Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Let the game begin

Let The Game BeginLet The Game Begin by Sandeep Sharma
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thanks Mr Sandeep Sharma for providing me a review copy. A solid 3.5 stars.

I lost hope on Indian writers because apart from Ashwin Sanghi everybody is writing either romance or Myth. So this book is very refreshing. This covers a very long time span, 4000 years to be excat (now that is something). The basic outline is given in blurb and saying more will give away the plot. I hate to give spoilers of a mystery thriller.

It starts with two kingdoms Chaturang and Sarprakt and comes to present day India. There was a massacre in the past and it is/ will be repeated on the highest functionaries of the Indian Government to low level persons. The killer always leaves a chess piece at the crime scene. The game of chess is very intelligently integrated into the plot.

The language is very simple but there are many grammatical mistakes which are eyesore. sometimes the author try to use flowery language and complex/ compound sentences and that creates problem. Here the role of Dhivya Balaji, editor (that name sounds familiar) is important.

All in all a very good book. It ended on a cliff hanger and waiting for second one.

One good definition of science as given on page 104

"The scientific knowledge we have at the moment is based on is based on theories. Our 'science' is just incomplete bits of information based on some assumptions and some theories backed by experiments".

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