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The Vault of Vishnu Kindle Edition
In an enthralling alchemy of myth and science Ashwin Sanghi gives us the sixth book in his Bharat series. As with all Ashwin’s books, the research is meticulous and the technical(ese) leaves one gasping as 'The Vault of Vishnu' takes the reader through the highs and lows of history, myth, physics, warfare technology, AI and biochemistry. – The Times of India
The Vault of Vishnu, like all of Ashwin’s books is a heady mix of history, myth, science and thrills. – The Hindu
Sanghi’s latest work uses his favourite tool – mythology, and blends it with history to deliver some “edge-of-the-seat action.” – Hindustan Times
About the Author
Ashwin Sanghi ranks among India’s highest-selling English fiction authors. He has written several bestsellers (The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key, The Sialkot Saga, Keepers of the Kalachakra) and two New York Times bestselling crime thrillers with James Patterson, Private India (sold in the US as City on Fire) and Private Delhi (sold in the US as Count to Ten). He has also co-authored several non-fiction titles in the 13 Steps series on Luck, Wealth, Marks, Health and Parenting.
Ashwin has been included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100. He is a winner of the Crossword Popular Choice Award 2012, Amazon India Top-10 eBook 2018, Atta Galatta Popular Choice Award 2018, WBR Iconic Achievers Award 2018 and the Lit-O-Fest Literature Legend Award 2018.
He was educated at Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai, and St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He holds an MBA from Yale University. Ashwin lives in Mumbai with his wife, Anushika, and his son, Raghuvir.
You can connect with Ashwin via the following channels:
- ASIN : B082TZL6RQ
- Publisher : Westland (27 January 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 3827 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #379 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By Curatorofmemories on 28 January 2020
By Nabarun Ghosh on 5 February 2020
The narrative is often loaded with details that do not really make sense to the main theme or events of the book. Character arcs aren't detailed enough and their growth is rushed into completion.
Overall, a complete disappointment.
Hoping to see the author regain some of his former glory soon.
I'm sure the author (Ashwin Sanghi) wouldn't have thought in his wildest dreams that his latest novel in the Bharat Series would become so menacingly synonymous with the events happening in real life! (just to clarify, the novel was published in January while the events we are witnessing now in Ladakh materialized much later).
It was the mother of all coincidences that after being fed up with all the rumours/propaganda/conspiracy theories being propagated by the media, internet warriors about the dumbfounding incidents on the Indo-China border and looking for an escape in the world of mythological fiction, I picked up this novel, only to be served with more of the same!
The opening sequence is almost a retelling of the Galwan bloodbath; only difference being its setting is in Doklam. The Chinese soldiers seem to possess some seemingly supernatural abilities which makes them overpower and annihilate an Indian Forward Post. The incident is captured on camera and the Indian top brass assign Wg Cdr Pam Khurana (former pilot, now in the DRDO) to do whatever it takes to discover the source of the apparent Chinese superhuman abilities.
Meanwhile, Ashwin sticks to his trademark style of alternating the current day events with a fictionalised narration of Hiuen Tsang's(we've read about him in our school history books) epic journey across China, Xinjiang, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, India spanning across 16 years ( 630-646 AD).
As expected, the novel is a racy cocktail of real life events, mythology, history, modern science (AI, Robotics, Genetic Engineering) & espionage. The success or failure of such a venture always lies in how you connect all the dots, maintain the central theme and the pace. And I think the author did a good enough job of doing all that. At times, the older narrative did get a tad laboured and predictable but the monotony was broken by the events happening at a lively pace in the other narrative. The ending was satisfying enough and that makes a lot of difference.
It certainly is one of his better novels though definitely not the best. As such, it is going to be very difficult for him to match or surpass his earlier masterpieces - 'The Rozabal Line' and 'Chanakya's Chant'. The events unfolding in Ladakh may just provide another reason to pick up this novel for people who like realistic fiction (with ample creative liberties ofcourse).
Overall Rating - 4/5. Definitely Recommended!
Top reviews from other countries
Set in the Dan Brown tone, Ashwin Sanghi delivers justice to everything presented in the book linking mythology, history, science and religion.
A brilliant read.
What set me off a little bit is that i’m a Indian living in Canada and the price is outrageous.
I do thank Amazon though for giving us the opporunity to have these products away from home as well.
Kudos to Amazon
This book could have been easily 50 pages shorter and could have been more gripping..