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The Shadow Throne

The Shadow Throne

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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.

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Language English
Publication Date September 1, 2012
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Contributor(s) Aroon Raman
Binding Paperback
Edition 2012
Page Count 338
ISBN 10 8192398005
ISBN 13 9788192398006

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  1. 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
     A Thriller that should not be missed 31 August, 2013 On
    For a debut novel, I am pretty impressed by Aroon's work. I liked the Shadow Throne but it is not without its faults. My first impression after reading the first 20-30 pages was "Oh No! Not Again" - I could straightaway see several similarity with the likes of Da Vinci Code and Krishna Key – the brutal murder at a famous landmark/monument, the mark/symbol left on the dead body (a vital clue to the murderer and his origins), the protagonist getting involved and then a lady coming into the fray and together they are on a run. The chase begins and the story unravels. ….

    The Shadow Throne begins on familiar grounds (almost Déjà vu) but thankfully that's where the similarity ends. Instead of the story taking on a Dan Brown'ish route of mythology and symbology … the story become Robert Ludlum'ish.
    The story meanders towards international espionage with spies, secret service intelligence agencies, internal politics within them and the uncertain loyalties of different characters. There are some shady characters in the story and you keep changing your opinion on which side their loyalties lie; often feeling that the protagonist is simply being manipulated by master minds to achieve their own objectives.

    I have read a lot of Ludlum and it was a welcome and pleasant change to read about Indo-Pak espionage and intelligence agencies.

    Unlike the Dan Brown novels, the female lead does not go out on the adventure trip with the protagonist. She has her own track while playing a significant role in cracking the code.

    The writing is good and offers an easy reading. The build-up of excitement is there throughout the novel. There are some nice twists and turns in the story. Aroon has tried to bring in the element of surprise and suspense by having some key events happening at chapter ends etc like Ludlum; has managed to do it in some ways but far from the Ludlum like shocks !!

    Just like I found Krishna Key unconvincing and lacking in certain places in terms of storyline, plot, logic … I found some here too. The BIGGEST and most fatal error came right in the form a Dan Brown like coded message left by the murdered person. This gentleman left a message in his dying moment in a place where it could have gone unnoticed. The message was based on the typical book code (page number, line number, word number code) …

    BUT my question is, how does one create a coded message of this sort (page, line, word from a book) in the last (read dying) moments of life … without the book at hand. It is impossible. Without the book, such a coded message cannot be created and this was, according to me a fatal error by the author.

    The protagonist, Chandra, got involved in a mission, not just by chance but by a design. What was completely unconvincing to me was the choice of Chandra for the mission. A flimsy logic is presented in the book but I stand unconvinced. A chance involvement in the thick of things would have been far more convincing and more effective.

    There were a few other glaring errors but I guess I can let that pass in light of the better aspects of the book.

    On the whole, I enjoyed reading the Shadow Throne and would definitely rate it better than the Krishna Key. It had a very interesting plot with almost reverse psychology being applied to Indo-Pak politics.
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