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: BESTSELLER

Book: Bestseller

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Author: Ahmed Faiyaz

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 190 pages

My Rating: 4/5

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

The story is about Akshay who is sent to India from England in order to attempt to revive Kalim Publishing, a company that was once at the top but is now in deep trouble.

Akshay is given a year to turn around Kalim’s fortunes but he has his own problems to contend with as he is divorced and in debt. Aided by Zorah and hindered by Tarun, Akshay tries to publish more books on Kalim’s behalf.

The author has vividly depicted the way things work in the publishing industry by way of Akshay’s struggles. Akshay encounters an array of amusing characters ranging from the film star Roshan Khan to the politician Suryakant Joshi. Akshay unwittingly becomes a Page 3 personality and is thrust in the limelight in the course of his struggle.

Can Akshay succeed in getting Kalim Publications to start earning a profit or will he have to return to England in disgrace? The reader needs to read the book to find out.

The story is well written and extremely interesting.  If you are looking for a brisk paced and entertaining read, I will certainly recommend this book to you.

BOOK REVIEW: HOME IN THE HILL

Book: Home in the Hill

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Author: Muskaan Shah

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 93 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I was provided with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  This book happens to be my first review of the year 2019 and I was certainly glad to have kick-started my year with this particular book!

What is remarkable about this book is that the author, Muskaan Shah is a 15 year old schoolgirl! The stories in the book are a fictional account of a girl’s childhood memories of her grandmother.

The girl’s grandmother in the book lives in an idyllic hill town. There are various anecdotes in the book about her grandmother, their neighbour Mr. Feeny as well as her cousins and friends.

The book is refreshingly different. Each story is brief and amusing as well as entertaining to read. The language used in the book is very clear and correct which is truly remarkable considering the age of the author.

If you are looking for a breezy and light read, I will certainly recommend this book to you. People of all ages will be able to understand, relate to and enjoy the book.

BOOK REVIEW: STROKES OF LIFE

Book: Strokes of Life

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Author: Anish Jha

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: &All

Number of pages: 239 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5

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

The story is not a run of the mill romance, instead it has the elements of a lifelong love story.

Raj and Vira work in the same organisation but in different departments. Raj fancies Vira and allows her to talk him into joining a company organised holiday to Switzerland though he can ill afford it.

In Switzerland, Raj and Vira find that their booking has been messed up and they have to stay apart from the rest of their colleagues. They have to stay in a hostel and in textbook fashion, they proceed to fall in love.

Upon returning to Mumbai, they decide to get married as soon as possible. Slowly and gradually, over the years, the mundane problems of life creep in and a distance is created between them. However, the straw that breaks the camel’s back is their inability to have a child.

Matters come to a head and Raj leaves. Vira is shattered but tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. She manages to conceive a child through the wonders of modern medicine, whom she names Nandini.

Nandini is naturally curious to know the identity of her father but they are unable to find Raj anywhere. Nandini is also obsessed with Viraj, the famous reclusive writer.

Nandini go to Switzerland for a confrontation with Viraj thereby setting events in motion that will eventually lead to a meeting between Raj and Vira.

Will Raj and Vira be able to reunite? Who is Viraj and why does he play such an important role in the story?

Though there are a few loopholes in the plot, the story will surely appeal to readers of this genre.

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: BECAUSE I PROMISED

Book: Because I Promised

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Author: Anupriya

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Published by: GJ Group

Number of pages: 245 pages

My Rating: 3/5

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

Sushant and Varnika have been friends, classmates and competitors all through college. However when Sushant publically professes his love for her, Varnika rejects him firmly.

Varnika belongs to a large joint family dominated by her grandmother. Her father is deceased while her mother lives in Mumbai to manage the business of her own father. Varnika has had a traumatic childhood on account of her parents being estranged.

Varnika moves to Mumbai to live with and work for her mother while Sushant moves to Bangalore to pursue further studies. Their paths cross again when Sushant comes back into her life to help her out on an extremely important project.

The story reveals why Varnika is so determined to deny her feelings for Sushant. Will she ever be able to accept her love for Sushant and take their relationship to the next level? The reader needs to read the book to find that out.

Because I Promised would have been a much more enjoyable book if there had been less grammatical errors.