The 3rd Survivor: A Unit 22 Thriller Author: Mainak Dhar

As an avid reader of military thrillers, I was intrigued when I picked up “The 3rd Survivor” by Mainak Dhar. With its promising premise of a covert military unit and a high-stakes mission, I was ready for an adrenaline-pumping adventure. However, while the book delivered on some fronts, it fell short in others.

The story revolves around Unit 22, a group of operatives who undertake missions that officially never happened. When their latest operation garners unwanted media attention, they are sent into hiding at a remote base. But just when they think they can catch their breath, they are thrust back into action for a crucial mission: extracting an asset from behind enemy lines. And that’s where the real rollercoaster begins.

Dhar’s choice of theme is impeccable. The world of covert operations, government assets, and intense cross-border missions offers ample opportunities for suspense and excitement. The backdrop of a massacre adds a layer of complexity to the narrative, as the fate of nations hinges on the survival of one mysterious survivor.

However, where “The 3rd Survivor” falls short is in its execution. The writing style is simple and accessible, which can be a boon for some readers, but it lacks the depth and nuance needed to truly immerse the audience in the high-stakes world of espionage and military operations. The dialogue, in particular, felt lacking in punch and authenticity. Engaging and impactful dialogue can elevate a thriller, but here, it often felt flat.

Additionally, the characters, while intriguing in their own right, could have been more fleshed out. I found it challenging to connect with them on a deeper level, which made it difficult to fully invest in their journey. A more profound exploration of their backgrounds and motivations could have added emotional depth to the story.

On the positive side, “The 3rd Survivor” does excel in creating a palpable sense of tension and danger. The treacherous terrain and the relentless pursuit by the enemy keep the narrative moving at a brisk pace. The constant threat of ten thousand Chinese troops hot on the unit’s trail ensures that there’s never a dull moment.

In conclusion, “The 3rd Survivor: A Unit 22 Thriller” by Mainak Dhar is a novel with a fantastic premise that promises a heart-pounding read. While it falls short in terms of dialogue and character development, it manages to deliver on the suspense and action fronts. If you’re looking for a straightforward military thriller that doesn’t demand too much from its readers, this book might be worth a shot. However, if you seek a deeper exploration of the genre’s complexities, you might find yourself wanting more.

By Pranjali Wakde