Minty Mehta, aka MM, is a thrill-seeker, a disgraced, self-destructive, ex-army cadet with a taste for hard drugs and kinky sex, and a shrewd reporter who will do anything to get a story. His connections reach deep into the heart of India’s unsavory political establishment, and into the army—his current beat—where his bravery earns the trust and admiration of even more unsavory sources.
Following Special Forces on a series of deadly missions on the Kashmiri border, MM confirms his suspicion that a rogue band of officers is smuggling drugs and captured weapons out of India’s jungle frontier. When a raid on an enemy bunker uncovers an enormous cache of arms and high-grade heroin, the commander in charge taps MM to unload the goods, and he finds himself enmeshed in an international net of gunrunning, gang warfare, and double-dealing more dangerous than anything he’s undertaken so far.
Cynical, knowing, highly capable and deeply motivated, MM is a postmodern hero in the same nihilistic vein as the protagonists of Hunter S. Thompson and Carl Hiaasen. The debut novel by the investigative journalist dubbed “The King of Sting” and “India’s most feared reporter” for his exposure of illegal arms dealing and other corruption in India, joins the ranks of world-class suspense authors with an insider’s look at the serpentine challenges of modern India.
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About the Author
Bahal, who was dubbed "The King of Sting" and "the most feared reporter in India" by The Independent, also co-founded investigative news website Tehelka in 2000. Previously, he worked for India Today, Down to Earth, Financial Express, and Outlook. He hosts the comedy program The Tony B Show on Channel V in India.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
John Williams' review in the Guardian says it all: "Imagine Catch-22 rewritten by Hunter S. Thompson." Oh, yes. Bunker 13 is a box full of crazy. Not only is MM (the antihero protagonist) a corrupt, debauched sociopath, but so is everyone else around him, no matter their station in life. Bahal's take on Indian society -- government, the media, the military, the police, and any other institution you can name -- is breathtakingly cynical and dark, dark, dark. Everything and everyone is for sale and all things can be done with the right grease applied in the right place, especially if (like MM) you're a lunatic. Hunter Thompson comes into the equation with the staggering quantity and variety of pharmaceuticals consumed by most of the characters in numerous atypical ways, such as during a military paradrop. None of this is to say there's no merit to the story. To the contrary: the shenanigans and the sheer force of MM's personality and his devious schemes pulls you right along from one you-gotta-be-kidding situation to the next with just enough time to catch a breath in between (usually). MM is an unquestionably unique character, with so many layers of deception that anything seems not only possible but likely with him. At times the firehose of prose requires you to simply soak in the words and get the gist when you can. Ultimately, this is a book to be admired rather than loved. No matter how open-minded you are, you'll find something to offend you or gross you out, or perhaps both. This is M*A*S*H on meth, Catch-22 on a bad acid trip. If that thought appeals to you, dive right into the insanity.
Once you get pass the idea that this is India,and some of the expressions art new to you the books goesinto high speed with great twists and turns
In ¿Bunker 13¿, there is a sense of fear and crispiness as you read along the escapades of Minty ¿MM¿ Mehta from Delhi to Kashmir to Moscow and back again. With neo-clamminess, Aniruddha Bahal¿under the influence of Ken Kesey, J. D. Salinger and Jack Kerouac¿has finally stepped into genuine hot shot territory and ¿Bunker 13¿ is, in no mean terms, an on-the-face inescapable work of military fiction. Whereas, military is only a politically-correct and euphemistic identification of ¿Bunker 13¿, militancy and fanaticism are the parallels for the authorship of Bahal. ¿Bunker 13¿ comes at a time when Bahal is under special-context trial, according to news media reports in Bombay, for claiming, through doctored videotapes, that Indian defense military officials, bureaucrats and ministers alike, are corrupt and bribable. That was through the conception of Operation West End, published on the now-defunct and literally sensational tehelka.com, but this is ¿Bunker 13¿, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. There can be no questioning, thus, the inherent value of the content here even though Bahal comes from a snazzy, questionable and subjectively enviable background of legal gewgaws with the Union of India. With kinky sex and acid as the last words that flash the grey matter, ¿Bunker 13¿ is a class apart from the other summer reads of the City.