Mahasweta Devi passed away on July 28 at the age of 90, having spent most of her life writing with a raw passion about the “...Read More
This book is full of mystery, action and romance. It's a fanciful romance, that even though it could never happen like this in real life, it still drags you in and makes you wish you were Nina, swept off your feet in love for a true hero. From page 1 to page 333 I was pulled in. When I wasn't reading this book I was dreaming in this book. At times I was Nina, other times I was one of Nina's friends watching the story from a distance. The author did an excellent job at painting the pictures and characters in this story. The imagery worked, my favorite part was at the beginning of the book when Stephan took Nina on a sailboat ride, I could feel the sun on my face and the wind in my hair (It really made me want it to be summer right now).
Love, hate, Excitement, peace ,East ,west, Life ,death ...and much more. This book has it all!!! It's like life with the right doses of emotions and experiences good and bad. And, T. Dasu captures it with believably subtle lovable characters and vivid imagery of their surroundings. Loved it!!
This mystery kept me guessing. It was fun to read and I was disappointed when it was over. My favorite aspect is the love story between Nina and Stephen. T. Dasu captures so many of the little details that make a marriage rich -- sometimes heart wrenching, sometimes deliriously joyful. I would love to read a sequel about the next stage in their relationship. Hard to believe this is Dasu's first published book!
A unique blend of soft and tough characters and their interaction in a plot that keeps you riveted to the book to the last page. Character development is excellent. looking forward to future books from this promising writer T. Dasu.
Spy, Interrupted: The Waiting Wife, is an excellent read. The plot moves along with lots of twists and turns and Dasu has a knack for developing interesting characters. As a writer myself, I'm interested not only in the story, but also the quality of the writing. Dasu's prose is first rate, and I expect this won't be the last novel I read from this promising new writer. Highly recommended.
The Spy, Interrupted trilogy is fast paced and character driven, and combines two terrific genres—love stories and espionage. Not romances, but real love stories like those written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Jane Austen, with characters that breathe and feel, that leave an unforgettable impression. And, who can forget the accidental spy in Our Man in Havana, the father of a beautiful teenage daughter trying to keep up with her demands? The Spy, Interrupted trilogy spans multiple genres and continents, and used different backdrops—a midnight escape from terrorists in New Delhi in Book 1, a Senate run in Massachusetts in Book 2, and an exotic hideaway for a whistleblower in Book 3—to explore different aspects of human relationships. And, Dasu’s Indian roots are a big part of the narrative and atmosphere.
The first part of the trilogy, Spy, Interrupted: The Waiting Wife, tells the story of two very different personalities, from different cultures, who meet under unlikely circumstances and endure horrific ordeals to build a ferocious devotion and love for each other. The Waiting Wife is about love, loyalty, and trust.
The second part of the trilogy picks up where the first book ends, with the spy retiring and contemplating a run for the US Senate. The second book of the trilogy, The Perfect Candidate, is about ambition, reinvention, and secrecy. It is scheduled to come out on November 11 of this year.
The third part of the trilogy, scheduled to come out in November 2016, is about madness and accidental heroism.
A former spy, Stephen’s love, life, and secrets are about to become public, jeopardizing his Senate run. But Stephen’s tabloid pursuers better beware—his shadowy power extends far beyond America’s borders.
The Perfect Candidate, Book 2 of the Spy, Interrupted trilogy, picks up with Stephen Edward James and his wife Nina Sharma about to enter the race for a U.S. Senate seat in Stephen’s native Massachusetts.
With his high-profile philanthropic endeavors, interracial marriage, and uncommonly principled stance, Stephen makes a compelling Republican candidate in the traditionally Democratic stronghold—despite his shadowy past.
Stephen’s opponent—grandmother and professor Katherine Collins—hires a tracker, Dave Tyler, to sling mud as the race heats up. It’s hard to keep secrets on the campaign trail, and Tyler will go to any lengths necessary to discredit Stephen, as his tabloid curiosity turns into a personal dislike for the privileged candidate. Tyler’s efforts rock the campaign, jeopardizing Stephen’s marriage as well as pushing one of his young, closeted staffers to the breaking point.
But Stephen is not one to back down from a fight. He has powerful friends in his corner—setting off an ominous chain of events.
A fast-paced novel full of political intrigue, espionage, and romance, The Perfect Candidate spans multiple genres and continents, taking us inside the world of state secrets and intercultural relationships in a thrilling tale of power and ambition.
"...It was one of those rare romantic spy stories I have ever read. Most of the spy stories I read had lust in them instead of love. This one was so much love oriented and mix of Desi culture and all other spy spices... was fabulous!!! Kept me gripped every next chapter...."
Jane Austen meets John le Carre in the riveting international romantic thriller Spy, Interrupted: The Waiting Wife, which follows a newlywed couple on an emotionally wrought journey rife with love, intrigue, and suspense.
When Nina Sharma falls in love with and marries the reclusive, New England aristocrat Stephen Edward James, she expects life will change. But she could not anticipate how. After six months of seemingly serene wedded bliss, a trip to India begins to unravel the secrets of Stephen’s hidden life—and the truth will have the pair evading terrorists and narrowly escaping with their lives. As Nina grapples with the truth about the stranger she married, Stephen must do everything in his power to keep his wife alive and bring down the men he’s hunting—and who are hunting him.
Then, the photographs start arriving…photos from a mysterious sender. Photos of Stephen and Nina in increasingly intimate moments.
Can Nina and Stephen’s fledgling love survive? Can they survive?
Filled with intriguing characters and plot twists that span multiple continents, Spy, Interrupted: The Waiting Wife is a unique and thrilling, cross-cultural novel about the strength and endurance of love.
I did a lovely interview with Tara Sarath of Barefoot Publicity–you can check it out on her website barefootpublicity.com or rea...Read More
T. Dasu is a published author of both nonfiction and fiction, including Spy, Interrupted: The Waiting Wife, which came out in November 2014 and is the first in the Spy, Interrupted trilogy. She enjoys classic stories of love and longing, such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, and is hooked on literary espionage, exemplified by Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana. T. Dasu recently took part in the Fall for the Books Literary Festival (2015) and the 2nd Annual IAAC Literary Festival, hosted by the Indo-American Arts Council in NYC.
By day, Dasu is a research scientist working on problems in statistics, stream mining, and machine learning, which allow her to put her PhD in mathematical statistics to good use.
IndiaWrites Publishers Inc. is non-profit 501(c)3 company formed in 2006. Its primary mission is to disseminate contemporary works of fiction from across the Indian subcontinent by translating them from Indian languages into English. India has more than 20 languages with distinct scripts and 2000 listed dialects. Local writers speak in a raw, visceral voice of a world left behind by modernity and the struggle to conquer the most basic challenges of daily life. The English speaking world has access to only a tiny fraction of these via translations.
From 2006 to 2010, IndiaWrites Publishers published a free monthly online magazine Literary Voices of India that translated works of writers in Indian languages. In 2010, the best stories were published as an anthology, 1947 Santoshabad Passenger and Other Stories, by Rupa & Co., one of India’s biggest publishers.
In addition, IndiaWrites Publishers Inc. supports charitable organizations that educate and empower women and girls in third-world countries and war-torn regions. All the proceeds from Spy, Interrupted novels have been donated to Kiva, IRC, Malala’s Fund and various libraries and community hubs.
Oppol was crying.
This is what Appu doesn’t like to see! Oppol and her crying! Oppol was crying with her forehead pressed, kind of that way, on the wooden cross bar on the window. Yup, this is what she likes to do, all day… Cry! It could be that Valiamma has shouted at her, as Valiamma does, three thousand times a day! But then, Valliamma shouts at him too, doesn’t she? But does he cry? Nope, he doesn’t cry, all he does is get real mad. If he were all grown up like Oppol, you know what he would do? He’d show Valliamma! But Oppol, this Oppol, who is all so grown up, just stands there and takes it all! Sometimes her face would fall… then her eyes would tear up. When he sees that, he would, just slip out.
One day, Nusrullah returns from Hyderabad suddenly. The Nawab has been spending beyond his means as was his custom, resting on the clout and fame of his ancestors. He knows what his son is about to say. The family has bought expensive clothes in Hyderabad on credit, jewelry on credit, and everything it needed on credit. When creditors press for payment at the end of the year, the Nawab would dismiss them promising to pay in installments. He does not want to lower the prestige of the family by diminishing his life style or his entourage.
T. Dasu will be attending Fall for the Book Festival, September 26, 2016
T. Dasu will be at the Morristown & Morris Township Library on November 1, 2016, the eve of the 2016 presidential election, to talk about the newest title in her Spy, Interrupted trilogy: The Perfect Candidate.