Nov 17, 2020

Journey of the Pharaohs

From the blurb.

Kurt Austin and the NUMA crew risk everything to stop a cutthroat arms dealer from stealing a priceless ancient treasure in the thrilling new novel from the #1 *New York Times* -bestselling grand master of adventure.

In 1074 B.C., vast treasures disappear from the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. In 1927, a daredevil American aviator vanishes on an attempted transcontinental flight. And in the present day, a fishing trawler--along with its mysterious cargo--sinks off the coast of Scotland. How are these three mysterious events connected? And, more importantly, what do they mean for Kurt Austin and his NUMA team?

As they search for answers, the NUMA squad join the agents of the British MI5 to take on a wide-reaching international conspiracy. Their common enemy is the Bloodstone Group, a conglomerate of arms dealers and thieves attempting to steal ancient relics on both sides of the Atlantic. Kurt and his team soon find themselves wrapped up in a treacherous treasure hunt as they race to find the lost Egyptian riches. . . before they fall into the wrong hands. 

Sep 4, 2020

Solaimalai Ilavarasi - Book Review

I was awestruck by the plot of the story. I only read the historical fiction of Kalki's work. This short novel "Solaimalai Ilavarasi" had two stories spanning 100 years, both the stories are interconnected. The characters Ulaganatha Devar, Manickavalli, King of Solaimalai, Kumaralingam, Ponamma, and the father of Ponamma are one and the same.

Ulaganatha Devar rises up to fight the British in the 18th century and Kumaralingam is a freedom fighter in the 19th century. Ulaganatha Devar the Prince and later the King of Maranenthal country dies in the hands of the British. The same story repeats and Kumaralingam believes that the story will end like Ulaganatha Devar. Is the story ends like that?

A wonderful story, written by Kalki.

Aug 7, 2020

Review: Makkal Thilagathin Thiraipada Patiyal

Due to the Tamil font support problem, the 200-page book was republished with 11 pages. Less information for MGR fans.

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Jul 18, 2020

Review: James Bond, the Spy Who Loved Me

Roger Moore acted as James Bond in seven movies, of this I liked Live And Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only. When I saw The Spy Who Loved Me book, I grabbed without hesitation.

The famous opening scene from the movie.

There are some differences between the movie and the book. Most of the gadgets and jokes are missing in the book, character names changed, such as Karl Stromberg as Sigmund Stromberg. SMERSH attacking James Bond, which scenario removed from the movie.

The author Christopher Wood's book follows the plot of the movie and also the author added descriptive backstory for the two main characters Jaws and Stromberg. Christopher Wood pulled out some of the cinematic moments such as Lotus Esprit car chasing scene, fight scene with Jaws on the train, water scooter in the climax, and have replaced with a darker and more realistic tone for the novel.

The Super Tanker
This book is excellent and has the touch of Fleming novels.

Some of scene grabs from The Spy Who Loved Me movie.