BOOK REVIEW: 3/3 A TRIO-SHIP

Book: 3/3 A Trio-Ship

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Author: Mahidharnath Sesetti

Genre: Fiction

Published by: Notion Press

Number of pages: 287 pages

My Rating: 3/5

MY REVIEW: The author kindly sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The story is about three young people who meet in engineering college and become friends. Narendra, Bhadri and Indira meet in the first year of college. Over the course of time they become friends.

The story is about the trials and tribulations they face in college like ragging by their seniors, various competitions they enter into and also post college, when they need to find work and settle down.

The message conveyed by the story, according to me, is that everyone should have the freedom to make one’s own choices in life and not allow society to dictate terms to them.

The story will appeal to those who have studied away from home. I believe that the story could have been made more interesting with better proof reading and editing as there are numerous spelling mistakes and grammatical mistakes which act as a barrier to the reader’s enjoyment of the story.

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: 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.

BOOK REVIEW: FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE

Book: For the Sake of Love

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Author: Anamika Mishra

Genre: Romance Fiction

Published by: Westland Books

Number of pages: 171 pages

My Rating: 4/5

MY REVIEW: I received a copy of “For the Sake of Love” by Anamika Mishra in exchange for an honest review.

There are two parallel romances in this book, one is a love story that spans over decades. This story is beautifully depicted in the form of letters written by David to Jasmine. But is David’s love unrequited? Why has Jasmine never replied to any of his letters?

Twisha Khanna is the creative head of a travel magazine. Young, pretty and practical, she doesn’t believe in the notion of romantic love. She is sent by her travel magazine to Shimla on an assignment for a month, accompanied by her colleague Bobby.

In Shimla, Twisha and Bobby discover David’s letters to Jasmine. Fascinated by the letters, Twisha and Bobby track down David. They undertake to find out what happened to Jasmine and why she never answered any of David’s letters. They are aided in their search by David’s grandson Alex.

While they try to track down Jasmine, Twisha and Alex find themselves drawn to each other. But neither of them believe in the concept of love.

Whether they succeed in finding Jasmine and whether both the love stories have a happy ending, is obviously part of the suspense of the story and should not be revealed by me!

“For the Sake of Love” is a romance that will certainly appeal to readers who love that particular genre.

BOOK REVIEW: SNIPER’S EYE

Book: Sniper’s Eye

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Author: Mainak Dhar

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: 4 Hour Books

Number of pages: 224 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: I have received a review copy of “Sniper’s Eye” by Mainak Dhar from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest review.

The story begins with the shooting of a man in a Mumbai mall on a Sunday. Aaditya Ghosh, the central character of the story, who is actually in the mall to enjoy a movie with his girlfriend Zoya, gets involved in trying to catch the shooter and discovers that the shooting is part of an elaborate plot.

Aaditya, though currently employed in a corporate office, is actually an armed forces veteran who had to resign under dubious circumstances. Unfortunately, his role in trying to catch the sniper brings him into the limelight and his past is exposed by the media.

The tension builds up as senior police and army officers are being targeted by what appears to be a team of terrorists, headed by an expert sniper Aman Karzai.

In order to protect Zoya and clear his Army record, Aaditya agrees to collaborate with the Intelligence Bureau and the police. He lets himself be used as “bait” in order to draw out the sniper.

But the plan goes haywire and Aaditya is taken by the terrorists. When taken captive, he discovers that nothing is as it appears and that both he and the sniper Aman Karzai are both being manipulated by an evil mastermind.

The tension in the story is built up wonderfully. The action scenes are extremely well depicted and keep the reader turning the pages for more. I recommend this book to readers as it is an engrossing, interesting and taut thriller that will keep you guessing till the end.

BOOK REVIEW: DAREDREAMERS

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Author: Kartik Sharma & Ravi ‘Nirmal’ Sharma

Genre: Adventure Fiction

Published by: Rupa Publications

Number of pages: 286 pages

My Rating: 5/5

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

The story begins with Rasiq starting his first day as an investment banker in Mumbai. Though the work is extremely high pressure and the working hours are long, Rasiq sticks on with his job as his remuneration is very generous. He is just starting to enjoy the perks of his job such as a spacious apartment and a designer motorbike, when circumstances lead him to question the validity of such a stressful existence. Rasiq ends up resigning and moves back home to Delhi.

An accident on his motorbike leads Rasiq to having the idea of a start-up that provides safety to their clients, i.e. he starts DareDreamers with a multitude of talented individuals.

Slowly but surely, the talented team of DareDreamers starts to achieve success and fame until they are targeted by a rival company, G-Force, whose Chairman Rakeysh Aurora conspires with the evil Narad Money to discredit and to ultimately bring down the DareDreamers.

All the characters and the incidents described in the story are worth reading and so I will not spoil the suspense for the reader by narrating them. However, it remains to be seen if Aurora and Narad Money succeed in their conspiracy and crush Rasiq’s dream.

I definitely recommend “DareDreamers” to readers as it is a frothy, interesting and extremely enjoyable read. The story is full of exciting stunts and keeps the reader hooked! I think that the story has great potential to be turned into a Bollywood potboiler!

BOOK REVIEW: DEAD TO THEM

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Author: Smita Bhattacharya

Genre: Thriller, Fiction

Published by: StoryMirror

Number of pages: 268 pages

My Rating: 5/5

MY REVIEW: The author Smita Bhattacharya kindly provided me with a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.

“Dead to Them” is an intriguing suspense thriller with so many sub-plots that it is extremely difficult to review the book without giving away the story!

Moira Madhwa is a single woman who lives alone and works as a management consultant in Mumbai. When she has not been seen or heard from in several days, her colleagues and friends attempt to trace her whereabouts.

On the work front, there is her boss Himanshu, her colleague Kartik who appears to have had a complicated equation with Moira and her colleague Kavya who seems to be genuinely concerned about her.

Among her friends, we have Misha who is pregnant, her husband Piyush and Avni who is madly in love with her boyfriend Ashish. There are a lot of undercurrents and subtle tensions among her friends as well as colleagues.

The story is also partly told in flashbacks from Moira’s point of view.

As the search for Moira continues, it becomes clear that nothing is what it appears on the surface. The end of the story, is extremely unexpected and was surely nothing that I anticipated!

I highly recommend “Dead to Them”, as a highly enthralling and intriguing suspense thriller that will keep the reader guessing till the very end!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Smita Bhattacharya is a management consultant who lives in Mumbai. She can be followed on Instagram @smitabe