Tuesday, January 14, 2014

#51 : Eve's Tomb by D.R.Hadrian : A Review

                                              Eves Tomb

BOOK TITLE: Eve’s Tomb

ISBN: 1630418544

AUTHOR: D R Hadrian 

GENRE: Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 255

FORMAT: Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

REVIEW BY: Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: The publisher (Blackbuck Publishers) sent us a copy in exchange for a honest review
SUMMARY: Vinamzi Lance, an Oxford graduate is shocked to hear about the murder of his Professor. He is more perplexed when he learns that the last message from the Professor is for him.
However, the message turns out to be a code. Along with the Professor’s son Bruce, they embark on a frantic hunt through the Vatican and then to North America after the lost prophecy of Nostradamus. Retrieving the prophecy is not as easy as two great powers, the Church and the Virgins (a secret cult) embroil as they think it holds the destiny of the world.  Ironically all the intricate plotting of the Virgins and the Church turn to mayhem as they confront an adroit deception. Finally, the last hopes of saving the world from a nuclear disaster and the battle of the sexes are in the hands of Vinamzi and his friends…
Will they be able to stop the destruction or will Eve’s tomb be a burial ground of them all…

REVIEW:
Oxford grad English professor + Code cracking + Prophecy + Church – Sounds like a typical Dan brown novel doesn’t it?

That’s the summary at play I guess. Also, the summary was the biggest reason for me agree to review this book.

The cover of the book is quite beautiful – a dark green colour with the statue. Gives it an air of mystery and intrigues the reader.

The plot line is quite solid and I wasn’t able to find any logical flaws. But there were simply too much characters and I didn’t feel the need for so many characters.  The interlock between the characters - as I prefer to call – is rather unusual in this book.  Logic took a hit when some random reporter decided to play the role of a girlfriend to our protagonist and he actually reciprocate and go along.  But then the book is a work of fiction – anything is acceptable when it comes to fiction isn’t it?

What I liked about the book:

The writing was quite simple. The writer has surely done his research about quite a lot of historical stuff (like he should!). The plot line was racy and managed to keep me hooked. 

I loved the characterization of Bruce. I was virtually in splits imagining that tattoo drawn without his knowledge!

The codes – which were the backbone of this book – were rather abstract. Not the usual sort of symbols etc. The writer certainly deserves a standing ovation for trying to incorporate abstract codes.
I read this book during my trip to Mysore – turned out to be a perfect thriller to my linking! To me a “not so good” book can ruin my “vacation mood”. Thankfully this book didn’t!

What could have been better:

For a seasoned reasoned reader, drawing comparisons between this book and books by Dan Brown & Steve Berry is inevitable.  The writer obviously has been hugely influenced by Dan Brown and Steve Berry and it clearly reflects in his writing.

The codes in book were good but they lacked the ability to hold the suspense for long, in sense the writer progressed to the next code before even the effect of the present code could be felt. Also, it’s rather surprising that the writer didn’t take the plot line to Saudi Arabia as the “Eve’s tomb” is actually present there!

One thing that certainly put me off was the spell errors. I did find quite a few but overlooked them as the plot and the writing in general were good!

Overall, A neat read which certainly is good but isn’t the type to be raved.

VERDICT: Why not?! Pick it up it’s quite a racy read!

RATING: 3.5 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: the writer  loves to read, listen to music and of course write. he has authored three books. He love fiction, and at the same time likes some encouraging books( Self-help).

EDITIONS AVAILABLE:Paperback

PRICE: Rs. 143


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse

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