After reading many Indian authors now when I pick up a book to read, more often than not my assessment of the book, looking at the cover and excerpt turns out to be true (but some of them surprise me too).
This holds true for The Third Squad as well. The first time I laid my eyes on the book jacket and read the excerpt I kinda knew what was in store and unfortunately it turned out to be true.
★★ (2 out of 5)
Karan (the protagonist and an orphan) is an ‘encounter specialist’ in the Third Squad. His handler is Ranvir Pratap. He is hired in police department just because he is a good sharp shooter and hence could be useful for encountering bad-asses from the city. He had a crush on a girl during his college times named Nandini who is his wife now and cares for him a lot.
Then we have a Ranvir Pratap who rules the Third Squad and Tiwari who rules khabri Squad. Third Squad is good at shooting and encountering whereas on the other side, Khabri Squad is good in keeping an eye on all the Khabars prevailing all around the city. Things are always messed up between both the squads. Both the head of the Squads report to Parathasarthy who most of the times gets busy in resolving rivalries between the squads. Mumbai is described vividly and a character in itself.
What I Think
The plot and characters are too confusing and most of the times it is not clear what is happening in the story and why. There are multiple chapters which are elongated beyond means and some seem to have no connection. The book becomes too mundane in between so much so that it will take a lot of efforts to finish it.
The over usage of Hindi words also doesn’t go so well with the story.
I think if the story was told in a straightforward manner it would have helped. Too many characters and subplots have spoiled the story and at times you wonder what story was the author trying to tell us or did he get confused himself handling so many characters and plots.