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 (Book Review #115):

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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A Dangerous Shift!!

POLAR SHIFT (2005) 5.5/8 Yes Thriller Rs.75 (Amazon.in) Clive Cussler Paul Kemprecos [3.88/7116 ratings Goodreads]

And finally on 37th day, completed 1 more read of Clive Cussler, my 1st read of his NUMA FILES series: POLAR SHIFT. This is the 6th book of the series which consists of total 13 novels till date. It was co-writtenby Paul Kemprecos and the main hero is Kurt Austin.

Its an engaging high action thriller, but the action is not too fast as generally a Matthew Reilly thrill have (that’s characteristic Cussler 4 u). Kurt’s on the mission to save the earth from geological polar shift, which if happened will results in extinction of human species, but who will stop the maniac on loose. There is a group led by someone who wants all the power in his hands to control the world’s elites for which he plotted a polar shift although magnetic in nature, but it will lead to geological polar shift and which means total destruction.

The book started with a flashback kind of era, a scientist existing in cold war era is being hauled by an unknown guy. And then we shift our base to present situation. In the starting the story looks haphazard, as so many plots and characters from different backgrounds coming into view, but as the book progresses, the situations become clearer and characters got linked. This book is 530 pgs long but thoroughly enjoyable and hell of a ride. By the end you’ll feel sarisfied, though I must say that ending could have better with more detail on the final action could be covered, plus some fantasy too added to the plot, looked odd and misplaced, could have been avoided (once u read you’ll come to know) but nonetheless still a good book to read. I rate the book 5.5/8

GRuchirG.

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

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Which pig ate the bread?

FIVE LITTLE PIGS (1942) 4.5/8 Yes Crime/Murder Mystery Rs.100 (Amazon.in) Agatha Christie

A little nursery rhyme is what FIVE LITTLE PIGS is but here we are talking about a crime murder mystery novel of the same name written by the famous AGATHA CHRISTIE. This novel was also published by the name MURDER IN RETROSPECT and have 3.94 avg rating (out of 21989) and falls at #24 of Hercule Poirot series of AC. This book was first published in May 1942.

It took me 336pgs and 66 days to completed this novel, and it was a good book, though I will not put it in high regards if compare with others I have read of her. The story goes like- A lady approach Hercule Poirot to find out the truth of a murder mystery happened 20 years back, in which her mother was given the verdict and proved guilty but she guess it is not her mother who killed her father but could be someone else, and so Poirot recaptures the artifacts and find out the truth. 

This mystery does a lot of talking, obviously its required for reconstruction of an old crime, hence made the book somewhat boring. But Chritie lovers can obviously read this one. The book is divided over parts wherein one part includes letters which Poirot ask every character to write, write like a memoir of the incident recapturing their thoughts, and by reading them and talking to them separately gave him the idea about the original murderer. This concept was different though. I rate 4.5/8.

GRuchirG. 

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

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Chasing the Bandit!!

THE CHASE (2007) 6.5/8 Yes Thriller Rs.100 (Amazon.in) Clive Cussler

One more down in the CLIVE CUSSLER’ ISAAC BELL series and this time its the 1st book of series THE CHASE (my 2nd read of series after book THE WRECKER and my 3rd read of Clive Cussler after INCA GOLD). I have 1 more with me of same series. It took me 36 days for 489 odd pages. THE CHASE was published in 2007 nov. I already became fan of this series when I read series’ 2nd book ‘The Wrecker’. This series is very different from other detective series as it goes to the era of starting 1900s americas. And 1 thing I found after reading these 2 books that in both the books the author revealed the culprit quite early (in The Wrecker villain name came in middle pgs, here within 100 pgs itself) but the main maza of these books are the chases and detective’s effort to prove that the culprit is guilty by catching him. And both these books involved trains (my another love). Loved this series. 

THE CHASE story goes like, a locomotive and a boxcar was fetched from depth of a lake in 1950 and then the story went to 1906 when there’s a notorious bandit and killer was on loose named as BUTCHER BANDIT and its Isaac Bell, the famous detective from Van Dorn Detective Agency who got the case.

For rest, please do read the book. Clive Cussler has given this series, I guess, the charm of a finely paced detective story with a guy on loose and a detective behind him. If you take Hercule Poirot, it shows the peculiarity of a case solving where the crime is already happened and now by the deductions he have to solve it. If you take Sherlock, again the same urge of solvation but he is more advanced in observations and deductions. If you take the famous James Bond, his cases are high end chase thrillers which are top-of-action drama. Ian Bell is a silent minded detective with highly intuitive mind who take his sweet time but never loses his criminal. Hence the books of him are on the higher side of pages. The writer explains every ongoings with proper descriptions. He make it a good journey book, enjoyable and yet not ending, you want it to extend more and more. And it als contains train chases ( i did mention that I love trains). I recommend this book with a rating of 6.5/8.

GRuchirG (“Jee” Ruchir “Jee”)

Jai Raam ji ki 🙂

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