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#BOOKREVIEW: VIKRAM RANA INVESTIGATES

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TITLE: Vikram Rana Investigates (Tales of Murder & Detection in Hyderabad)
AUTHOR: Sharmishtha Shenoy
GENRE: Fiction ( Crime, Suspense, Thriller)

THE BOOK


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Vikram Rana Murder Mysteries
set in Hyderabad……

The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion

When the glamourous socialite Richa Lohia is poisoned in her mansion in Jubilee Hills, her brother-in-law hires his mate, ex-cop Vikram Rana, to solve this murder. This is Vikram’s first case and he, along with Inspector Gopi Reddy, must solve the case even if they face opposition from the richest and powerful family in Hyderabad, who would stop at nothing to defend themselves.

The Sonia Sinha Case

When property developer Krishna Dhavala is stabbed to death in Necklace Road, everyone suspects Mrs. Dhavala to be the murderer of her alcoholic and abusive husband. But is that really the case? Vikram Rana and Inspector Reddy have a tough time uncovering the murderer and Vikram himself almost dies trying to solve this case. Experience the mystery along with the duo as they fight their way through the maze of lies, deceit and greed.

ME FEELS

WOWS!!!

PLOT: Interesting, intriguing and definitely ones that make the detective in you sit upright and try to solve the mystery. The needle of doubt points at many but each time the detective feels he has cracked the case something new comes to light making him once again take a fresh look at the same.

Now the question is was I able to identify the culprits even before they were revealed? Well to be frank in the first case i.e. ‘The Mysterious Affair of the Lohia Mansion’ case somewhere all along,I had an inkling of what to expect. In the second case i.e. ‘The Sonia Sinha Case’ too I deduced correctly but then here it was just a few pages before the end. Overall I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the two stories.

My personal favourite of the two? “The Sonia Sinha Case.’ It was more gripping and more complex.

LANGUAGE: Simple, easy to understand and of course crisp. In short no hard nuts I mean in terms of usages.

PACE: Perfect.

OOPs!!!

EDITING: Was wanting at some places. I also felt that there was no need to introduce Detective Vikram Rana once again in the second story. It somehow turned to be a stumbling block in an otherwise interesting and gripping story.

VERDICT

An enjoyable read I’ll give the book 3 on a scale of 5.

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INDIA’s AGATHA CHRISTIE IN THE MAKING- AUTHOR SHARMISHTHA SHENOY

Sharmishtha Shenoy loves writing murder mysteries, the kind of books that she herself likes to read. Her favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. She also likes the work of Satyajit Ray – especially the Feluda Series. She was born in Calcutta and has done her post-graduation from University of Reading, Great Britain. She lives in Hyderabad.

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DISCLAIMER

This is not a paid review. I was provided a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review. My views about the book are my unbiased opinion formed after carefully reading it and are in no way influenced by the author or the publisher.
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BOOK REVIEW: Operation India One

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TITLE: Operation India One
AUTHOR: Shiv Kumar
PUBLISHER: Om Books International
GENRE: Fiction (Mystery- Adventure- Thriller)

THE BOOK

COVER PAGE

The cover design with a man in battle fatigues holding a gun and the title i.e. ‘Operation India One’ depicted in the tricolor is enough to make one realize that this one has got something to do with the Nation’s security. It fits the story-line.

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Operation India One
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Dedicated police officer, ACP Gautam Dhaliwal, takes it upon himself to root out the MAF, a major Naxal organization based in the remote village of Bhagatpur, Bihar, as part of the central government backed, ‘Operation India One’. As his investigations on the ground progress, however, he uncovers behind the official facade of development that he had set out to defend, an ugly nexus of unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen feeding off the oppression of the underprivileged. Torn between his commitment to the Indian State and the sympathy he begins to feel for the miserable plight of the people of the area and the supposed terrorists fighting for them, an agonized ACP Dhaliwal is forced to rethink his earlier views on the meaning of one’s responsibility towards one’s fellow countrymen.

THE HIGHS & THE LOWS

WOWs!!!

Plot: Wonderful and realistic. Deals with a socio-economic topic and the Naxalite menace. One can easily relate with the emotions of the displaced those whose land is acquired for developmental purposes, their agony and anger on not being given adequate compensation or being rehabilitated properly, the apathy of the State towards these poor beings and how muscle-power often forces simpletons to take up arms. ‘Operation India One’ also gives us an insight into the dirty politics played by politicians just to feed their ego, at the expense of the safety of the common man, the security forces and the Nation.

Language: Language is simple, crisp and lucid.

OOPs!!!

Story: Inspite of having a wonderful plot I felt there was something missing in the book or should I say it felt incomplete. That feeling of satisfaction that one feels after having read a fast paced action- packed thriller or a mind- boggling mystery was missing.

Characterization: A little under- developed. A story especially a thriller, is complete only when the characters are able to connect with the reader. Here that was sadly missing. I also felt that the Swamiji could have been given a bigger role in the story to make it more interesting.

RECOMMENDATION & RATING

Overall a simple read which one can finish in just one sitting I give this 3 on a scale of 5.

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‘OPERATION INDIA ONE’ IS THE BRAINCHILD OF

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SHIV KUMAR

A commercial tax officer in Government of Bihar(India), Shiv Kumar was previously an engineer in BHEL(A government of India Undertaking). A voracious reader and passionate writer, Mr. Shiv Kumar is interested in subjects that provide an insight into issues concerning contemporary Indian Society. He is also fond of travelogues, thrillers and crime fiction.

To make contact with him just mail to – shiv5180@gmail.com

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Disclaimer

This is not a paid review. I was provided a copy of the book by the The Readers Cosmos under their Book Reviewing Programme, in return for an honest review.

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