My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Mankind always wanted secret to ultimate power. Some secret device which can make powerful like god. A device so powerful which can make anyone omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent.
Story starts with legendary Mahabharat warrior Ashwathama. His “MANI” is sorce of unlimited power. After the war he reaches an obscure Himalayan village Aruhu. He teaches the people the secrets of stars and the MANI. After many generations two friends Bharata and Arhiti come face to face power of Chronux in their childhood and are terrified beyond imagination. After the incident Bharata goes missing only to come back year later in a deadly Avatar. Story moves forwards and backwards from Aruhu to Nazi Europe to year 3067 AD in future.
The story moves at different times during many eras. It has interesting concepts like SETI. Scientist are trying to establish contact with other intelligent species by sending signals. The fundamental problem with inter stellar communication is the sheer amount of time that it takes for any information to get through , even travelling at the speed of light. So teacher alternative was to make signal intelligent of their level. The other problem was aliens can be either benevolent or malevolent. So we have to be prepared in case they want to attack us.
Chronux is an imaginary stone which can make man like God and can transcend time boundaries. It can merge individual with the whole cosmos.
The story is much stretched, repetitive and non-fiction like most of the time. The connections between many eras is not established. The plot is non-existent. The Nazi Germany part reads like a history text book on Second World War. I felt whole paragraphs were copy pasted from history books. Similar is the case with SETI portions. There are very few characters and there is no drama or plot. It felt like a jumble of many different stories, histories, scientific books etc. I could not make a head and tail of it. It is so streaked and boring that it became very difficult to finish it and I skipped at many places without any difficulty.
Recommendation and rating:
I would recommend it to those who like to read a mishmash of history, mythology and science fiction books. I give the book 2/ 5 stars.
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