I have a confession: I don’t like being an insomniac, and I try very hard to go to bed on time. Reading helps (sometimes only, because there have been situations when I’ve been unable to put down a book).
So here’s a book I picked up at an airport during my recent travels and luckily the book, The Mahabharata Quest: The Alexander Secret, did not let me get bored. Here’s a snippet of review, mainly discussing the plot, writing style and characters, my overall opinion and especially recommended age. The actual review is here on my goodreads account along with other books’ reviews.
A well-thought out story, that really delves into snippets of Mahabharata that makes you re-think the epic and dig up the whole story and look at it like it could be a sci-fi with logic and science, and not a poetic story that only weaves dreams and fantasy. That’s what I really like about the overall plot. The way the author hands out information is also well-planned. Like in a game of cards, the author does reveal information bit by bit, regularly, and doesn’t cheat the readers out of anything. Even if the ending is sort of a cliff-hanger, it probably does reveal itself in the next book, because if he were to squeeze everything in that one book, it probably would have been less thrilling. Shall wait to read the sequel and decide about this I guess.
Fairly well written. The author does get into heavy science stuff, but they are mostly understandable (partly because I’m a science student). The details, however could have further been watered down so that Thriller genre lovers could easily digest it.
Well developed characters, but after some associations were introduced to the main protagonist, there were no conclusions to them. Also, some characters appeared initially as being main, pivotal roles, but later on, there were no mentions of them and left me wondering (okay, so what happened to her).
I’ll recommend this read to you, especially if you know about the Mahabharata or have some knowledge in the Hindi language. Without it, I can’t imagine how the experience would be for you.
– Mosh. x