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The Party Worker by Omar Shahid Hamid

For Asad Haider, betraying the man and the “Party”, that had been his life for twenty eight years, was not an easy choice. But it was a choice he had to make. The hunter becomes the hunted and his “system” is used against him, by the very people he trained to spread terror.
Along with Asad, who now has to learn how to be a victim, the stream of characters, racing through the streets of Karachi and New York, add masala to this action packed novel. A don-styled leader(now if you know a bit about politics in Pakistan, it won’t be difficult to put a face to the don), with his goons(obviously in the garb of local politicians), an eighty year old Parsi, spitting profanities at every opportunity, a burnt out NYPD cop along with his rookie partner(sadly caught up in this subcontinental drama), all have their own stories to tell. Asad links them all, and what the reader gets is, an intricately woven web of deceit, gang warfare, desi politics and copious amounts of drama. And to sensationalize the entire plot, there is even a journalist who dreams of writing a bestseller; the material is all there on the streets of Karachi and by adding his own two bits to the chaos, he starts stringing together a narrative, that will rewrite the political scenario of the country.
The characters connect and the writing is credible, capturing  the essence of the different cultures and their idiosyncrasies, with generous use of colloquial terms.
Hamid’s effortless writing eludes finesse and proficiency. The Party Worker brings forth the harsh reality of party politics in the subcontinent- tables turn and power is auctioned to the mightiest. The story lays bare the underbelly of a complex city, dissecting it’s functioning, and revealing an ugly reality; a reality we all are aware of, but are too scared or disinterested, to change.
Adrenaline pumping, crackling and explosive, this new novel, Hamid’s third actually, brings the narrative to life. As you race through the novel, similar to a motion picture experience, you don’t know what hits you!
Now before you start reading The Party Worker, a bit of advice – catch up on your sleep because this one is impossible to put down!
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Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika co-manages thegoodbookcorner.com. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master's degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika's articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror and Daily News and various blogs, such as, talkingcranes.com, sikhchic.com, sikhnet.com. She is actively involved with SAARC Women's Association of Sri Lanka. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. Her short stories have been published online and she is also working on her own novel. Artika has published My Little Sikh Handbook and is currently working on her second children's book, with Sikhism as its central theme. You can reach Artika at bakshiartika@gmail.com .

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This entry was posted on May 5, 2017 by in Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fiction and tagged , .
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