- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Westland Books Private Limited; 1st edition (9 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9384030597
- ISBN-13: 978-9384030599
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 498 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret Paperback – 9 Oct 2014
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The Mahabharata Secret by Christopher C. Doyle is a great book. I read it in a single sitting, just couldn't get up. The amount of research done is awesome, and the narration is flawless. Every second is action-packed, leaving readers wanting for more. Would especially recommend it, as it gives you a great feeling of being involved in the plot.... A must read for Dan Brown fans, and thrill seekers alike. --Ashwin Kumar Oct 19, 2014
Book is excellently written and plot of story is very excellent .Exactly at some point of time it startled me and subtle explanation of mythology which I flabbergasted me.Excellent job --Tapas Mohanty Jun 10, 2015
An excellent book.has all the suspense you need.would be a little difficult to understand in the beginning but as it goes on,,, you will find this book very interesting. --Vigneswaran Sreeramakrishnan May 1, 2015
About the Author
Christopher C. Doyle is an author who transports the reader into a fascinating world where ancient secrets buried in legends blend with science and history to create a gripping story. Along the way to publishing his debut novel, The Mahabharata Secret, Christopher pursued a career in the corporate world after studying from St. Stephens College, Delhi and IIM, Calcutta. Over the course of his corporate career, he has worked with leading multinational organizations as a senior executive and CEO before setting up a strategic consultancy in India in partnership with a US based consulting firm. Christopher is a musician and lives his passion for music through his band called Mid Life Crisis. He lives in Gurgaon with his family.
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Even though the plot has several references to the previous book written by the author, it is independent enough to stand on its own and prove meaningful enough to a person like me who has not yet read the previous book. In fact, the book has encouraged me to lay my hands on his previous book as well and since he has left the story hanging precariously, to be continued in the next book, I am definitely looking forward to reading that as well.
However, he could have put forward the story in a linear manner instead of a criss - cross manner going back and forth in time to make it an easier read.
Though many things are lucidly presented.
Good research seems to be made on many historical plots mentioned in book.
This is one of the best suspense thrillers coming from an Indian author. It combines Greek history with a radical new interpretation of Indian mythology and spruces it up with a generous dose of science. The narration fluctuates between the present day and during the time of Alexander's reign while the action moves between Greece and India.
read more - http://pigeonholenomore.blogspot.in/2015/07/book-review-mahabharata-quest-alexander.html
Bad thing: The story which the author really tells.
After enjoying the Shiva trilogy and Asuras in this genre, I have been disappointing, first by "The scion of Ikshvaku" and now by this book. What was the author writing? A comic book?
This book would have been great, had it been presented as a comic book, not as a full fledged novel. The author makes the content even more pretentious by letting the ordinary humans do extraordinary things. I was impressed by the way he tried to connect all parallel stories but would prefer to read a summary of the book than the whole book.
1) The plot needs to be developed a bit more slowly. Frankly speaking, I found the book a page turner, but what I found missing was the proper development of the plot. True, the author revealed the secrets as we go along the book, But a bit of a back story between the characters would have been better. I read the previous book which wasn't a part of the series. Still I found that the lead characters in positive and negative roles needed a bit more development.
2) I can imagine the amount of research that would have went into the creation of this wondrous piece, but I think that the people who weren't familiar with the concepts of Indian Mythology would have needed a bit more of background stories surrounding the myths. The creativity in perceiving the various meanings of Shlokas was amazing, but the readers would find it better if the background story was explained in a bit more detail.
3) The action scenes seemed to be a bit rushed. When you talk about adrenaline rush, mere seconds feel like hours. The same could have been portrayed better. The feelings of characters on both sides could have been detailed. The thoughts going on during the action sequences matter more than the actions taking place. Try to insert these in the following books.
Overall I'd say the book brings out entirely new perspective to not one, but two of the world's biggest mysteries. Mahabharata and the conquest of Alexander the Great. I'd wait for the next release and will be among the first to purchase it.
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