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November 2, 2014 / subramanyam

The MahaBharata Secret


I buy many of my books at the Crossword bookstores. Recently Crossword bookstores gifted me with reward points worth Rs. 200/-  and the book I picked was “The Mahabharata Secret”.  Why did I pick this book ?   the synopsis on the back of book was really promising. Here are the lines that made me buy the book … (Picked from Good Reads)

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

The Cover of the book

The Cover of the book

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.

This book is a work of fiction where the story is woven around “Mythology & Fantasy”.  Yeah, another book in Dan Brown’s genre where the author clubs  Mahabharata, Indian History and the events of the present day to create an interesting work of fiction.  The plot begins with the death of a revered nuclear scientist in India.  His nephew who receives four seemingly unrelated mails arrives in India along with his friend.  In rather uncanny circumstances they get into a quest to unearth a secret. As they begin to dig deep into the clues provided by the e-mails, a scholar, a  Maharaja,  an American expert and a young lady offer help and join forces with them.  As they unlock the first few puzzles they realize that their enemies too are searching for the same and are absolutely ruthless in their quest.   The way these two teams engage each other, fight it out and continue the quest makes it an interesting read.

What did I like in the  book ?

The Plot, the idea is very novel. Bringing in an additional fictitious parva, tying it with one of the most popular emperor’s of the country and then linking it to the greedy souls of today, awesome thought process isn’t it ?  I liked the idea for the novel. Then, I liked the way the author presented the clues and the way he took care of the minutest of the details. The way he linked a clue to another in the puzzle is something worth emulating.  He also ensured that the pace of the story doesn’t come down so that the reader gets glued to the book.

What were the things that could have been Improved ?

The ending was not upto the mark. It sort of dampens the entire setup.  Somehow, the story of Asoka’s time was not ended properly.  The story between the protagonist and the lead lady could have ended well. I somehow felt that a very nice plot was let down because of a hurried ending.

Conclusion.

Except for the ending that lets the reader down, this is an awesome book. Christopher C Doyle narrates the story very well and keeps us hooked to the book.  The book is a good work of fiction,  had the ending been good it would have been a great one.

Thanks to Crossword for the gift and the book, you always floor me with new offers and rewards.

This happens to be the 25th Book review of mine this year.

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