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on 27 August 2017
Clearly an outstanding novel. The author uses so many symbols / signs from Hinduism and Buddhism and that especially make this book worth reading.
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on 4 December 2017
Good read. Puzzles are very interesting. Good work on that. End is not as exciting as other novels but story is gripping. Must read.
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on 20 July 2017
excellent book. nice to read.
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on 11 July 2017
Indian Version of Da Vinci Code. Good Story and narrative is also good but copied.
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on 26 December 2017
Understood absolutely nothing after reading 100 pages and finally gave up.
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on 17 October 2014
This book is quite brilliant for many reasons. Personally I am not a reader of the thriller or mystery genre for most part, but I found this book irresistible. It is a layered, complex book, that goes back and forth between the past and the present, ancient riddles, myth, history, fantasy and current events. There is a strong use of Buddhist icons and lore, a new for a mainstream book in current times that too in this genre. There is the flowing, fluid prose that keeps you reading without a pause. There is all the excitement and gore of murders and other sinister stuff to keep the thrill and suspense going....all in all a very enjoyable read, an entertainer.
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on 2 June 2014
On the name and the cover:
The book unfolds around ten riddles which will lead the two main protagonists towards a royal secret. The Emperor’s role in the story is equally effective as well as Patnaik and Sia's. So I think this is the best possible name for the story. This name even matches with the number game the author was playing from the very beginning of the book. Full marks for choosing such an effective and an appropriate name.
The cover looks appealing. The green color gives the book a soothing effect when the sword in the middle perfectly resembles the Emperor mentioned in the book. Any reader can easily understand the cause of the one eye on the front cover when he/she completes the book. I appreciate the effort of the designer Sonia Lal, for this fabulous work.

On the narrating style:
When readers pick this book , the first thing that catches their eyes is the comment of ASHWIN SANGHI and AMISH TRIPATHI. This will create a huge expectation within readers before even reading one page. But I must say this debutant writer have done proper justice to their expectations. Some time its scenes reminds me of ASHWIN SANGHI’s THE KRISHNA KEY but the narrating style is fresh and attractive. The way this author has distributed the chapters and all the last lines of those chapters make this book unputdownable. The stunning narrating style and the command the author had on his words will keep the readers on the edges of their seats.

On the story line:
The story starts when Inspector Suri finds Ram Mathur’s dead body on the ghats of ganga and then the story goes around Sia ( Mathur’s daughter) and esoteric writer Om Patnaik started their journey in search of the the killer and why Ram Mathur brought them together. The story picks up its speed when the riddles started coming. In one side of the story when Sia, Patnaik and Television star Jasodhara are solving those riddles to unlock the royal secret, on the other side the author has very efficiently portrayed the story the Emperor plays with the unparalleled forces that will make him unbeatable. In this wonderfully crafted fiction the author had managed to muddle up history, science-fiction, murder mystery and Imagination. I specially love the way the author narrates the whole part of the Indian olden times and the Buddha’s origin legend. Number Nine had played a very effective role in the whole book, starting for the name of his book from the name of his characters, to find out the real mystery one should read the book. As the author says ‘Open your eyes and see’.

+Point: The way the author framed the whole plot and the wonderfully planned unanticipated ending.

- Point: Sometime I felt the author has concentrated a lot on describing things or scenes, though these scenes can easily be ignored.

Debutant writer Satyarth Nayak joins the league of Ashwin Sanghi by his efficiently written breathtaking, fast-paced, murder mystery. A definite page turner and soon turning out to be the new best seller.
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on 22 June 2015
The book begins with Om Patnaik, an author who has penned down numerous bestsellers containing scholarly stuff and is one of the most revered authors of the country. He has a bizarre fixation with number 9 and the reason behind it is explained in detail in the early part of the book. Ram Mathur, friend of Om Patnaik and a scholar himself is murdered on the ghats of Ganga. Ram, who is in Lucknow at that point of time is called on by Sia Mathur, daughter of Ram and is asked to be there at the murder site.

Inspector Parag Suri is investigating this case and names the murderer The Scorpion. The Scorpion is one a leash and is killing people across the country.As the story progresses, Om & Sia connect the dots left by Ram Mathur to resolve his murder mystery and while they are at it, they come very close to uncovering an ancient enigma that is so powerful that even Gods would kill for it.

I must admit the book has such an uncanny resemblance to last year's Ashwin Sanghi's 'The Krishna Key', a book i was not too fond of despite its commercial success. A murder mystery to be followed, a trail of mythology clues, the suspecting main protagonist, a serial killer on the loose and a back story involving the mythological/historical characters. Problem is here, the back story interspersed within the chapters (where the main narrative happens) rarely catches your attention. Drawback in Krishna Key was that the story of Krishna was just too familiar, here the material is obtuse, dense and does not provides a logical interconnections with the main narrative. In the end, these portions act as sore thumb in an otherwise taut thriller.

Nayak builds the pace with the solving of trailing clues and as a reader, you are engrossed once the clues keep opening up. The writer keeps a tight leash on its characters, furiously explaining the logic behind each clue and the background on each of it. The editing is water tight and it helps that the author does not over do the explaining of mythological references. Bouncing off an impressive cover, there is not too much time building up characters but straight away you are thrown right in the center of the murder. It grows on you as the pages progress and is saved by a climax which is surprising yet particularly believable. It also helps that writer ties up most ends to avoid any logical fallacies usually associated with such thrillers.

I am going with 3/5 for Satyarth Nayak's 'The Emperors Riddles'. Barring those portions of mythological references, it's a taut book most suitable for mythological fans. A quick weekend read, go for it.

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on 2 June 2017
Amish's and Ashwin's reviews on the cover page of the book is a reason enough to buy this book and read it. I received this without any delay and started reading it as soon as I got it. Though it took me 2-3 days to complete this book due to the busy schedule, it was truly fun to read through the book. By reading the book, one can understand that a lot of research has been put into writing the book. The riddles created in the book by Satyarth was very well thought but isn't too complex that the reader cannot take part in solving those riddles without reading further. The journey of Om from around India is really entertaining and the pages grip you till the end. Though there was a point in the book, just after the starting where I felt a bit boring but soon after going through a few pages, reading became effortless. And one star less for that.

I would surely recommend this book to anyone who has interest in mixing up history and science. The book will surely give you goosebumps.
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on 28 June 2014
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The Summary sounded just my kind of book – A perfect mystery with history. Alas! The book exceeded my expectations. I’ve read quite a number of books by Indian wannabe Dan Browns who have just ended up giving me a good migraine. Maybe that lowered my expectations over books involving history and professor.

It is apparent that the writer was inspired Dan Brown, but he didn’t let the inspiration change his originality. Or to put it simply, he was just inspired and didn’t try to imitate Dan Brown like others.

The story is about a secret society of guardians (The Nine) founded by an Emperor (Read the book to know which one) to protect a wealth of knowledge, which when fallen into wrong hands can be used to destruct the mankind. Ram Mathur, A part of that society is murdered. A mysterious mail lands in his daughter’s inbox. His daughter along with Ram Mathur’s friend Patnaik embarks on a journey to solve the murder of her father. And thereby beings the tale of Nine and a thrilling journey filled with brain whacking riddles.

The writer deserves a big applause for his riddles. They were simply brilliant and thoroughly logical. It’s very apparent that the writer has done a good research on the Buddhist structures and teachings.

The plot was well woven with rather unpredictable twists. I’ve never witnessed a modern Indian writer weave a plot so cohesively filled with true suspense. The dual story line ( that of present – Sia and of “The Emperor” ) contributed a lot to the suspense element.

My only wee bit complaint would be the story of “the emperor” was a bit over done that the reader would be left disorient if he/she didn’t concentrate a lot on the book.

The writing was simple and crisp. The riddles certainly deserve a special mention. It’s not an easy task to frame 9 riddles which have that true suspense element and are logical.

It’s safe to say that Indian literary world has found another brilliant and true mystery writer – A rarity amongst writers who make money writing trash life changing “love” stories (Pun intended)

In short, this was one brilliant, perfect and well written mystery book!

VERDICT: Must read! When Chetan Bagat can sell, this one surely deserves to sell like The Da Vinci Code.

RATING: 4.5 on 5
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