Title : Baramulla Bomber
Author : Clark Prasad
Publishers : Niyogi Books
Subject : Techno- Thriller, Mythology
Genre : Fiction
What struck me first when I set eyes upon the book was the cover. The pair of eyes with ऊँ (“AUM” ) on the forehead had an unsettling effect. The eyes looked deep and haunting. They beckoned one to open the pages and discover the story within.
An Ancient Weapon from the Vedas & Bible
Once Hunted by the Nazis
Powered b the Sound of the Universe
Reborn with the Help of Quantum Physics
Going to be Unleashed onto the World
& Kashmir Holds its Secret
The only way
Multiple intelligence agencies are tracking Mansur Haider, a god fearing aspiring cricketer from Kashmir. His girlfriend, Ahana Yajurvedi, is trying to locate her missing mountaineering team, which vanished after a mysterious earthquake struck 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.
To save the world
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.
Is to challenge one’s faith
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?
The “warning” and the “request” at the start had me intrigued. The “Warning” was, “In order to avoid plot – spoilers do not flip through the pages or read mid- sections.” Now being one who often enjoys flipping through pages and reading mid – sections, I wondered how I’d be able to stop myself. But then I decided to go by the Author’s wish. After all there had to be a reason, or why would there be this special warning? The ‘request’ was not to give away the details of the plot in blogs, social media sites or other media channels. Hence in deference to the wishes of the author I will not reveal the contents here.
What to look for in the book?
The book spans over different periods of time both present and past. The tagline “Quantum physics meets Bible & Vedas in the background of Kashmir and cricket,” has one intrigued. What struck me was the amount of research that must have gone into the birth and growth of the book.
However, let me make it clear that the book is not all about quantum physics, mythology or the Vedas and the Bible. It is not just a Science Fiction thriller. There is more in there. There is politics, cricket, espionage and a bit of romance too in the plot. In short it is like a Kashmiri Carpet with different hues and designs.
The book keeps the reader wondering what cricket has to do with terrorism. What is there in Mansur Haider an ordinary Kashmiri youth that makes him so important to Pakistan, China, CIA and the Swedish Intelligence? Another character that interests one is Samir, Mansur Haider’s friend. Why is he hell bent on seeing Mansur get a place in the Indian cricket team and that too fast? The Author I must say, has kept up the suspense well till the very end. The answer that one gets in the last few pages is something one would not even have dreamt of in his/ her wildest dreams. What a twist!!
How did I find the book? Did it meet my expectations?
I must admit that this is one book that took me a lot of time to complete. The language is simple. But the story had me confused at times, making me go back and forth to get a proper grip of what the author wanted to convey. The length of the book in my opinion could have been cut short by a few pages. The illustrations, the maps and the quotes have added to the value of the book. The effort that has gone into the making of the book is indeed commendable. I was expecting something different from the normal thriller and yes, ‘Baramulla Bomber’ is different.
For a debut novel this indeed is an achievement. I am sure that the next in the series will be one step forward and will keep the reader’s hooked. Looking forward to reading the next i.e. “The Consultant: Shopno Paradox,”
How do I rate this novel?
If you are looking for something serious then ‘yes’ this is one book you must read. Overall I rate this book as 4 on a scale of 5.