Book Review: A Summit Without Mercy by Dylan Walker

Somewhere in the Himalayas, a Buddhist guru and a rogue spy devise a nefarious plan to instigate a nuclear war between two nuclear neighbors – India and China.

An Indian agent is missing. The Indian Intelligence Bureau tasks their best agent, Keshav Bose, with locating him. As he follows the clues, he uncovers a far more devious plot is underway.

With French spy Camilla Faidu by his side, Bose has to handle hired assassins, a Turkish mercenary, and a sect of brainwashed beauties to prevent nuclear war. What they uncover leads them to the dashing, young Chinese ex-pat and his palatial retreat, but thwarting disaster comes at a heavy price and makes them targets.

Their only option is to infiltrate the compound, disrupt the plan, and hope they make it out alive.

Find out what happens in this adrenaline-rushing international espionage thriller!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

With just a little over 100 pages, this book is an exciting page-turner and I finished reading it at one sitting. Camillia and Keshav are the two main characters in this story. Camillia has been the Director of a spa for 6 years and now has been assigned a new job, as a spy, to assist Keshav in his expedition to locate a missing Indian Agent. The story evolves rather quickly as the book is quite short, and I felt that if it is a longer book, it would have been even better, as the writer has a great talent in weaving an interesting story – which is why it is a page turner. The romance between Keshav and Camillia, and how they had to part ways after the task is over, is something I particularly liked about the story. A great attempt by the writer as this is his debut book.


Author Interview with Dylan Walker

An avatar or Dylan Walker

DYLAN WALKER is a researcher at heart. After earning an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he spent two years working as a Software Engineer. He earned a post-graduation degree in business management with a specialization in finance. For the last ten years, he has been a Research Analyst focusing primarily on IT hardware. When not working or writing, he spends his free time watching documentaries, tracking national and international politics, and think-tanks to remain abreast of current international relations.

Where are you from?

I am from and residing in India.

Why do you write?

I consider writing as one of the most respected form of communication since the arrival of homo sapiens. This is the best way to get engaged with people in order to spread your thoughts in an effective manner.

What do you write about? 

I present to the people about various news items that might have skipped their attention, within an espionage spy thriller format, thereby it serves as an edutainment version of reading.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I adopt the popular format of international thriller writing style with action, adventure and love interest properly woven in order to keep the reader engaged and not feel like that they just reading newspaper op-ed.

What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?

The choice of style itself was a bit difficult to find. I have been more inclined towards monitoring international events and tracking IR analysts and foreign policy thinktanks. The process to striking the right chord that resonates both to me and the larger audience took its own sweet time.

What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?

A reader after reading “A Summit without Mercy” said to me that it was like a proper action movie script, it was greatly satisfying as it reinforced my capability a taking current affairs event and successfully converting it into a captivating work. I was even more glad, when I came to that he was working with the peripheral part of the filmmaking industry.

A Summit Without Mercy

How long have you been writing?

The engine got its ignition mode back in my school days. Of course, that more of a historical documentation based on my school history textbooks.

When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?

It was generally seen weird during my school days. History was considered one of the dry subject to taught. However, I found it to be very interesting as I viewed them as a story based on real events. In fact, the thought of writing an altered history with an alternative timeline was the first moment when I actually wanted to become a writer.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I visually create avatars of characters and would interact with them during night, when I am free to have mind open for such interactions.

How long does it take to write a book?

It takes me 1-2 months to properly synthesize a knot into a storyline and then into a proper international thriller fiction.

Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?

Observe things and events around you that influence you be it positive or otherwise. The emotion that takes your heart for a ride would automatically reflect and evolve in writing.

What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?

While, till now, I haven’t been searching for story knots as I see them abundantly around, challenge remains at areas where I have to choose the location as I want the audience not to be entirely familiar with such places thereby nudging them google and analyse about those places. In addition, the choice of character names as well as is a significant challenge while I write the story.

What do you think makes a good story?

The prime mission of a story is to engage and entertain. There is no second thought on that part. However, a good story must not just educate the reader, whether it is about an event or about a location or even about a restaurant in that location. The writer when takes the responsibility of providing such value addition apart from an engaging story, it becomes a good story.

What does your family think of your writing? 

They were initially surprised, however, they are really supportive at my endeavor.

Do you see writing as a career?

I do. It is not just about the monetary aspect, as I am currently with a professional occupation, which serves that purpose. However, it is the thought of reaching to people and sharing my thoughts and awaiting their feedback on my thoughts that drives me to take this up as a career.

Do you have anything specific you’d like to tell the readers?

The world is once again at brink of getting transformed. As the former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, said, the global pandemic will “forever alter the world order”. I am striving to present you the international espionage spy thriller stories based on this ever changing global affairs.

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