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Breach: Book Review

Breach by Amrita Chowdhury
The Blurb
How secure are your secrets in the virtual world?  Weeks before pharma-giant Acel is ready to file a global patent application for cancer wonder-drug Colare, its offshore data centre in Mumbai is hacked. The charismatic, young leader of its Indian business, Dr Udai Vir Dhingra, finds himself being blamed for negligence and breach of security. Battling market pressures, media scrutiny, livid American bosses and crumbling relationships, Vir must find the perpetrators, or see his career – and his life – spiral downwards. But the deeper he gets dragged into the shadowy world of masked online identities and muddied digital footprints, the more Vir discovers that nothing is easy or obvious, and everything has a price. Set across Mumbai, Washington and Guangzhou, Breach is a compelling and edgy cyber thriller that explores the dark and dangerous underbelly of our increasingly virtual existence.


The story is about the corrupt and sordid part of the cyber crimes in the virtual world. A giant pharmaceutical company Acel, based on Maryland, gears up to launch their revolutionary anti-cancerous drug ‘Colare’. Their office is based out in Mumbai where Dr. Udai Vir Dhingra is in charge. However, weeks before filing for petition, their India office that works in Mumbai is hacked. Dr. Udai Vir Dhingra, the charismatic, Ivy-educated young leader of its Indian business, receives the blame for the ‘breach’ of information regarding Colare. His life takes a turn and becomes chaotic. To make matters worse, Vir’s personal life also takes a toll.

The book also dwells into pharma industry, bio-technology, cyber crimes, online threats, patent laws, Trojans and virtual existence. A fast-paced cyber thriller from a talented author- that’s what I would like to say. Amrita Chowdhury knows how to tell a meticulous thriller with style and precision. She has shaped the book in short chapters and a brilliant chronology. It is only two or three pages per chapter and each character is etched beautifully, also taking us to different locations. Thus, even at 335 pages, it is a fast paced book, an absolute page turner!

The plot is flawlessly executed and all these otherwise-Greek-and-Latin-terms are explained in layman terms making it an effortless read. Highly recommended if you love to read thrillers!!

I give a four on five.

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Meet the Author

Amrita Verma Chowdhury is the author of Faking It, an art crime thriller about fake modern and contemporary Indian art.

She holds engineering degrees from IIT Kanpur and UC Berkeley, where she was a Jane Lewis Fellow, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon (Tepper Business School). Her work as an engineer in Silicon Valley led to seven US patents for semi-conductor fabrication – something to show for those bad-haired days. She has done Strategy Consulting and Board Effectiveness work in the US and Australia and has spent long nights fitting five-syllable words inside two-by-two squares. She has worked in the rarefied bastions of Ivy League education bringing together ideas and people. She currently works in publishing.
She lives in Mumbai with her husband Sumit, their two children Shoumik and Aishani, and an assortment of pets including a cocker spaniel, a guinea pig and two turtles. She loves travelling, baking cupcakes with her daughter and hearing from her readers.
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