Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Review: Baramulla Bomber by Clark Prasad

On the jacket:


AN ANCIENT WEAPON FROM THE VEDAS & BIBLE 
ONCE HUNTED BY THE NAZIS 
POWERED BY THE SOUND OF UNIVERSE 
REBORN WITH HELP OF QUANTUM PHYSICS 
GOING TO BE UNLEASHED ON TO THE WORLD 
AND KASHMIR HOLDS ITS SECRET 

Multiple intelligence agencies are tracking Mansur Haider, a god-fearing aspiring cricketer from Kashmir. His girlfriend, Aahana Yajurvedi, is trying to locate her missing mountaineering team, who vanished after a mysterious earthquake strikes Shaksgam Valley. 
Investigating Mansur and the Shaksgam Valley incident is Swedish intelligence officer, Adolf Silfverskiold, whose only relationship to god consists of escorting his girlfriend to Church. 
A dual China-Pakistan battlefront scenario facing the Indian Home Minister, Agastya Rathore, whose ancestors carry a prehistoric secret linked to the stars. He is faced with the challenge of finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir crisis. 
Which Biblical Weapon was Tested in Shaksgam Valley? Why is Mansur Haider Important? Is There a Solution to the Kashmir Crisis? Can Destiny be Controlled? Does a Cosmic Religion Exist?

Review:

When BlogAdda first announced that Baramulla Bomber is up for review, I was curious. I mean, quite frankly, the title of the book is intriguing, isn't it? So I applied and I am glad, I was chosen to read this book. The book lived up to my expectations and proved to be a good read.

I love thrillers and mysteries, maybe more than romance and drama as well. And a spy thriller, if well crafted, has all the ingredients of a fine read. 

Baramulla Bomber is an espionage thriller, but with a twist of science fiction. For a while before I started reading the book, I actually sat with the book in my hand and wondered how and what the twist would be, how would all the ingredients spoken about in the blurb, be implemented into the plot. Not just science, but even sports!! Part one of a trilogy (Svastik trilogy), the plot of Baramulla Bomber also has a combination of the Vedas, quantum physics and Cricket. 

At the beginning of the story, a group of royal descendants meet. They are called Cho Skyong. While they are in discussion, there is a blast and most of the group dies. From the debris emerges Abhimanyu Kashyap who had managed to save himself and he vows to keep the secret discussed in the meet alive. And here on, begins the book.

The author has kept the book racy, and limited details to the limit so that the reader doesn't get confused. He's stuck to Indian English and one would imagine the descriptions very mother tongue influenced, but they are not. Prasad has done a fine job of presenting a science fiction, set in India, and read by Indians, very believable. The plot is based in India and Sweden and the book goes on to two more books which would complete the trilogy.

If I had to criticize and point something which doesn't work for me in the book, it would be that a lot has been attempted to be cramped into the plot. Spy, science, sports, films, Kashmiris - this book has everything. While you might like having them all, the plot could have done without so much also. Nevertheless, I would recommend this to all science fiction fans or those who experiment with genres.

Rating: ****/5

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2 comments:

  1. It is so difficult to find Indian book bloggers. Read some of your reviews! Nice work!

    I also have a book review blog, if you'd like to check out-http://literaturemartini.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thanks Nidhi!!
      Going through your blog right now, I loved how it looks! :)

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