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THE SERPENTINE SCROLLS Paperback – Abridged, 2 Feb 2015
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The book deals with a conspiracy against the Vidhaan Soudha, a secret thousand years old, the story of lost love and the extent to which a man can go in order to protect what he loves, the story of how corrupted are humans and how they can betray even the one closest to them.
The book is a rebel in the current times, where either romance is popular or mythological fantasy fiction. The book has everything a reader needs for an adrenaline rush to make him turn the page without any delay ,action, romance, thrill, mystery, you name it you have it.
It makes you run your mind wild with all the twists and turns that I bet no one would be able to predict in any sense.
The book has been written after a lot of research and with a lot of effort , making it a book of precision, the twists are calculated and well explained in climax without making it a drag where in most cases the authors insert a third character or alter ego and blame it all.
It’s like the author has taken a ball of wool, tangled it, and then has untangled it rather than cutting out pieces of it.
The best thing about the book is not what happens in the climax, but how it happens. The journey is more important than the destination and though it is a part of a series, the unanswered questions rise in the last few pages while the ones in the previous pages have been resolved.
The narration arc of a story usually has the following, exposition, conflict, rising action, climax and then resolution but this book is different, the first three are the same but the book has new twists arising at the climax and being solved in the last pages.
This is a book that will be never be a bore in any situation, I can bet on that.
The book has an amazing cover and that makes it meet the eyes of a reader.
Cover- 4.5 stars
Title- 4.5 stars
Blurb- 3.5 stars
Plot- 4 stars
Writing and Presentation- 4 stars
Overall- 4.1 out of 5 stars
The book has a few editing errors (3-4 typos at max).
The blurb talks about Adam, Eve, Jesus Christ, Muhammed, Gautam Buddha , Galile, Birbal and the saint of Manchale witnessing something, the book doesn’t have much mention of it, making it somewhat of an unnecessary addition to the blurb.
Salute to the author for doing ground work efficiently to write such story. clearly it reflects the author efforts. very well knitted plot, seems to grip you till the end with the "to be continued" line.The story from Adam ,Eve to the present day. God, human,good,evil, terrorist attack,hacking and whats more, snakes play smooth role in this book. It's like i was travelling in a time machine back and forth.The story effortlessly travels with awesome twists.
Few characters and scenes were easily predictable. The women characters could have been more stronger. But don't know what the author holds in second book. Let's see. Airport scenes was too good, it felt like movie screenplay with all sorts of graphics behind. Do really an airport could be shut down as author scripted? . Again the credits goes to the author ground work and research regarding the terrorists and the attacks. Literally it was filmy( on a postive note). The author has revealed all the secrets and the prediction surrounds but still he claims that next part book is on the way,Should be interesting. Good luck to the author for the second part.
Mr. Dey has created a mystery right in its first chapter and from the start I was mesmerized by the character “Ihsin”. It was a peculiar name given by the author to the protagonist of the story which intrigued me even more. The author has portrayed his character through “Ihsin” which has given this story a reality blended in fiction. The most admirable aspect is the characters and the inspiration behind them spoke about the reality which can make a reader believe that these things can actually be true. Unlike, other authors out there in our publishing industry, he didn’t use any flowery language or unnecessary long descriptions. Most impressive thing is that the chapters are divided in way that they keep readers inquisitive throughout. They switch from one scenario to another and link from one situation to another. Technique used by the author to keep the readers intact is brilliant. The usage of language is simple yet gripping. The narration is spectacular. I would like to tell that he has actually restored my faith in Indian authors.
The story revolves around the beautiful silk city, Bangalore. I have been to Bangalore, two years before and since then I have a unique fondness towards this city. There were few mentions of my hometown “Lucknow” and the mere mention of my hometown filled my heart with an unexplained ecstasy. Author’s research about snakes and the historical aspects is clearly visible in the entire book. In my opinion, an honest book is always appreciable. I have connected to the characters of the book and surprisingly, Ihsin’s geeky nature has rendered me speechless, parts of his life are related to mine is some or the other way.
The impeccable timings of the romance part of the thriller are the best part of the book. Wherever, the things go too heavy and serious, there, comes the cute love story to bring upon a smile on your face and lighten up your mood. Just like in some horror movies, the director keeps a sweet song which lulls you to change your course of thinking.
The seven snakes and the mystery behind them will actually awestruck a reader. I was bewildered by the twists and turns but as the story unfolds itself I was even more astounded than before. The mention of Alexander and Sushruta Samhita was incredible. As I was into reading since my childhood, I relived those moments when I was a geeky girl with two ponies sitting in the library of my school most of the time. The reminiscences of the past engulfed me and made me turn more pages. Later, I found my favorite subject “religion” being explained so beautifully. The concept of the CREATOR was remarkable. I truly admire the author’s way of presenting these concepts. I believe the people who read this book will start believing in the oneness of all the religions. I thank my stars that I am a science student otherwise I wouldn’t have understood the calculations done by “Shahid” to screw up with the landing system of the airport. By the way, I really haven’t understood but still being aware of the terminologies is more than enough.
In the last, where “Hannah” deciphers all the clues from the tattoos on “Ihsin’s” body was the part which I loved the most. I have always been drawn towards the mystery books since my childhood and it was really great reading an Indian author coming up with such a great thriller.
Things I didn’t like-
The newborn “Hannah” was butchered by Jebbar, I mean c’mon! How can he be killed by a terrorist? He was supposed to be divine. I didn’t really see it coming. I hope he is not dead and in the sequel he rises from the dead.
The repetition of the paragraphs, where Ihsin and Jebbar transformed. I guess it was not necessary after a while.
The cover design of the book. Though, it doesn’t matter, it seemed like a comic book to me.
The bad editing was a big turn down but I appreciate the author, with all the flaws kept aside he managed a great book.
The characters, the suspense, the thrill and the hidden mystery make me stealthily wait for the sequel “The sacrilege of Annie”. I would have ranted more on the appreciation of the book and my fingers wouldn’t have stopped but everything ends eventually.
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