Dec 9, 2018

James Bond: The Body

Like to thank Net galley giving me an opportunity to read and review this graphic Bond novel.

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A different take on James Bond, an action adventure in terms of Bond's body, brain, gut, heart, lungs and final chapter titled burial. Though each story looks unconnected but in the final chapter all the episodes are inter-connected.


Ales Kot (I don't know how to pronounce) is the author and have five illustrators for six plots. I liked the illustrations of Luca Casalanguida. I liked the issue #2 and #4, second issue, Bond interrogating a woman who had plans of killing the innocent people by lethal virus and issue four, without a weapon and badly wounded Bond meets a girl a writer in a solitary place.


A must comic collection for Bond fans.

Nov 17, 2018

Vaseegra Nadu–Book Review

Fantasy genre is seldom used in Tamil movies and as well as in book. I have read a fantasy based short story but not a novel.

After reading a couple of chapters of Vaseegara Nadu I was awestruck on the characterization and the plot. Even the author has given beautiful Tamil names and  they are appropriate to the character, some are, a man with a scared face the author given name is Vadumaran, vadu means scar, Sengkanal, Porimudi, Vanamatti, Kadabujan etc. 

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Coming to the story there is a planet, a sea divides into two hemispheres, on one side there is a kingdom called Kathiravanadu, Vadumaran the valiant fighter and intelligent Porimudi seeks revenge and kills the king and queen and they take up reign and rename the country as Gora nadu. They expand the empire and comes to know about one country Vaseegara Nadu which is not captured for centuries, they came to know how the adversaries are defeated in the battle field. Vadumaran takes up the journey as planned by Porimudi to get the special power.

Vadumaran has a son Ilathiran, he was trained by Deivasenar. As he progresses in martial arts he befriends Deivasenar’s son Sengkanal. Ilathiran looks after the kingdom on his father’s absence then he appoints his friend Sengkanal in his army. Sengkanal is a handsome, astute and as well trained in various fights which creates envy for Porimudi he feels that Sengkanal might one day will challenge Ilathiran.

A year later Vadumaran returns with special power which he can transmit to everybody, the power can stay for entire life or for a shorter period of time and as per the wish of Vadumaran. With that new power they initiate the war with Vaseegara Nadu.

With new found power did Vadumaran and Porimudi captured Vaseegara Nadu? Who is Sengkanal and what was his background?

The story is fantasy based and author has used extensive scientific details. Half of the story is in the battle field. The author has took up the power of magnetism as the core of the story.  The description, naming the type of weapons used in the war, the details of the wall in Vaseegara Nadu, types of fighting techniques, the master plan of Porimudi, the strategies used in the war are well narrated by the author.

In the end the author has wished to explain in detail about the countries, their way of living, dress and habits and which I expect eagerly in the second part. A fantastic Tamil fantasy novel and a page turner.

Kudos Samura Sir you have succeeded again in delivering a super imaginative book.

Nov 5, 2018

Fatherland - Book Review

I have to thank Leah for her beautiful review of Fatherland which piqued my interest in alternate history. 


The story is police procedural and based on the alternate history, if German had won the Second World War, the protagonist Herr Sturmbannfuhrer Xavier March, homicide investigator with the Berlin Kriminalpolizei, he previously worked in Kriegsmarine during WWII, married to Klara had a son named Pili, after promoted to Berlin his marriage failed. 

On April 14th 1964 he was called to investigate the death of an old man with a missing foot.  Upon verification that old man was Buhler a senior civil servant who was close to Hitler. All of a sudden the case from him was withdrawn and given to Gestapo headed by Odilo Globocnik also known in SS as Globus. But March voluntarily starts to investigate with help of his friends. 

Then another case comes up now it is Doctor Wilhelm Stuckhart who was also a senior civil servant and close to Hitler. And another of their friend Martin Luther who becomes a fugitive, March understands that somehow these three are all involved. Witness mentions that Wilhelm Stuckhart killed himself before he had to give an interview to an American reporter Nightingale. The story takes a surprising twist when he comes to know more about Buhler, Stuckhart and Luther and their greediness. They have opened a bank account in Zurich, at first March assumed they might have put a hoard of money or art treasures without the knowledge of Reich but March on inspecting the account he finds documents and one old painting. 

Same time on the eve of Adolf Hitler 75th birthday March was kept under custody as he might reveal the secret to the world. What was that March found out through his painstaking investigation? 



A superb thriller from Robert Harris, all these days I was tagging along with March in the fictitious world of 1964. Like March we too will feel who to believe and who not to believe. The author has created a victorious Germany how their architectural brilliance will be if they have won the war, I remember a documentary of Hitler's Third Reich their ideas of Great Hall, the autobahns etc. A twist during the climax is predictable but a captivating, ingenious fast paced novel. 

Oct 7, 2018

Weird War 2–Book Review

The war, though we dislike it quite a bit, is sometimes laughable, you must admit – A.P.Herbert Badogliovski.

I like to thank Thistle publishing for sending me a copy of Weird War 2 for reading and review. The book is around 166 pages and can be read in one day but reading a chapter a day is best method to remember most of the known and unknown events presented in the book.

The author Richard Denham in the start has provided a concise summary of pre war and World War 2 events which will familiarize the reader.

As I said earlier there are many events which will escape from our memory. Below are some that I can recall.

The author mentions about the superweapons used by Nazi’s V1 (cruise missile) and V2 (worlds first long range guided ballistic missile)

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Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1973-029A-24A / Lysiak / CC-BY-SA 3.0

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V2-Rocket in the Peenemünde Museum

A little about Operation Mincemeat the most successful deception of the war which saved thousands of Allied soldiers lives.

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Major William Martin (false name of the corpse used in Operation Mincemeat) The image is from the Bloomsbury edition of Ben Macintyre “Operation Mincemeat”.

The Weird War 2 book does not have only the gory and humorous side of war but also a heart touching story, chapter on Bride of Belsen, a British soldier during the end of the war entered the concentration camp in Bergen Belsen and he came across a skeletal woman named Gena, he told to himself that this is the girl he is going to marry. Later that soldier married her and they lived happily with three children. Gena is known as the Bride of Belsen.

A soldier who had the opportunity to kill Hitler in World War I and he  did not pull the trigger as he felt pity on seeing the condition of injured Hitler. Later he regretted.

The humorous side of the book, Russians plan of using dogs to destroy the German tanks. The dogs fitted with explosives were sent to blow up, instead most of the dogs returned to the owner thereby killing the soldiers. An US invention of Bat bombs which did not go well according to the plan. Ghost armies, creating an illusion of assembling of armies with mock tanks and other arsenals to deceive Germany.

A weird fact that Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the only person acknowledged by the Japanese government to have survived the nightmare of the atomic blasts of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And a Japanese soldier who did not know that the war has ended still fought the US for a decade and surrendered.

Another unknown event is after Germany surrender, the allies and the Germans fought together to capture one castle.

A good book for world war II buffs, to gain more info it is advisable to re-read the book.

Sep 24, 2018

Slaughter: Origin Story - Review

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Caution this novel is not for light hearted.

David John Slaughter is a lonely person, has lost his wife and two lovely children. Secludes himself from the world and takes up collection of fire arms. One of Big Chuck gang sells antique fire arms to DJ and next time they try to grab his money. A big mistake by Big Chuck who had chosen to cheat DJ.

They try to take over DJ’s money and other fire arms hidden in his home. Injured DJ escapes and he has to save his collection, it is an arduous task as around 20 to 25 trained persons are waiting for his arrival. He kills everybody with surgical precision.

That’s not the end, as Big Chuck wants to prove who is he, from informers from FBI Big Chuck tracks DJ and tries to kill him again but DJ becomes alert and joins hand with another untainted FBI agent.

Big Chuck makes a master stroke of kidnapping their loved ones. Did DJ saved them? What happened to Big Chuck and his empire?

Absolutely page turner novel an action adventure, we will surely like DJ and his special skills. Use and terms of weapons given in the book tells us the knowledge possessed by the author James Beltz.

Towards half of the novel the author introduces one character which does not fit in the story but in the end that character is the real twist to the novel. The climax is cliffhanger.

A must buy book for action adventure fans.

Sep 12, 2018

A New Dirk Pitt Novel

Slated to be released this November postponed for next year, Grand Master of Adventure Clive Cussler his daring and dashing character Dirk Pitt’s new novel Celtic Empire will be released on 19th March 2019.

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An ancient mystery becomes an all-too-real modern threat for Dirk Pitt and his colleagues, in an extraordinary adventure novel in one of suspense fiction’s most beloved series.


The murder of a team of U.N. scientists while investigating mysterious deaths in El Salvador. A deadly collision in the waterways off Detroit. An attack from tomb raiders on an archeological site along the Nile. Is there a link between these violent events? The answer may lie with the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee the armies of her father three thousand years ago.


From the desert sands of Egypt to the rocky isles of Ireland to the deepwater lochs of Scotland, only Dirk Pitt can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind.