Book Review- 8 Hours

Author: Upendra Namburi

Publisher: Westland Publications

No Of Pages: 282

Genre: Corporate Thriller


Aratrika Reddy, the charismatic CEO of ARYA Holdings Ltd., has just 8 Hours to save her company from certain bankruptcy.

The multi-billion dollar hotels to steel conglomerate, founded by her mercurial father, liquor baron Madhusudhan Reddy, has many suitors, all of them plotting a hostile takeover. Aratrika’s estranged husband, Siddhartha is one of them. His inside knowledge is the real ace up his sleeve. The Rathores, the Reddys’ arch-rivals are looking to buy ARYA too and thereby settle old scores.

Aratrika has to weave her way through a litany of lawyers, politicians, bankers, bureaucrats, investors, power brokers and her dreaded family. Behind the scenes, Jagannath Rao, her wily uncle, is playing a dangerous double game of manipulation. Her father Madhusudan is furiously pulling the strings from behind the scenes. To add to the confusion, overseeing the whole sale process is her old flame, Peter.

Over the course of a single night, 8 Hours to be precise, Aratrika must fight the demons at the gates of her company and those within. It’s a fight to the bitter end.

A fight that Aratrika does not want to lose…

I would like to thank WritersMelon for the review copy and my review is totally unbiased and honest.

Book Review

A very different corporate thriller. This book talks about reality of corporate world.  A friend is always a enemy when it comes to business even your family counts into that. I liked the richness of the dialogues. It was captivating.

Aratrika ,the protagonist was strongly exhibited. The way she overcome her fear, the way she outrun her enemies was pretty much cool.  The last 80 pages could be read for Aratrika alone,a real page turner it was.

I felt 8 hours had less thriller and had more of conflict drama. So many characters and all characters were seen pretty much in each chapter so it was difficult to remember and sense who is who. I had to go through twice of the character name as same type of scenes were there till half the book.

Author brilliantly handled “Power ” as a main character in this story. Every character seems to be a friend to each other and plays a enemy at the back of oneself ,only to gain the so called power. The ethics of business world was clearly put up in this book. A handshake and knife stab was done at the same time.

The psychological session of Aratrika was haunting. She become the person who she hated all her life. That part was intriguing. I would recommend this book to those who wants to know what corporate world would look like.


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About The Author

Upendra Namburi is a sales and marketing professional who has contributed to leading newspapers and online publications. He is on the passionate voyage of writing the numbers triumvirate of novels titled 31, 60 and 8. His debut novel 31, was a bestseller and also on the long list for the Tata First Book award. His second book titled ’60 minutes’ is a unique story that spans a pulsating 60 minutes.He has contributed to Indian and International publications on a wide array of subjects.He is an evolving blogger, ardent dreamer and passionate writer.He resides in Gurgaon, India.


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