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The Mahabharata Secret

Written by: Christopher C. Doyle
Narrated by: Swetanshu Bora
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

244 BC

Asoka the Great discovers an ancient and terrible secret - a secret buried deep in the Mahabharata; a secret that could destroy the world; a secret hidden away for over 2,300 years....

Present Day

A retired nuclear scientist is murdered. He leaves only emails with clues for his nephew. He and his friends follow a trail through ciphers and 2,000-year-old ruins. Pursued by powerful dark forces, caught between the secrets of the past and the intrigues of the present, can they unravel the mystery before an unspeakable horror is unleashed on the world?

©2013 Christopher C. Doyle (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Nice story with abrupt end...

The author has done good research to write this book. From Mahabharat to Samrat Ashok to modern day challenges, every point is covered properly.

However, some points as stated below should have been included:
1. IB and other agencies are clue-less about activities of famous scientists and presence of terrorists around NCR.
2. How terrorists avoid attention of police despite moving in a fleet of SUVs and roam in different states?
3. In last chapter, the story ends abruptly. What happens to terrorists? Is their leader captured? What happens to Dr. Shukla and Radha? Why does not Vijay include his friends to the group of 9? What happens to Prof Greg and Terence?
4. How does Radha, despite being a nuclear physicist, get such a long time to spend with this group?

I hope there is no second part of this book to find answers of above questions.

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Well written but not written enough.

The secret of the 9 unknow is now relatively common knowledge, but the twist that the author introduced was both captivating and intriguing to say the least. The structure in which the story is told definitely deservs praise and shows the writer's proficiency in his field. However there is a giant issue with the story and that is the lack of any sort of character development. The story consumes it self so much in the tail of the unknown and the way to unvail it's secret's that it gives little to no time trying to persuade the reader to connect with the character's. At time's, I found myself caring less about the main character and more about the secret that i knew will be unvailed as soon as the character's termoil ends, infact i found secondry characters like Colin and Mishra more compelling than main players like Vijay, Radha, White and Bhim singh, simply because they were well written as secondary characters but the main protagonist along with his love intrest and the antagonist's were not written enough.

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Good book

Loved it. Very nice storyline and novel concept

Little bit lengthy but flow was good.

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Entertaining

very interesting sequence of events with real world intersections and a fitting end, very entertaining

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suspense, drama

it was ok but the last few chapters were too much of a drag, they could have easily shortened it to another 40 min

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A thriller

It was an amazing book... Was not able to stop listening to it. Will listen to more books by the author soon

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Could have checked loose ends...

Good content but storytelling was predictive... Needed more tighter plot... By the mid of the story I anticipated that end.. Characters needed to be more sting and conviction missing... Nevertheless the author has good knowledge of history and put his knowledge to create the mystery.... Narrator was on the go pace which was easy on ears.... Overall satisfactory...

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It can be a perfect Bollywood Thriller

At places, vijay's and his friend's taunts irritated me. When one reads or listens to a fiction, a part of him or her becomes a part of the story; witnessing the entire series of events unfolding in front of their eyes gradually. If I am in the middle of an extreme dangerous situation, all part of my being will be involved in it and I won't have anything else in my mind other than the safety of my loved ones and my own survival. Vijay and his friend kolin were too cool during such situations in the book which puts me off. Towards the end, the story became predictable. The story is, however, gripping and keeps you engaged. The narrator did well but at places he started to sound as one voice for every character. But the style of narration was very engaging. Overall, worth listening.

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nice story and narration

it's a nice story and narration to hear with change of modulation for the characters as well

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A gripping read

A gripping read with mention of real places, and good naration keep you engaged. Like it.