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The 1st Assassin: A Unit 22 Thriller by Mainak Dhar is a moving symphony of voices


Book Review


The 1st Assassin: A Unit 22 Thriller by Mainak Dhar is a moving symphony of voices, and a spine-chilling story about loss and belonging. One of my favorite things about this book is that it pays homage to those who serve in uniform and put themselves in harm’s way for us.

I believe our overall reading experience enhances when an author has some connection to the book. The same is true for this book, where author Mainak Dhar brings perspectives and experiences of his father, who spent more than 30 years in the Intelligence Bureau.

This book highlights how people in power control the real heroes. It questions the political motives and involvement in the Indian armed forces. This action-packed story is full of moments of hope and connection but is also heartbreaking.

Overall, the 1st Assassin: A Unit 22 Thriller by Mainak Dhar is a powerful story that illuminates the complex, interconnected lives of people in uniform and how they deal with all stresses and still do their duty when called upon.


About the Author


Mainak Dhar wears many hats. He considers his most important job to be the best possible father and husband he can be. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, his ‘day job’ is in the corporate sector, leading teams and businesses for a major multinational firm.

A self-described ‘cubicle dweller by day and writer by night’, when he’s not with his family or at work, he loves creating and sharing stories. He is the author of over a dozen books, some of which have been bestsellers in India and abroad including the bestselling Alice in Deadland series, 03:02 and Sniper’s Eye.

His books have been translated into Turkish, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, German and Portuguese, reaching millions of readers worldwide. He is also a passionate student of Karate and holds a Black Belt. Learn more about him and contact him at


About the Book


The 1st Assassin: A Unit 22 Thriller

I once worked for the government, going into missions that never officially happened, killing enemies we never officially killed. They gave me a bunch of medals, partly for doing my job well, mostly to keep my mouth shut.

I still work for the government, but now I ride a desk, barely tolerated by my boss, barely tolerating myself. My world is turned upside down when I am put on a task force investigating an assassination plot against the US President.

Nothing is as it seems, the enemy always seems to be one step ahead of us, and I must keep myself and those I care about alive long enough to get to the bottom of this conspiracy.

The clock is ticking, the body count is mounting, and the assassins never stop coming.



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