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Genre- historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, mythology
Publication on: June 9th, 2017
Published by: VB performance LLP
Number of pages: 316
The story oscillates from history to mythology, from occult to religion, from exorcism to gunfights, from taantrics to warriors, from love to ambition. It knits 3,700 years, powerful ancient and modern-day characters and a nail-biting conspiracy – all in one literary thriller. Harappa is the first among a series of four books.
2017, Delhi – Vidyut’s dying ancestor summons him to Banaras. The old Brahmin chieftain of the Dev-Raakshasa Matth, or the God-Demon Clan, bears a chilling secret. Their bloodline carries an ancient curse that will plague mankind – towards its own violent extinction.
1700 BCE, Harappa – Harappa is a magnificent city on the banks of the mighty Saraswati river. The darkness of treachery, taantric exorcism and bloodshed unleashes itself on the last devta, paving the way for his devastating revenge…and the horrifying truth behind the fall of the glorious civilisation.
2017, Paris – The world’s most powerful religious institution is rattled. Europe’s dreaded crime lord meets a mysterious man in Paris. A lethal assassin boards a train, as Rome fears the worst. The prophesied devta has returned.
What connects Banaras, Harappa and Rome? What was the ancient curse and who was the last devta? What is the terrible secret behind the fall of the colossal Indus Valley? Read on as you travel through a saga of violence and deceit, gods and demons, love and ambition.
This book is in the topmost segment of Indian fiction.
Like a mystery or thriller or mythology or historical fiction or fantasy? This book has it all. Also, nothing less can be expected of a book stretched over a time span of 3700 years.
Vidyut is last in the lineage of shastri family. Something very ancient is about to change his life and the life of whole mankind. So, this book has thrilling plots concerning people of harappa in 1700 BCE and also in 2017. How this half human half god copes up with the events is sure to be nothing short of exceptional.
The book and no nonsense descriptions. There is action here, but without unnecessary stretching of similar scenes which makes sure the reader is not bored. The descriptions otherwise are just enough to give the reader a complete image of the setting without adding anything unrequited.
The characters feel vivid and interesting. After reading for a while, one can get a picture of what the character must be like and what he is capable of doing. This makes the characters come live in our minds and makes reading experience feel real.
There are a hell lot of emotions in this book. Also, there is good and there is even more evil in this book. I went through each of these emotions reading this book. I smiled, I also cried for the characters. The emotional package inside is filled upto the brim.
The only problem I’ve with this book is that the hints to some mysteries are exceptionally vague. This keeps you in dark and at time there is no conext towards which the story is leading towards. It can sometimes make reading experience slightly disturbing. If not for this, it would have been a five star book for me.
With his magical writing, Vineet Bajpai has succeeded in creating my interest in this series. Also, the expectations of the second book are very high for me. I’m eagerly looking forward to read the second book of this saga, Pralay: the great deluge.
My rating: 4/5 😃
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