Book review Checkmate by Hrishikesh Joshi

Book Review: Checkmate by Hrishikesh Joshi

*Publisher: Frog Books *ISBN: 978-93-81836-94-1 *No of pages: 158 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction *Price: 150 *Rating: 2.5/5

My View:

A fast paced book which can be finished in one sitting, simple language and easy to follow. I think author has read too much of newspaper and watched Indian Bollywood movies so the plot is very common. Also India was suffered due to plane hijacked by terrorists, not more than a decade so the book is predictable in many ways. Character buildup is also very low; protagonist is also not being explored properly in the book.  

If you have watched the movie Wednesday, staring Nasureddin Shah and Anupam Kher, than it will be very easy to know the outcome of the book. I think author is a big fan of Bollywood masala movies. One thing which I didn’t like is too much ingredients of sex; it is least needed in such type of novels according to my view.   

Positive side of the novel is author’s writing style, dialogues are very admirable. The author Hrishikesh Joshi has done a good attempt in his debut novel.


An upright judge is used as a pawn by the terrorists to hijack a plane. The militants strike with vengeance to free their most dangerous fidayeen from the Indian prisons, as they hold a hundred passengers in the plane to ransom. Calling the shots for jihadis from Pakistan is once upon a time the right hand man of Osama Bin Laden and now the most dangerous terrorists in the world, Muhammad Zia ul Afridi. With the Prime Minister in a soup, there is only one man to stop the diabolical scheme of the dreaded jihadis – Vikram Roy, chief Secretary of RAW, a dashing young man of action. As the Prime Minister is about to surrender the prisoners, Vikram Roy discovers the most shocking truth about activities inside the RAW. The weary nation holds its breath as the fate of a hundred hostages and the prisoners hangs in limbo. However, the events that are about to follow are so unforeseen that they shock everyone to the core.