The year is 1976, the socio-political landscape had altered significantly from what it was a couple of decades ago, and the experiment of armed revolution in the South Indian state of Kerala is doomed to failure. As a last-ditch attempt to rekindle the fire, Comrade Krishnan, the Supreme leader of ‘Guard’ – a radical outfit, hatches a plan to attack a police station. A motley bunch of young rebels manage to pull it off, against all odds, and escape through the impenetrable forests of the Western Ghats. For the surviving two revolutionaries, Immanuel and Veena, the journey of next forty-eight hours is intense – physically and emotionally.
This compelling narrative follows their plight, shadowing them through their passion, beliefs, internal conflicts, desperation, and then love.
Will they survive the ordeal? Will they still stand by their ideals at the end of it? Was it worth? Who exactly is the traitor, and why?
Jims Andrews was born in the scenic South Indian state of Kerala. A career in Marine Engineering allowed him to sail the high seas and visit the world’s ports and places. He wrote his first two books at sea, while sailing aboard mammoth oceangoing vessels. His first novel ‘Fall of a Sparrow’ was inspired by the Tsunami that hit the Andaman Nicobar archipelago in the year 2004, to which he was a witness. The second novel ‘The Patriot’ too was set in the backdrop of the blue seas, a milieu he is much familiar with.
The ideology of armed revolution had flourished in the state of Kerala in the sixties and seventies, but soon died a natural death after a few failed experiments. Many of the revolutionaries were killed, and some quietly went back to the mainstream. Many living amongst us today could have been armed revolutionaries at one point of time. The thought had always fascinated Jims and made him research the lives of those men and women who lived and died with a lethal dose of ideology. That could be the reason why this book, though essentially a work of imagination, often treads the fine line between fact and fiction.