Bookish Witch

Lynchpin: The Best Laid Schemes of Mice and Men by Siddharth Maheshwari 

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Present-day India, about 1.4 Billion people, living across its twenty-nine states and seven union territories, speaking about one thousand six hundred and fifty-two different languages and followers of at least nine recognized religions stand united in the country.

A sinister plan, of a shrewd calculating mastermind, has set the wheels of doom in motion. He is now pulling the lynchpins across the country and making it fall into disarray. He is using everyone in his path to achieve his goals. Within thirty days he intends to control the nation’s soul.

As chaos grips the country, it’s a race against time for DSP Ranbir Roy of the Intelligence Bureau and Inspector Vikram Aditya Singh to stop him before anarchy dooms the country.

The pieces are set, the board is laid out but what happens when your own pawns move against you? What will be the end game?

Pages: 290

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Genre: Fiction/Crime Thriller


  • Kindle eBook: 123.90 INR/$4.00
  • Paperback: 299 INR/$11.00

My Rating: 4.6/5

A small-time thief becomes a witness to an upcoming plan to destroy the Indian economy. The policeman who caught him doesn’t believe it and shrugs it off thinking the thief was just blabbering in his last moments. That is until the next few days lead to one catastrophe after another. It is then that the R&W, RAW, the Indian Army, and the Indian police force get together to hunt down the perpetrators behind it all. Spearheaded by DSP Ranbir & Inspector Vikram, will the task force be able to stop the plans from unrolling completely?

What I liked about the book:

  • The characters are well built and I liked the fact that all main characters have a good backstory.
  • Reading this book felt like a thriller movie. The narrative is smooth and well-built, which makes it easy to visualize the whole book and each scene.
  • The author has explained everything in detail, despite that nothing is either too dragged or too short. The story is well-paced and keeps you on the edge almost till the end.
  • The chapter titles and the whole analogy of the story and unfolding events, with the game of chess, are praiseworthy.
  • The author has managed to pen down a very accurate portrayal of how the various Government security agencies function – a specific team handling each task, not just one guy puttering away at his laptop.
  • The plot is exceptional, especially so because it is eerily close to reality. It is smoothly pace and even better layered. The author has managed to put in a little bit of everything, right from suspense, to thriller, to deception and politics and business.

What I did not like about the book:

  • Some of the sentences are too long and one has to reread them a few times to understand the flow.
  • Some culprits were predictable for me (but this could be just for me because I’ve read so many crime thrillers that nothing comes as a surprise anymore)

Quotable quotes:

  • In the journey of life, through all ups and downs, many thoughts come and go. Some remain in the brain as inconsequential brainwaves.
  • The rich had their own snooty ways in life.
  • To functional at optimal capacity rest was important.
  • Vikram wondered if the past of one’s country and the actions of its citizens could actually influence the next generation enough to turn a traitor.
  • We humans are continuously devising ways to grow and provide ourselves with more food, whether through vertical farming inside concrete buildings or by clearing forests. And as we exploit more resources from the earth, we keep getting confident about the fact that we can fill the expanding population’s stomach.
  • Most of us believe in the notion that human life is the most precious on earth and this is the most stupid concept ever.
  • The exponential growth of humans has caused immense distress on our resources, trees, rivers, and the flora and fauna. Our industriousness and greed have polluted the air and oceans alike.
  • Our society has molded us in such a way that often we forget to ask ourselves, why do we do what we do? We have been nurtured and taught to survive, not to live. To live we don’t need to plunder and hoard resources.
  • We all have a job to and a role to play.
  • We humans are the virus on earth. Our presence and continuous proliferation are causing stress on the host i.e. our planet.
  • The inspector made a mental note of inspecting the minutest detail in the future but simultaneously wondered if one could control everything in life.
  • We all are pawns and must play our part in the world.
  • The world is changing. We all need to move ahead as one and cooperate with each other. We must rely on each other’s strengths and uplift the other from their weaknesses. If we behave like crabs, we all will be doomed together. A bunch of sticks is more powerful than a single stick.
  • War only brings about losses.
  • The disruption within is what causes the nation to be on edge.
  • Fear is a strong motivator.
  • Anticipation and calculated risks are what keep one at winning in chess and in life.

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