Book Review: The Siege
While reading the book, it is easy to forget that the book is fact and not fiction. Told from the viewpoints of multiple survivors- all of whom have remarkable tales of bravery, sacrifice and/ or good fortune to recount- the book is simply un-put-down-able.
The book reminded me of Hussain Zaidi’s extensive work on the underworld in its style and pace of storytelling. For the uninitiated, Zaidi is a renowned crime reporter- author of incredibly well written (and researched) books such as Black Friday and Mafia Queens of Mumbai. It came as a pleasant surprise to me that the authors had actually taken Zaidi’s help to research the book (and he had taken theirs’ to finish up Headley & I.)
I must also admit that this book terrified me more than the actual moving images I saw on the news or in the multiple documentaries made on the 26/11 attacks. At every moment in the book, I felt that I was either the protagonist in a particular chapter or at the very least, sitting beside him or her- commiserating with the person in his or her terror.
This review was first published on www.makingrain.blogspot.in.
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