May 30, 2016

Review: Civilization One: The World Is Not as You Thought it Was

Civilization One: The World Is Not as You Thought it Was Civilization One: The World Is Not as You Thought it Was by Christopher Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is about relating the Megalithic builders measurements 366 degree circle to Sumerians 360 degree circle. The book is full of calculations. I thought that this book is about hidden history but it is not. And the author Christopher Knight is a free mason, I expected some light to shed but the author allotted only few pages on Masons.


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May 27, 2016

Review: The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I might have read some pages of Ipcress File when I was 14 years old, some of the chapters gave me a Deja vu. Coming to the novel I am not able to get the name of the protagonist of the story did I missed that part? The story is first person narrative.

The author Len Deighton has thrown lot of characters in, some I can remember is Dalby the villain, Jean the hero's assistant, Alice another girl working along with him, Ross, Murray, Cavendish, Jay, Waterman the detective, Kublai khan or K.K.. If I am right only some chapters have no new character introduction.

Six bio chemist goes missing in couple of weeks in England and the intelligence looks at the matter seriously. The Hero who had come from the Military Intelligence is asked to work with Dalby one of big guy in Intelligence. Subsequently they were able to save one bio chemist called Raven by the intelligence. Then the story drags it is like day to day life of a spy explained with what dress he wears, what he eats what he does in office etc. After 60% of the book the story speeds up revealing who is Jay, how they were able to arrest the person responsible for the abduction.

The author has written with a dash of humour which is enjoyable. Below are some of the humours I like to quote.

1. but I knew we had more footage on Jay than MGM have on Ben Hur.

2. I have so many unsolved crimes on my hands that I have become the unsolved crime expert - anyone with an unsolved crime on their hands they send for me?
And you solve it
No only file it.

3. You may as well go in said a tall, bespectacled city gent behind us, opening the door with a key. We went in, partly because it was convenient for us, partly because there were two more city gents behind us, and partly because they were all holding small 9 mm Italian Mod 34 Beretta automatic pistols.

Below some dialogs by Jay and Hero.

4. Money is to espionage what petrol is to a motor car.
5. (Jay) if brain washing had come to the world before the trail of Joan of Arc she would have lived to a happy old age.

The real meaning of IPCRESS is Induction of Psycho-neuroses by Conditioned Reflex with Stress.
I give 4 stars since many had given 5 stars I think I should read again to grasp the novel.


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May 22, 2016

Review: Time Ship (Book One): A Time Travel Romantic Adventure: The ideal Beach Book for reading on Holiday!

Time Ship (Book One): A Time Travel Romantic Adventure: The ideal Beach Book for reading on Holiday! Time Ship (Book One): A Time Travel Romantic Adventure: The ideal Beach Book for reading on Holiday! by Ian C.P. Irvine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As the author Ian C.P.Irvine has mentioned this book as an ideal book for reading on holiday, it is true. I greatly enjoyed this book. And I am expecting to read the second part.

The story:
Professor Derek Martin finds out that when two storms collide their electrodynamic energy can create an unstable singularity in space and he names it as Hunraken Vortex. Professor Derek
works for Bush Center for Geo-Electromagnetic studies. The research was funded by US. Same time four hurricanes Josephine, Kyle, Isaias and Hanna were formed and a plane Stormchaser 3 is sent to capture the visuals for their support of Hunraken Vortex. The researchers get their proof of vortex formation but the Stormchaser 3 along with 11 members disappear into the vortex they were taken into 17th century.

The year 1699, Captain Rob McGregor and his ship The Sea Dancer with its rich treasure has narrowly escapes from the hurricane and unknown to them they time travelled to present day Puerto Rico. The ship is running out of provisions, drinking water and some of his crew were infected with fever.

So they plan to anchor near the island and steal food and water. But they cannot fathom the 21st century technologies. The island is a sea resort, Captain McGregor's men takes everybody in the island as hostages and finally Captain reaches the island and understands that they have time travelled. The resort Manager Sally informs the police by activating the alarm. The doctor in resort visits the ship and finds out that the fever is bubonic and pneumonic plague and might wipe out the human race if the outbreak is not stopped.

The story ends in a cliff hanger, as mentioned earlier this story is a page turner has lots of humour when the ship crew lands into the resort. The author has narrated beautifully the escape of Sea Dancer and Stormchaser 3. In 17th century they appear to be heroes but when they were in 21st century baffled by the technologies they look like complete fools. Below I will give the point of view of the crew when they look at the sea resort for the first time.

"The boxes were closed with a strange form of glowing glass. He would have to break the glass to let James and the others out. Raising his pistol one more time, he smashed the glass with the butt of the handle.

There was a loud bang, and the box went immediately black. Smoke came out from within, and suddenly the images of James Silver and Paddy and the others were gone."

The above lines is thoughts of Tyler who watches the CCTV image showing his friends and crew members trapped in the Sea resort.


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May 17, 2016

Review: The Eyes of the Accused

The Eyes of the Accused The Eyes of the Accused by Mark Tilbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read the The Revelation Room and now Mark Tilbury's The Eyes of the Accused, like the first book this novel did not disappoint me. The author had given great character presentation with a tinge of dark humour. I feel the dash of humour to the narrative is Mark's trademark, I liked his style.

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Below is the spoiler, instead of revealing the story I want to say some on the major characters in the novel. I segregate them into dark (evil) and light (good) Ben Whittle and Maddie belongs to light and Frank Crowley a pervert, Schizophrenic Connie Sykes to dark.

Ben plays a second fiddle in this story as Maddie takes the center stage, she appears more bold more energetic quick thinker then in The Revelation Room. She is not a believer in God but she believes in nature/higher power. Her comforting and giving hope to Hannah is worth mentioning. She becomes a savior not only to Hannah but also to Ben.

Frank Crowley has a habit of watching private lives by installing cameras in their bathroom and bed rooms and he was kicked out of the family home by his aged mother and brother.

Connie on the other hand had killed her baby brother, like Edward Ebb in The Revelation room she also has one talking demon in her head and she call her as the Wolf.

Frank's habit lands him into trouble as Connie was get caught in the tape of drugging Hannah Heath (the missing girl) and kidnapping her. Frank tries to black mail her but his plan crashes, as he falls prey to his greediness.

Though his perversion did not hurt anybody and it is him who identified the real kidnapper, to me Connie who appeared to be a twisted and villainous later as we get grossed into the back story I pity her for the state she is living all these years. The guiltiness in her childhood tormented and remained till to her last breath. Her father who becomes alcoholic after his sons premature death later becomes paranoid and Connie thinks to save him she has to do right things which she thinks kidnapping a pregnant woman and rising the child as his own brother will bring back senses to his beloved father. The end of Connie brings tears to me, poor woman if she had got a good support from her mother, she could not have committed such an offense.

The life of Connie relates to one MGR movie Tamil philosophical song and here is the English translation of that stanza, "Every child are Good at birth, they turn virtuous or wicked by the upbringing of his/her Mother".

Hats off Mark you have done it again. I am eagerly expecting another page turner from you soon. Keep up the good work. Your approach to the story is unique and also wish that this story to be made into film or TV series.

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May 16, 2016

Review: James Bond Octopussy 007 Special

James Bond Octopussy 007 Special James Bond Octopussy 007 Special by Steve Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This comic is official adaptation of James Bond movie "Octopussy". The book mentioned as hard cover but it is not I borrowed from the Library had a paper back cover partly mutilated. The book follows faithfully to the film, the opening of Bond escaping using mini jet and the climax fight with Kamal Khans henchman Gobind (Kabir Bedi) covered in one page, I was disappointed.

Below is the sample from the comics.

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Picture from oo7dossier.com

Art work is not that great but it is okay. After the end of the comics they have given detailed account of the movie, the persons before and behind the camera such as the Director, music, art and stunts.

The year mentioned in the book as 1983, 33 years! surely collectible for Bond fans.


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May 12, 2016

Review: The Amber Room

The Amber Room The Amber Room by Steve Berry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The reconstructed Amber Room

I did not know the fact "The Amber Room" is the debut novel of Steve Berry, after reading Cotton Malone series "The Templar Legacy" one of my friend Geri recommended this book.

After many days of waiting found the paperback edition with missing front cover in the library rack. I started to read the book and I was anxiously waiting when will Cotton Malone appear. I was halfway through and when Rachel Cutler was saved by a man from a car hit and run situation, I thought here comes Cotton but I was disappointed when the character was revealed as Christian Knoll, the professional killer/acquisitor. I then searched the book details and came to know that this book is not a Cotton Malone series.

Story of Amber Room:

The story beings as Karol Borya witnesses the death of German soldiers by Goring in a concentration camp. After the end of the Second World War Karol Borya works for Soviet commission in retrieving the stolen and lost art works from Nazi. Then the story continues to present day that Borya had become a US citizen and his daughter Rachel Cutler is a Judge, a divorcee and living with two children, her husband is a lawyer named Paul Cutler.

The news of McKoy's dig in Harz mountains for Amber room reaches Borya which re-kindles the fire, he once again goes on the documents and articles he had saved earlier. Meanwhile one of the members of Retrievers of Lost Antiquities Fellner orders Christian Knoll to find Borya and Chapaev who have information regarding the Amber room. Knoll queries Borya, subsequently another member of the same organization Ernst Loring sends his best person Suzanne to grab Borya and Chapaev. Knoll kills Borya as he did not utters any word about Chapaev. The police closes the file as natural death.

After the funeral Paul searches Borya's room and finds out the amber room articles and the copies of correspondence with Chapaev in bank vault. Borya's daughter without heeding to Paul's advice tries to meet Chapaev, while the two acquisitors Knoll and Suzanne behind her. Knoll befriends Rachel and Suzanne takes over Chapaev in gun point and ask to give false information to Rachel. She also kills Chapaev and tries to kill Rachel and Knoll in the mine explosion but fortunately both escape.

Paul comes to save her ex wife, his actions makes Rachel reconsider about her divorce. The couples meet McKoy who now had reached a pit having 3 empty trucks and 5 dead bodies and his sponsors are blaming him for the failure. Rachel and Paul joins McKoy's team to help in finding out the Amber room.

Where was the Amber room located? Did they find the amber room? what happened to the secret organization members Ernst Loring, Fellner and their side kicks Knoll and Suzanne forms the remaining part of the story.

The novel is a page turner, fast paced and fantastic read. Out of the characters in this story three stands apart one is Rachel character Judge by profession but misjudges her life partner, her arrogance towards lawyers and her going through death of her father, finding solace with Paul makes us feel a down to earth next door neighbour girl. Another character Christian Knoll who abides his employer's wishes does the job perfectly, to me I feel Knoll has some humane left than Suzanne. In one instance he gives a chance for Rachel to live, but his rage and weakness to women ends his career abruptly. Ernst Loring's more like adoptive daughter Suzanne is clever than Knoll, her escape from the chase with Knoll and her calculated killings are examples for her character.

A little bit of knowledge on Second world war, the amber room will help us to increase the enjoyability of the novel.


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May 5, 2016

Review: The 12th Planet

The 12th Planet The 12th Planet by Zecharia Sitchin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I came to know about this author from the Ancient Aliens series. I became interested in Sumerian civilization and also the clay tablets in my school days. The first 100 pages is slow for reading then it picks up speed when author deals about the 12th planet Nibiru.

Sometime I felt hard to remember the names of the Gods, according to the book some 450,000 years back alien god named Annunaki came to earth for its minerals and some of his men settled (they were also called as Gods, Enki, Enlil etc.) After many years they find difficult to extract the metals which are tiresome for them so they created lulu (man)as a slave!. He says that the gods manipulated the genes of Homo erectus with theirs to create us some 300,000 years back.

Wanted to read the second part of this book.

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Review: Ramses: The Son of Light

Ramses: The Son of Light Ramses: The Son of Light by Christian Jacq
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very good novel, the author's knowledge on Egypt's history and his creative imagination worked well.

I found that this book is a translation, sometimes the conversation is hard to follow, who is questioning and who is answering. Apart from that I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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Review: Akbar, Emperor of India, a Picture of Life and Customs from the Sixteenth Century

Akbar, Emperor of India, a Picture of Life and Customs from the Sixteenth Century Akbar, Emperor of India, a Picture of Life and Customs from the Sixteenth Century by Richard Garbe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very good book, got some knowledge about Akbar, his life, principles. Abul Fath Jelâleddin Muhammed, is the real name of Akbar, Mâhum Anâga, the Emperor's nurse, Akbar's mentor name is Mir Abdullatîf, who teached him about tolerance towards religions.

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Review: Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths: Civil Disobedience, Nonviolence, and Satyagraha in the Real World

Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths: Civil Disobedience, Nonviolence, and Satyagraha in the Real World Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths: Civil Disobedience, Nonviolence, and Satyagraha in the Real World by Mark Shepard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book title looked like the author is trying to tease the Father of my Nation but after reading its really make us to see the real meaning of Non Violent Resistance.

The most liked part of this book for me is,

"Maybe the most amazing thing about Gandhi’s nonviolent revolution is, not that the British left, but that they left as friends, and that Britain and India became partners in the British Commonwealth.

Gandhi noted also that violent revolutions almost always end in repressive dictatorships.

Now, India today is not a paradise. It is afflicted by widespread injustice, civil violence, and authoritarian trends. Still, it is one of the few Third World countries where democracy in any form has survived continuously. There has never been a military coup in India. When you look at the side-effects of violent struggle, you really have to ask yourself, just who is being practical here, and who is not".

I will recommend this to my friends.

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Review: Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths: Civil Disobedience, Nonviolence, and Satyagraha in the Real World

Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths: Civil Disobedience, Nonviolence, and Satyagraha in the Real World Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths: Civil Disobedience, Nonviolence, and Satyagraha in the Real World by Mark Shepard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book title looked like the author is trying to tease the Father of my Nation but after reading its really make us to see the real meaning of Non Violent Resistance.

The most liked part of this book for me is,

"Maybe the most amazing thing about Gandhi’s nonviolent revolution is, not that the British left, but that they left as friends, and that Britain and India became partners in the British Commonwealth.

Gandhi noted also that violent revolutions almost always end in repressive dictatorships.

Now, India today is not a paradise. It is afflicted by widespread injustice, civil violence, and authoritarian trends. Still, it is one of the few Third World countries where democracy in any form has survived continuously. There has never been a military coup in India. When you look at the side-effects of violent struggle, you really have to ask yourself, just who is being practical here, and who is not".

I will recommend this to my friends.



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Review: Lord Buddha's History

Lord Buddha's History Lord Buddha's History by Tammatan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Concise book on Gautama Buddha. The kindle edition has some colorful pictures from his life. I received this as a free book.


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Review: The Atlantis Gene

The Atlantis Gene The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dr.Kate Warner is researching for the cure of autism, unknown to her that her research will unleash the next stage of evolution, the Immari who are the sponsors of this research kidnaps the two children the test subjects. The Clock Tower a secret organization was infiltrated and taken from within only couple of agents remains and one is David, the kidnapping and taking of the organisation looks two different but all are related as the story reveals more characters and back story.

David helps Dr.Kate in her escape then they come to know the mystery of Immari and Immaru. They get caught in the thousands of year mystery of Lost city of Atlantis, the project Toba protocol, Die Glocke a Nazi secret weapon which is also the weapon of Atlantis.

The story jumps from country to country and also centuries too. As this is a trilogy some of the questions remains unanswered and cliff hanger climax which clearly gives that we have to read the other two books.

The author has written a multi layered story, a story within a story, Kate and Pierce story as an example. The author has extensively included the Pierce journal I felt why then as the story reaches some extent then I understood the necessity. The author has cleverly used the facts about Spanish Flu to the fictional time line of the story. I had to appreciate the author A.G.Riddle, that he knotted all the stories in the end, some might say this novel is a kind of cheap action but my thoughts differ. I accept that the story drags around 30% and before the climax, I stopped took a one day break and came back for reading. If the author re edits the story it will be more enjoyable to all.

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