BOOK REVIEW: THE STALKER

Book: The Stalker

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Author: Sandeep Sharma

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Redgrab Books

Number of pages: 135 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Sandeep Sharma kindly provided me with a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

Randhir Kamat is the CEO of USB (Un-social Bastards), one of the top companies in the field of entertainment. Randhir’s life appears to be settled, his company is at the top, he has a lovely girlfriend Rupali and a loyal friend and colleague Devendra.

However, Randhir has a stalker: Deepali. She stalks him incessantly on social media and professes her love for him. At first, Randhir enjoys the attention. But when the publicity affects his business and also his girlfriend Rupali, Randhir finally decides to go to the police to put an end to the stalking.

The matter is entrusted to Inspector Suraj Pant. When Inspector Suraj is assigned the case, it is in the middle of preparations for his daughter’s wedding. However, he investigates the matter with diligence.

Several questions arise in the course of his investigation. Who is Deepali in reality and why is she stalking Randhir? Is Randhir as innocent as he pretends to be? What is the actual connection between Rupali and Mayank, the head of Natak Company, one of the biggest competitors of USB?

The author has managed to spin an intricate tale of double cross, betrayal and suspense and has brought the story to an extremely unexpected conclusion. The story is only marred by bad grammar, especially involving the use of the past tense. The book would have benefitted greatly with better editing and proof reading.

However, ‘The Stalker’ is a quick and interesting read for lovers of that genre, i.e. suspense thrillers.

BOOK REVIEW: ELT-DUK AND THE COMPANY OF GOLD HUNTERS

Book: Elt-Duk and the Company of Gold Hunters

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Author: Yash Sharma

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by: Invincible Publishers

Number of pages: 140 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story is set in Northly Earth. In the town of Mirkota, there reside Tigun and Misarel who are “gold-hunters” and O’blame who is a businessman.  Ispichu, Tigun and Misarel’s communicator pigeon brings them the news that there is gold to be found on Elt-duk.

Accordingly, Tigun and Misarel decide to embark on quest to Elt-duk to prospect for gold. They rope in O’blame as their financier and business partner and he decides to join them on their voyage.

But what is Elt-duk? It is a dark, doomed and cursed place where no one dares to go.

On the way, they rescue an elderly man who is being attacked by flying beasts. That man, Buk Parsomin, turns out to have magic powers. He warns them not to go to Elt-duk as the Trroths and the Burburks want to occupy it.

The gold hunters accompany Parsomin to the kingdom of Monaar in order to meet King Altreen to warn him about the coming dangers. King Altreen is reluctant but finally agrees to offer some help to Parsomin.

The author has ended the story in a way that makes one certain that he is planning a sequel.

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting. The main drawback in the book was that I kept feeling that the story has been heavily inspired by Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

BOOK REVIEW: THE NEW DEWTAS

Book: The New Dewtas

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Author: Suraj Kothiyal

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Published by: Leadstart Publishing

Number of pages: 222 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story is set on the island of Bali. Neer, a priest from the Himalayas, travels to Bali as he has been having visions that the island is in trouble. On his voyage, he meets the Prince of Bali, Erlangga, who informs him that his vision is indeed true and that Bali is under attack by evil spirits.

Upon reaching Bali, Neer attempts to find a way to thwart the evil spirits on the island. He is aided by Erlangga and Empu. Neer soon learns that no one is to be trusted on the island as the evil spirits have their hold everywhere and no plan of theirs seems to succeed.

Finally Neer thinks about introducing new gods to the island of Bali.

Will Neer succeed in his mission to save the island of Bali? Will Erlangga be able to have a peaceful reign over Bali as king? The reader needs to read the book to find that out.

The author has ended the story in a way that makes one wonder whether he is planning a sequel.

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting.

 

BOOK REVIEW: THE CODE OF MANAVAS

Book: The Code of Manavas

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Author: Arpit Bakshi

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 280 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story is set in the future. Kali-Yuga is over and now Swarnim-Yuga is going on. Earth is now known as Bhoomi and there are only a couple of small sea-locked continents on Earth known as Jambhu-Dweep and Purva-Dweep.

The hero of our story is Krishna, the genius who has developed Bhoomidium, the compound that has transformed the Modern Man into a new race, the Manavas. The Manavas do not age and have superior brains than the modern man.

Krishna is faced with a dual problem. On one hand the supply of Bhoomidium is eroding and Bhoomi is soon going to be destroyed. He is trying to find another planet which will be hospitable to the Manavas. On the other hand, there is a saboteur at work who is trying to ensure that Krishna’s plans do not succeed. Krishna still pines for his lost love Radhika.

The author has thrown in a lot of mythological references in the story to Lord Krishna as well as the Mahabharata war.

Will Krishna succeed in his mission to save the race of the Manavas? The reader needs to read the book to find that out.

The author has ended the story on an intriguing note which leaves the reader awaiting the sequel!

I recommend this book to readers as fairly engaging and interesting.

BOOK REVIEW: YODDHA THE DYNASTY OF SAMUDRAGUPTA

Book: Yoddha The Dynasty of Samudragupta

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Author: Rajat Pillai

Genre: Historical, Fiction

Published by: Jaico Books

Number of pages: 316 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Rajat Pillai provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Chandragupta Vikramaditya of the Gupta dynasty of course is one of the greatest kings in Indian history.

The story begins showing Samudragupta, Chandragupta’s father at the peak of power and slowly beginning to show the signs of old age. Chandragupta has been raised in a village by a foster mother and does not know who Samurdragupta really is. He only knows Samudragupta as a benevolent relative who visits him and his mother from time to time. It is only when his foster mother is on her deathbed that Chandragupta comes to know that he is actually Samudragupta’s son and a prince of Magadha.

Chandragupta arrives in the capital, meets his father and assumes his rightful place as a member of the royal family. He is soon engaged twice, once as a political match and once out of love. He is also reunited with his brother Ramagupta.

Life in the royal palace is not what it appears to be as there is a deadly assassin on the loose as well as numerous conspiracies and rivalries afoot. Chandragupta finds himself in an asylum weak and in ill health, branded mentally unstable after a series of events.

Will Chandragupta be able to get himself out of this mess and will he stake a claim on the throne of Magadha? Will the assassin be caught? Who has hired the assassin? Who is the mysterious prisoner who is being held in the dungeons of the palace? The reader will have to read the story to find out.

It will remain to be seen whether the author will take the story forward in a sequel. I highly recommend “Yoddha”, as an extremely interesting story that will leave the reader hooked to the very end!

BOOK REVIEW: THE HIDDEN CHILDREN THE LOST GRIMOIRE

Book: The Hidden Children The Lost Grimoire

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Author: Reshma K. Barshikar

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction

Published by: Two Ravens

Number of pages: 401 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The main character of the book is Shayamukthy or Shui as she is commonly known as. She is a teenager in high school, who plays basketball and loves to hang out with her best friends Nallini and Jai. Shui is not as normal as she appears to be, as she has been diagnosed with dyslexia. She used to live in the US with her family but they moved to India three years ago.

Shui’s life is disrupted with the arrival of a new girl in their class, Anya. Nallini takes an instant dislike to Anya but Shui is drawn to her for some strange reason.

Anya shows Shui how to summon butterflies using magic and just like that Shui finds herself sucked into the world of the Witana. Shui attempts to discover whether she has magical powers. Anya reveals to Shui that the grimoire belonging to Anya’s deceased mother is lost and that Anya is desperate to find it.

The story is very fast paced as the characters zip all around Mumbai. Does Anya have a hidden agenda beyond looking for the grimoire? Does Shui really have any magical powers? The reader will have to read the story to find out.

I highly recommend “The Hidden Children”, as an extremely interesting story that has left me awaiting the sequel!

BOOK REVIEW: ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM

Book: Elephants in the Room

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Author: Suraj Laxminarayanan

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: The Write Place

Number of pages: 598 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

MY REVIEW:

A bunch of small time crooks plan a bank heist thinking that this will solve all their monetary problems. As luck would have it, two other gangs have the same idea! So the incredible happens and the bank is taken hostage by three separate gangs of robbers. The police arrive on the scene before the gangs can resolve the situation among themselves.

The police are unaware of the happenings inside the bank and attempt to negotiate with the thieves as the customers of the bank are being held hostage. They of course think that the bank is being robbed by a gang of terrorists.

Inside the bank, the tension mounts as alliances are formed between the robbers. But the question arises as to who can be trusted. What will become of the customers who have been held hostage? Will one of the gangs be able to make use of the tunnel that has been dug and manage to make a getaway?

“Elephants in the Room” is a lengthy crime thriller, one that can be carried along on a vacation or a long journey.