Author: Dee Walker

The Winner's Curse...

Book Review:

Orphan Harsh makes it to the billionaire club with a burning vision, sheer intellect and the blessings of his political Godfather. The favours must now be paid back through a huge Guru Dakshina. To honour his Master’s wish, Harsh, with the help of his fellow IITians, sets out to create a never-seen-before governance technology around the national ID numbers, that will change the face of democratic India.

Everything is at stake: money, reputations, egos and morals. Even lives.

Will they succumb to insatiable greed in the murky games of politics, backstabbing and subterfuge or will they be redeemed by the ‘Ten Commandments’ that once forged their ideals at college?

If you thought that supreme technology and unalloyed power can bring lasting change or that e-governance and transparency can address the ills of our system, The Winner’s Curse will force you to think again. For what’s at stake is: YOU.

The Winner’s Curse: the turbulent voyage of talent and intellect in the morass of turpitude.


I really enjoyed reading this book, without a doubt, Dee Walker is a name to look forward to in the Indian Publishing Industry.

The way the entire story was weaved, the fast pace of the story line, the rhythm and the writing were all excellent.

As far as the characterizations go, the male characterization were excellent, but the female characterization were not up to the mark. I personally felt that the amount of males in the story was a bit too overbearing, even in Indian context, I do not think that almost no woman is in any of the political or large scale decision maker (and not just as a secretary to a big shot  guy).

The cover picture and the size of the book is quite perfect. The grammar and the editing was also up to the par with international books.

I especially liked the way the author had taken his inspiration of characters and corporates from the most commonly known entities around us. Like the news anchor that conducts media trials who shouts “THE NATION WANTS TO KNOW!”, we all know who he is 😉

A lot of other reviewers have said that the high number of characters was a negative point for them, but for me, it increased the allure of the story. I feel that so many characters gave interesting depth and increased the angles and the complexity of the story, and made it more realistic.

The book has a definite Indian look and feel to it, so if you are looking for a thriller or a political thriller, this is the book that would not disappoint you in the least.

The story line was complex, yet the language was quite simple. So, all in all, it is a good book.

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