Aug 14, 2018

The Nostradamus Equation–Book Review

Nostradamus hides his prophecy book “Century” in Sahara which contains the remaining 58 quatrains of Century VII. The book also prophecies about the end of human race and it may continue through the effort of one girl who will be a decadent of Nostradamus companion.


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That girl is Dr.Zara Delacroix, but she did not believe in Nostradamus writings. Later when she finds the hidden book she start to believe in his prophecies.  To stop her progress a group of rebels try to kill and take the book. Zara escapes from them and meets Sam Reilly. Now the story shifts to 4th gear. On one side Zara been chased by the thugs of General Ngige and another she has doubts about Sam and his appearance in the middle of the desert. To fill up their water bottle, they happen to use the fossil water from foggara (ancient under water tunnel dug up by Garamantes) but they cannot come up from the well as the thugs were above looking for them. They stay in the under water tunnel for days and they attempt to find another route for escape, this part of the story was very thrilling as Sam, Tom and Zara try their level best to come out of the tunnel.

Same time Sam’s team understands that he had been gone missing and they begin to search for him. Did Sam, Tom Bower and Zara escape from the tunnel? What was the prophecy of Nostradamus and what is Nostradamus equation? Did General Ngige become the Dictator of all of Africa? What mineral was General Ngige was mining below Lake Tumba? all these are answered in the last few pages of the novel. The climax is cliff hanger.

The novel is fast paced a page turner, I have already read The Last Airship of Christopher Cartwright and I have also reviewed that a couple of months back. I find a slight resemblance of Clive Cussler adventure in Christopher Cartwright novels. I like to thank the author Christopher for giving a thrilling adventure story.


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Aug 1, 2018

Devil’s Gate (NUMA)

Yet another fast paced thriller from the Grand master of Adventure Clive Cussler. This is my first reading of NUMA Files. I am a fan of Dirk Pitt, when my hero is also in the story my joy doubled.

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From the blurb:

A Japanese cargo ship cruises the eastern Atlantic near the Azores - when it bursts into flames. A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster – but their boat explodes. What on earth is happening? What does it have to do with the kidnapping of a top scientist from the streets of Geneva. With the defection sixty years ago of a mysterious Russian? With the discovery of an extraordinary underwater graveyard of ships and planes littered across the sea floor? As Austin and Zavala and the rest of team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginably audacious plan to extort the world's major nations. The penalty for refusal? The destruction of the world's greatest cities. Starting with Washington, DC . . . Filled with the high-stakes suspense and boundless invention that are unique to Cussler, Devils Gate is one of the most thrilling novels yet from the grand master of adventure.

The novel has superb plots with awesome characters like Paul, Gamay, Katarina Luskaya, Andras, Alexander Cochrane and Djemma Garand.  With lot of action from Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala, I like to write about Kurt’s action scenes, first thing comes to my mind is Joe and Kurt trying their best to escape from their adversaries in the submersible Barracuda, Kurt using an old oxygen tank to save Joe, rescuing Kristi Nordegrun from the sinking Kinjara Maru and finally Kurt Austin using the “Single Occupant Tactical Insertion Unit” or a one man glider which can transport its occupant a one way trip across 140 miles and doing it without a sound or heat trail or radar signature, landing on the mysterious tanker called Onyx. The tanker which has the capacity to relay the death rays to Washington DC. “One man on a tanker in the middle of the Atlantic now held the fate of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, in his (Kurt Austin) hands. A sentence giving hope that he will take care of Andras and save the country. A fitting climax to the story. Clive’s co author Graham Brown had excellently handled the plots.

I also like to quote the character of Kurt “and to Kurt Austin the sea had always meant freedom; freedom to roam and explore the world, freedom from traffic and smog and the sometimes claustrophobic existence of modern urban life”.

After Dirk Pitt adventures I started to like Kurt Austin and yes I have collected some of Numa files.


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Jul 7, 2018

Review: World War II Stalingrad: A History From Beginning to End

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A good book, gives basic knowledge about the siege of Stalingard. It might be great book if they have added some photos.


A enjoyable read.

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Jun 14, 2018

The Romanov Ransom - Review

Husband and wife treasure hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo is a series written by my favourite author Clive Cussler along with other authors Grant Blackwood, Thomas Perry, Russell Blake and Robin Burcell.


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This is a second novel of Cussler with Robin Burcell.

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The happenings in 1918 and 1947 lays the foundation for this novel “The Romanov Ransom”. Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna pays a big ransom to Bolsheviks to release the royal family. But they were killed and later the ransom gets into the hands of the Nazis during World War II. As Germany is facing the defeat, they plan to move the ransom to a secret place, so that it can be used to establish the 4th Reich.


In the present day two boys Brand and Karl Hoffler are doing a documentary on the escape routes used by Nazis after their loss in WWII. Getting a solid lead on their project they are gone missing. Hoffler is the cousin to Selma who is the research assistant of Fargos. Sam and Remi gets in touch with Zakaria Koury the boys guide. Through him, Sam and Remi not only save the two boys but also get to know about a crashed plane and the log book.


And that log book throws some light on the ransom which they don't know. The bad guys enters the play, Rolfe Wernher, is a German businessman and Leopold Gaudecker the head of Wolf Guard. The story now shifts to top gear as Sam and his team claims the hints ahead of baddies. On their journey many characters show up some who appear as a friend becomes foe and some who appear as foe becomes friend.


Sam and Remi make it more enjoyable when they are in dare situations using their wits to outsmart the henchmen.


Staying inside a plane during an avalanche, escaping from Wolf Guard in the tunnel and jungle trip with Nando, the guide are worth mentioning thrilling episodes found in the novel.


The story hops over many countries like Morocco, Russia, Poland, Germany and finally Argentina.


My impression is that Clive should have written couple of chapters and ideas, his co-author Robin Burcell has handled the story very well. The book is unputdownable.


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May 31, 2018

Review: Mahatma Gandhi Kolai Vazhakku

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very good book. The author has given much info about the assassination background. Even where the killing weapon originated and how it came to the hands of Godse., the people behind the killing, the court proceedings etc.


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