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The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret Paperback – 9 October 2014
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Book is excellently written and plot of story is very excellent .Exactly at some point of time it startled me and subtle explanation of mythology which I flabbergasted me.Excellent job --Tapas Mohanty Jun 10, 2015
An excellent book.has all the suspense you need.would be a little difficult to understand in the beginning but as it goes on,,, you will find this book very interesting. --Vigneswaran Sreeramakrishnan May 1, 2015
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- ASIN : 9384030597
- Publisher : Westland Books Private Limited; 1st edition (9 October 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 308 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9789384030599
- ISBN-13 : 978-9384030599
- Item Weight : 280 g
- Dimensions : 12.85 x 1.98 x 19.84 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Subham on 23 January 2021
Even though the plot has several references to the previous book written by the author, it is independent enough to stand on its own and prove meaningful enough to a person like me who has not yet read the previous book. In fact, the book has encouraged me to lay my hands on his previous book as well and since he has left the story hanging precariously, to be continued in the next book, I am definitely looking forward to reading that as well.
However, he could have put forward the story in a linear manner instead of a criss - cross manner going back and forth in time to make it an easier read.
Bad thing: The story which the author really tells.
After enjoying the Shiva trilogy and Asuras in this genre, I have been disappointing, first by "The scion of Ikshvaku" and now by this book. What was the author writing? A comic book?
This book would have been great, had it been presented as a comic book, not as a full fledged novel. The author makes the content even more pretentious by letting the ordinary humans do extraordinary things. I was impressed by the way he tried to connect all parallel stories but would prefer to read a summary of the book than the whole book.
This is one of the best suspense thrillers coming from an Indian author. It combines Greek history with a radical new interpretation of Indian mythology and spruces it up with a generous dose of science. The narration fluctuates between the present day and during the time of Alexander's reign while the action moves between Greece and India.
read more - http://pigeonholenomore.blogspot.in/2015/07/book-review-mahabharata-quest-alexander.html
1) The plot needs to be developed a bit more slowly. Frankly speaking, I found the book a page turner, but what I found missing was the proper development of the plot. True, the author revealed the secrets as we go along the book, But a bit of a back story between the characters would have been better. I read the previous book which wasn't a part of the series. Still I found that the lead characters in positive and negative roles needed a bit more development.
2) I can imagine the amount of research that would have went into the creation of this wondrous piece, but I think that the people who weren't familiar with the concepts of Indian Mythology would have needed a bit more of background stories surrounding the myths. The creativity in perceiving the various meanings of Shlokas was amazing, but the readers would find it better if the background story was explained in a bit more detail.
3) The action scenes seemed to be a bit rushed. When you talk about adrenaline rush, mere seconds feel like hours. The same could have been portrayed better. The feelings of characters on both sides could have been detailed. The thoughts going on during the action sequences matter more than the actions taking place. Try to insert these in the following books.
Overall I'd say the book brings out entirely new perspective to not one, but two of the world's biggest mysteries. Mahabharata and the conquest of Alexander the Great. I'd wait for the next release and will be among the first to purchase it.
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Just like the last book i was able to get through this book very fast . The book has very simple language and the flow is not too complicated either .
You can see hints of Da Vinci codes here and there and this one too is inspired by the great Da Vinci Code.
But it does better than the other copycats.
The story line is good and the explanations are so close to being true that you end up believing them.
The main leads are again Vijay , Colin and Radha with lots of sidekicks. The main negative is again the ORDER.
This time the story starts from Greece where an excavation is ongoing and an Artifact is discovered. Alice (Vijays ex-GF) ends up in India with the artifact.
The roller coaster ride starts which sees Vijay going to Afghanistan , Radha held captive and Imran getting Bombed (He survives like an Indian movie hero)
The way the verses from Mahabharata are explained in context of current science is nice and i was almost believing it . The Science of the Gods Secret was little unconvincing till the author clarified it.
Over all a good pacy read, I would have liked a little shorter version as i thought the book had some parts which could have been removed, and also some more mystery . For me the Mysteries were revealed too fast and abruptly.
but still i am waiting for the next 2 books in the series.
A whopping 4/5 from me
Also,he has tried to copy the 'Clifton Chronicles' of Jeffry Archer, by trying to extend his story to some more books 'yet to follow'! But he has left no 'suspense' or 'anxiousness' in the minds of readers to follow up! I, for one, am not interested in buying the next book!
i also didn't like the idea of promoting the sequels by leaving the story incomplete. Each unit of Trilogies and similar prequels are usually complete in themselves.
Do your research first, get facts together and then propose a suggestive story.
Of course, you did not and hence the rubbish story.