BOOK REVIEW: THE HEIST ARTIST

Book: The Heist Artist

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Author: Vish Dhamija

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: Harper Black

Number of pages: 262 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “The Heist Artist” by Vish Dhamija in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with a description of Vagh Pratap Singh, aka “Captain”, a con artist wanted by the police.

The Captain has been assigned to pull off a major heist, one that if successful, will give him enough money for the rest of his life. He has been asked to steal an already stolen painting, ‘Poppy Flowers’, painted by none other than Van Gogh! This job is given to the Captain by an unscrupulous politician Udhham Kumar.

The Captain takes on the identity of an art professor in order to trace the painting. As Udhham Kumar does not trust the Captain completely, he assigns the beautiful Sylvia to keep tabs on him.

Once the painting is located, the Captain plans a daring heist to steal the painting and bring it to Udhham Kumar. Sylvia and Damodar, Udhham Kumar’s man, are sent to assist the Captain in bringing the painting in safely.

However, each individual in the story has their own agenda. So begins a thrilling journey of car chases, double crosses and betrayal. To complicate the situation further, an upright policeman Hari Mohan Gupta, who is determined to arrest the Captain and bring him to justice, is also hot on the Captain’s trail.

Will the Captain get away with the robbery or will he end up arrested or dead? The reader needs to read the story to find that out.

I recommend this book to readers as an engrossing and interesting thriller that will leave the reader hooked until the end.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE PAINTBRUSH

Book: The Paintbrush

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Author: Krishnasish Jana

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Locksley Hall

Number of pages: 183 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

The story is about an artist Raman and his life. He grows up dirt-poor in the slums with an abusive father. But he has one talent that stands him apart from the other children: he is good with colours!

His mother gifts him a paintbrush that sets him off on his journey towards becoming a great artist. The paintbrush stays with him throughout his life and has a great significance for him.

Raman does see success as an artist but he also has to face many losses in his life. Raman remains determined to find his masterpiece that will fulfil him as an artist.

Raman tries his best to be a good father to his daughter Pakhi who also turns out to be a talented artist.

Will Raman be able to find his masterpiece or not?

I recommend this book to readers as an extremely touching and well-told story.