I know I have been missing in action for a while mostly caused by a terrible book slump and a growing toddler. Somehow am slowly making my way back. I received this book from the author few weeks back and this is my take on it.
Rudra Gautham is a theoretical physicist with a powerful political background. But what makes him stand apart is his turquoise eyes which helps him to visualise the world of electric and magnetic energies around. On his trek to the Himalayas he meets a strange creature who gives him a powerful stone and tells him of a great destiny he is meant for. Rudra follows his instructions to obtain a hidden sacred book which will unlock one of the greatest secrets of the world. But these clues are not easy to decode nor easily accessible but with the help of his ex girlfriend Azna Jahe, a Glacial-Geography and Lhasa expert he begins a dangerous and life altering journey with her. They skim through the layers of increasingly complex ciphers, all while being pursued by a para-human assassin who will stop at nothing to obtain that secret. Time is ticking for them both but only one can emerge victorious. Will Rudra finally be able to fulfil his destiny?
In all honesty I found the book to be lacking in many things. To start with Rudra as a character has no deeper layer other than ‘the guy who has this great destiny bestowed upon him’. His extraordinary abilities all seem convenient when he needs it and even his ex turned out to be an expert in decoding the book which is all good and all but it doesn’t come off as authentic. The assassin despite been an all powerful beast could do nothing to beat them and I really couldn’t figure out why he was always two steps behind. The language is another let down. Yet the only redeeming quality of this book is the authors earnestness and conviction. The journey both characters take are adventurous and the reader will feel immersed in certain situations with them. In some parts I felt the book was very similar to Dan Brown’s style of writing and in some places it looked inspired from the movie Inception. The author has definitely written a different book highlighting our culture and not just a remake of a mythology and gets brownie points for originality but lacks a proper execution.
Pros: Pace, Settings, Storyline
Cons: Language, one dimensional characters, suspense
Bibliogyan Verdict: A different read but has its flaws.