Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister

Title: Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister
Author: Tabrik C
Publisher: Hachette India
ISBN: 978-93-5009-670-3
Number of Pages: 319
Price [INR] : 350
Genre: Fiction (Political Thriller)

India has a new Prime Minister but is Siddhartha Tagore the product of his genius or of his dangerous mind?

India is on edge, as a subversive internal revolt against the Constitution and the threat of Jehadi terror of an unthinkable level, are looming on the horizon. Ringing Shiva’s damaru in and out of Parliament, a sudden turn of karma catapults outsider Siddhartha Tagore – a conflicted genius, music maestro and prodigal son, with forceful views on China and Pakistan into national prominence as the head of the Opposition Alliance and finally as the newly elected Prime Minister of a disturbed nation.

But buried secrets are being resurrected and threaten to expose the past. Twisted within the double helix of menacing politics and hidden lust, Prisoner, Jailor, Prime Minister is a scorching account of Siddhartha Tagore’s fascinating journey from Harvard to 7 Race Course Road.

I am not a big fan of politics but I am all for thrillers. When the opportunity to review a political thriller arose, I wanted to check it out.  And I am glad that I decided to go for this book. Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister with its well researched plot, sufficient twists and thrills and a fast paced story compels you to keep turning the pages one after the other.

The book is divided into 2 parts and has short chapters and flits between the past and the present smoothly. It took a while for me to warm up to the book, but once I did, I could not put it down. I found the second half of the book more engrossing and interesting.

I liked the personality that is etched for Siddhartha Tagore, the protagonist. The story revolves around him. He comes across as a pretty interesting character and despite his failings, you cant help but like him. Other characters in the story are the ones who are or were part of Siddhartha’s life and they are very real and one can easily connect with them too.

At certain places, the author leaves a lot to the imagination of the reader, which I quite liked. And he also left a lot unsaid, giving clues, teasing the reader with some subtlety.

The incident about the nuclear explosion in the very first chapter suggests that India is under serious terror attack and one wonders how the new PM ie Siddhartha would tackle this grave threat. But it is disappointing to read about the nuclear attack again only towards the very end of the book. The relationship between Gordon and Krish Rathore could have been explored more.

Towards the end, I was wondering about the whereabouts of Gregory Templar, Siddhartha’s roommate at Harvard. And soon enough I read about him and I was floored. It was truly an Aha! moment for me while reading Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister. I didn’t see that coming at all!

Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister is not just a political thriller but it also deals with love and lust and dark secrets which certainly engages and thrills you.

Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister is definitely worth reading.

Rating : 4/5

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53 thoughts on “Prisoner Jailor Prime Minister

  1. Sounds interesting…might have to keep an eye out for this the next time I visit India. I’m curious — why doesn’t the author have a last name? I’m used to authors using initials for their first names but not the last name…

    • Thanks PB, glad you found the book interesting.
      Hmmm…. about the name and initials, well, the author himself is the best person to explain that! 🙂 I liked his name too, have heard it for the first time 🙂

  2. I will read this one for sure. Your review made me very curious, and it might have been a book that I would just have passed by in the book store. It seems to have a lot of different elements, thanks for a nicely written review:-)

  3. I felt the book should have struck to the Political Thriller element, predominantly. It didn’t. There was so much of new age romance, which for me, was a put off. But I guessed that this book might work for romance book readers.

    Destination Infinity

    • I guess, if it was just a political thriller, the target audience would have been considerably less, the new age romance with Harleys and iPads increases the span of readership. No? I am glad that it had romantic angle too 😀

  4. I am so in sync with you 😀 When you said you weren’t one for politics, I raised my hand. And when you said you liked thrillers, I nodded along in glee. What an enticing review, Shilpa! I HAVE to read this one now 🙂 Thanks!

    • I am convinced that we certainly got lost in some Kumbh Mela, Shailaja 😉
      Thank you, glad you liked this review and do check it out and share your review too 🙂

  5. Wow….You’re an expert when it comes to reviews of books as you often post them, and this review comes in as no surprise 🙂 Loved the honest review. Looking forward to reading this book, and more reviews from you. Lovely 🙂

  6. A political thriller which also has love, lust and secrets is something to read at least once. I don’t read this genre but your review has me convinced to try reading this book.

  7. If you hadn’t made it sound so good, I would not go anywhere near a book like this. Actually, I am staying away from Chanakya’s Chant for the very same reason. Although I did enjoy Krishna Key. I saw you recommending these too in the comments. Might give both of these a shot then. 🙂

    • Oh, you must read Chanakya’s Chant. If you liked Krishna Key then you will love CC. I have reviewed both the books on the blog. Do have a look. 🙂
      And do check out PJP too 🙂

  8. a Political thriller! How interesting..
    The book seems to be gripping. And its another book in my list of books by Indian authors! My mum will need a bag for books when she comes!! 😀

  9. Sounds intriguing. Political thrillers are not really my cup of tea, but you’ve piqued my interest. Will put it on my list of books to read. Shilpa you write awesome reviews.

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