Ravi Subramanian has already established himself as a top notch thriller writer among India's current brass of authors as far as his previous works are concerned, of which I have only read and loved The Bankster.
With his current book, he once again commands his supreme authority with a totally new theme and a class of a thriller, as he beautifully interweaves seeming invisible threads of gaming, bitcoins, love, family, betrayal, politics, murder, banking, heists and assassination in God is a Gamer, and comes out with an entertaining climax and gripping last chapter.
Do FBI and CBI get successful in apprehending the real culprit behind actual crimes committed for virtual money?
Pg. no. 274 of this anthology features an english poem of mine >--< There is no 'less' high >--< Hope you like it!
read my poem in this booPg. no. 274 of this anthology features an english poem of mine >--< There is no 'less' high >--< Hope you like it!
read my poem in this book here --> http://www.blurb.com/books/3822960 .. click on pg. no. 282-283 using 'View Book Thumbnails' at the centre bottom (with backward and forward buttons) of the book preview.. (that shall bring you to actual pg. no. 274 of the book)...more
Ashwin Sanghi, as it is being referred to for some time now, is the Dan Brown of Indian adventure, and this book puts a stamp on it. :) Aft Background:
Ashwin Sanghi, as it is being referred to for some time now, is the Dan Brown of Indian adventure, and this book puts a stamp on it. :) After two bestselling titles, Rozabal Line (2007) and Chanakya's Chant (2010), The Krishna Key (2012) is his 3rd book, all of them under adventure genre.
Prof. and Historian Ravi Mohan Saini is the protagonist of this novel. Juvenile Priya is his associate. History is in their genes. Then comes Inspector Radhika, a toughened-up cop after family loss and her subordinate Rathore. Other characters who play important roles at times are Taarak Vakil, the villian, and a CBI director with grey shades.
Various mini characters (historians and scientists, mainly) have their share too in providing the historical and mysterious flavour to the story. The reader will like them in regard to the shape their involvement with the protagonists gives to the story.
Not all characters are well-established but such ain't missed as the story has its own pace to follow.
In author's own words: "Five thousand years ago, there came to earth a magical being called Krishna, who brought about innumerable miracles for the good of mankind. Humanity despaired of its fate if the Blue God were to die but was reassured that he would return in a fresh avatar when needed in the eventual Dark Age - the Kaliyug. In modern times, a poor little rich boy grows up believing that he is that final avatar. Only, he is a serial killer."
This pretext is sufficient enough to guess what is the theme of this novel. Yes, it's a Krishna based story but of modern times. Every chapter begins with first-person narrative of Krishna, and then the story in our times continues. It is all about discovery of what precious thing did He leave here on earth when he left/shredded his mortal form after the Mahabharata war.
There are so many mythological and historical facts embedded and weaved into the story which most of us had no idea earlier of their being into existence. Like the Mahabharata war date has been factually calculated based on simulations, then there are the submerged ruins of Dwarka, among various others including Mt. Kailash, Somnath temple, Mathura, Vrindavan, Kalibangan, among others.
Writing is plain and lucid. And the end of the story is a welcome conclusion, as much as the journey to the end is thrilling and exciting.
The amount of research Ashwin has gone into just to make the book authentic and chilling.
Fast paced full-Indian adventure
Twists and turns keep the guessing game at fingertips
Plethora of Indian mythological information for mytho n history buffs out there
The character of Taarak Vakil which starts out as a dreaded villian seems to get lost taking orders from his spiritual boss and gets into the role of a mere side-villian after half of the novel. Could have been avoided or given a better shape.
Well, nonetheless, the novel is author's treat to us, and I, as a matter of fact, truly loved it, savored it, devoured it.
Overall, 4.75 out of 5 stars :)
====================== (earlier) ====================== have read d first 5 chapters of this novel as provided free online by the author Ashwin Sanghi... have to admit.. d conspiracy/thrill build-up is natural and adventurous...
I have read his The Rozabal Line (4 stars from me) and found it super-cool...
Currently reading his Chanakya Chant.. going v.good (4 stars again)...
These 2 books, plus d excerpt of The Krishna Key.. I m bound to say that he is the Dan Brown of India... just awesome :)
The novel is about to come in late August 2012 and I have already pre-ordered it from Flipkart (due to sm reason.. otherws I would have ordered it from Indiaplaza)...more
an ultimate adventure-thriller... first read of my life and my top 5 fav. till date.. I've read it numerous times just to get fantasized and driven inan ultimate adventure-thriller... first read of my life and my top 5 fav. till date.. I've read it numerous times just to get fantasized and driven into its explorer genre again n again... a classic 'classic' by Jules Verne....more