How do you kill a man with no Achilles heel? You cut off his foot Tom Jones.
Set against the serene beauty of Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet, Kingdom Come is a gripping story of death and loss, vengeance and retribution, love and life. Krivi Iyer is an embittered former spy and bomb defusal expert with only one regret. That he couldn't catch The Woodpecker, a dangerous, mentally unstable bomber who ended his partner's family. He has a second chance to go after his arch enemy with the arrival of Ziya Maarten, the manager of 'Goonj Business Enterprises' in Srinagar, Kashmir, who is alleged to be The Woodpecker's sister. Except, Ziya is a beautiful distraction and not a terrorist's sister. When a tragedy in London tears Ziya's life apart, she can only rely on Krivi to give her the absolution and vengeance she needs to move on. Between training to be an anti-terrorist squad member and finding The Woodpecker, Ziya uncovers the secrets of Krivi's tormented past. But will two tortured souls find the courage to love?
I didn't keep many expectations before diving into Kingdom Come so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually ended up liking it. By the end of the book I was very much invested in Krivi and Ziya's story and desperately wishing for their happy ever after. I really enjoyed Kingdom Come.
Ziya is the manager of Goonj Business Enterprises in Kashmir. She has come a long way from being an orphan. She has worked hard to get where she is at present. I really liked Ziya. She was stubborn but determined. I loved that she was such a good friend to Noor and Sam. Ziya can't help but be intrigued by Krivi who comes into her life and makes her question her feelings.
Krivi is a former spy and a bomb defusal expert. When he gets intel that Ziya may be the sister of Woodpecker, a wanted terrorist, he will do anything to take him down. Even if it means spying on Ziya. Krivi is shown as a cold hardened soldier. He was all that but as we get to know him there is so much more depth to him. I liked how protective he was of Ziya after the truth comes out.
Ziya and Krivi may look different on the surface but actually they had a lot of traits in common. The sparks start flying right off the pages. I liked how the romance went. Somehow Ziya and Krivi worked seamlessly when they were together. But the book is not all romance. We also get Woodpecker's point of view. It just brings home the point of how serious their situation is.
Aarti V. Raman has a very engaging writing style. She got me hooked on to the story as soon as I started reading. There were some twists that I did not see coming. One made me angry while the other left me shocked. All in all Kingdom Come was a really good blend of romance and thriller and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys both the genres.
*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/ publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.