Duology by ex-IB officer to talk about counterterrorism

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New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) A two-book series by a former Intelligence Bureau officer will talk about counterterrorism and has been optioned for an OTT series, publishers Penguin Random House India announced Monday.

The duology will be published under the Ebury Press imprint, with the first book in the series 'Operation Haygreeva' releasing in October.

Debutant author Prabhakar Aloka says his upcoming novels attempt to 'unravel the inner workings of the craft for readers everywhere through a story of the triumphs and tribulations encountered by undercover operatives who develop a spiritual addiction to their covert identities'.

He served in counterterror, counterinsurgency and anti-Naxalite theatres.

According to Milee Ashwarya, publisher at Ebury Publishing and Vintage, 'In 'Operation Haygreeva', we have found an enduring thriller with an intriguing plot and memorable characters that attempt to help us unravel the world of espionage.' Hemali Sodhi, from A Suitable Agency, says, 'It is not often that one comes across a debut that is so riveting, assured and accomplished - this is a book that you simply cannot put down without racing to the end.' 'Operation Haygreeva' pivots around C3 - Central Counterterrorism Command - a secret unit of India's foremost national security agency, a statement from the publishers says.

'At its discreet headquarters in New Delhi, intelligence officers work hard behind the scenes to thwart threats, keep track of targets and make sure the country is safe. When Mumbai becomes the victim of a series of horrific bomb blasts, Ravi Kumar, the chief of C3 known for his unorthodox but brilliant methods, is entrusted with the responsibility to neutralise the threat posed by a new terrorist organisation called Lashkar-e-Hind.

'What follows is a rollercoaster of intrigue, betrayal and danger as a covert group of operatives races against time to protect the citizens of India. The twists and turns continue to pile up in the sequel, with the net tightening around Ravi and his team as they pursue their sinister enemy, navigating the murky corridors of espionage and intelligence services,' it says. PTI ZMN RDS RDS