Thursday, 10 April 2014

Book Review: Baramulla Bomber by Suraj Clark Prasad

About the book:

AN ANCIENT WEAPON FROM THE VEDAS & BIBLE 
ONCE HUNTED BY THE NAZIS 
POWERED BY THE SOUND OF UNIVERSE 
REBORN WITH HELP OF QUANTUM PHYSICS 
GOING TO BE UNLEASHED ON TO THE WORLD 
AND KASHMIR HOLDS ITS SECRET 


Multiple intelligence agencies are tracking Mansur Haider, a god-fearing aspiring cricketer from Kashmir. His girlfriend, Aahana Yajurvedi, is trying to locate her missing mountaineering team, who vanished after a mysterious earthquake strikes Shaksgam Valley. 
Investigating Mansur and the Shaksgam Valley incident is Swedish intelligence officer, Adolf Silfverskiold, whose only relationship to god consists of escorting his girlfriend to Church. 
A dual China-Pakistan battlefront scenario facing the Indian Home Minister, Agastya Rathore, whose ancestors carry a prehistoric secret linked to the stars. He is faced with the challenge of finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir crisis. 
Which Biblical Weapon was Tested in Shaksgam Valley? Why is Mansur Haider Important? Is There a Solution to the Kashmir Crisis? Can Destiny be Controlled? Does a Cosmic Religion Exist?

About the author:

Clark Prasad, alter ego of Suraj Prasad, could be called a mixed citizen. Born in a leap year (year of Rocky, All the President's Men, Omen, Hera Pheri and Kalicharan) in Lagos, Nigeria he lived most of his life in New Delhi and had his education in Lagos, Delhi, Mangalore and Kozhikode. His family background is from the town where George Orwell, author of 1984 (a dystopian fiction) was born, and where Mahatma Gandhi had re-ignited India's freedom movement - Motihari.

A pharmacist with a management degree who believes in conspiracy theories, Baramulla Bomber is his first book. His first education o he mysteries of the universe came via Carl Sagans Cosmos, and since then he never looked back on reading, watching and discussing about the universe. He grew up during the cold war days with BBC radio was one of his mysterious companions as a kid, when his father played the news regularly every day. World War II news and documentaries on CIA-KGB tussle kept him engaged that time.

As a kid he wanted to be an archaeologist or an astronaut, but fate had its own road and he got involved with Mr. Carbon akaChemistry. Currently he is a healthcare management consultant, based out of Bengaluru, Planet Earth



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My Review:

To begin with, the book is  commendable effort and manifests itself as a unique amalgam of mystery, espionage, thriller, cricket, science, vedas.
The good news for any prospective reader is that it combines these elements flawlessly, and seamlessly blends all the elements. It never makes one feel bored, and caters to a variety of audience: people looking for different meanings of the Vedas, of Bible, of scientific principles, the secrets behind the frolic of cricket et al.
However, it is a serious read, and retaining the meticulous details, seemingly innocuous but potentially powerful and plot-driving details. The author's effort has been commendable in researching through story-line, through the plot-twists and whatnot.
I especially like the part where it is revealed who the Baramulla Bomber is.
So far, so good. The book is worth every penny one spends upon it.
If there is something that might make it a hard read, it is the fact that at times the plot is on the verge of losing the reader's attention, and at other times it becomes difficult to digest so many facts about too many aspects.
Yet, its pace, thrill and all-encompassing perspective is itself what sets it apart from the  crowd.
However, I would dare not compare it to Dan Brown as yet, for that is, another world altogether that Brown creates, and quite frankly, I believe it is unprecedented, and will remain so.

My Judgement:

If you are obsessively into thrillers, do not think twice before buying this book.

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