CHRONICLER OF THE UNDEAD-BOOK REVIEW

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TITLE: Chronicler of the Undead
AUTHOR: Mainak Dhar
PUBLISHER:Westland Ltd.
GENRE: Fiction
 

THE BOOK

 

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BLURB

When there were still people around to talk to, I would introduce myself as a drinker with a writing problem. It sounded witty at the time, and certainly got a smile once in a while from the ladies. None of that matters now. There are no people left to read my books, and nobody left to listen to my attempts at wit.

Now it’s just me, sitting in my house on the hill, watching the undead rampage through what we humans once called our world. I sometimes wonder why I still live when those much younger, stronger, smarter and fitter than me perished. Maybe it’s just dumb luck. But maybe I am being left alive for a purpose. Nobody may have cared much for my novel, but maybe this is what I was meant to write. Maybe this is what I was meant to be.

The chronicler of the undead.

This is my story.

MY VIEWS ON THE BOOK

 

WOWs!!

The Story: – Interesting and intriguing the story takes one on a journey of an entirely new world, one where people are going berserk biting/ killing people just like rabid dogs. The entire human race is in danger of these ‘Undead’ or the ‘Moreko’ as the Chronicler a disabled and embittered ex- soldier calls them.

The book written as journal entries is not only the ‘Chronicle of the Undead’ but also a ‘Chronicle of the Few Living’. It highlights their struggle for survival and camaraderie in trying times . While the Undead are rendered insane and are bereft of pain or feelings of any kind except the fear of fire, the living undergo untold sufferings in the form of evil Godmen, Moreko, Mahdi, shortage of food, water, clothing and shelter, etc. What bind them is the desire to survive at any cost, the never –say- die attitude of the Chronicler and the leadership of Negi a guy years younger to the Chronicler yet a born leader.

The story has its fair measure of twists and turns as well as romance. The climax was unexpected. I’m looking forward to a sequel of the chronicle, one that gives an account of the remaining humans i.e. the ‘Living’ post the apocalypse.

Characterization:- The character of the Chronicler is well developed. His strengths and weakness are drawn up perfectly thus making it easy for the reader to relate with him, his actions and thought process.

Language, Style and Pace:- Language is simple and crisp. Told in first person, the story hooks one from the word ‘go’. The different shades of human emotions are depicted well thereby making it easy for the reader to connect with the cast and the unenviable position they are in.

The pace is perfect. At no stage did I feel my interest wane.

OOPs!!

Language:- Frequent usage of the word ‘shit’ had me wrinkling my nose. Felt it could be avoided. It was the only irritant in the entire book.

Characterization:- Wish the characters of the rest of the cast were fleshed out as well as that of the main protagonist. It would have added value to the story.

THE MESSAGE

Don’t know if the author thought of it when penning the book, but to me the story was a virtual depiction of the brighter side of human life. It is the tale of resilience. The book portrays man’s ability to discover his inner strength in tough times and rise to the demands of the situation as one. It also proves the adage, ‘United we stand,’ true.

THE VERDICT

An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end. I give the book 4 on a scale of 5.

 


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Chronicler of the Undead

 

BUYING LINKS

 

 


amazon.in  II  amazon.com

 

 

THE  BRAIN  THAT WEAVED THIS YARN

 

mainak

 

A cubicle dweller by day and a writer by night, Mainak Dhar’s first ‘published’ work was a stapled collection of Maths solutions and poems which he sold to his classmates in Grade 7 to earn that little pocket money that would buy him the pleasure of ice creams and comics. This small beginning was followed by greater achievements. He went on to becoming a bestselling author. In March 2013 he struck ‘gold’ (Read ‘fame’) when he momentarily surpassed Stephen King and become #1 Horror author on Amazon.

Mainak Dhar has seventeen books to his credit, including bestselling Alice in Deadland series. The same is being made into a television series in the United States.

To contact Dhar,  CLICK HERE


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Disclaimer

This is not a paid review. I was provided a copy of the book by Writersmelon in exchange for an honest review.

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