers, an ideal world, where good men stand up to evil. It is a world where Indians can live without the fear of terror, a world where Tibetans can preserve their independence and cultural heritage, a world where the Sri-Lankan Tamils can live without persecution, a world where the Palestinians get what is rightfully theirs but also a world where Israel can exist peacefully.”

The Talion Tale
Rahul Apte

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