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Book Review: The Rozabal Line by Ashwin Sanghi

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | The Rozabal Line by Ashwin Sanghi

Genre: Thriller
Book Name: The Rozabal Line
Authors: Ashwin Sanghi
Pages: 405
Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Westland Ltd

I can’t believe what I just read! I am still trying to make sense of the book even after multiple attempts at reading by cross referencing pages back and then to the current one. In between, there is a plethora of characters with chronology totally being murdered! Not able to understand what I am talking about? Oh probably, then you are one of the prospective readers who just chanced upon this post and wondering whether to go ahead buying or reading. If you have already purchased, be a tsundoku (one who hoards the books but does not read). With each paragraph, the years change and not just by a few years, but long bygone eras – BC and ADs included.

I have read previous books of Ashwin Sanghi and I had liked those (barring Private India which was just an average read). However, with this book which is being popularized as Da Vinci Code of India, I am left to question myself whether when I had read the latter 8 years back, was I really able to understand a single word?

Probably people with more knowledge of religious history or history in general may be better able to relate to since this book was one of the bestsellers. But for me, it was totally a no read. And I am usually not so negative about any book.

Hoping that when I pick up this book after years, I give a positive feedback then. Keep watching my blog for review of another of Ashwin Sanghi’s book – The Sialkot Saga.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
A cardboard box is found on a shelf of a London library. When the mystified librarian opens it, she screams before she falls unconscious to the floor.

Within the labyrinthine recesses of the Vatican, a beautiful assassin swears she will eliminate all who do not believe in her twisted credo.

An elite army of thirteen calling itself the Lashkar-a-Talatashar has scattered around the globe. The fate of its members curiously resembles that of Christ and his Apostles. Their agenda is Armageddon.

A Hindu astrologer spots a conjunction of the stars and nods to himself in grim realization of the end of the world. In Tibet, a group of Buddhist monks’ searches for a reincarnation, much in the way their ancestors searched Judea for the Son of God. In strife torn Kashmir, a tomb called Rozabal holds the key to a riddle that arises in Jerusalem and gets answered at Vaishno Devi.

An American priest has disturbing visions of people familiar to him, except that they seem located in other ages. Induced into past-life regression, he goes to India to piece together the violent images. Shadowing his every move is the Crux Decussata Permuta, a clandestine society, which would rather wipe out creation than allow an ancient secret to be disclosed.

In The Rozabal Line, a thriller swirling between continents and centuries, Ashwin Sanghi traces a pattern that curls backward to the violent birth of religion itself.

About the author:
Ashwin Sanghi ranks among India’s highest selling English fiction authors and is writing since 2004. He has written several bestsellers (The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key) and a New York Times bestselling crime thriller with James Patterson. Included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 and winner of the Crossword Popular Choice, Ashwin has recently also penned a non-fiction title ’13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck’.
Website: www.ashwinsanghi.com
Twitter: @ashwinsanghi
Email: mail@ashwinsanghi.com

Read on my blog – reviews of other Ashwin Sanghi’s books – Chanakya’s Chant and Private India.

Rating: 2/10

Book Review: Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson

EtherealJinxed | Book Review | Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson

Genre: Crime Mystery
Book Name: Private India
(Private Series, #8)
Authors: Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson
Pages: 470
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Random House

I wonder how two writers can work together on a single book to turn it into a bestseller. Not that I hadn’t read any such book previously, but this Private India was a book perfectly weaved into a thriller story minus the sort of mythology/history that Ashwin Sanghi usually writes. Just 15 days back, I had taken a virtual tour of Mumbai through Anti Social Network by Piyush Jha. And again I got to read a book on Mumbai, that too on the eve of Mumbai blasts (26/11) few years back. This book too had a reference on Mumbai blasts where the terrorism was funded by Pakistan.

The story is written in a fast-paced and engaging manner with serial murders at the core. The characters were interesting, with both the authors trying to close all loose points towards an end. I personally loved this book. There was even a reference of ‘thugs’ or tribal class which makes people look down upon them, which reminded me of a recent incident of a section of society who do not consider Durga Maa as a deity but as a symbolism or a force used by upper caste on downtrodden ones. However, I wished towards the end of the book that the reasons of including thugs as a reference could have been better and also the transgender thinking could have better correlated!

Overall, a total action-packed book! Do read it for sure.

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.

For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it’s a race against time to stop the killer striking again.

In a city of over thirteen million, he’d have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai’s biggest gang lord and a godman who isn’t all he seems.

And then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation – along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens…

About the author:
James Patterson: James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, he also writes children’s, middle-grade, and young-adult fiction and is also the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists.
Website: www.jamespatterson.com
Facebook: @JamesPatterson

Ashwin Sanghi: Ashwin Sanghi ranks among India’s highest selling English fiction authors and is writing since 2004. He has written several bestsellers (The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant, The Krishna Key) and a New York Times bestselling crime thriller with James Patterson. Included by Forbes India in their Celebrity 100 and winner of the Crossword Popular Choice, Ashwin has recently also penned a non-fiction title ’13 Steps to Bloody Good Luck’.
Website: www.ashwinsanghi.com
Twitter: @ashwinsanghi
Email: mail@ashwinsanghi.com

Rating: 8/10

Book Journey: Chanakya’s Chant

EtherealJinxed|Book Review | Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi

Genre: Political Thriller, Historical Fiction
Book Name: Chanakya’s Chant
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Pages: 448
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Westland Ltd

Why are the kids made to read history? Why do we adults browse through the same? Because as it is often said – History repeats itself, and we can learn from it and avoid making the same mistakes. And who better to learn from than the brilliant strategist Chanakya. Ever noticed the popular postings on FB on Chanakya Niti/ Chanakya Sutra?

In that sense, Ashwin Sanghi has chosen an interesting subject but a difficult one as people will have high expectations by just reading the title of the book. And Ashwin succeeds in his endeavors. The author deftly manages political stories alternating between 340 BC and the present times. It’s like two books bound into one. No doubts on how this book topped the charts within a few week of its launch and still continues to dominate the fiction charts.

The Mauryan history of Alexander the Great, Dhanananda, Chandragupta Maurya, and Chanakya and the power play of deceit, drama, greed, strategy and politics makes a must read for those believing in drawing parallels from history. And even here Ashwin does not leave much to the readers’ imagination by bringing out the parallel in current political times. Not much has changed and people can viciously go to any extent to get the gains.

The ending could have been crisper, especially of the present times. However, still recommended for all to read.

Adi Shakti, Namo Namah; Sarab Shakti, Namo Namah; Prithum Bhagvati, Namo Namah; Kundalini Mata Shakti, Namo Namah; Mata Shakti, Namo Namah.

Rating: 9/10

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