In quest of nine stars-an Indian answer to Dan Brown

Finders, KeepersFinders, Keepers by Sapan Saxena
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Set up amid the background of Hindu mythology this racy thriller is truly a blend of fact and fiction,reaility and imagination, legends and history!
The blurb reveals the following about the book-
Two men are murdered in settings which speak volumes of involvement of some sacred cynicism. A psycho-killer on the loose? Or is this the beginning of something much more grave and dangerous?

This is the tale of how Deputy Director, I.B., Shoumik Haldar and celebrated author Ishan Vajpayee exercise all their tools of conventional and unconventional deduction to solve the puzzles thrown across by the enemy, yet unrevealed.

Intertwined intensely with the opulent mythological tales and specimens attributing to the rich cultural heritage of India, the story depicts the resurgence of a dormant historical sect, which attacks the very foundations of one of the most powerful and secreted organizations of all times.

Spread across the length and breadth of the entire Indian subcontinent, read the mystery as it unravels with the duo travelling from one corner of the country to another searching for the signs.

And my nucleus review of the book( I hate to do it. But people of today are busy after all)is as follows-
Death will come slowly-he can feel the icy claw of death touching him-his nerves are getting paralysed.
The man sitting near him is waiting for the right time-to strike the final blow, when the last drop of life will be evaporated from his lifeless body.
The man –sitting in front of him perhaps likes to be the god himself-the destroyer-the Shiva!
It is a story that combines tradition ,legend ,folklore and myth-it is a story that is a result of extensive research on Indian history and culture- religious cults and customs-a story that has its roots in the Hindu mythology-a story that sprawls from Indian history!
A story that is as racy in language as it can be- perhaps Indian answer to Dan Brown. Well the narration will make you forget all around you-taking you in a time machine to the land of Asoka-when India had made remarkable progress in the field of science and technology. It is then the emperor had devised a noble way of guarding the gems of science and technology- nine unknown men were bestowed with the job of guarding the secrets against all odds-against all intruders-against all harms. The nine unknown men will always remain unknown to the eyes of the outside world-through ages-only their faces will change-but not their vows and duties.
And any individual-who can steal the gems-can even think of ruling the world!
Two murders in the present time- murders shrouded in mystery- were enough to excite the young officer of IB, Shoumilk Halder and writer of Indian mythology Ishan Vajpayee to go for a quest-quest for the motive of the murders. Rituals performed on the bodies of the victims are sure to spin the head of any investigator-somebody may deduce that they are the works of a psycho!
But are they? Or it is the work of a clever brain –who wants to shout to the world-yes, that is the motive behind these murders. A murderer who is there for a mission!
Murders are committed taking the victim away from their home cities-taking them away form their home as a result of a call –as if the death had called them!
Will our protagonists will be able to reveal the secret of the murderer-who thinks he is light years away from the investigators in terms of strategic planning.
Every now and then bend on the path of the storyline has made the story as exciting as watching a formula one grand Prix. Sapan’s style of fading out from one scene to another has imparted a new script to the story line altogether.
But why I have revealed the secret of nine wise men and then suddenly become silent altogether……
Are there any relation of it with the murders.
Hold your breath readers- picture abhi baki hai!

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