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Bunker 13 A Novel [Download] ➵ Bunker 13 A Novel Author Aniruddha Bahal – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Minty Mehta aka MM is a thrill seeker a disgraced self destructive ex army cadet with a taste for hard drugs and kinky sex and a shrewd reporter who will do anything to get a story His connections rea Minty Mehta aka MM is a thrill seeker a disgraced self destructive ex army cadet with a taste for hard drugs and kinky sex and a shrewd reporter who will do anything to get a story His connections reach deep into the heart of India’s unsavory political establishment and into the army—his current beat—where his bravery earns the trust and admiration of even unsavory sources Following Special Forces Bunker 13 MOBI :Þ on a series of deadly missions on the Kashmiri border MM confirms his suspicion that a rogue band of officers is smuggling drugs and captured weapons out of India’s jungle frontier When a raid on an enemy bunker uncovers an enormous cache of arms and high grade heroin the commander in charge taps MM to unload the goods and he finds himself enmeshed in an international net of gunrunning gang warfare and double dealing dangerous than anything he’s undertaken so far Cynical knowing highly capable and deeply motivated MM is a postmodern hero in the same nihilistic vein as the protagonists of Hunter S Thompson and Carl Hiaasen The debut novel by the investigative journalist dubbed “The King of Sting” and “India’s most feared reporter” for his exposure of illegal arms dealing and other corruption in India joins the ranks of world class suspense authors with an insider’s look at the serpentine challenges of modern India.

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  • 372 pages
  • Bunker 13 A Novel
  • Aniruddha Bahal
  • 27 March 2016

10 thoughts on “Bunker 13 A Novel

  1. Lance Charnes Lance Charnes says:

    John Williams' review in the Guardian says it all Imagine Catch 22 rewritten by Hunter S Thompson Oh yes Bunker 13 is a box full of crazy Not only is MM the antihero protagonist a corrupt debauched sociopath but so is everyone else around him no matter their station in life Bahal's take on Indian society government the media the military the police and any other institution you can name is breathtakingly cynical and dark dark dark Everything and everyone is for sale and all things can be done with the right grease applied in the right place especially if like MM you're a lunatic Hunter Thompson comes into the euation with the staggering uantity and variety of pharmaceuticals consumed by most of the characters in numerous atypical ways such as during a military paradropNone of this is to say there's no merit to the story To the contrary the shenanigans and the sheer force of MM's personality and his devious schemes pulls you right along from one you gotta be kidding situation to the next with just enough time to catch a breath in between usually MM is an unuestionably uniue character with so many layers of deception that anything seems not only possible but likely with him At times the firehose of prose reuires you to simply soak in the words and get the gist when you canUltimately this is a book to be admired rather than loved No matter how open minded you are you'll find something to offend you or gross you out or perhaps both This is MASH on meth Catch 22 on a bad acid trip If that thought appeals to you dive right into the insanity

  2. Barbara Barbara says:

    It’s rare that a book leaves me with a nasty taste in my mouth but Bunker 13 is a thoroughly unpleasant piece of work Thank God it’s fictionMinty Mehta – or MM as he’s referred to through the book – is a disgraced army cadet turned investigative journalist who has managed to get himself embedded with the Indian military The novel starts with him at the parachute training centre and then follows him on missions with the Indian Special Forces engaged in conflict in Kashmir on the disputed border with Pakistan He takes a lot of drugs gets involved in smuggling operations sets different regiments off against each other brokers deals with foreign ‘organisations’ for guns drugs and secrets and isn’t averse to killing people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time His apparent mission is to kill plenty of ‘mossies’ Muslims to you and me and to take as many hard drugs as possible In between he has strangely unfulfilling sexual encounters with various womenI hated this book from the moment I opened it I was taken in by the cover uotation likening it to “Catch 22 rewritten by Hunter S Thompson” which would have been uite a book What the reviewer who said that seemed to have missed was that Catch 22 was a work of great black humour and compassion – two elements very sadly lacking in Bunker 13 Whilst the trader wheeler dealer of Catch 22 did admittedly sell off all the drugs from the medical kits it was generally to get eggs or other goodies for his comrades When MM steals and finagles drugs and guns he’s seemingly doing it purely for his own benefitThe book opens with MM writing to the Indian army chief asking to make a documentary about how paratroopers are trained He claims it will be a ‘great image building’ exercise that will help the army to recruit new elite troops But behind the scenes MM describes this as one of “the many ways that a homo sapiens with an I of 130 can f himself in the flagging end of the twentieth century” MM is off to parachute school learning how to fall and creating ever extreme ways to take ever dangerous drugs whilst free falling through the air with his buddy Major Rodriguez The creativity reuired to main line heroin and the sense of control reuired to still pull your chord at the right time defies belief I hate to think how many impressionable people might read this book and think this sort of stuff is ‘big and clever’ People get killed and nobody cares as Rodriguez and MM try to out shock each other It’s just plain nastyAfter wading through over 300 pages of poorly written prose the ‘twist’ at the end is utterly ridiculous and beggars belief A good twist should make you think “Aha so that’s what it was all about It all slots into place now” This one leaves you thinking “I will never get back the hours of my life which I have suandered on this unmitigated pap” Two further aspects – aside from the ridiculous plot – that drove me crazy were Bahal’s love of writing page after page of descriptions of different types of guns or other armaments and most of all the ludicrous stylistic device of writing the entire book as if you the reader are the central character and it’s all happening in the present tense For example “Speed is essential You want to swoop before the Mossies get any advanced warning” It’s like that the whole way through as if Bahal has the idea that writing ‘at’ us in this way will somehow make us feel involvement with and sympathy for MM Simply put it just doesn’t work I couldn’t have felt less involved or less empathyI’ve written before about sex in Indian novels – the difficulties between hinting at it or writing directly but always with a sense of fear in case the author’s mum might be reading Bahal doesn’t have any ualms about hitting you between the eyes and it’s generally not ‘nice’ sex The guy needs to wash his brain out with soapy water I’m no prude and I’m not surprised this won a Bad Sex in Fiction award in 2003 with a special mention going to the ludicrous scene in which MM’s love interest strips off to reveal artfully cut ‘furry bits’ in the shape of a swastikaAniruddha Bahal is apparently a bit of a big cheese in the Indian investigative journalism world or at least that’s what his website claims In 1997 he uncovered fraud and match fixing in Indian cricket and then went on to lift the lid on fraud in Indian politics who’d have imagined which led to the resignation of two very senior BJP politicians Thankfully he admits that Bunker 13 is entirely fictional Let’s be grateful for small merciesAllegedly the media frenzy surrounding Bunker 13 was intense and likened to the attention that The God of Small Things got when Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize I can only say that the frenzy must have been absolutely the only thing that these two books could possibly have had in common

  3. n n says:

    First things first This book is terrible One of the things I loathe most is poorly written second person narrative The only way to write a good second person narrative is to string along a specific path that you want the audience to follow; you as the author have to make it so compelling for a member of your audience to want to act in the manner in which you describe that they can't imagine the character making another choice You have to actually set things up so well that the overwhelming majority of people in the case of this book would have to override their natural instincts Unless of course the primary audience for this book are all awful men who drug women without their knowledge and engage in shady drug deals and military runs as a Rogue Journalist This book doesn't do this in any capacity At no point would I ever act like MM because MM has absolutely no redeeming ualities and there are absolutely no compelling reasons to make me rationalise a situation the way the author presumes his audience shouldSecond This book is not written in a way that intends for any women to ever read it That's fine write it from a male perspective That isn't the problem We're used to reading books in that manner and can easily relate But honestly this book actively seeks to make women not want to continue with it because of its treatment of every female character nearly 100% of them are there for sex props This leads me toThird The sex scenes are atrocious Here are a few pages for examples It deserves an award with emphasis than the 'Bad Sex in Fiction' The scenes are unimaginable They are so completely rubbish that I cannot even picture them in my mind at all And the phrasing I swear if you want to write bad pornerotica write bad pornerotica Just stop pretending you're writing a Serious BookFourth You could take almost every single non sex chapter and swap them around and have almost no change in the story That's a bad signI don't remember where or who gave this to me but I just know that whoever said this is 'like Catch 22' has done Heller a disservice This book is an atrocity

  4. Rogue Reader Rogue Reader says:

    To write you the truth I wasn't sure what to make of Aniruddha Bahal's work The cover blurb reads Catch 22 rewritten by Hunter S Thompson which is pretty grandiose and really I don't think either that work or that writer compares Bahal's character is deep complex and hidden with so many levels that like an onion or chameleon he can present any face to any person He recover from any situation I might instead compare the character to Ian Fleming's James Bond who miraculously escapes from danger and an anti hero such that LeCarre might write with a touch of maybe the Good Soldier SvejkEven after finishing Bunker 13 I'm not sure of right or wrong and I badly wanted to be

  5. Rishabh Kanwar Rishabh Kanwar says:

    There is so much narcotics in this novel I got high just reading it

  6. Steve Chaput Steve Chaput says:

    Within the first few pages of this unusual novel one is tempted to start the review with something along the lines of “Catch 22 as written by Hunter Thompson” In fact skimming the ‘net I came across several already published reviews that began in just that fashion I don’t begrudge the reviewers for doing it the easy waySimply put Bahal tells the story of Minty Mehta known to everyone as MM an Indian reporterinvestigative journalist covering the Indian military Told completely in the second person the story instantly grabbed me and kept me involved even during some rather long sections that told me about the inner workings of the media in modern India than I would ever wish to know The only other ‘second person’ narrated novel that immediately comes to mind is If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino Calvino’s novel also brings the reader directly into the story as it winds its way to the conclusionMM whose motives for doing what he does remain unclear for much of the book befriends the maverick Major Rodriuez a member the Army’s Special Forces unit stationed in Kashmir Rodriuez like MM is a man who is than he appears on the surface Seemingly a career military man Rodriuez is involved in any number of illegal smuggling operations Drugs are only the tip of the iceberg and it becomes evident that MM has something than profit on his mind as he becomes involved in the black market Whether it’s weapons or drugs MM will do whatever it takes as long as it will allow him access to those with whom Rodriuez worksUnlike the persona that Hunter Thompson brought into his writings there is no joy to be had in the drugs that MM uses The drugs like the other risk taking in which MM becomes involved allow Minty to numb his emotions and give him a reason to live Deeply scarred by the loss of the only woman he ever really loved MM’s indulgence in rough sex drugs and danger keep him from sinking further into a deepening depression Rather than Thompson Bahal’s protagonist reminds me of the characters that peopled the novels of William Burroughs Men and women who were looking for any immediate rush to fill the void in which they existedIt is immediately apparent that Bahal knows the shadowy areas of Indian society Himself an award winning journalist in his native country he brings vividly to life a society and culture which I had never known existed in that country This isn’t the India of Rudyard Kipling or Paul Scott’s Jewel in the Crown but a society much like our own at least in terms of the values or lack of them that are all too apparent in the early years of the twenty first century An amazing book especially from a first time novelist

  7. Edward Edward says:

    Bunker 13 is a deft combination of military action novel and mysterythriller The protagonist of the novel is MM a former military man and undercover reporter who has been trying to break into a case involving Indian Special Forces units in volatile Kashmir High ranking officers are purportedly seizing captured arms and drugs selling them to the highest bidder MM is an edgy sort of anti hero with a penchant for drugs and kinky sex His military skills cynicism and habit of mainlining during free fall parachute jumps gains the admiration of Major Rodriguez who MM is sure will lead him to the source of the illegal smuggling His involvement grows deeper both in the dangerous military underground and drug fueled escapades of his new found accomplices on the battlefield and in the bedroom This turns into murder political corruption and international double crossing that dwarfs anything he has seen in his career On a top secret Special Forces operation in Kashmir a huge bunker containing arms and drugs is uncovered The plot escalates to an unprecedented level of mayhem which involves guerrilla fighting espionage terrorists Russian mobsters and nuclear missiles The reader is never uite sure whose side MM is on or if he has his own twisted agenda The action never stops and the ending is shocking and completely unexpected Bunker 13 is written in the second person which may feel awkward to readers unfamiliar with it The dialogue is stilted at times and there are virtually no references to Indian culture that one might expect But for me these are off set by the excellent descriptions of the Indian military Paratrooper training Special Forces operations weapons tactics and the Indian army command structure are written into the plot in great detail There are many military action novels which deal with other military forces Few deal with the Indian armed forces the fourth largest in the world so Bunker 13 is a welcome change This is not a novel for the fainthearted but for readers who like offbeat characters military detail action plot twists and surprising conclusions I highly recommend Bunker 13

  8. Akshat Upadhyay Akshat Upadhyay says:

    My 32nd book of the year This one I read back in 2006 when I was a college going kid and has just heard about Aniruddha Bahal because of his links with Tehelkacom So when buying it I thought why notmust be another expose on a political issue in a fictionalised form Those were the days of Anuja Chauhan's Battle for Bittora I was amazed and still am at the irreverence of the content Its a mindfuck and thats a given The anti hero ie MM or Minty Mehta is a delight to come across He is someone whom you will not find so overtly in todays society though most of us guys would kill to be like him He literally has no fucks to give to anyone Thank god this book did not come out in todays times with our overindulgence in righteousness or this would have been banned from the word Go It takes apart the army the bureaucracy and the fifth estate in ways and means too delicious to reveal Its a treat to read though may not be for everyone

  9. Vikas Vikas says:

    One of the better written books by Indian authors None of the same love stories of Mr Bahal in fact the story takes many twists and turns and the last part is wonderfulPeople who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while I read almost all the genre but YA Fantasy Biographies are the most My favorite series is of course Harry Potter but then there are many books that I just adore I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend time in this review so remember I loved reading this and love reading you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading

  10. Manish Manish says:

    This book was refreshing for the simple reason that it belongs to a genre that is yet to catch up in India Espionage thrillers A corrupt journo colludes with Army officers to hatch a plan to sell confiscated arms ammo and heroin from Kashmiri militants in the International black market Delhi's farmhouse partieshistory of para trooping behind the scene action in a weekly etc get adeuately covered Somehow importantly the aura of the army as do gooders gets broken and hence made it a worthwhile read The sex scenes and their description justify why Bahal also won the Bad Sex Award for this work ;

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10 thoughts on “Bunker 13 A Novel

  1. Lance Charnes Lance Charnes says:

    John Williams' review in the Guardian says it all Imagine Catch 22 rewritten by Hunter S Thompson Oh yes Bunker 13 is a box full of crazy Not only is MM the antihero protagonist a corrupt debauched sociopath but so is everyone else around him no matter their station in life Bahal's take on Indian society government the media the military the police and any other institution you can name is breathtakingly cynical and dark dark dark Everything and everyone is for sale and all things can be done with the right grease applied in the right place especially if like MM you're a lunatic Hunter Thompson comes into the euation with the staggering uantity and variety of pharmaceuticals consumed by most of the characters in numerous atypical ways such as during a military paradropNone of this is to say there's no merit to the story To the contrary the shenanigans and the sheer force of MM's personality and his devious schemes pulls you right along from one you gotta be kidding situation to the next with just enough time to catch a breath in between usually MM is an unuestionably uniue character with so many layers of deception that anything seems not only possible but likely with him At times the firehose of prose reuires you to simply soak in the words and get the gist when you canUltimately this is a book to be admired rather than loved No matter how open minded you are you'll find something to offend you or gross you out or perhaps both This is MASH on meth Catch 22 on a bad acid trip If that thought appeals to you dive right into the insanity

  2. Barbara Barbara says:

    It’s rare that a book leaves me with a nasty taste in my mouth but Bunker 13 is a thoroughly unpleasant piece of work Thank God it’s fictionMinty Mehta – or MM as he’s referred to through the book – is a disgraced army cadet turned investigative journalist who has managed to get himself embedded with the Indian military The novel starts with him at the parachute training centre and then follows him on missions with the Indian Special Forces engaged in conflict in Kashmir on the disputed border with Pakistan He takes a lot of drugs gets involved in smuggling operations sets different regiments off against each other brokers deals with foreign ‘organisations’ for guns drugs and secrets and isn’t averse to killing people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time His apparent mission is to kill plenty of ‘mossies’ Muslims to you and me and to take as many hard drugs as possible In between he has strangely unfulfilling sexual encounters with various womenI hated this book from the moment I opened it I was taken in by the cover uotation likening it to “Catch 22 rewritten by Hunter S Thompson” which would have been uite a book What the reviewer who said that seemed to have missed was that Catch 22 was a work of great black humour and compassion – two elements very sadly lacking in Bunker 13 Whilst the trader wheeler dealer of Catch 22 did admittedly sell off all the drugs from the medical kits it was generally to get eggs or other goodies for his comrades When MM steals and finagles drugs and guns he’s seemingly doing it purely for his own benefitThe book opens with MM writing to the Indian army chief asking to make a documentary about how paratroopers are trained He claims it will be a ‘great image building’ exercise that will help the army to recruit new elite troops But behind the scenes MM describes this as one of “the many ways that a homo sapiens with an I of 130 can f himself in the flagging end of the twentieth century” MM is off to parachute school learning how to fall and creating ever extreme ways to take ever dangerous drugs whilst free falling through the air with his buddy Major Rodriguez The creativity reuired to main line heroin and the sense of control reuired to still pull your chord at the right time defies belief I hate to think how many impressionable people might read this book and think this sort of stuff is ‘big and clever’ People get killed and nobody cares as Rodriguez and MM try to out shock each other It’s just plain nastyAfter wading through over 300 pages of poorly written prose the ‘twist’ at the end is utterly ridiculous and beggars belief A good twist should make you think “Aha so that’s what it was all about It all slots into place now” This one leaves you thinking “I will never get back the hours of my life which I have suandered on this unmitigated pap” Two further aspects – aside from the ridiculous plot – that drove me crazy were Bahal’s love of writing page after page of descriptions of different types of guns or other armaments and most of all the ludicrous stylistic device of writing the entire book as if you the reader are the central character and it’s all happening in the present tense For example “Speed is essential You want to swoop before the Mossies get any advanced warning” It’s like that the whole way through as if Bahal has the idea that writing ‘at’ us in this way will somehow make us feel involvement with and sympathy for MM Simply put it just doesn’t work I couldn’t have felt less involved or less empathyI’ve written before about sex in Indian novels – the difficulties between hinting at it or writing directly but always with a sense of fear in case the author’s mum might be reading Bahal doesn’t have any ualms about hitting you between the eyes and it’s generally not ‘nice’ sex The guy needs to wash his brain out with soapy water I’m no prude and I’m not surprised this won a Bad Sex in Fiction award in 2003 with a special mention going to the ludicrous scene in which MM’s love interest strips off to reveal artfully cut ‘furry bits’ in the shape of a swastikaAniruddha Bahal is apparently a bit of a big cheese in the Indian investigative journalism world or at least that’s what his website claims In 1997 he uncovered fraud and match fixing in Indian cricket and then went on to lift the lid on fraud in Indian politics who’d have imagined which led to the resignation of two very senior BJP politicians Thankfully he admits that Bunker 13 is entirely fictional Let’s be grateful for small merciesAllegedly the media frenzy surrounding Bunker 13 was intense and likened to the attention that The God of Small Things got when Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize I can only say that the frenzy must have been absolutely the only thing that these two books could possibly have had in common

  3. n n says:

    First things first This book is terrible One of the things I loathe most is poorly written second person narrative The only way to write a good second person narrative is to string along a specific path that you want the audience to follow; you as the author have to make it so compelling for a member of your audience to want to act in the manner in which you describe that they can't imagine the character making another choice You have to actually set things up so well that the overwhelming majority of people in the case of this book would have to override their natural instincts Unless of course the primary audience for this book are all awful men who drug women without their knowledge and engage in shady drug deals and military runs as a Rogue Journalist This book doesn't do this in any capacity At no point would I ever act like MM because MM has absolutely no redeeming ualities and there are absolutely no compelling reasons to make me rationalise a situation the way the author presumes his audience shouldSecond This book is not written in a way that intends for any women to ever read it That's fine write it from a male perspective That isn't the problem We're used to reading books in that manner and can easily relate But honestly this book actively seeks to make women not want to continue with it because of its treatment of every female character nearly 100% of them are there for sex props This leads me toThird The sex scenes are atrocious Here are a few pages for examples It deserves an award with emphasis than the 'Bad Sex in Fiction' The scenes are unimaginable They are so completely rubbish that I cannot even picture them in my mind at all And the phrasing I swear if you want to write bad pornerotica write bad pornerotica Just stop pretending you're writing a Serious BookFourth You could take almost every single non sex chapter and swap them around and have almost no change in the story That's a bad signI don't remember where or who gave this to me but I just know that whoever said this is 'like Catch 22' has done Heller a disservice This book is an atrocity

  4. Rogue Reader Rogue Reader says:

    To write you the truth I wasn't sure what to make of Aniruddha Bahal's work The cover blurb reads Catch 22 rewritten by Hunter S Thompson which is pretty grandiose and really I don't think either that work or that writer compares Bahal's character is deep complex and hidden with so many levels that like an onion or chameleon he can present any face to any person He recover from any situation I might instead compare the character to Ian Fleming's James Bond who miraculously escapes from danger and an anti hero such that LeCarre might write with a touch of maybe the Good Soldier SvejkEven after finishing Bunker 13 I'm not sure of right or wrong and I badly wanted to be

  5. Rishabh Kanwar Rishabh Kanwar says:

    There is so much narcotics in this novel I got high just reading it

  6. Steve Chaput Steve Chaput says:

    Within the first few pages of this unusual novel one is tempted to start the review with something along the lines of “Catch 22 as written by Hunter Thompson” In fact skimming the ‘net I came across several already published reviews that began in just that fashion I don’t begrudge the reviewers for doing it the easy waySimply put Bahal tells the story of Minty Mehta known to everyone as MM an Indian reporterinvestigative journalist covering the Indian military Told completely in the second person the story instantly grabbed me and kept me involved even during some rather long sections that told me about the inner workings of the media in modern India than I would ever wish to know The only other ‘second person’ narrated novel that immediately comes to mind is If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino Calvino’s novel also brings the reader directly into the story as it winds its way to the conclusionMM whose motives for doing what he does remain unclear for much of the book befriends the maverick Major Rodriuez a member the Army’s Special Forces unit stationed in Kashmir Rodriuez like MM is a man who is than he appears on the surface Seemingly a career military man Rodriuez is involved in any number of illegal smuggling operations Drugs are only the tip of the iceberg and it becomes evident that MM has something than profit on his mind as he becomes involved in the black market Whether it’s weapons or drugs MM will do whatever it takes as long as it will allow him access to those with whom Rodriuez worksUnlike the persona that Hunter Thompson brought into his writings there is no joy to be had in the drugs that MM uses The drugs like the other risk taking in which MM becomes involved allow Minty to numb his emotions and give him a reason to live Deeply scarred by the loss of the only woman he ever really loved MM’s indulgence in rough sex drugs and danger keep him from sinking further into a deepening depression Rather than Thompson Bahal’s protagonist reminds me of the characters that peopled the novels of William Burroughs Men and women who were looking for any immediate rush to fill the void in which they existedIt is immediately apparent that Bahal knows the shadowy areas of Indian society Himself an award winning journalist in his native country he brings vividly to life a society and culture which I had never known existed in that country This isn’t the India of Rudyard Kipling or Paul Scott’s Jewel in the Crown but a society much like our own at least in terms of the values or lack of them that are all too apparent in the early years of the twenty first century An amazing book especially from a first time novelist

  7. Edward Edward says:

    Bunker 13 is a deft combination of military action novel and mysterythriller The protagonist of the novel is MM a former military man and undercover reporter who has been trying to break into a case involving Indian Special Forces units in volatile Kashmir High ranking officers are purportedly seizing captured arms and drugs selling them to the highest bidder MM is an edgy sort of anti hero with a penchant for drugs and kinky sex His military skills cynicism and habit of mainlining during free fall parachute jumps gains the admiration of Major Rodriguez who MM is sure will lead him to the source of the illegal smuggling His involvement grows deeper both in the dangerous military underground and drug fueled escapades of his new found accomplices on the battlefield and in the bedroom This turns into murder political corruption and international double crossing that dwarfs anything he has seen in his career On a top secret Special Forces operation in Kashmir a huge bunker containing arms and drugs is uncovered The plot escalates to an unprecedented level of mayhem which involves guerrilla fighting espionage terrorists Russian mobsters and nuclear missiles The reader is never uite sure whose side MM is on or if he has his own twisted agenda The action never stops and the ending is shocking and completely unexpected Bunker 13 is written in the second person which may feel awkward to readers unfamiliar with it The dialogue is stilted at times and there are virtually no references to Indian culture that one might expect But for me these are off set by the excellent descriptions of the Indian military Paratrooper training Special Forces operations weapons tactics and the Indian army command structure are written into the plot in great detail There are many military action novels which deal with other military forces Few deal with the Indian armed forces the fourth largest in the world so Bunker 13 is a welcome change This is not a novel for the fainthearted but for readers who like offbeat characters military detail action plot twists and surprising conclusions I highly recommend Bunker 13

  8. Akshat Upadhyay Akshat Upadhyay says:

    My 32nd book of the year This one I read back in 2006 when I was a college going kid and has just heard about Aniruddha Bahal because of his links with Tehelkacom So when buying it I thought why notmust be another expose on a political issue in a fictionalised form Those were the days of Anuja Chauhan's Battle for Bittora I was amazed and still am at the irreverence of the content Its a mindfuck and thats a given The anti hero ie MM or Minty Mehta is a delight to come across He is someone whom you will not find so overtly in todays society though most of us guys would kill to be like him He literally has no fucks to give to anyone Thank god this book did not come out in todays times with our overindulgence in righteousness or this would have been banned from the word Go It takes apart the army the bureaucracy and the fifth estate in ways and means too delicious to reveal Its a treat to read though may not be for everyone

  9. Vikas Vikas says:

    One of the better written books by Indian authors None of the same love stories of Mr Bahal in fact the story takes many twists and turns and the last part is wonderfulPeople who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while I read almost all the genre but YA Fantasy Biographies are the most My favorite series is of course Harry Potter but then there are many books that I just adore I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend time in this review so remember I loved reading this and love reading you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading

  10. Manish Manish says:

    This book was refreshing for the simple reason that it belongs to a genre that is yet to catch up in India Espionage thrillers A corrupt journo colludes with Army officers to hatch a plan to sell confiscated arms ammo and heroin from Kashmiri militants in the International black market Delhi's farmhouse partieshistory of para trooping behind the scene action in a weekly etc get adeuately covered Somehow importantly the aura of the army as do gooders gets broken and hence made it a worthwhile read The sex scenes and their description justify why Bahal also won the Bad Sex Award for this work ;

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