The Rozabel Line is another book which is about the life and death of Jesus Christ combined with fiction. I guess this kind of historical fiction was started by Dan Brown in Da Vinci Code wherein he has traced the bloodline of Jesus Christ.
Ashwin has done a good amount of research and there are about 209 references given at the back of the book. Most of the book quotes various historical timeframes and what happened then based on the latest research. The actual amount of fiction is quite less and is loosely knitted around the research material.
I like this book for the historical information and research references rather than the actual plot. Also the switching of context from history to fiction was quite random.
Overall the research done by author impresses me, but perhaps this book lacks a strong plot and good editing. ...more
This book is a real page turner, from the first page itself I was finding it difficult to resist finishing this in one go. I have read almost all of the books by Matthew Reilly and this is the best so far. Reilly has written quite a good number of books which can be classified under historical fiction. Temple is one such book where the author has taken a plot based on the fictions historical account of of Incan empire. He has beautifully fitted Nazis (or Neo Nazis) into the plot along with some of the elements causing civil unrest in the USA.
In this book along with Spanish, Incan, American and Germans, there is one special being also. This special being is an animal from the Cat family and is called Rapa.
This is an action packed book and a very fast paced. Happy Reading....more
The treasure of Kafur is the second published book of the author. However it was the first one written (as per the notes at the end of the book). This is an historical fiction book based on the time of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Malik Kafur looted treasures during his raids to the Southern India, while he was in the army of Alauddin Khilji. The plot in this book is based on the riches looted during Kafur’s raid and which was hidden somewhere.
The story revolves around a young man Datta who along with his grandmother Ambu is aware of the location of Kafur’s hidden treasure. His grandmother was abducted by a warlord of the South who wanted to conquer the Mughal empire. Datta successfully made alliance with Akbar and together they fought the battle.
The is a simple, yet gripping story. The language is very simple. The starting of the book was quite good. It slows down for couple of chapters after the initial one and then picks up the pace. There are no unnecessary details given anywhere, yet the reader does not feel (s)he is missing anything.
I enjoyed this book and finished it late last night. Looking forward to the next book from the author.
Disclaimer – I received a review copy from the author and my review is not biased by that fact....more
I did not realise that John Grisham can write a drama which is of non-legal plot. The set-up described in this book is based on the life of a simple fI did not realise that John Grisham can write a drama which is of non-legal plot. The set-up described in this book is based on the life of a simple family who grow cotton on their farm in south of the USA in the 1950's. The main character of this book is a seven year old boy, Luke. The story revolves around him, his parents and grandparents, who are deep into the debt because of crop failures during past few years. Luke witnessed, murder, starts telling lies to his family, had a crush on a girl who was 10 years older than him, saw the arrival of his cousin and so on.
It's a slow book and may need a little time to finish off....more
An excellent book describing the rise and fall of Ravana.This book also give insights into ancient Indian civilization around 7 - 8 thousand years bacAn excellent book describing the rise and fall of Ravana.This book also give insights into ancient Indian civilization around 7 - 8 thousand years back. The author has clearly stated in this book that without understanding this historical perspective, geographical layout and culture of those times it will be difficult to understand the story. And kudos to him that he has spend a great deal of time in getting that perspective in front of the reader. He has based all this historical details on the basis of ancient Indian literatures such as Vedas, Puranas etc.Some people may find it offensive to Indian religion and some other may treat this as complete fiction.
Anybody who can read Hindi (and by that I mean a very good Hindi and Sanskrit), and is interested in learning about the civilization which existed around 7 - 8 thousand years back, must read this. Its a classic master piece by the author....more
'Ooath of the Vayuputras' was a different book from the first two parts of the trilogy. This book has less of an action but more of discussions about'Ooath of the Vayuputras' was a different book from the first two parts of the trilogy. This book has less of an action but more of discussions about good and evil. The author has done quite good historical research as well to link the Jorastrians with ancient Indian culture. I must say that the one thing which disappointed me is the way the plot took the turn from part two. Till part two the author was able to bind the readers and keep the interest. The reader was curious as to what will be happening next and what is the "Ooath of the Vayuputras", but the author has not been able to bind the readers in this book. I found mysefl skipping the discussion about Good and Evil and at several other places.
There is a growing number of next gen Indian Authors coming up with plots based on the ancient Indian historical backgrounds mixed with latest researches, with one thing in common - they all are getting carried away in philosopy and sprituality.
In this book, if the author would have kept this novel purely as an action novel with some battle strategies etc then it would have been great end to a wonderful start. Neverthless I am giving it three stars as this is the first work by the author and writing a trilogy in the first work is an achievement in itself. I am sure the next books will follow the continual improvement.
The author has done massive amount of research in ancient Indian history in order to write this plot. However, this book felt more like a lesson in hiThe author has done massive amount of research in ancient Indian history in order to write this plot. However, this book felt more like a lesson in history supported by quotes from latest research. There were few editing mistakes towards the end of the book where gender of characters were swapped and also at places names of the characters eere changed. Nevertheless it was a plesure to revisit history with the book and that alone makes this book a worth read....more
There are two stories simultaneously running - one that of Chanakya & Chandragupta and the other that of Gangasagar (the modern Chanakya) and ChanThere are two stories simultaneously running - one that of Chanakya & Chandragupta and the other that of Gangasagar (the modern Chanakya) and Chandni Gupta (modern Chandragupta). The modern plot is a political plot of power and corruption.
Although it is an interesting read, in my opinion, the author should have restricted to only one story....more
A very slow moving book, but an interesting read. I just finished it the fastest I could. If the author would have reduced the extra narrations probabA very slow moving book, but an interesting read. I just finished it the fastest I could. If the author would have reduced the extra narrations probably this book would have been reduced to around 200 pages or so. But the good part is the author has taken extra care to explain the emotions going on inside various characters and the social structure of the time. This gives some glimpse on the life and culture at the time of Mahabharata and perhaps before that also.
I do not like the fact that the author has deliberately distorted the time when some of the events happened. It is a fact mentioned in the Mahabharata (mentioned by author himself in the book) that the story of the pregnant king was told multiple times to various characters of Mahabharata and yet he chose to coincide the story with the time of Mahabharata. ...more
A very fast paced book like the previous book in the series. You are bound to read it cover-to-cover in one go. One of the greatest mythological thrilA very fast paced book like the previous book in the series. You are bound to read it cover-to-cover in one go. One of the greatest mythological thriller books....more
An excellent fast paced book. Started at 10pm last night and finished almost half within 3 hours. Could stopped spending rest of the day in trying toAn excellent fast paced book. Started at 10pm last night and finished almost half within 3 hours. Could stopped spending rest of the day in trying to finish the book. It does not look like this is the first book of the author.
The author has portrayed the Indian civilizations of those times very well, based on the latest historical researches showing that Indian civilization is one of the oldest known one.
Like author I am firm believer that all the gods we Hindu's worship were mortal human beings like us and their karma's made them Gods....more