Top positive review
10 January 2019
“Kaalkoot” written by S.Venkatesh
I finish this book then, my heart pounds and my mind disoriented. After reaching the end of the story, closing the pages for the last time, and remembering the few passages written out in short, it's all like slowly surfacing from the depths of another world, and you're back home in reality, not quite sure you want to be there. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down. I loved the plot.
A beautifully written story with many undertones to it. Wonderful characterization of all the characters I felt not just Sam, Prof. Bani, or Damini, even the periphery characters all had their time on the page. The characters are respectful, their dialogues are polished, and there's not a hint of any major mischief in the plot. Wonderfully scripted throughout.
The title notwithstanding, this book could also be called "Outland" (That would make it sound scary as Kaalkoot meaning will be…… Kaalkoot is the strongest poison in the world. It was used by Putna, while feeding baby krishna, by smearing Kaalkoot on her teats and also one more story about Kaalkoot is Lord Shiva drank it, but He kept it in His throat only, didn't swallow it therefore His neck became blue and after that He was called as Neelkanth), the surname of the young man at the literal center of the book, Yogyaveer (As called by Prof.Bani) a young man who through not much fault of his own has influenced the lives of all the characters, for good or for bad. A spy novel, it is well paced and combines the right amount of operational planning and action. The mole was not overly obvious, and I only figured out who it was a chapter before it was revealed
The Plot: -
Prof.Bani is interested in old manuscripts and sculptures that represents Indian civilization back from the Vedic times. His research shows a young man gone in to hiding and preserved the scripts during 1944 when his guru Manohar Rai was shot dead. Manohar Rai functioned from a hideout (Uttarakhand). Manohar got to know of a plan by the Imperial Guard to ‘destroy India before the Empire leaves. The Imperial Gods actual plan was to destroy iconic signs of India civilization, - which includes - manuscripts, sculptures and painting which is giving historical significance. Through long years research Prof. Bani has scribbled a book titled “Kaalkoot”. He narrates the importance of the book with his friend. Someone is behind Prof.Bani , they chase him, threatens him, and the thriller starts from here. Prof Bani is in run for his life along with his friends. All of them are in danger. Prof.Bani passing information to one of his aides at Mumbai. It is too late. Within hours someone hijacks his friend and his sub-ordinate. Prof.Bani got a call and an unnamed person invites him to Goa. Prof.Bani has no othergo as his friend’s life is in threat. He is headed to Goa.
Secret Agent Damini is in action as ACG gets an information about a most wanted person a Korean named Ji-hoon Kim is in Mumbai. She is chasing him, but the Korean guy slips out and she gets an information that he is headed to Goa.
Along with Prof.Banis friend Sameer’s girlfriend also goes missing. He is getting an information that the miscreants escaped to Goa with his girlfriend. Sameer’s life is in danger as he is having a deadly information …This information leads him in to a big trap….
Damini and Sameer decrypted the Pen drive…The information shocks them….The Kaalkoot is about to strike again….will they able to resolve the mystery ….
Over all :-
The writing is earnest, the plot is just almost charmingly straightforward. Imbued with beautifully written prose, precision in structure, smooth flow, the powerful and controlled narrative and the different yet interesting characters, the story was quite engaging, thrilling. I found all aspects in the novel - writing, characters and the story line to be in perfect harmony
Spy novel fans, computer buffs, mystery lovers, and anyone who likes a plot with lots of twists and well-developed characters will love this one. Five stars. The ending made me want to stand up and cheer.
it’s a book that I’d highly suggest to fans of bit historical fiction, crime, spy and thriller readers alike. The Irregular merges together actual events and real-life persons with fictional characters and storyline to form an origin story for the secret service. Added together these aspects make for a rip-roaring page-turner of a book and a rollicking good read.