Book Review : Breach


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TITLE : Breach
AUTHOR : Amrita Chowdhury
PUBLISHER : Hachette India
GENRE : Fiction (Cyber Crime Thriller)


The blurb

How secure are your secrets in the virtual world? Weeks before pharma-giant Acel is ready to file a global patent application for cancer wonder-drug Colare, its offshore data centre in Mumbai is hacked. The charismatic, young leader of its Indian business, Dr Udai Vir Dhingra, finds himself being blamed for negligence and breach of security. Battling market pressures, media scrutiny, livid American bosses and crumbling relationships, Vir must find the perpetrators, or see his career – and his life – spiral downwards. But the deeper he gets dragged into the shadowy world of masked online identities and muddied digital footprints, the more Vir discovers that nothing is easy or obvious, and everything has a price. Set across Mumbai, Washington and Guangzhou, Breach is a compelling and edgy cyber thriller that explores the dark and dangerous underbelly of our increasingly virtual existence.

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Author of ‘Faking It’ an art crime thriller about fake modern and contemporary Indian art, Amrita Verma Chowdhury holds engineering degrees from IIT Kanpur and UC Berkeley and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon (Tepper Business School).

Amrita’s work as an engineer in Silicon Valley led to seven US patents for semi-conductor fabrication – something to show for those bad-haired days. She has done Strategy Consulting and Board Effectiveness work in the US and Australia and has spent long nights fitting five-syllable words inside two-by-two squares. She has worked in the rarefied bastions of Ivy League education bringing together ideas and people. She currently works in publishing.

Amrita lives in Mumbai with her husband Sumit, their two children Shoumik and Aishani, and an assortment of pets including a cocker spaniel, a guinea pig and two turtles. She loves travelling, baking cupcakes with her daughter and hearing from her readers.

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The Cover : What caught my eye as soon as I received the book was the way the title was displayed. Moving away from convention, the same is written vertically. I wondered? But then on going through the book I found an explanation which I wonder is what the author/ publishers/ cover designer had in mind. To me it signified a breach right from the lowest level to the highest level. Interesting isn’t it?

Storyline: Interesting, intriguing, realistic and enaging.

Acel the multinational giant in the pharma industry is on the verge of patenting a new drug ‘Colare’ that can combat cancer. But, just when everything seems to b going fine the project runs into rough weather with the team realizing that there has been a breach. Billions are at stake and with that the career and life of the main protagonist Vir and his team. Just as one would expect, the blame game starts, the disgruntled find an outlet to vent their frustration, sleep deprived staff work round the clock trying to figure out what went wrong, who are the perpetrators of the crime and how to control the damage done.

The story spans over two continents and three countries. The author takes us on a virtual tour of the cyber world. The nitty- gritty of cyber crime and cyber security is discussed effectively making even the layman, the non-techie enjoy each new twist and turn without getting confused. This speaks volumes for the research that has gone into the making of the book.

The story also introduces us to the potential risk we the common people as well as Corporates face from the virtual world. The book is an eye-opener. It is sure to make one jittery about the safety of his/ her personal as well as virtual identity and systems. The question that one will be forced to ask oneself at the end of the book is, “How safe am I?”

And yes, the book does have a touch of romance too though subtle.

Characterization : The characters are well etched with all their imperfections. One can easily relate to them, their feelings, ambitions and frustrations.

Language and pace: Language is crisp and lucid. No hard nuts to crack no pebbles to take away the taste thus making the pace and flow just right and smooth. A fast paced thriller, ‘Breach’ is sure to make one sit up and devour each word that makes up the book.

The end: Interesting. Loved it.


Editing: Not a big issue but yes there are a few places here and there that need to be looked into for typos.


Recommendation & Rating: A page turner with an interesting climax, I give ‘Breach’ 4 on a scale of 5.



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