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.
Characterization: - 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. Kaalkoot: 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.
Kaalkoot the deadliest of all poisons which according to Hindu mythology came out of Samudra Manthan and was taken care of by Lord Shiva by keeping it in his throat and which was so powerful that it even turned his throat blue is now going to rear its head again to destroy mankind. A poison which was buried for decades now stands to be exposed and used again. But if it struck not only will it kill millions and eventually billions, it will start another World War and only a handful of people know of its existence and even they are not given permission to stop it. Solely because most people don’t believe it exists but a few knows that not only does it exist it will be used by mankind on mankind unless they stop it at any cost, maybe even in exchange of their lives.
A fast paced novel totally filled with action and spine chilling brutality which blend the categories, terror and hope perfectly together. The author has a way with words which completely immerses the readers into the story. Kidnapping, murder, darkness, gunfights, Special intelligence agents from all over the world, these leaves no stones unturned in making ‘Kaalkoot’ a thriller.
It is told from the perspective of different characters whose lives get entangled with stopping the catastrophe. It is a race against time, in fact ‘Kaalkoot; the lost Himalayan secrets’ comprises a whole of few days. But the incidents that happened in such a short amount of time could affect at least the coming thousands of years and maybe could even symbolize the eradication of mankind, forever.
As it is told from different perspectives it throws light on the psyche of different characters showing all their traits which outwardly makes them something else but reveals all of their faults and nuances to the readers, showing them how childhood trauma can produce a hardcore criminal and how past shapes a person, for better or worse.
Overall I found this book to quite an interesting and overwhelming read. To be honest I finished it in a few hours. You just can’t stop until you know what happened! I found myself literally dragged into this thriller along side with Sam and Damini and Professor Bani, breathlessly waiting to see how they are going to accomplish the impossible when the world is set against them and what is going to happen next? And what will happen if they can’t? Will mankind face Pralay at last?
A bunch of professors, during their research, unearth the long forgotten and hidden in Himalayas secret of a deadly biological weapon able to cause mass destruction if falls into wrong hands. A crazy, self- proclaimed maestro aka Doc is all out to carry out demo of the weapon to make his presence felt on international platform in a big way. An anti-conspiracy group is trying to find out the reason behind sudden presence and movement of many felonious faces in the city. Damini is assigned the task to find out the hidden agenda behind all these movements. Sam, a dissatisfied banker, gets involved in all the mess while trying to trace out her kidnapped girlfriend. Does the unlawful Doc able to carry out his demo successfully? Does ACG succeed to stop him? Does Sam finally find his girlfriend Ananya? Answer to all these questions lie in KaalKoot. THE COVER of the book carries a picture of Himalayas and a car leading to it in rains, symbolising the journey to unearth the truth hidden there. An image of four rings with a halo gives a mystic look to the cover, indicating the lethality and potential of the weapon. The cover is eye catching and forces you to pick up the book. THE TITLE Kaalkoot, synonym of Halahal- the deadly poison is best suited for the book. It points towards an impending danger. THE BLURB is concise but crisp and piques reader's interest. THE NARRATION, from prologue to epilogue, is fast pacing, thrilling and keeps you at the edge. The subplots and the way they develop make this book captivating. THE CHARACTERS are eloquently crafted. The author has developed them so amazingly that they come alive with the story. One can visualise ,easily, the agility and sharpness of Damini, cold sinisterness of Doc radiating through his eyes and eccentricity of Prof Bhabani through author's words. THE LANGUAGE is effective and impressive, indicating authors command and control over words. Overall the book is a fast paced mystery thriller, able to keep you over the edge of your seat. It is a treat for the lovers of this genre and is certainly worth the time and effort.
Its pre-independence days in India and there are patriots trying hard to defend national interests and the countries future, while there is a secret group from Britain called Imperial Guard who have their own plans to rummage through the country one last time before they leave its power in the hands of its citizens.
Cut to current times, secret service agency ACG has alerts about movements of international agents mysteriously in Mumbai. The agents are out to chase the clues to catch perpetrators if any. There are professors being chased and kidnapped suddenly. There are goons being directed by a mystery man from The Mansion who are on the loose trying to nab people ruthlessly. There is a strategic meet of multiple country heads and a friendly cricket match to follow in Delhi.
There is Kaalkoot, a unique poison formula and its antidote, believed to have survived generations, somewhere in the depths of Himalayas and there are multiple parties trying to reach it before other. Can the good humans outnumber the evil ones to stop mass destruction forms rest of the story.
This is an extremely fast paced thriller with multiple groups of people trying to outsmart each other, following clues like a treasure hunt and ultimately reaching their prized destination. There are government agencies and spies, professors who can crack clues, common people pulled into this maze unintentionally and of course those who plan to create mass destruction.
The first half unfolds the backdrop and the reason for the chase while the second half has the major action. The main characters — Damini, Sam, Bani are layered and have a good character graph during the story narration. However, the second half lacks logic on multiple instances with some sequences totally lacking realistic touch. If logic and reason can be ignored, the story can be enjoyed with the multiple twists and thrills it has to offer.
Pick this one for a fast paced edge-of-seat-thriller that is engaging from the word go.
This is one book that made me regret my decision. No I did not mean it in a way that I regretted choosing the book. The book’s initial part did not make me glue to it. I read the book taking frequent breaks, but once the plot began racy, the breaks were gone far off and you wouldn’t believe starting I completed the book from part II till the end in one stretch. Such gripping and intriguing was the narration. It made me think what was next or who is next? The story starts with an introduction to Manohar Rai who keeps a certain information a secret from the government. The story dates back to in the 1940s. But when he suspects that the secret would be sneaked out, he decides to confide it within a youngster. And then there was no information about what was confided and who the youngster was. Professor Bani and few others are into research about this, gather so much information and a lot of background studies, come to know that the secret that was confided or a weapon that could have possibly been used in the past is to be put in use in the current future. HE along with Professor Hudson, Bavedkar and Steve are aware of it. There is an opponent group headed by Maestro or Doc as he is called; who rediscovered the weapon and is planning an attack with it, to make these professors come out with the secret. The story starts with a series of disappearances, murders. Sameer is on the verge of losing his relationship with Ananya. This is when she is kidnapped, because she helped out Professor Bavedkar. Sameer tracks the clues left behind and has unknowingly put himself into the quest of solving the mystery of the weapon or “Kaalkoot’ as it’s been known widely. Damini an agent with ACG, an investigative agency heads this operation guided by her chief. She along with Sameer set out on a journey of mysterious findings from a flashback being told by Professor Bani. Professor Bani, saddened by the sudden disappearance of Bavedkar and demise of Steve, is forced to talk about the ancient history of Kaalkoot. Together when they plan to set out to rediscover the secrets that the youngster left, Damini is demoted and is cleared from handling the case. But she offers all help to Sameer to accomplish the task. The British on knowing that the Japanese coming into power might also take over India, plan to destroy the evergreen lands to rubble. And to do this, they used a weapon. People are killed, leaving no evidence of existence. In order to save the richest of literature and artifacts of our nation, the youngster travelled the length and breadth of country and gathered them and secretly hid them in a place that nobody knows. The place also holds another secret, which I am not about to give out and will leave it for you to find out when you read the book. After much struggles, does Sameer find out the secret hideout, does he discover the treasures of the nation? Does he reunite with Ananya? What happens to Damini and the opponent maestro is the rest of the story. Though the book starts in slow pace, it gains momentum at the right place. The editing was perfect. I really appreciate the narration style of the author, not giving up the entire secret at one go and making your eagerness drop. Chapter by chapter, the need to find out increases which makes it an interesting need. The book is divided into parts and in turn into chapters. The chapters also include simultaneous narrations from various scenes, which gives you a complete picture on what is happening is a reaction to the action in one scene. A well thought out plot, executed perfectly.
Kaalkoot is a fast paced racy thriller that spans across time and space in a uniquely Indian setting. It has a nice mix of ancient references in a modern context and Venky's story telling spins a web of intrigue with a high quotient for surprise and suspense. It is set in familiar terrain of Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, etc where characters like a Bavdekar and Bhattacharya get enmeshed with a Steve and Ji-Hoon Kim in the backdrop of spies, cricket, romance and weapons of mass destruction. This is not a reboot of mythology but a thriller in the manner of The Day of the Jackal.
A sci-fi mixed with mythology and adventure – Kaalkoot was a perfect read for the cool nights to curl up with. Reading this book was an amazing experience and I absolutely loved every minute of the ride. Firstly, being divided into the different parts proved invaluable in giving the reader a view into the minds of the different characters of the story. While Sameer may be the conventional protagonist, each of the characters made by the author were real in their own terms with various layers to their being. Thus in terms of character development, the author has excelled by far and beyond, for each one was round and whole. The plot was unpredictable and one couldn’t think up on what happened next. The author continued taking the reader on the twists and turns and they were mind blowing. I have to say that the author did a really good job in keeping at least me, if not undoubtedly many more readers as well, hooked on until the very end. The themes of deceit, the nature of man, good versus evil, are all undoubtedly very common but the author has given a twist on them, thus making the narrative very interesting. The inclusion of mythology mixed with science is also again, very innovative and made everything so much more real. Most importantly, the author made sure that all of these would remain and haunt the readers’ minds even after finishing the book. The adventure aspect of this also was very well-written. The scenes which were worth all the nail-biting the reader goes through, are really well-planned and executed to perfection. I really enjoyed this book and rate it a 4.5/5 stars. I believe that if you are fan of Dan Brown or Jeffrey Archer or Robert Galbraith, this book might also help you widen your scopes in the genre in India.