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Overview: The Edge of the Machete

Terrorism is not something that only happens to other people - this story takes the reader through the underbelly of terrorism, how it affects relationships and lives and strips people of their morality as humans. A tale of terror, cruelty, revenge and helplessless - The Edge of The Machete by Abhisar Sharma is a gripping read.

CIA agent Ed Gomez has lost best friend and associate Jason to Amir Sarzai, the honcho in a terror outfit The Beast in Pakistan. He sets off to eliminate his enemy and revenge the death of his friend by pretending to be Sarfaraz Khan and infiltrating into the outfit. There are parallel stories of Indian journalist Rahul Sharma and Shaun Marsh aka Shahid Khan, a white Muslim of British origin who are trapped in the outfit in Khyber and want to be let free of the Beast. It is a goosebumps-inducing tale of how the three men go about their aims and goals, dodging the notorious Machete of Amir Sarzai. This page turner is a part of the Taliban Conundrum Trilogy.

The author Abhisar Sharma is senior anchor/deputy editor of a popular news channel in India and has penned down the popular  Laal Masjid Ka Safed Sach (The True Story of the Red Mosque) which has got him the prestigious journalism award, the Ramnath Goenka Indian Express Award. Buy The Edge Of The Machete, a Westland Books publication by online shopping using ISBN 10 number - 9381626677and ISBN 13 number - 978-9381626672.

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Language English
Publication Date September 30, 2012
Publisher Westland Books
Contributor(s) Abhisar Sharma
Binding Paperback
Page Count 342
ISBN 10 9381626677
ISBN 13 9789381626672
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Product Dimensions 10 cm x 10 cm x 5 cm
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  1.  An adrenaline rush 27 January, 2013 On
    The Edge of the Machete by noted journalist Abhisar Sharma is the second of The Taliban Conundrum trilogy, with The Eye of the Predator and The Dark Side of Me being Books 1 and 3.

    CIA operative Jason Wilson has just been executed most brutally. His killer, Aamir Sherzai of the Tehreek-e-Taliban, a bloodthirsty jehadi, has the killing filmed and uploaded on YouTube.
    Jason’s best friend and fellow agent Eduardo Gomez, Ed, for short, is eager to avenge his death and volunteers to be part of a secret mission to destroy, from the inside, a conglomeration of the most deadly terror organisations in the world, all of whom intend to kill in the name of religion. Transforming into Sarfaraz Khan, he cleverly implants himself into the Beast, the heart of the most devious terror mission ever, located in Pakistan.

    While there he meets the British-born white Shaun Marsh, now a converted Shahid Khan, who is led by circumstances and his own conflicting emotions to take up the jehadi cause. The third outsider here is an Indian journalist, Rahul Sharma, who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in the Beast. All three are obstacles in the eyes of Sherzai, and it seems only a matter of time before they fall prey to the wiles of his machete.

    With a plot like that, I was eager to see what the book would offer. The author has done a fantastic job of recreating the tensions and milieu of the hotbed of unrest and danger that is the AfPak region. His background as a seasoned journalist has helped him to make his fiction more realistic. There were many times when I got the impression that I was reading a most well-researched piece of non-fiction. Sharma has been able to draw upon his 17 years of experience in broadcast journalism to create a backdrop that is fraught with peril for the infidel. Against this volatile backdrop, the author has created a fictional world that touches one with the sincerity of his intentions.

    There were some things, however, that stuck out sorely, particularly the many typos and editing errors. One glaring inconsistency, Ed comes to learn of the events that led to Jason’s death when he reads Jason’s diary, handed to him by Sherzai. We do not get a glimpse of the contents of this diary, but we get to read a third-person account of the brutal killing. Since this entire section is preceded and followed by Ed’s response to the diary, one wonders if Jason’s ghost had returned to write down the gory details of how he was put to death, not to mention the gratuitous description of his sexual encounter.

    Where the author slips up is when he tries to recreate the idiom of the Americans at the CIA headquarters in Langley. There is a world of difference between American English and British English, a fact that he does not seem to have taken into account.

    The book could have been made shorter, and tighter, had some sections been edited out. These include the Uzbeki torture scene, which do not necessarily propel the action onward, and could have been left out of the story without affecting it adversely.

    The writing itself perks up remarkably once Ed dons the guise of Sarfaraz Khan, and stays that way even as it goes on to introduce us to Marsh, the second of three guys whose stories intersect and lead us on to the climax of this book. Unfortunately, the back story, though interesting and remarkably well-written, takes up too much paper, occupying more than two-thirds of the book.

    Perhaps if there had been a little more of Sarfaraz and the psychological battle of wits that takes place between him and Ed, rather than the tired Bollywood technique of a talking reflection in the mirror and a slight swagger in the walk, it might have been more explosive.

    There were some parts of this book that were extremely well-written, and a few that stood out for all the wrong reasons, chiefly editing-related issues.

    For me, this machete was dull in parts and sharp in others.
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  2.  A rivetting read ! 6 February, 2013 On
    After his first book of The Taliban Conundrum Trilogy, 'The Eye of the Predator', the senior anchor/deputy editor of Aaj Tak, Abhisar Sharma, who also won the Ramnath Goenka Indian Express award, introduces us to yet another scintillating tale - The Edge of the Machete.

    The story opens with a CIA operative, Jason, being executed in front of the camera by a machete yielded by Aamir Sherzai, the 21 year old whiz-kid of Tehreek-e-Taliban, the Pakistan wing of the Taliban. He is as gruesome as he looks, with flowing, curly hair reaching his shoulders, wispy beard and eyes sharply narrowed down at the edge of his nose.

    Eduardo Gomez, thirty-two, six feet three inches. Athletic and boastful of his six packs is the best kickboxer in the CIA. He was also Jason's dear friend. After seeing Jason's execution he pledges to eliminate Aamir. He assumes a new identity - Sarfaraz Khan and comes up with a deadly plan in order to infiltrate the enemy camp 'The Beast' in Khyber. But soon he has to face a struggle between Ed and Sarfaraz inside himself, as more and more people start idolizing him as the terrorist who dared to attack the CIA upfront.

    Meanwhile we are introduced to another person in The Beast, Shaun Marsh aka Shahid Khan who has his own dark past tracing back to Margalla Detention centre, Pakistan and the Belmarsh prison, London. His destiny finally leads him to The Beast as fate had something big in store for him which will change his life forever.

    A newly wed Indian reporter Rahul Sharma, is held hostage within the walls of the Beast. Shaun is given the responsibility to befriend him first and then behead him. But a sudden twist and you see a gripping link between Shaun and Rahul which turns both their lives upside-down.

    I won't reveal the fate of these three, but you can surely read this page turner to find it yourself.

    It is a thrilling tale which portrays the psychology of characters very well. A gloomy environment is maintained throughout the book which keeps the reader in the darkness and mystery unaware of the sudden twist that might come in the tale. Abhisar Sharma has surely done a very fine job in taking us on this thrilling journey.

    Eagerly waiting for his third book 'The Dark Side of me'.
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  3.  Reminded me of Robert Ludlum and Kill Bill 23 January, 2013 On
    'The Edge of the Machete' by Abhisar Sharma has elements of CIA operatives, international espionage and touches of middle-eastern and Russian groups that are involved in international terrorism with a plot that has global implications … stuff you would find in several Ludlum novels.

    Abhisar's story is set against the backdrop of the Afghanistan-Pakistan (AfPak) region with characters belonging to several militant groups from the region as well as the protagonist coming in from the CIA. I could draw certain parallels with a story by Robert Ludlum.

    The story has brutal executions and horrible tortures described so this one is not for the faint-hearted. There is too much of bloodshed (reminding me of Kill Bill)

    Abhisar has been successful in weaving a nice story with some interesting characters whose personality grows with the novel and you discover them throughout the novel.

    The central characters each have a demon of their own which they fight internally while they have larger things happening to them as they become famous/infamous across the world. The story has a good pace and events keep unfolding rapidly.
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  4.  An enthralling read 21 January, 2013 On
    Journalist-turned-author Abhisar Sharma's second book is The Edge of The Machete. True to his profession, and the standard set by other journalist-authors, Sharma has given us another well-written, tight-scripted and fast-paced novel.

    A thriller, with many sub-plots in the main plot, the book keeps the reader glued to it. One doesn't get confused between the swift change of events.

    An unputdownable book.
    A soon as the plot picks up pace, it gets exciting. There were times when I desperately wanted to sneak to the last few pages and read the ending. It took a lot of willpower not to, but it was worth it.
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