After a long time, I am reading a thriller by an Indian author. I love reading thrillers, they give me an adrenaline rush which I refuse to seek out in adventurous activities. 😀 Why jump from the sky when you can read thrillers and get the same rush? I know all book lovers agree with me. Well, I hope they do.

Breach by Amrita Chowdhury is one such thriller. It is a cyber thriller which involves the inside stories of pharma companies during drug pre-release stage, patenting laws that are boon and bane at the same time, data breaches, hacking and other areas in the cyber world where crime is at large.

The plot of the book involves various characters who are introduced at various stages.  The primary focus  is on Vir, a 33 year old country (India) head for Acel, a global pharma, with a parallel story which involves Raghu and Madhu, two college students who get involved in hacking. Acel is working on releasing a new drug, Colare that can combat cancer. But, there seems to be a problem and the big shots of Acel from the US blame Vir for the breach. Vir has to clear his and his team’s name and that forms the crux of the story. Is Vir able to clear his image, his personal life that seems to bear the brunt of his profession? Does he do it alone or does he have help in the form of amateur hackers? Does Colare get released? What about the patenting lawyers? What is the role of Raghu and Madhu in all this? These questions form the plot of the story.

Coming to how I liked the book : I loved the book. It is a fast paced thriller, though at times, I find the characterisation being a little too lengthy which could have been edited to maintain the tension and rush in the story. It has a lot of twists and turns that form the core of any thriller. Being a Biochemist myself, I liked the way the author has researched on the subject and has kept the story believable. I like the way IT and BT combine in this book to give us a thriller that is beyond average. I like the way the book is written in “not so simple – not so complicated” English.  Each character is well etched and have been given their due space. The only glitch I found is that it could have been edited a little better to make it more concise.

If I have to rate this  book, I will give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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