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Full Name: Akhil Thapar
Nationality: Indian
Organization: RA&W
Occupation Agent

Creator: Prasenjeet Kumar
Time Span: 2017 - 2019


Akhil Thapar is an agent with RA&W.

That acronym stands for the Research and Analysis Wing, a very inocuous sounding name for the foreign intelligence agency of India, formed in 1968 and tasked with "gathering foreign intelligence, counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, advising Indian policymakers, and advancing India's foreign strategic interests".

Technically, Thapar is just seconded to that organization and only after the first recorded adventure in which he shows that agency just how valuable a man he can be despite what would seem a debilitating liability. When we first encounter him, he is in the hospital haviing just suffered the horrific injury that would change his career and life so dramatically.

As we are told in the opening pages of that tale, he had been a Major in the 1/5 Gurkha Rifles, a famed regiment in the Indian Army. His unit had been chasing a small group of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in from Pakistan and had just engaged them in a firefight, killing four of them. While searching for more in their hideout, he heard a horrible click as he stepped down and then awoke some time later in the recovery bed, now missing most of his left leg.

He was only just coming to terms with the change in his everyday life when he met the beautiful and determined television reporter, Amrita Arora, who came to interview him about his injuries for a news spot. The two would quickly grow close and within a few months they would marry. It would be a subsequent series of troubles befalling Arora due to her news investigations that would put Thapar on the trail to rescue her and bring him to the attention of the RA&W.


Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2019

1 Still Missing Still Missing
Written by Prasenjeet Kumar
Copyright: 2017

Major Akhil Thapar was recovering in the hospital after losing his left leg on a land mine fighting terrorists in Kashmir. Meeting Amrita Arora, a clever and resourceful TV reporter, there, they start dating and soon fall in love. Then she goes missing and Thapar is determined to find her. His determination will put him on a trail that will end with his stopping a horrific event that could have destroyed his homeland.
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2 The Enemy Within The Enemy Within
Written by Prasenjeet Kumar
Copyright: 2019

Now a part of the Indian RA&W intelligence organization, Major Akhil Thapar is given the difficult task of infiltrating a branch of ISIS at work in India so he can learn what their plans were in that country and to stop them. At the same time, his wife, Amrita Arora, is deep into discovering why several fellow journalists have dies under very suspicious conditions.
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It is always fun to find a series from somewhere other than the 'traditional' Five Eyes countries. That is what we have with Akhil Thapar as he is an Indian operative and quite proud of it. Well, he is definitely proud of being Indian; the operative part is kinda forced on him.

I also found it very interesting that the author should try his hand at a different 'genre' than his more acclaimed specialty. The man is an expert at Indian cuisine as is shown by him many published books on it. Something inside him made him branch out and try his hand at spy thrillers. We are the beneficiaries of that urge.


My Grade: B


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