Sunday, December 22, 2013

Book review: Baramulla Bomber

Spy thrillers are always popular genres among people of any age group due to its level of adrenaline flow. I am always fond of spy thrillers but rarely find such type from Indian authors. The first and the foremost thing that attracts the reader is the cover of this book. The cover page itself creates a mystery on the readers and the blurb adds more.

An Ancient Weapon from the Vedas & Bible
Once Hunted by the Nazis
Powered by the Sound of the Universe

Reborn with the Help of Quantum Physics
Going to be Unleashed onto the World
And Kashmir Holds its Secret
The only way

Multiple intelligence agencies are tracking Mansur Haider, a god-fearing aspiring cricketer from Kashmir. His girlfriend, Aahana Yajurvedi, is trying to locate her missing mountaineering team, which vanished after a mysterious earthquake struck Shaksgam Valley. Investigating Mansur and the Shaksgam Valley incident is Swedish intelligence officer, Adolf Silfverskiold, whose only relationship to God consists of escorting his girlfriend to Church.

To save the world

A dual China-Pakistan battlefront scenario facing the Indian Home Minister, Agastya Rathore, whose ancestors carry a prehistoric secret linked to the stars. He is faced with the challenge of finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir crisis.

Is to challenge one’s faith

Which biblical weapon was tested in Shaksgam valley? Why is Mansur Haider important? Is there a solution to the Kashmir crisis? Can destiny be controlled? Does a cosmic religion exist?

Baramulla Bomber is first of the swastik trilogy that looks into Vedas and origin of universe and humans. The plot anticipates every reader and intrigues page by page. The book has a subtitle saying “Science fiction espionage thriller” and covers many aspects.

Though the book deals with many characters, readers are never confused at any point. The author has managed well to keep the plot engaging and pacy with enough twists. The suspense is wonderfully maintained till the end. The book has many scientific theories and historical events that make the plot interesting and at the same time the author has managed well in keeping the readers hooked.
The maps in the book make the readers to know the exact location of the event taking place. I like the protagonist Mansur Haider and is supposed to be the guy on the cover page though there are many similarities. As there are two more books the author has managed many sub plots and moves on with the story.

I appreciate Mr. Clark Prasad for his commendable job in bringing out his first book. There are few minor flaws in the book which can be rectified by a little rework. The language is captivating and the information too. I would give 3.5/5 for this wonderful spy thriller and recommend it to everyone.

The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on TheTales Pensive.

About the author: Clark Prasad, alter ego of Suraj Prasad, could be called a mixed citizen. Born in a leap year (year of Rocky, All the President's Men, Omen, Hera Pheri and Kalicharan) in Lagos, Nigeria he lived most of his life in New Delhi and had his education in Lagos, Delhi, Mangalore and Kozhikode. His family background is from the town where George Orwell, author of 1984 (a dystopian fiction) was born, and where Mahatma Gandhi had re-ignited India's freedom movement - Motihari. As a kid he wanted to be an archaeologist or an astronaut, but fate had its own road and he got involved with Mr. Carbon akaChemistry. Currently he is a healthcare management consultant, based out of Bengaluru, Planet Earth.

You can get a copy for yourself at Flipkart.

Happy Reading :-)

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