Review: Checkmate

Checkmate by Varun T.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb of Goodreads :

The year is 2020. 

While New Delhi deliberates on commensurate retaliation to Beijing’s actions, a series of events across the globe pushes the world to the brink of war. 

A high-profile assassination in Israel stirs up emotions in the Middle East, and the Arab armies form an alliance united by the rallying calls of jihad: to conquer the holy land, once again. 

The public execution of a CIA agent in North Korea brings the gargantuan navies of US and China to a terrifying stalemate in the Sea of Japan, while the world watches in horror as hopes for human survival and global markets dwindle into oblivion. 

Amidst all this, Lama, the influential leader of Tibet, finds himself in a political pickle, and sways towards Beijing, the mightier side, in the event of an Indo-China conflict. So does Pakistan, China’s all weather friend. 

With the possibility of war on both fronts, as the struggle for dominance on Tibet brings the dragon to India’s doorstep, the tiger prepares for yet another showdown with the dragon. 

Six decades after the Indo-China war of 1962, will the tiger be able to turn the tide and douse the dragon’s fire? 

Who shall fire the first shot and who is actually calling the shots? Only time will tell. 

Witness a tale untold and immerse yourself in a world of moves and countermoves, where there’s no distinction between black and white. Where every piece has a role to play but their loyalties are not a function of their colour. Where the only thing that truly matters is who gets to call CHECKMATE.


Yesterday I had finished the prequel of this book and knowing I have sequel with me  I couldn't wait any longer to see what happens next. This book is a second in the 'Nation at War'  series but it can be read pretty much as a stand alone if you have knowledge about world politics and latest happenings.

Again I must say Author has done amazing job of making the real life scenarios into the awesome political fiction. Again as I had done yesterday, I won't be giving any spoilers out and the story is totally your to read and find out the mystery. But this has been an totally gripping tale throughout. I finished the book within a few hours and I was totally gripped.

Only difference being from the first book is that the Hindi or I can say Indian based references are a bit less and so it might be easier for you to decipher if you aren't quite familiar with the Indian cultural references. Although since this book is based of politics you must be aware of some recent events that are been taking place in recent times. I can say its more of taken from the politics happening on twitter.

I felt that the book was a bit less enjoyable compared to the first one only until the book crossed 50% mark. Then slowly everything was getting bit clear and it was now totally more fun read. Honestly I won't recommend this series to people who are quite sensitive to politics and religions maybe? But still if you are open minded and fun person who has good interest in politics and maybe mind games then this read is totally fun for you.

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