Friday, July 11, 2014

#76 : The Mahabaratha Secret by Christopher Doyle : A Review

                                     The Mahabharata Secret
BOOK TITLE: The Mahabaratha Secret

ISBN: 9383202319

AUTHOR:  Christopher Doyle

GENRE:  Fiction – Thriller.

NUMBER OF PAGES: 386

FORMAT:  Paperback

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

REVIEW BY:  Shree Janani

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK:  The summary attracted me to buy it! Purchased it @ ureads.com

SUMMARY:
244 BC
Asoka the Great discovers an ancient and terrible secret—a secret buried deep in the Mahabharata; a secret that could destroy the world; a secret hidden away for over 2300 years...

Present Day
A retired nuclear scientist is murdered. He leaves only e-mails with clues for his nephew. He and his friends follow a trail through ciphers and 2000-year-old ruins. Pursued by powerful dark forces, caught between the secrets of the past and the intrigues of the present, can they unravel the mystery before an unspeakable horror is unleashed on the world...
REVIEW:

The summary sounded typically like the kind of book I would go chasing after and finish it off in one go.

The adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is highly misleading in literal sense. Little did the poor guy (or girl) who originally quoted this famous phrase know “summaries” of the book can be equally misleading too.  This book is a typical example.

The book left me feeling cheated. The cover is attractive and the summary is great and so was the whole concept of “Ashoka & his buried secret”. The obvious answer to what was messed up is the characters.  Dan Brown is truly to be blamed for this whole range “riddle cracking” novels popping up at every turn. 

The story line begins with a nuclear scientist being murdered and his nephew (Vijay) being left “clues” to solve a mystery and protect a dangerous secret. Along tags a heroine (Radha) who just helps our poor nephew. They embark a dangerous journey filled with kidnappers, “terrorists” and double agents. The crux of the whole story line being “nuclear weapons” used during the “mahabaratha” period and preserved by the great emperor Ashoka. 

Wait a minute!?! Haven’t we heard this somewhere already?! Dan Brown again! God! That man seems to have literally inspired every other Tom,Dick & Harry to write a “riddle oriented book”.

I would have been a wee bit happy if only the riddles were anywhere near being logical. The worst part is the method in which our protagonists solve the riddle. To top it all, there was this translator who never made a single mistake.  To err is human. To think that all the riddles can be cracked at a single go even in a “thriller fiction novel” seems thoroughly farfetched.

One thing the writer surely deserves appreciation is for his language and his research. Had his language been any worse or had his facts faltered at any point of time, I wouldn’t have hesitated to throw the book out of the nearest window. It’s a pity to see that all that research on Mahabaratha and Emperor Ashok go down the drain as the story line had a lot of loop holes. For example, if at all assuming that Emperor Ashoka had stumbled upon some dangerous weapon from prehistoric period, he would have surely destroyed it. He sure wasn’t known as “ASHOK –THE GREAT” for some odd simple reason.

I was hooked to the book. I couldn’t put the book down. Oh hang on! Am I contradicting myself there? Nope. I was just hoping to see light at the end of the tunnel. My light just didn’t appear.

I do understand that the writer is rookie, but that’s no excuse for cooking up such a story.

To sum it up, for a seasoned reader with insatiable appetite for thrillers and mystery, this book is a huge disappointment. Not worth the money I spent buying it.

VERDICT: CAN BE MISSED IF  YOU HAVE READ DAN BROWN OR ASHWIN SANGHI ALREADY.

RATING: 2 on 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Couldn’t find anything

EDITIONS AVAILABLE: Paperback

PRICE: Rs.166

BOOK LINKS: http://www.amazon.in/Mahabharata-Secret-Christopher-C-Doyle/dp/9383202319/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404799109&sr=1-1


P.S THIS REVIEW ISN’T INTENDED TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF THE WRITER OR HIS FANS.  MY INTENTIONS WERE TO ENCOURAGE THE WRITER TO WRITE BETTER.


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse
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