The Death Ray: A Dax Hunter Adventure in The 3020 AD by Sai Daksh

51oLHGkP-DL.jpgI borrowed The Death Ray: A Dax Hunter Adventure in The 3020 AD by Sai Daksh from the Kindle Unlimited library.

The blurb:

The Galaxy has been run over by a new race of beings- The Brairians. They look like Humans, move like Humans and speak like Humans, but are not Humans. Dax Hunter is a Brairian. He lives on Mars with his crazy family and his arch nemesis- his twin brother Drake. But on their birthday, the duo have to evacuate Mars do to the threat to their family from terrorists! Where do they go? To the radioactive wasteland- Earth, where the only form of life are Brairian Scientists and Engineers. The duo make new friends on Earth. Then, the four Brairian teenagers and a robot find themselves caught up in a mad scientist’s masterplan! Their journey is filled with adventure, surprises, action and the truth about the Brairians, the Humans and another secret race of beings. And oh! Time Travel is involved! Will they be able to stop the mad scientist who wants to incinerate an entire planet with his Death Ray? Anyway, this is just one of three parts of their mission to ensure Galactic peace again.

The story:

Set in 3020, about a thousand years from now, this story revolves around Dax, an almost fourteen year old robot designer, his family, their robots and his friends. This family lives on the Mars and they are not humans but Brairians. The Earth has been destroyed by the third world war, and is no longer inhabited. What exists of the Earth are the north and south poles. And on one of them, these Brairians are doing some research.

And once they reach the earth, there are terrorists and a mad scientist. And Dax and friends are asked to become undercover agents as a part of the Galactic Council to stop Earth from Extinction and also to stop the mad scientist from using the death ray.

My take:

The story has been written in first person from Dax’s point of view. I loved the adventures and the time travel. There are a lot of holos, holobrary, holosabers, holopapers, hologram, holobook, holo-computers, holoscreen, and holocover- you have to read the book to know what means what. The story is fast paced and the editing has been done well. An excellent work for a fourteen year old.

This is the first book of the series and the author promises many more.

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Wildflowers In The Rain by Leena Varghese

510dTiWFx-LI received Wildflowers In The Rain by Leena Varghese as a review copy from the author and I am thankful to her for the same.

The blurb:

When Dr. Aditya Menon boards a rickety old bus from Bangalore to Cochin after attending his best friend Sri’s cremation, he never expects to find himself stranded in the middle of the Bandipur forest reserve with a group of people he’s never met before.

Little does Aditya know that the answers to the mystery of Sri’s death could be found with the beautiful and enigmatic Rhea Balan who is travelling with him. Or, that the inexorable attraction he feels for her could lead to imminent death.

Rhea Balan had never imagined that life would fling her into the middle of a festering forest where she would have to grapple, not only with the hostile natural environment, but also evade the predators of the human world to stay alive. Someone is watching her every move and she must make sure that no one knows her identity.

Caught in the middle of wilderness and danger, in a situation that could either destroy everything that she holds sacred, or throw her behind prison bars, Rhea must choose. But how can she make a wise choice when she would lose both ways…For Aditya is the kind of man she would not forget in a hurry.

In a race against the vagaries of nature and time, both Aditya and Rhea must find a way to beat the odds before their nemesis catches up with them.

The story:

Ace Futuristic Laboratories, Bangalore witnesses deaths of two eminent scientists, Dr Mahesh Radhakrishnan and Dr Sridharan Iyer within six months of each other.

Dr Aditya Menon, an entomologist based in Cochin, and Sri’s best friend has some serious, unanswered questions about the circumstances of Sri’s death. And his suspicions are raised when Sri’s father tells him hat Sri wanted to tell him something about the ‘mango drawer’ and was unable to complete what he wanted to say. And his search in Sri’s room reveals a pen drive with name of Ace technologies printed on it. And Adi diligently calls up Ace and is connected to Dr Saumya, the man behind both the murders. Aditya decides to keep the pendrive till he knows the truth and Saumya is bent on taking the pendrive.

And Saumya puts Rhea Balan on the job to eliminate Aditya.

My take:

This book is full of adventure, suspense and mystery and has been written in such a way that the reader really wants to know what would happen next. The story is mostly set in the Bandipur forest with someone spying on Rhea at one end and a wild animal trying to attack them on the other.

The characters are well described and developed and the scenes have been described in so much detail that it was easy to visualize them.

The language is simple and the story is fast paced and unputdownable.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from the author in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

 

 

 

Book Blitz ~ The Retreat by Mari.Reiza Coming of Age / Psychological Thriller

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The Retreat by Mari.Reiza
 Coming of Age / Psychological Thriller 



About the Book:

An uncomfortable but fascinating ripening journey.

Ahmed has abandoned her. Nadia is gone the way Isabelle did before, her two fallen warriors. But Marie can still hear His voice clearly.

A deep call for justice takes hold in an impressionable teenage girl from a recently broken family during a religious retreat; what happens next will mark her life for years to come.

the Retreat is a story of men playing God, of hurt that doesn’t find its way out.






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Read an Extract:

‘So, mass girl,’ Hélène is calling Marie. ‘We’re planning a night escape from this hell in a couple of days, are you in?’

‘Won’t we get into trouble?’

‘Rules are there to be broken,’ Hélène smiles, ‘at least by me!’ And how she bets other people are breaking them too right then, convinced as Hélène is that Berger employs himself, as they speak, probably more playing (with his willy) than praying.

‘I’m in enough trouble as things are.’ Marie is thinking about her skiing, her skirt and Prudence’s unwelcome mulishness to mend her, as if she had much wrong in her.

‘What do you mean?’ Martine can’t wait to know what trouble Marie is in.

‘Nothing.’

‘We need to get out of here, into the real world,’ Hélène has a dream to sell, ‘down the bar. Buy some drinks. Dance to some music. Meet some boys…’ Martine makes a screaming face.

‘Things any normal girl is expected to do,’ she says reassuringly. ‘It’s not like we will be killing souls.’

Marie knows Hélène is right, but it’s also Marie’s belief, based on her little experience, that Hélène, her sister, Martine, are all there for a reason, that this retreat is full of girls who are either troubled or need attention because they are trouble. Can she trust them?

‘So, what happened at the caravan last year?’ she finally asks. ‘Could it happen again?’

Marie’s friends freeze.

‘The caravan was different.’ Hélène’s face turns sombre. She hadn’t expected the question. ‘We should have never been there.’

‘Fucking bastard,’ adds Martine.

‘What happened?’

‘We were a bit drunk,’ Hélène hesitates, ‘we were silly, but we should never have been put in that situation in the first place.’

‘The men were nice at first but then they were terrifying.’ Martine’s side of the story.

‘Isabelle had only acted in good faith, you know how she is,’ Hélène’s voice is down to a pensive whisper, ‘she’s such a do-

gooder at heart, nothing like them,’ she points to the door, ‘but a good-meaning person.’

‘And she’s stupid!’

‘Shut up, Martine.’

‘I mean, what world does she live in!’ Martine doesn’t shut up.

‘One where she only sees good in people.’

‘What did she do?’ Marie doesn’t understand. She didn’t expect Isabelle to be the culprit in this story.

‘She insisted on leaving the caravan,’ says Hélène, finally spilling the beans. ‘She had been talking to one of the young immigrants through a window, for over an hour, in Spanish, and claimed he had opened his soul to her and he needed her love, that we could not treat them like animals because they had gone through enough already.’

‘And then?’

‘These men had not seen women in months.’ Hélène sighs. ‘We were young, drunk. Probably looked like sluts to them.’

‘When Isabelle opened the door, it had been a trick,’ says Martine. ‘They all tried to push in and we managed to close it again but they took Isabelle.’

‘And you did not call anybody?’

‘How? By the Holy Spirit? We had been abandoned there. All we had been given was a shitty walkie-talkie the nuns never answered. And Isabelle on the other side of the door was not alarmed,’ insists Hélène, ‘not in the slightest, she insisted she would talk to them and disappeared down the camp, into another caravan.’

‘And you didn’t call anyone?’ Marie can’t believe they deserted their friend.

 

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About the Author:

Mari.Reiza was born in Madrid in 1973. She has worked as an investment research writer and management consultant for twenty years in London. She studied at Oxford University and lives off Portobello Road with her husband and child.



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The Curse: A dystopian thriller by Randeep Wadehra

3840f-coverI received The Curse: A dystopian thriller by Randeep Wadehra as a review copy from the author via The Book Club and am thankful to them for the same.

The blurb:

Through peace, it’s justice we seek!

The hunter will meet the fate of the hunted

And the mighty will serve the meek!

Twenty years ago, a corrupt President, a greedy industrialist, and a sycophant policeman uprooted the tribal people from their own land and burned their houses. Twenty years later, the Republic of Bodh is in danger from a similar evil troika.

The curse uttered by a frail tribal woman during the carnage twenty years ago has inspired Jwaala, the only female leader in the senate, to reform the Republic of Bodh.

But the same curse has turned Saaya, once an innocent victim of the massacre, into a relentless killing machine with a mission to prey on the predators.

Even when the Republic spirals into a storm of scandals, the greedy and corrupt President Chaupat is torn between his lust for a dancer and his unrequited passion for his wife Kaamini.

Will Saaya succeed in his mission or will Chaupat thwart his efforts?

Will Jwaala, orphaned in a violent attack, be able to turn the curse for the greedy into a blessing for the poor? Will she succeed to save the Republic from another ensuing bloodshed?
The Curse is a gritty political thriller about people who have lost much to greed but want to transform their nation.

The story:

This story is set in the Kingdom of Bodh, which has Chaupat as the President and the Curse that looms over them “Through Peace, It’s Justice We Seek! The Hunter Will Meet The Fate Of The Hunted And The Mighty Will Serve The Meek”.

Their mission is the same, he is an outlaw and she, the Republic’s only woman senator.  Jwala, who had lost her parents to a bomb blast at their bar, and Saaya, who wants to exterminate the system which destroyed everything his people held dear- their hearths and homes, dignity and dreams. Saaya had survived the carnage and escaped with dreams of rebuilding his shattered life but he cannot forget the curse and also that nonviolence is not for him.

Jwala and Shabd were classmates at college, both, brilliant orators. Now, Shabd is a credible journalist who is the star anchor- reporter of Zordar TV. Over the years, their friendship has grown into mutual admiration but Jwala prefers Shikhar, a social worker, who runs the Weaverbirds Movement, as her companion and classmate. Shikhar was a child when he came to Patalnagar with other survivors of the carnage and was taken under the care of the venerable Guruji, a social reformer who has unseated many corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. Shikar’s movement and Guruji are rousing people against the government. Virudh, the Churls Nationalist Party Chief, also the Leader of Opposition.

Kaamini, Chaupat’s wife is the political power behind Chaupat’s throne as she is the one behind his election campaign strategies and her oratory skills and charisma have swayed many results. Yodha is his man Friday. Then there is Daulat who is in nexus with Chaupat.

Justice Insaaf has given a series of verdicts that have gone against Chaupat’s government and his cronies and has received veiled threats. Aam aadmi lives in the neglected Patalnagar next to the rich man’s paradise call Asurlok. DGP Kotwal does not know how to reach the shadowy outlaw.

The story begins with Jwala, going to a party of and coming out unscathed when the entire Officers Club is ambushed by Saaya Radicals. And then this is followed by Justice Insaaf’s murder in cold blood. But, this is not all.

My take:

The book is a fast paced political thriller with a multitude of characters, from politicians to journalists to outlaws to business tycoons. I loved the names of characters and places like Patallok, Asurlok and Adarshlok; Chaupat, Kaamini, Maharaj Lampat, Benaam, Justice Insaaf, DGP Kotwal, Shabd, Saaya, Jwala, Shikhar, Yodha, Virudh and how the names of the characters match their nature and actions. The characters are well developed and seem realistic and the scenes have been described in detail. Some scenes are so intricately described that I could actually visualise them. The language flows and the story just moves from one scene to the next.

The books has been edited well and that adds to making the book a more interesting read. The suspense of what happens next makes the book unputdownable and the twist at the end is the cherry on the cake.

DISCLAIMER: I received the book as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for the same.

 

Spotlight: The Curse by Randeep Wadehra

The Curse
by 
Randeep Wadehra
 
 
Blurb
 
Through peace, it’s justice we seek!
 
The hunter will meet the fate of the hunted
 
And the mighty will serve the meek!
 
Twenty years ago, a corrupt President, a greedy industrialist, and a sycophant policeman uprooted the tribal people from their own land and burned their houses. Twenty years later, the Republic of Bodh is in danger from a similar evil troika.
 
The curse uttered by a frail tribal woman during the carnage twenty years ago has inspired Jwaala, the only female leader in the Senate, to reform the Republic of Bodh.
 
But the same curse has turned Saaya, once an innocent victim of the massacre, into a relentless killing machine with a mission to prey on the predators.
Even when the Republic spirals into a storm of scandals, the greedy and corrupt President Chaupat is torn between his lust for a dancer and his unrequited passion for his wife Kaamini.
Will Saaya succeed in his mission or will Chaupat thwart his efforts?
 
Will Jwaala, orphaned in a violent attack, be able to turn the curse for the greedy into a blessing for the poor? Will she succeed to save the Republic from another ensuing bloodshed?
 
The Curse is a gritty political thriller about people who have lost much to greed but want to transform their nation.
 
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About the author
 

 

 
“I am an independent content editor, columnist, radio script-writer and blogger. I was a columnist for The Tribune for about fifteen years; my columns – Punjabi Antenna, Write View, Short Takes and Channel Surfer – were quite popular. My articles also appeared in the Chandigarh editions of The Times of India, The Indian Express, the Haryana Review, and the SouthAsiaPost.com. My analytical articles on current affairs as well as various important social and national issues have featured in the op-ed columns of The Financial World, the Tehelka, and The Daily Post etc.
 
I did freelance scriptwriting for All India Radio, Chandigarh as well as its World Service. For instance, I have done a five-part series on Chandigarh for the All India Radio, which was broadcast on primetime. Scripts on Microfinance and India’s growth prospects were broadcast by the AIR World Service.
 
I write both fiction and non-fiction. I am a published author. A collection of my short stories Walls & Other Stories was published in 2004, and the other Rendezvous in Cyberia in 2017. Canada’s All Hallows magazine and the USA’s Espresso.com, fictionmagazines.com and IndianReview.in etc – the literary websites that pays its contributors — have published a couple of my short stories. In addition, I am translating a Hindi classic into English. 
 
Some of my poems have been included in the anthology, The Silken Web, published by the Bangalore based publisher, Unisun, in 2007. The Beehive Press, London, included one of my poems in an anthology titled Earthly and Divine Love. My poems have also appeared in Femina, the Asian Age, Deccan Herald, the Chandigarh edition of The Times of India, and The Tribune. In May 2011, my poetry collection, Singing through the nightmare, was published by Ukay Publishing Co., and has been well received by critics and poetry lovers alike. My latest anthologies – My Beautiful World (Illustrated poems for children) and Rhythms of Love are available on Kindle, Amazon.Com and Pothi.Com.
 
One of the books edited by me, Evolution of Education in India: a historical perspective by Lacchman Dass Bhimbhat, was published in the first week of July 2011. Another book, an autobiography edited by me, Law, Lawyers & Lawmakers by Harbhagwan Singh was published in 2014. Both these books are available on Kindle and Amazon.com outlets.
 

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Book Blitz: Nine by Sweta Samota

 

Nine 
by Sweta Samota 
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2151 KB
Print Length: 361 pages
ASIN: B07KWDLLZG
 
Ranking on amazon.in 
 
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars   5 customer reviews
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#54 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children & Young Adults > Family, Personal & Social Issues
#153 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Indian Writing
#292 in Books > Children’s & Young Adult > Family, Personal & Social Issues
 
 
Nine is a fast-paced nail-biting story of a compulsive decoder Ila Sharma who is chased by the evil and the good to uncover a thousand years old powerful Indian mystery that can alter the world. 
 
Ila Sharma 
A beautiful teenager, stubborn compulsive decoder, National puzzle champ, is a magnet for troubles due to her gifted skills.
 
Undercover agent 
An agent with a Bond-like talent, attitude, and skill is given the task to protect Ila Sharma from the lurking unknown danger.
 
Mystery 
Everyone is chasing to solve this eye-popping mystery to own the secret it protects.
 
Read how Ila and the agent steer from one problem to another unknown danger, fighting to not fall in love and finish the fate-altering mission.
 
Nine is one such journey that will have you biting your nails or gasping for breath but one that you cannot abandon till all the pieces of the jigsaw fall in place.
Read this absolute page-turner story!
It would be great if you can add this book to your TBR


Sweta Samota (Ex Senior Engineer, B.E. Computers and PGDMM) is an Indian novelist who writes romance, mystery and thriller. She also conducts creative writing workshops. She is a Writer, Authorpreneur, Thinker, Speaker, Runner and a ChangeMaker. Won The Story Award by SheThePeople.Tv in Flash Fiction. 
 

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Spotlight: Guardian Angel by Ruchi Singh

About the Book:
 


The Man
Security expert Nikhil Mahajan is in mortal danger. Gravely injured and unable to see, he is in the midst of hostile strangers in an unknown place. Any hope of survival is fast fading away. 
 
The Angel
Should an innocent man be left to die just because he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Someone has to intervene.














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#1

He walked across the few yards of the forest toward his freedom, leaving behind his guardian angel. He walked across the road to the army cantonment fence leaving behind a piece of his soul. His chest, it seemed, would explode but for the heavy weight pressing on his lungs.

#2

Taking the support of the wall, head bent down, he stood under the shower with the water running down his face, and wept. The adrenaline rush of keeping himself alive receded as he emptied the fears, worries, and helplessness of the past month down the drain with the bathwater. The thought of being able to see his parents soon made him more emotional. He sniffed and sniveled, and resolved to take back control of his life. And most of all, he resolved to do something about those monsters back in the Tral forest.

Reviews for Guardian Angel:
 
I couldn’t have begun the New Year with a better read! Thrilling, fast-paced, edgy…Ruchi Singh is on top of her game with this unputdownable book! ~ Adite

The build up to the culmination is fantastic – the suspense carries through to the end. The romance simmers and sparkles. ~ Reet Singh 
 
Guardian Angel is a brilliant thriller set in Kashmir in which both the principal characters are in deep trouble. This sets the tone for a nail-biting story. There is no let up in the suspense and the book kept me hooked till the last page. I liked the ending immensely! ~ Jennifer Thompson
About the Author:
Winner of TOI WriteIndia Season 1, Ruchi Singh is a novelist, and writes in two genres; romance and romantic thriller. A voracious reader, she loves everything—from classics to memoirs to editorials to chick-lit, but her favourite genre is ‘romantic thriller’. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms.
 

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