The Shadow Throne by Aroon Raman is a crime-fiction thriller. The story deals with the shadowy dealings of Pakistan�s ISI and India�s RAW agency and an impending nuclear holocaust in the region.
The story begins when a mysterious man is murdered at Qutub Minar in New Delhi. Subsequently, Inspector Syed Ali Hassan is put on the case, and he calls his good friend Chandrashekhar for help. However, soon, Hassan is removed from the case since the case is to be handled by RAW, India�s intelligence unit. Surprised by the move and eager to get to the root of it all, Chandrashekhar decides to pursue the leads of the case on his own, with support from Hassan. He is also supported by his female friend, Meenakshi Pirzada, who is a professor of history.
Thus, begins a tricky game of deceit and gamesmanship, as Chandrashekhar and company are up against time to prevent a nuclear war in the region. The climax of the book is set in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where the true intentions of characters are revealed, including those of inspector Hassan.
According to Aroon Raman, he decided to write the book right after the assassination of Osama bin Laden, as he found the whole plot utterly fascinating.
The Shadow Throne is the debut work of Raman and is characterized by crisp writing, a fast moving plot, and expertly built sub-plots. Raman is an entrepreneur, who heads his own company that deals with the science of materials. He is a contributing author to Outlook magazine and The Times of India on issues of business. He has also authored another book titled The Treasure of Kafur. This book has been published by Pan Macmillan and is available to shop online. The paperback edition of the book is listed with ISBN-10 number of 8192398005 and ISBN-13 number of 978-8192398006.