Book Review : Skyfire – Aroon Raman

Aroon Raman is back to thrillers in his new 3rd novel Skyfire after dabbling in historical fiction with his 2nd novel “Treasure of Kafur“. This amuses us as these days more crime thrillers tend to make their way into the bestsellers and here is an one that stands as an example that a well written socio-political thriller can withstand competition. Skyfire is now a part of Amazon’s Memorable books of 2016 so far list. Kudos to that.

Skyfire is well researched and the intricate details about medicines, weather and other stuffs proves them beyond doubt. The terms really doesn’t confuse the readers as Arron Raman’s narrative does the explaining part better rather than reading in Wikipedia.

The neat narrative of the events unfolding one by one making the readers petrified of what is threatening the national security and the real status of the street urchins of Delhi makes the readers hold the book without even letting them to keep it down.

The novel has two parallels. Journalist Chandrasekhar, history professor Meenakshi and Intelligence Officer Syed Ali Hasan, the trio from Shadow Throne are the main protagonists. Gopal, a student goes missing who is a regular student of the school run by Chandrasekhar and Meenakshi. When the duo asks Hassan the help they could as Gopal hero worshiped him, the duo finds many children and women being missing from the slums of Delhi.

In a parallel narrative, there are petrifying storms and acid rains happening across India without a giving a clue to the scientists. And there is a connect between the missing of street urchins and the bizarre turn of events in the weather in India. What is the connection, has the national security been upheld, the real reason behind the bizarre events forms the rest of the story.

Like I mentioned above, the narrative hooks the readers to the book. The characters although have a blurry introduction most times and only some characters remain in our minds. ( The intelligence officers meeting and trying to remember who was who was difficult, Really.) The events are well established and there is no problem in following the story with the author explaining everything easily without the need to search things online. (Although searching few things would really give more knowledge).

The subject weather warfare is a new term to me and I was very curious to read this book in the first place and to my great excitement the author hasn’t disappointed me. The ideas, the places where the plot happens and the descriptions leaves us in an awe. The story also ranges from snowy Saltoro Kangri travelling to crowded slums of Delhi, picturesque Bhutan and parts of India such as Indore, Salem,etc.,

So the length is kept short to below 250 pages and that doesn’t deter the author from giving the much needed book to the readers. But the one thing that disappointed me the most was the guessing of antagonist. Right from the beginning he is introduced as good savior, we could sense something was amiss and the truth is his revelation of villainous face doesn’t really surprises us.

The climax was racy enough and gave goosebumps at places. I would recommend this book to all readers who are interested in thrillers and also to new readers trying socio political thrillers.

P.S : You can get more about many new things that will eventually surprise you on finishing the book. Waiting for the author’s next book eagerly. 

 


 

About the Book:

Title : Skyfire

Author :  Aroon Raman

Publisher : Pan Macmillan India Publications

Genre : Fiction / Thriller

ISBN : 9789382616610, 9382616616

Copy : Flipkart Review Program

Rating :

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Flipkart : Skyfire by Aroon Raman


 

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Dear Zindagi

 

 

Dear Zindagi,

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” said George Bernard Shaw. Well he isn’t wrong. Everyone loses his/her life in finding themselves but don’t remember its they who create them and they who already has it in them. Life, You are always there and many people miss you in a wink, like you never existed.

Blog Header.jpg They search for the meaning of You while You are busy already giving a meaning to My existence.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. –  Lao Tzu

I have too like other human beings despised you in my hardships, but I later regretted that thought. Why ? Because you too were there along with me when I was going through such hardships. It’s not like you abandoned me and when I was stranded alone. You prepared me so that I can overcome that hardship with flying colors. Without your support I dont think I could have overcome that problem.
We both grew up enjoying small whiskers of happiness together. We watched the sun rising and setting, the beautiful rains, scary floods, hopeful sunrays together. Thank God he chose you to be with me. I think if he didnt think that way I must have stayed stranded somewhere. Because of you I have achieved more.
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Many things have changed in my life. I have had the privilege of becoming a man from an infant. I have gained many knowledge, attained new heights. But in the process of becoming what I am, I have really lost many things. But Thank God, I haven’t lost you. I lost friends, I lost my childhood, I lost my money, I lost my school lives. But hopefully I didnt lose you and our most precious memories of the past. You always stayed with me in times of tides and also took strides with me in the aisles of most difficult times comforting me with words of motivation to take a dig at the discomforts that are causing me troubles. Voila I crossed those fervor tides with your help. Thanks a lot for that. I couldn’t forget those times and wonder how would I have survived without You.
Many fail to understand that You are always within us. But I have realized you and my days are a heaven. We have countless memories which are to be cherished in my old age. I can tell my grandchildren about the things that we have done together during our days and the existing thought of you with them.

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln 

Thank You Life for being there with me every time I wanted You.

Dear Zindagi.

 

Yours Loving,

Zudin.

 

“I am writing a letter to life for the #DearZindagi activity at BlogAdda.”

 

Hello November

 

artsfon-com-80370-01The month of November is special for many reasons , one of the reasons will be the month which is the eleventh in the year and also the month which falls before the Christmas.

This month reminds us that still only 61 days are more for this wonderful year to end. So many things are in queue which are special about this month.

First and foremost thing will be , the start of monsoon rains (started two days back) , so don’t forget to carry umbrellas. The next thing will be, presidential elections which the world is keenly watching. Hope the better one wins(since we can’t actually determine).

The birthday of many friends fall in the wonderful month , do more and more treats and chocolates.

Ok , why this post suddenly ? I have taken some breaks the months before and I really wish to break the silence and wished to say , I’m back. Hope this month will be the month of finishing the remaining works which are pending for sometime due to the absence.

So this month , you can expect some reviews for books. I determined to revamp the whole blog with a new thene and a different look (Hope).

Really need to make some changes in the routine and I wish that I write atleast once in two days and finish off all the works. Hope to start a new series for the month mentioning about the good books which I have read. It has been too long , since I have seen a good series , so have to find a new one which is good .

I haven’t written something like this before and this had been in my mind for a long time. And finally I have written it , that too on the start of a month. Hope this continues every month , so that a everything is done accordingly .

Learning a new language has been in my to do list for a long time ( Spanish ! yes). Hope this wish is fulfilled .

I wish this November is not the same as before .

 

Happy ,

John Corlos