The Phoenix by Bilal Siddiqi

The Phoenix by Bilal Siddiqi is the story of an ex-intelligence officer on a secret mission. A botched counterterrorism project. A bioweapon. Need we say more? Published by Penguin, the book hit the shelves in September 2020.

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NAME: Aryaman Khanna.

PROFILE: Ex-intelligence officer, Phoenix 5 division, Intelligence and Research Wing.

STATUS: Released from a high-security prison in Lakshadweep after serving a seven-year sentence for a botched counterterrorism operation led by Director General Amarjyot Bhushan.

KNOWN FAMILY: A mother, a son and a wife, who was attacked before she could publish an exposé about a bioweapon in her newspaper.

CURRENT LOCATION: Last seen heading to Mumbai in pursuit of his wife’s attackers and on a top-secret comeback mission.

MISSION: Foil the bioweapon strike an international terror group has been planning to carry out in Mumbai on the anniversary of 26/11.

The Phoenix tells a dystopian tale of espionage and global terror, of sleeper cells and double agents, of biological warfare and suicide attacks. But at its heart, there’s a message of hope and one man’s love for his family and country.

About the Author

Bilal Siddiqi is a novelist and screenwriter based in Mumbai. He is the author of The Stardust Affair, The Kiss of Life (co-written with actor Emraan Hashmi), and The Bard of Blood, a spy novel which he wrote when he was nineteen and which was adapted by Red Chillies Entertainment into a Netflix show. Siddiqi was also the creator of this show and worked on the screenplay. The Phoenix is his fourth book.

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