Let The Game Begin
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Two kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to 'The Game of Chess'. Serial killings shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields - History, Chess and the Security forces - have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is Chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history really repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
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The author has woven an interesting plot and has managed to create anticipation in the reader.
The book ends with unanswered questions, promising another book from the author's pen.
Ratings- 3.8 out of 5 stars.
It was a bit difficult ,providing the current rating to the book as it is the first part of a probable series and it leaves many questions unanswered.
There were some questions which should have been answered in the first book itself as those might bother a reader who is anxious to know the details.
The author's hard work can be seen in the his research and is worth the appreciation as well.
A goodread for anyone who is atleast a tad bit interested in thrillers.
MRP : ₹165
Pages : 166
Publisher : Inspire India Publishers
One Liner : An intricately woven thriller that moves with breakneck speed that keeps you turning the pages till you finally finish the book.
Cover : 3/5
Title : 3/5
Theme : 4.5/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Story : 4.5/5
Overall : 3.7/5
Plot Spoiler :
Finally a book belonging to my favourite genre is here. Presenting Sandeep Sharma’s historical thriller ‘Let The Game Begin.’ To begin with, the plotline is really really interesting. The story begins with a little bit of a historical backdrop with the scenes that took place 4000 years back. The prologue is simply perfect. It piques your interest and catches you by the caller and hooks you to the story.
The story is about the two warring kingdoms, Sarprakt and Chaturanga. Chaturanga was a fertile and prosperous land whereas Sarprakt was land plagued by poverty and hunger. But Sarprakt had an ambitious king who wished to capture the land of Chaturanga over a mysterious mountain that separates the two lands. The king of Chaturanga finally bears an illustrious son who was destined to become a great warrior, is trained by his own father. But the king, an overprotective father does not entirely believe the prophecy and trains four more of his country’s best warriors to form the Panchdhar, a battle formation which would protect his son at the cost of the four others. But in Sarprakt, a deadly conspiracy is being hatched to murder the only son of the king of Chaturanga and thus invade over the kingdom. Finally, the plan comes into action and the prince is killed in war as his fellows betray him. The king falls into depression and something gets inside him, a curse, that beckons him to kill people all around to find who killed his son. He is introduced to the game of chess a mysterious immortal man to replay the scene at the battlefield. The story goes on like that interwoven with the present which was something that I really liked.
Back to the present, a couple of characters are involved as a sudden ‘Chess Murderer’ is going around on a killing spree, murdering seemingly unconnected people but leaving behind a chess piece and a box along with a note in a strange language. As bodies begin to pile up, several characters come into the scene namely Surya, Pratham and Dinesh Gandhi. The story continues as 4000 year old characters are reborn in the present and there’s one with the ‘curse’ who is going around killing the men who had conspired to kill his son.
I do not wish to reveal further as it would destroy the entire story itself. It is a must read for all thriller lovers!!
The interwoven scenes of the past and the present was very well presented. The links in plot were also very clear so at the end of it all, everything adds up very nicely to the reader. Deep research has gone in behind this, that was evident.
I noticed a few grammatical errors in the book. Also another thing that let me down a little bit was a small gap in the plot which does not clearly mention what and how the ‘curse’ came into being. Other than that, the story was a fantastic read.
Being an ardent lover of Love genre books, Thriller genre books generally fails to impress me, until and unless it has a story which would make me awestruck. Well this book, ‘Let The Game Begin’ by Sandeep Sharma impressed me till the very last page. Kudos to the Author for keeping the reader hooked till the very last page, the suspense gets revealed only in the last few pages. Oh! Wait, the book ended after 180 pages but the story didn’t. There has to be a sequel to this book and after reading this book, I won’t mind buying the next book.
Well the book blurb says a lot about the story. It begins with the mystery of Lambasa Parvata and the cave of ‘Mrityunjay’ and rivalry between two kingdoms; Chaturanga and Sarprakt. The Author has pretty well narrated the present scenario, keeping in mind the happenings of past i.e. 4000 years ago. The way author has narrated the incidents of the past linking it with the happenings of present is commendable. A reader won’t get bore and would be always be curious to know how the story will end. Great Narration skills!
The Author has pretty well researched about the History of Chess, DNA and Reincarnation. Explaining everything in detail doesn’t leave a reader confused. Sandeep has used a simple language which makes this book an easy read, the suspense and the thrill contents makes this book a good read for those who love reading Thriller genre books.
Likings: Easy and Simple Language, Full of Thrills and Suspense, Page Turner
Disliking: Ending was good but many things went unanswered, A Sequel is much needed.
Do you like History?
If your answer is YES, even to one of this, do not miss to read ths book.
The book is set in two different time period - one that of epic age and one that of present day. How a King gets betrayed when there was a cold war between Chaturanga and Sarprakt and what happens in the present day is the actual story but the way, the characters had evolved makes this a compulsory fiction thriller to read.
I loved the interconnect between the two periods involving lot of characters and though I felt bit bred in the initial stage, as soon as I got to know about the great plot being formed, I could not stop reading all the 35 characters in one stretch.
There was love. There was deceit. There was revenge. There was redemption. One could find everything in this novel.
The story begins with brutal murders from across the country and the killer leaves a hint with a chess piece along with some strange message. How it gets decoded and what leads to the killer is the story line which the author has handled it with perfection and just before one could come to a conclusion that this is the end, the story begins from there. Yes. There is Part 2 to this story and having read the first part, I could not stop waiting for the second pat to arrive.....
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