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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

Prisoner of Birth- A Mistaken Identity

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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: 30-10-19

A masterpiece of work by Jeffery Archer after a long time since Kane and Abel. Although the story is retelling of The Count of Monte Christo in a contemporary times, this has been one of my exciting listenings for a long time. The story, characters and the twists in the plot are a trademark of Jeffery Archer. The language is among the best that i have heard so far and the narrator has even glorified it with his voice modulation depicting various characters. However, a point to note is that it may fail to meet your expectations if you are avid fan of Jeffery Archers works like "Kane and Abel", "Not a penny more not a penny less" and "As the crow flies". It is a must read book for Jeffery Archers's fans and very good one for those seeking readings in Mystery.

The Krishna Key - Perfect Thriller

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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: 16-10-19

This is my first book by the author and it did not disappoint. The author has done a good research that has immensely helped to make it good fictional thriller, except that it somewhat resembles to Dan Brown's writings. The beauty of the book is that it moves on two timelines at the same time - the story of Krishna and Prof. Saini's quest for the killer. The book also tries to scientifically prove the existence of Krishna and events of Mahabharta through several archeological findings. Of course, there is also an element of conspiracy theory. Overall a very intruiging listening wrapped in thrill and excitement.

Gripping Saga of India's Wars

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

Reviewed: 29-09-19

The book represents a thrilling experience of India's Military conflicts with its neighbours during and post independence. The narrtor takes us into a virtual world where we can visualize the events before our eyes. The heroic acts of the soldiers and exemplary leadership of Indian Military is clearly brought out in this book. It is unfortunate that such true and heroic acts of our soldiers are unknown to many. I hope that such stories of bravery are included in our school curriculum to enable the young generation to realize the sacrifices of our brave soldiers in the line of duty, which they are doing even today. A salute to all the soldiers, no matter their rank for protecting our borders and letting us to sleep in peace. The narration was excellent and keeps the listener glued to the next sequence of events. Thoroughly enjoyed reading the book.

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