- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Westland (22 September 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9385152343
- ISBN-13: 978-9385152344
- Package Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Uday Satpathy is an information technology expert in the world of healthcare and life sciences. he has a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from one of the top b-schools of the country. Brutal, his first novel, was born out of his love for thrillers with intricate plots. he is a movie Connoisseur, a cricket fanatic, a quizzing enthusiast and a travel freak. as if that was not enough, he has a special place in his heart for cooking as well.
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(Can't disclose everything here. It would be unfair to the Author. You need to read the book to know the entire story.)
Full marks to the Author for maintaining the suspense from the very beginning to the end without making the reader bore. At some point you might need to turn a few pages back but that isn't a big deal when you are reading such a good book. This is the debut work of Uday Satpathy but trust me this book can throw a big challenge to other good books of Thriller Genre.
A school teacher, Nitin Tomar, opens fire on a class of students, killing many, and is captured. While going to the court, he is gunned down by a sharpshooter in front of the hysterical crowd and media. Why is Nitin gunned down when he was already on death or life sentence? The questions reverberate in the minds of the readers as well as the main protagonists.
Prakash and Seema are journalists attached with different news agencies and are good friends. Unknown to each other, they begin investigating Nitin’s case pursuing different leads, risking their lives, unearthing the horrible facts behind the various murders and reach at the same point where they are ambushed once again by people driven to hide a blood curdling secret.
The plot becomes all the more complex as layers of suspense, a deadly assassin and external agencies right from RAW, IB, Mossad and independent Security Firm come into play. But the author has done an excellent job of weaving and integrating the sub-plots in the main plot, leaving the reader turning the pages.
The characters are real life and believable. Both Prakash and Seema are ambitious as well as, hardened professionals battling their own problems in life. Mr Satpathy has done immense justice with the supporting characters as well.
The narration is simple yet riveting and engaging and I am sure lots of research would have gone into coming up with such an incredible, complex storyline. The author painted just the right kind of pictures, be it of the warehouse, train station, village, hotels or the place where the grisly experiments were going on. Each scene was painted vividly in my mind.
My only grouse is that there were too many back stories explained, which slowed the pace and took me away from complete immersion. Mere mention of the sub-characters’ motivation would have been good enough to set the context.
All in all, a very promising debut. I recommend this book to all thriller lovers and look forward to the next one from Mr. Satpathy’s pen. Definitely an author to watch out for!
Brutal opens up with a court hearing of a teacher who brutally killed 11 children in school premises. On the day of court hearing that teacher was shot dead by a well-trained sniper. Two of the reporters starts investigating the case and digs out something really big but while digging up they themselves got stuck in the pit.
The scope of this book is too big to be handled but the author succeeded in the same with flying colors. There were too many important characters to describe and the way it has been written is actually commendable. Author made them look believable. There was no exaggeration in the characterization. Everyone had a past that shaped their nature and that was something which makes you feel the character. There were so many side stories but the author managed to tie every loose end till the climax part.
The book is written in a manner that it keeps you hooked and thrilled throughout. So I would like to advice you that do not start reading the book if you are not having your next couple of hours free. You’ll regret leaving the book before finishing it up.
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