Reviewer Debolina Raja Gupta: Debolina is a writer and a poet, and was among the 2010 winners of an all-India competition for debut writing in literature and poetry, wherein she was chosen to present her writing in front of a live audience in New Delhi. She is an active blogger, especially talking about books, and was a participant in the online version of BEA, Armchair Book Expo America 2011. At present she is working towards publishing her first manuscript based on fiction, while working on the second one. In her spare time she feeds street kids in India and she is working to create more empathy in people for our little ones on the streets.
The best part about the book is its construction and length. Being a mere 137 pages long, this thriller is easy to finish off in a single sitting, thus letting you keep the suspense and build-up all tuned in and in flow. The characters have been given good thought and detailing. Jeb is confused and scarred after the incidents he witnessed and took part in at the war front. He struggles with the loss of loved ones and the trauma of witnessing mindless death, and ends up viewing society as an unjust place where people use the excuse of ‘justice’ to kill each other. Sara is a 14-year-old half-bred girl, who, having lost both her parents at a very young age, has been treated as a sex slave for most of her young life. As the two are bound in close proximity and have only each other for companionship, her love for Jeb grows into much more than that of a rescuer, while Jeb is very clear about how he sees her. His only interest is to protect her and get her safely back to her family.
While reading the book, the reader can get a ‘real’ view of the trials and tribulations faced by those who suffered the injustice of war, by being a part of it and being scarred for life. Many young men were sent to the front without consent, and returned disillusioned and confused. The war came to an end but their lives changed forever. And this is exactly what the author captures in A Bullet For Two.
The book is fast-paced, easy-to-read and a pleasure for those who like to read but don’t want to spend too much time reading. Its heavy-weight in its subject, but light and flowing in its execution.
Only drawback in the book is that it needs another look at editing, but that’s the work of the publishing house, and I hope they re-check the copies that will be coming out now.
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