Author: Krishna Udayasankar
Genre: General Fiction, Mythological Fivtion, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Mystery & Thriller
Series, if any: NA
Publisher: Hacgette India
Date of publication: 25 September 2016
No. of pages: 294
Is death the beginning or an end?
Professor Bhardwaj may seem like an average historian-for-hire except the Indiana Jones persona, the assumed identity is merely a front hiding a man who has been walking on earth for thousands of years – Asvatthama, the cursed immortal from the pages mythology.
A historical artifact rumoured to possess alchemical powers has surfaced with the entry of the enigmatic and alluring Maya Jervois. The Professor doesn’t believe in the claims of this mystical artifact, but the compelling evidence keeps him occupied from the labyrinthine passages of Somnath temple to the mysticism of Nilgiris and in the middle of desserts of Pakistan. And just may be this time, he can find answers to his immortality.
The author has kept true to her style of spinning a beautiful mythological fiction with a glorified plot, intricate details, steeped with action and adventure. But there are certain detrimental factor that largely hampered my pace of reading the book. The style of writing that has been used keeps the plot going, but the language could have been more simplified to make it a much more enjoyable experience. The showmanship of flair over a language can sometimes be more detrimental than forseen at the time of writing.
Secondly, the character of Professor Bhardwaj aka Asvathama haa suitably glorified and mystified as per the mythical character from the grand epic Mahabharata. But beyond the whole Indiana Jones and Da Vici combination, the character failed to make any impression on me. The plot and the characterization appeared to be disjointed and out of sync in minds of the reader.
My opinion: For the main plot based on a mythological figure, I liked the book. But I am not sure if it will suit the likes of others.
My rating: 3 out of 5