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Exhilarating Thriller

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-20

Having first read two books in the "Pataala Prophecy" series by Christopher Doyle, I have become an avid fan of his writings. It was then I decided to embark upon reading all his previous works and it began with the 'The Mahabharta Secret'. A truly jaw-dropping mythological nail-biter in which the protagonist along with his associates are on a mission to find centuries of old secret from the Mahabharata stashed away in secrecy by Emperor Ashoka. The secret has since then been closely guarded by a group of nine people better known as 'Brotherhood'. The clues to the location of this hidden secret are left behind in a set of cryptic clues by the protagonist's uncle who is found mysteriously killed in his palace fort. In an attempt to decipher the secret, the protagonist is also pursued by a terrorist group who wants this secret from the Mahabharata to accomplish their nefarious actions. The plot is fast-paced with twists and turns and keeps the reader glued on with excitement to know what happens next? The author has done immense research on mythology and history and intertwined them into a modern-day conspiracy fictional thriller. Readers who love authors like Dan Brown and Ashwin Sanghi are sure not to be disheartened. A captivating read with intermittent elements of surprises. A matter of time before reading other books by the author.

Intriguing Read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-20

A very interesting and intriguing novel written in two parallel time zones that are over 1500 years apart. One time zone is a narrative of an ancient Indian warrior in the era of Gupta empire, who during his battle with Hunas, (A Central Asian tribe who invaded the then Bharatvarsha) was taken as a prisoner. While in captivity, he hypothesized a battle winning strategy using white and black pebbles that later evolved into the first known origin of modern-day Chess. The second time zone is in the present day, wherein a chess obsessed businessman is out to find the origin of this board game. With his accidental death, his high flying businesswoman daughter is not only shouldered the responsibility of managing her father's crumbling empire but also to chase the clues and unravel the mystery of her father's quest on the origin of Chess. She brilliantly wades through the inklings in her father's repository to ultimately prove that her father was indeed on the right path. The author looks to have researched well into history, to have the characters fit very well into their roles. Unlike other thrillers, the book ends with an intriguing question, why and how did this war planning strategy end up being a popular board game. A well-written book and recommended read for all.

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Patriotic Listenings

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-20

One of my favorites on Audible Listen so far has been Yoddha. The brave and heroic stories of Indian armed forces have been compiled into this set of memoirs that will always be a pride for every Indian. Be it protecting borders of the country by counter-insurgency operations or in times of natural calamities like floods in Kerala, Uttarakhand, or Maharashtra, the armed forces have always been looked upon as the rescuers of humanity. The stories enlisted in this series is a testament to the fact that there are energetic and enthusiastic youngsters who are willingly ready to sacrifice their life for their motherland and for whom the duty to protect civilians during times war and calamity is of utmost priority. We Indians are blessed by such noble forces who safeguard us round the clock while we sleep in the comfort of our homes. I hope series like these and books like 'India's most fearless' provide a platform, inspiration, and motivation to our younger generation to be a part of this wonderful organization called the Indian Armed forces. My salutation and homage to the valiant heroes who laid down their life for India and their citizens. The circumstantial narration by Neelesh Mishra, along with an excellent background score of the firing guns and ammunition gives goosebumps to the listener and occasionally lets out expletives on hearing some of the heroic acts by the brave frontiers of our armed forces. Must listen for all Indians and well deserved perfect rating of 5. Awaiting more of such audible listens from the team.

Amazing Sci-Fi Thriller

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-20

A brilliant thought provoking science fiction thriller from Blake Crouch. While it first the story seems too abstract and difficult to comprehend the False Memory Syndrome (FMS), the author has been able to beautifully explain the concept of manipulating memory, shifting realities over again and the grave dangers associated with such a potent reality, should it fall into wrong hands. Neuroscientist Helena has an extremely good intention to help people with Alzheimers, like her mother in experiencing the happy moments before they loose their memory. However, as the plot progresses, she realizes how her memory chair can be misused for polictical and economic sabotages by the world's powerful. In an attempt to eliminate such a possibility, she has to undo her invention. Both Berry and Helena go through several memory timelines until those are eradicated as dead memories. A well written book that is curious and takes the reader to the brink of ingenuity, but simply ends with the fact that life cant be lived in the past and let the memories be as they are. Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Waiting for more such sci-fi intelligent thriller.

Masterstroke of a Thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-20

A blockbuster masterpiece by the author known for his historic-mythological stories. While his previous book dealt in quantum physiscs, "The Vault of Vishnu" is all about bio-engineering. The book takes the reader through two different time zones and continents - one about the adventure of Chinese traveller Hsuan Tang and other about a young DRDO officer assigned on a special duty to uncover the secrets behind Dhoklam attack. The author has done immense research on ancient Indian rulers - the Pallavas, their tolerance towards religions, spread of buddhism and origin of the temples of Cambodia (Angkor Vat)and Khmer dynasty. The plot is a perfect concotion of physics, religion, spirituality and history that keeps the reader glued on. As the mystery unfolds in the last few chapters of the book, the author has perfectly dove-tailed the connections between ancient Indian spiritual knowledge and modern military warfare. A fantsatic fast paced reading that is difficult to put down. Waiting to read more books by one of my favorite writers, Ashwin Sanghi.

Experiences of NDA Cadets

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-20

A well-narrated life and experiences of four sixteen-year-olds who joins the prestigious National Defense Academy at Pune where they are moulded from a common man to a Gentleman. From the onset, at the first day of the academy to the proud moment of the passing out parade, the author narrates the time spent by the candidates at the NDA. From ragging to puttie parades, tough training to punishments, bonding, camaraderie, adventure and achievements are an integral part of the three years of every cadet at this academy. While the trainees are homesick during the first term of the course, they end up very emotional at the thought of leaving the Academy towards the end of their course. During their three year tenure, the author beautifully brings out the life of the cadets at the academy having fun and frolic, talks about imaginary girlfriends and the little mischievous courage to act beyond the rules oftthe academy. It is an interesting book about the journey of making of a military officer, the elite amongst who moves on to become chiefs of India's defence staff. Well narrated with decent voice modulation to bring an impact while listening. A must read book for candidates aspiring to join the armed forces.

Excellent and Gripping Plot

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-20

A fantastic and gripping assassination plot that keeps one hooked on listening to the next episode until the climax. Although there seemed to be more than required characters that were sometimes confusing as to who's speaking, the plot and the subsequent investigation was very much focussed. At one point, it was unpredictable who was the mastermind behind the assassination with each of the suspected characters having their own motive. The author has brought in a twist in the last two episodes where the entire investigation takes a turn. The narration is one amongst the best with a very good vocabulary and voice modulation that was apt to the situation. Overall, a very good listening experience in a political thriller.

Sensational Thriller

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-19

A sensational thriller and masterstroke plot from the king of financial crime writers. However, i still fail to understand the relationship between the title and the plot. The story line is gripping from the start of the book with assasination of American Senator to the spiralling suspense at the end of the book when the true identity of the mastermind in the plot is unveiled. As usual Ravi Subramanian takes us through the dark world of finance in the form of dark web, bitcoins, laundering and their connections to the banking world. There are not too many characters in the book and no one stands out as a protagonist in the entire plot. Each chapter is a scene by itself and it is well connected to the subsequent chapters. The book gets the listener hooked on to reveal the next plot. Overall a fantastic thriller and must read for Ravi's fans. Hope to see his future books take him to the league of masterwriters like Jeffery Archer and John Grisham. This books has all the spices for a Bollywood movie, albeit it may not go down with the masses.

Brilliant and Gripping Thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-19

The diabolical plot in David Baldacci's Redemption stands out amongst all of his works in the series. His protoganist, Amos Decker is fierce but stable detective (now with thr FBI), emotional yet balanced character who goes on to rectify a costly mistake on his part many years ago. The story is very focussed on the crime investigation and has not diverted from the mainstream of the subject. The supportive characters Jamie, Lancaster and Mars play an important role in leading the investigation in the right direction. The narration duo has been at its best so far in the audible books listened with the voice modulation giving the reader an imagery of each of the characters. The plot is very simple, yet the unwinding of true motive behind the murders and the correlation between money laundering, espionage makes it a thrilling finisher. The last few chapters brings in a lot of twists to this compulsive thriller and gets you hooked up to listening further.

Inspired by Real Life Events

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-19

This was my first book by Ravi Subramanian and it truly reveals the linkages between the Govt of India and the RBI. The deep rooted connections between demonitization, illicit currency, match fixing, terrorism and bollywood are nicely brought out by the author, that is understandable by common man and a reader who is not involved in banking arena. It was a very good listening especially the climax about the role of various interlinked characters. The author has successfully woven several real life events into a financial thriller. He has also explained some important concepts like repo rate etc which are truly informative. Overall an excellent thriller with some predictable plots yet with some guesses in next. I will definately be listening to more of Ravi Subramanian in the coming months