Thursday, 20 November 2014

Book Review #21 : The Mahabharata Quest

Christopher C. Doyle
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Number of Pages:
308 Pages
Book Type:
Fiction Book

The book has the ability to be finished in a single sitting as it arouses wonderful page turning experience filled with suspense and mind boggling riddles to be solved in order to reach the great secret. It is gripping and the author has given correct meaning of so many Hindu epics; probably he has made a very sincere attempt to give us the reality. It is an unputdownable and a pageturner book. I was really happy to have got a signed copy of the book from Blogadda.

Excellent fast-paced spine tingling thriller. The climax is absolutely entertaining and despite being a bit overawed, one can consider it a possibility. The build-up to the climax was just perfect - no wasted stretches or unnecessary chases. The length of the book was ideal and not too stretched.

Very often, in order to replicate the success of the previous part, the writer ends up in making the sequel very much similar to its predecessor. Thankfully, this is not the case with The Mahabharata Quest. The story in itself is completely new with some key incidents from the prequel used to make the foundation pillars of the new story.

Lots of twists and turns, the book literally does not let you stop at every chapter. The last line of every chapter gives you a shock and a hunger to read more. The book ends in a cliff hanger, eagerly making the reader wait for the next one.

What I didn't appreciate much was that the good characters in the story always seemed to get everything right every time, which seemed to be of little exaggeration while the suspected characters are too easy to be identified right from the beginning. There are a few untied ends in the book. 

The previous debut novel was a tad bit better than this one. Though narration and storytelling have improved a lot as compared to the prequel. The Biotech theory of Amrit and scientific explanation of Samudra Manthan shows the exhaustive research of writer and his passion to make his book sound as realistic as possible. The book exceeds expectation which in turn raises the expectations even higher for the third part.

The author has covered in depth the various aspects nicely that arose in the book. The scenario presented doesn't seems plausible though. Mahabharata is a vast ocean and the author has extracted the pieces with great precision and care. Hope more and more writings about India history/mythology come up so that we are made more aware of our own.

Mythology, Science and History blend together for a creative, gripping thriller. A new perspective for age old mythology with new interpretation of the mythological story. Scientific blend to give authenticity to the age old secrets. Though it keeps jumping from modern to ancient, it still keeps you engrossed to read till the end due to crisp writing... A must read for Dan Brown fans, and thrillseekers alike.

Ratings: 4/5.

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