a spy on loose!!

THE SPY (2010) 6.5/8 Yes Thriller Rs.68 (Bookchor.com) Clive Cussler Justin Scott [3.94/6597 ratings Goodreads]

Review #418:

I have completed one more from the clive cussler / justin scott’s Isaac Bell series. I very much loved this series, this is my 4th read of the series, all 4 books scored top ratings, this one score a 6.5/8. It is the 3rd book of series (I completed first 4 books of series now).

Again the story is based in 1900s. A guy died mysteriously who was also a notable battleship gun designer for US, it seems like a suicide but when Isaac took the case in his hands after the guy’s daughter plead for investigation suspecting it a murder, it seems that this incident is not only one stray incident instead it could be a bigger level play at hand. Someone is targeting the battleship minds of US, who is that and what is his purpose?? Is he a spy? Read it.

This book again has that characteristic style of revealing the culprit quite early in the book but still there remains 1 suspense which get revealed at the later stage, which was a bit new for the series. In this series, they always reveals the culprit Nicely woven story and intriguing read. The book is 450+ pages long and readable in fine language, plus I like the vulnerability of the detective character which is good for the series. I recommend.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 2, Way of writing 2, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Credibility 1

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life on bike!!

ONE LIFE TO RIDE (2015) 5.5/8 Yes Travelogue Rs.162 (Amazon.in) Ajit Harisinghani [3.79/352 ratings Goodreads]

Review #417:

I ordered this book in Aug 2015 but today only got the chance to read it, its a thin book and only took me 3 days to finish 230 odd pages, but book reading depends on my mood at that time, that’s why sometimes I have 3 different books opened which I use to read on the basis of my mood.

Ajit Harisinghani is a Speech Therapist, practicing in Pune India and a motorbike enthisiast, 55+ in age but have done many cross country biking. And this book is his memoir of cross country biking started from Pune, which is somewhat below the Central India all the way across to Leh Ladakh (northernmost India) on his bike Enfield. That’s somewhat near to 3000 km.

This is an adventurous journey, and if you’re an adventure seeker and wanted to feel life, you should read this book. He first took the bike trip to Goa to check if his body is intact and can take one more long ride over his enfield or not. Simple language and author’s style immediately get connected with the reader, it felt like I myself was traversing that journey. He had planned his journey is perfect way, and travelled to picturesque locations in harsh conditions and harsher roads.

Though there are some parts which I didnt liked which includes author’s own perspective of India’s different faiths/population. But that didn’t hinder the reading flow. If you are not affected by these parts its a must read for all adventure seekers.  Plus there are some photographs which the writer took en route and shared, but thosr are black and white and not of good quality, had it been colored it would look too good as addition supporting his journey. Also this is one of those books where the traveler didn’t point out the negatives of his rides instead he highlighted the best things (unlike always complaining Paul Theroux). I rate 5.5 / 8.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1, Way of writing 2, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Credibility 1

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the lovely bones..

THE LOVELY BONES (2002) 4/8 No Drama Rs.50 (Amazon.in) Alice Sebold [3.77/1633422 ratings Goodreads]


 Review #416 : 

Got this book from Amazon.in from the 2nd hand store, and it costs me Rs.50 (0.78 US $), was a good deal and the book’s condition was okay, plus I was very much interested in reading the story behind the movie, yes I have seen the movie long back, and liked it. Started reading the book on 6th Mar 2017 and finally today finished it (very low speed), but that can be said about the book genre.

SPOILERS AHEAD: So the story goes like, a girl named Susie Salmon got killed by a pervert and psychopathic kind of guy and goes missing. Then how it affects the family formed the crux of the whole novel. It’s not written in a thriller genre, but its written in drama, emotional way, it emphasizes on how the death of a young girl affect her family. And let me tell you, the book is written in first person view, from the eyes of Susie herself, she’s in heaven and observing all the lives unfolding beneath on the earth, how her death affected her lovable father, cute sister, her mother and small brother and her first crush of school. 

Alice Sebold is the writer and this is my 1st read of her, though this is her 2nd novel (as per wikipedia) first published in 2002, and as I already told you above that a film adaptation is already there, which I liked, though same cannot be said about the book. Rare it happens that adaptation scores better than source. This book is certainly not for all. If you love simple family matters and drama emotional stuff, you probably will love this book, since in whole 328 pages, that was what concentrated upon by the writer. Finding the murderer was easy, also that was not the purpose of story, but how the family cope up with the tragedy is this book all about.

Language wise its okay, but some lengthy sentences along with first person usage made it somewhat difficult for the reader to follow the author’s thought process. And since not much of a story to offer, even 328 pages seems dragging.  Let me tell you I am a very serious reader – read epics like Hawaii, Alaska (James Michener) and Lord of The Rings ( JRR Tolkien) and rated all of them a full rating 8/8 so it cannot be said that I cannot handle a mere 328 pgs. Plus i never liked books with heavy wordings (though this book has none), since for me a good writer is that person who will be able to convey his meaning in most easiest way ( you dont need dictionaries). Yes but this book cannot be read fast else you’ll lose the gist of it. Sonetimes it seems that love making is the only priority of that girl, but that was not required to elaborate that much, we have Paulho Coelho for that, yes it could be said that at that adolescence age of 12 -15 it is too obvious to have that feeling but as a writer there are many other things she could have concentrated in her book ( I didnt read Paulho Coelho’s 11 minutes after that first vivid description by the girl, you may get if you have read it)

I rate this one a 4/8 on the basis of story and audience targeted, you can avoid this book, only lover of specific genres can read this one.

GRuchirG. 

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 0.5, Credibility 1, Target readers 0.5, Characterization 0.5

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Is it for REAL?? or its FEAR!!

STATE OF FEAR (2004) 4.5/8 Yes Sci-fi Techno Thriller Rs.73 (Amazon.in) Michael Crichton [3.69/69074 ratings Goodreads]

Review #415:

Completed another one from one of my fav writer Michael Crichton STATE OF FEAR (687pgs/24days). This book was first published in 2004, its a sci-fi techno thriller based on the fear the world is spreading about global warming. 

It has a story wherein our protagonist are trying to foil attempts by some so called environment protection agencies to disrupt the environment, and it speaks that more than any threat of global warming, its the fear which is fed to everyone, in reality global warming is non existent, the thing happening is natural, happens everytime with intervals, and human intervention to correct something which is natural occurring phenomenon is actually making it worse, it also put a problem forth that any research done by scientists should be done independently where researcher should not know who is the funder, that way it will remain ethical and truthful. The story is same, where some good guus trying to save earth. So yeah on story front the book is weak, not upto the mark if compared to other MC’s novels, but it presents a different and unique idea and message of fear and manipulation, which is proven by many (a long bibliography and references are provided in the book throughout the story and at back as appendices). 

I rate the novel 4.5/8, its good in facts but its lengthy for not so long story, took a lot of time to establish the characters. Story took a lot of time and pages to open the thrills otherwise till so many pages confusion is going on, and thrill wise nothing exceptional. But as a MC fan I will recommend the novel to other fans and reading fanatics.

GRuchirG.

May be stamina with u…

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1, Way of writing 1, Length 0.5, Credibility 1, Target readers 0.5, Characterization 0.5

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To Race or not To Race!

THE RACE (2011) 6.5/8 Yes Thriller Rs.65 (Amazon.in) Clive Cussler Justin Scott [3.95/4881 ratings Goodreads]

Completed another one from Clive Cussler’s Isaac Bell series THE RACE. This is my 3rd read of it lapsed over few months, I become a fan of this series, previous to this series I have only read 1 book of him of different series though I know Clive Cussler’s name right from the day I started reading novels seriously. 

Its a story of an air race across america during 1900s, where a lady is a lead racer backed up by a wealthy newspapor baron but having a troubled past where her husband is behind her and wanted to kill her because he didnt liked her relation with another man who also is the inventor of her plane, but she only has 1 ambition – to fly in a plane. Will Isaac Bell be able to stop this maniac who is in wanted list from so long! 

Again a detective story set in old era of 1900s like the other book of series, a brilliant story in which you already know the culprit, its just the brilliance of writer to hold you back for reading 400 odd pages with a fresh chase story and  spiced up with multi layers of detective hunt story. And yes it also got the trains!! I guess this is the best part of this writer-duo. But yes, this could be a weak book if I compare it with The wrecker. I rate 6.5/8.

GRUCHIRG. (JEE Ruchir Jee)

Jai raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 2, Way of writing 2, Length 0.5, Characterization 1, Credibility 1

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OnBoard TransPacific 545!!

AIRFRAME (1996) 5/8 Yes Sci-fi Thriller Rs.83 (Amazon.in) Michael Crichton [3.65/61031 ratings Goodreads]

Started on 12th, completed yesterday night 1130Pm IST, here’s a review of AIRCRAFT, written by one of my fav writer Michael Crichton. This novel was first published in 1996, and my copy has 431 pages and I got 2nd hand book ordered from Amazon.in.

It’s a story about an airplane incident, the Norton widebody N-22 (airframe), operated as TransPacific Flight 545 from Hongkong to Denver had an incident in mid air at 37000 height and has to be emergency landed at LAX and it required 40 ambulances on ground, and 2 passengers are died while others are injured. What happened onboard that flight? Will IRT boss Casey Singleton be able to find what happened on that flight?

By the summary it looks like an exciting story, but its the book only for Crichton’s fans like me since I am aware of his writing style, he used a lot of technical jargons to support his sci-fi stories to give them credibility, so that it all looks plausible. I liked this book though it is a bit lengthy, goes for 431 pgs, and a lot of research and case solving involved including a lot of technicalities wherein not lot of was revealed in end. The book is engaging but story level very slow. Story did had an end (with a surprise) but its not a conventional thriller, and I doubt could be made into any movie. Its one of a weakest from Crichton, I will rate this book 5/8, its not for everyone, but Crichton lovers go for it.

Oh yes, but it depicted the reality of Media perfectly, how their truth will become everybody’s truth, even when it’s not the truth.

GRUCHIRG. (JEE Ruchir Jee)

Jai raam ji ki 🙂

GR8 Meter: Story (different/usual) (2), Way of writing (easy to read/hard/vocabulary) (2), Length (Interesting/Boring) (1), Target Readers (for all/specific)(1), Characterization (Perfect/Blur/as per requirement of plot) (1), Credibility (Believable/thought provoking) (1)

This Book scores: Story 1, Way of writing 2, Characterization 1, Credibility 1

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the river of life..

Finally after 108 days, completed this novel THE SECRET RIVER (349 pgs) which is written by an Australian writer Kate Grenville, and this is my 1st read of her. Now i don’t know when i will buy another book from her coz this is not my genre. Some details about the writer: Born in 1950 in sydney, she has published 15 books including fiction, non fiction and biography (Source: wikipedia)

It is a story of a poor man William Thornhill and his wife which were send to Australia from England during 1800s. The man was convicted and jailed for stealing and then he was pardoned and sent to Sydney with other convicts. The story is about his survival and how did he got a land for himself near banks of Hawkesbury and what problems he faced with aboriginals. 

The book also showed how the whites had captured the lands of australian natives. It is a wonderfully told story and I took so much time just because you cannot read this book too fast unlike a thriller, and also maybe because its not my fav genre. Language-wise its pretty okay but you need some concentration (unlike action thriller genre- except Agatha Christie) to be in sync with happenings and some hard words to cover but all-in-all a 1st time reader can also try it out.  But the theme can click you, and you can have feel for the characters. Characterization was okay. I will rate the book 5.5/8 for the story and the feel.

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

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