Book Review: Eleventh Hour by S. Hussain Zaidi


Blurb (as on Goodreads):

New Delhi, 2017. It is nine years since the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai and the wounds have still not healed. Especially not for Superintendent of Police Vikrant Singh, who ends up landing a slap on the High Commissioner of Pakistan’s face when he meets him at an event. Meanwhile, in Bhopal, five members of the Indian Mujahideen, arrested by Vikrant, break out of the Central Jail. Vikrant, suspended for the diplomatic disaster, is unofficially asked to assist the team tracking the escaped terrorists. In another part of the country, a retired tycoon, a heartbroken ex-soldier and a young woman dealing with demons of her own embark on a journey of self-discovery aboard a cruise liner from Mumbai to Lakshadweep. Fate, however, has other plans, and the cruise liner is hijacked. Racy and riveting, this is Hussain Zaidi at his best.

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Eleventh Hour is a how a decent thriller and a blockbuster (read logical) Bollywood movie should look like. Vikrant- the dashing and slightly-out-of-line investigator, Mirza- the mentor we all need and a bunch of other short-tempered police officers chasing a bunch of terrorists and eventually their boss.

Here’s why I liked the book:

  • The Book makes sense. I say this because the book doesn’t have a cringy love story going on in the middle of nowhere. I also say this because no one is trying to do anything heroic a.k.a stupid.
  • The writing style was surprisingly good. I never thought authors in India knew how to hold information, but this one does. Terror is fed to the reader in small doses.
  • Unpredictable. While you expect something foolish to happen, the author is bust writing logical demands and explanations.
  • Pace. The book is fast paced, mostly because of a well-written plot and interesting characters who believe in action rather than words.

I liked the book. I mean I was so busy feeling happy that the thriller doesn’t suck that I didn’t really care about the flaws.

Let me include a warning here: Please don’t compare this book to any International author who writes political espionage/Hijacking/Rescue missions. The book is thrilling according to Indian Standards and if this continues, someday we will find ourselves somewhere closer to those writers.



Purchase Links:                           |Amazon Paperback|



**Huge thanks to Harper Collins for the copy. All opinions are my own**

4 thoughts on “Book Review: Eleventh Hour by S. Hussain Zaidi

  1. Interesting that you find the standards to be so different? I am glad that this was a good one though, and that you were able to enjoy it immensely and overlook the small imperfections there were! Maybe it is Bollywood movie material 😉

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