When I finished reading Mukul Deva’s Blowback, the blasts in Pune hadn’t happened. At the time I was torn between a sense of disappointment with the writing, and respect for the author’s chutzpah.
Whenever I read Robert Ludlum, or Tom Clancy, or (especially) Frederick Forsyth, or any of the many writers who thrived in a world poised on the brink of destruction during the Cold War, I always enjoy the fact that the story they are telling could have been true. That the conspiracy could be real.If you think about it, all conflicts breed stories where the storytellers take clear sides — where the good side, the right side, is obvious.
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