Kill Switch!!

HARD ROAD (2016) 5.5/8 YES Thriller Rs.9 (Amazon Kindle) JB Turner [4.13/4671 ratings Goodreads]

Review #425 (Book Review #125) :

Completed my 2nd ever kindle read HARD ROAD by JB Turner, never read him earlier. Only bought this book when I found out its price which is only Rs.9. So ordered and completed this book.

About Author: I haven’t heard his name before so he’s new to me. As per wikipedia, he is an english thriller writer born in 1964 Edinburgh Scotland. He has written 2 thriller series – Jon Reznick (6) & Deborah Jones (2)

About Book: This is a Jon Reznick thriller book 1. He is an ex American special forces man, who do political killings / killings which include US threats, and that is a super secret work, he get his instructions from someone high up in the system, and he got everything he want. But this time (apparantly its the 1st book :P) he got entangled on the wrong side of law, and his daughter has been kidnapped, can he help FBI in unfolding the terror threat or will he side with wrong party to save his daughter??

Why to read? Well, its a fast paced thriller, no doubt, though I can guess that me as well as you who are a big fan of Hollywood thriller movies / novels, can find this story again on the same old lines but still you enjoy reading this fast paces action thriller, and this book is fine for a kindle reader, why, because kindle version usually comes at cheaper rates, this one a lot cheaper and if you’re on Kindle Unlimited plan then its free (I’m not). So a good read with full time pass guarantee

Why to avoid? Again, of you’re not into thriller genre then don’t read, and if you are bores of the same old sh*t then avoid this one.

My take: Well I recommended it with a rating of 5.5/8 on my GR8 meter.

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, Way of writing 1, Length 1, Target readers 0.5, Characterization 0.5

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A messed up Conspiracy!!

THE TAJ CONSPIRACY (2012) 1.5/8 NO Thriller Rs.29 (Amazon Kindle) Manreet Sodhi Someshwar [3.49/533 ratings Goodreads]

Review #424 (Book Review #124) :

Just completed one more book, my 1st ever Amazon kindle read THE TAJ CONSPIRACY by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar. From quite some time this book was on my watch list, finally bought the kindle version for Rs.29.

Its a thriller fiction book with a conspiracy build around India’s entry to Seven Wonders monuments Taj Mahal. From quite some time we all are aware of some claims of it being a Hindu temple before it being a mausoleum. How much of it is true, nobody knows but claims are there. The writer took that idea and built this book wherein a scholar and a historical researcher of Indian-Iranian descent Mehrunisa Khosa found herself in a conspiracy amongst people who want to declare and prove Taj Mahal as a Hindu temple. She is no detective but alongwith an Inspector RP Singh, she solved the conspiracy.

Well, if you ask me, this book is totally avoidable, there are too many parallel tracks at a time flooded with too many characters. None of the character got a proper built, even some are just wasted. To build the story and to show it as a gripping thriller, the writer tried to add too much in the beginning itself, due to which I (could be you as well) lost my attention. Unconnected events, skipping some details (directly jumping from a point to other), loopholes in story, repetetive incidents are some more negative points in the book. The plot was good but story just ruined the effect, it could have been much much better structured.

Biggest let down is the lack-lusture climax and one secret which got revealed towards the end and our main characters when found the secret, it seems that they easily digested that as it was a daily affair to them to treat to such impossible secrets. As a reader I doubt that secret, it seems quite impossible to maintain. I did not recommend this book with rating 1.5/8.

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 0.5, Way of writing 0.5, Length 0.5.

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the DREAM! do you have it in you??

GOAL! (2006) 4/8 Maybe Sports / Movie Novelization Rs.68 (Bookchor.com) Robert Rigby [4.30/424 ratings Goodreads]

Review #423 (Book Review #123) :

8 days and completed one more book, this time its GOAL (1st one) and its a novelization of famous movie by the same name, written by Robert Rigby. Earlier as well I’ve read novelizations, this adds up to the list.

Its a story of a dreamer and illegal immigrant of US, a Mexican kid Santiago Munez and his journey from rags to riches, to become a professional footballer at Newcastle United. He very much liked playing football, but his father hates his dream and wanted him to work with him.

The language is as simple as it gets, hence anybody can read it. Story-wise, quite predictable and most of these story has a same feel and direction. Movie is a hit and book is true to the core of the movie, so nothing more to cheer for those who have seen the movie itself. I have read aomw other novelizations also but they’re still readable unlike this one. I rate 4/8. Can read if you want to read a sports story.

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, Way of writing 1.5, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Characterization 0.5

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SITA : the WARRIOR !!

SITA WARRIOR OF MITHILA (2017) 5.5/8 Yes Mythical Fiction Rs.175 (Amazon.in) Amish Tripathi [3.91/3530 ratings Goodreads]

Review #422 (Book Review #122) :

13 days 361 pgs, finally completed 2nd book of Amish’s 2nd series – Ramchandra series. The book is SITA: warrior of Mithila.

This time Amish has taken a different approach for his new series, unlike his last one – 1. this is not a series of just 3 books 2. this has 1st 3 books dedicated to 3 main characters of Hindu mythology – Ram, Sita & Raavan. This is the 2nd book which depicts Sita’s life from childhood to the point where all these 3 books will converge i.e. at her kidnapping by Raavan. 1st book shows Ram’s perspective. Once the next book Raavan will come, henceforth the books start from the same point from 4th one (explained in the book itself).

As written above, it is the story of Sita, wife of Hindu God Ram, and about her life from birth till the point of her kidnapping by Lanka’s demon king Raavan.

The language is as simple as it could be, fluid, you don’t need dictionary plus anybody can read it. Well constructed storyline, which we all have seen in his 1st series “Shiva trilogy” , and in prequel of this book as well. There are some new words are added for simplicity, along with pure hindi-sanskrit origins and the incidents are written in relevance to the current times. Many incidents and happenings looks inspired from current happenings of India, maybe the author has deliberately tried to put the matching references, and they are good.

Some negative point which I told in 1st book review as well are, the author is using the name INDIA, instead he could have used Bharat for the dialogues or references given in the book, some more words used like NEANDERTHAL , looks odd reading these name, better if he could come up with a better sanskrit / hindi names for these as well. One time read, I rate 3.5/5

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 1, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Characterization 1, Credibility 1

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Dream BIG!!

EIGER DREAMS (1997) 6.5/8 Yes Non-Fiction Adventure Rs.160 (Amazon.in) Jon Krakauer [3.97/14983 ratings Goodreads]

Review #421 (Book Review #121) :

16 days and 186 pgs later I completed my 3rd read of Journalist Jon Krakauer’s non fiction book EIGER DREAMS. It is a collection of 12 different stories aka experiences of different feats in the field of climbing (mountain, boulders, waterfalls, ice caps etc), including stories and names of the people related and their feats. These all stories / articles are written by him and got published sometimes here and there. Below are the details chapter-wise:

1. Eiger Dreams: It contains the memoirs of mountaineers climbing the Eiger, including himself.

2. Gill: It including another form of mountain climbing called Bouldering i.e. climbing steep and high boulders, and includes experience of John Gill, famous boulderer.

3. Valdez Ice: It contains expereinced of another type of difficult climbing, waterfall climbing at val-DEEZ Alaska.

4. On Being Tentbound: Here Jon explains one more important aspects related to mountaineering, being tentbound, the courage not only includes difficult climbing, but also the skills to survive, when there is a long storm, and you have to remain inside tent with your co-climbers or maybe alone even, can you survive the climb psychologically.

5. The Flyboys Of Taalkeetna: It includes the race between different air pilots who make their living by depositing the climbers and their gears to nearby mountains of Talkeetna Alaska.

6. Club Denali: It including the experiences related with Mt.Mckinley and the mountaineers who became part of this Denali experience.

7. Chamonix: Chamonix is a place which is specifically known as the climbers paradise, it situated on the border of France, Italy & Switzerland, and the life of the city situated near Mont Blanc.

8. Canyoneering: This includes the experience of canyon climbing and discovering in the Arizona areas, and how still so many of these wonderful canyons not yet discovered.

9. A Mountain Higher Than Everest?: It includes the historical stories and descriptions about competing mountains and calculation of their heights, how some mountains scared Mt. Everest’s claim of being the highest mountain of the world.

10. The Burgess Boys: It covers the story of Burgess brothers who were very notorious yet very known due to their unique nature.

11. A Bad Summer On K2: It includes the climbing experiences in and around Mt. K2 in Hindukush mountain range.

12. The Devil’s Thumb: This is the last story but not the least. It is the personal experience account of Jon himself, what difficulties he faced when he decided to climb the Devil’s Thumb situated at a remote location at Alaska Canada border.

The book is a well prepared non fiction account of the heroics and deeds done in climbing arena, since the book is thin, it is full time pass and not at all boring, also it is not one story, its 12 different stories hence it glued you till end, and the language is easy, anyone-can-read types. I have read his other 2 non fictional books ‘Into the wild’ and ‘Into thin air’ and liked all these 3 books. I recommend it to even a new reader, rating 6.5/8.

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 1.5, Way of writing 2, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Characterization 0.5, Credibility 1

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the honor of the lost eagle!!

THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH (1954) 5.5/8 Yes Historical Fiction/ Adventure Rs.126 (Amazon.in) Rosemary Sutcliff [3.91/6835 ratings Goodreads]

Review #420 (Book Review #120) :

14 days and 210 pgs later, completed my 1st ever read of Rosemary Sutcliff. THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH, which was also adapted as the movie The Eagle, I may have seen that.

It is a story of Rome occupied Britain era, a centurion (Commander of a legion aka battalion) of a roman legion Marcus Aquilla who was posted at a outpost in Britain, where he fought a rebellion and become half-crippled as his leg got a big wound. He lose his job, but he has an intention to find about his father’s legion and their lost eagle (The proud emblem for a legion), his father’s legion has gone northward beyond the wall and Hadrian’s wall and never came back from the unknown lands (Historically there were 2 walls built on the northern side of Britain to prevent them from northern barbarians). He also took with him the slave he bought, the Britisher Esca.

Rosemary Sutcliffe was better known as a children writer and who was into retelling of old myths and legends through her stories. She was born in Dec 1920 and died in Jul 1992. She has wtitten a lot of novels on the histotical premises, this was one of the series, she has also wtitten her autobiography ‘Blue Remembered Hills’.

This a good read and book is just 210 pgs long (my copy), you are able to understand everything, she has used a lot of nature and surroundings explanations in here, so you will get a feel of the era and harsh northern barbaric lands, but the English uses is different, you cannot read fast as the language has a unique property of using such words you may not get the meaning, but slowly and steadily you get hang of it and can complete the book. There are not much of high end war descriptions, as it basically consists of journey details which the 2 main characters took.

Its an adventure read, I will 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 1, Length 1, Target Readers 0.5, Characterization 1, Credibility 1

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my LIFE..my WAY!!

MUD SWEAT AND’ TEARS (2012) 5/8 Yes Autobiography Rs.68 (Bookchor.com) Bear Grylls [4.14/6418 ratings Goodreads]

Review #419 (Book Review #119) :

17 days and 472 pgs later I completed Bear Grylls’ autobiographical MUD SWEAT AND’ TEARS. This is my 2nd read of his books, and 1st ever complete read of a biography, previous to this read half biography of Indian Cricket God Sachin Tendulkar.

This book is a big one, and is full of anecdotes and inspirational quotes wherein he included his childhood details, his family details, his SAS selection routine (quite a lot of pgs dedicated to it), his everest expedition and MAN vs WILD tv show starting details. He has summed up his life journey here. What values he got from his ancestors, where he did schooling, he tells us a lot of his early days. He also shared his friendship bonds, where and how he made friends. The biggest part of the book is dedicated to his SAS selections, which is again an inspiring read.

Though, some other incidents he just finished in few pgs like his journey through North Atlantic Ocean in an open boat (Though he has a separate book for it FACING THE FROZEN OCEAN, which I have already read and an inspiring read). But the biggest drawback of this book is that it is 470 pgs long and can take a toll on you, sometimes you can feel bored, but if you stick its quite an inspirational read, he used some humor and some short sentences but a lot of preaching as well. The best part of this book is colored photographs of his various happenings. Language-wise its easy to read.

I rate it a 5/8 on my scale. Do read it if you get your hand on it.

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 1.5, Target Readers 1, Characterization 0.5, Credibility 1

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