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Book Review: Point Of Control

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Title: Point Of Control
Author: Drake Green
Genre: Fiction, Crime

Rating: 3.8/5

Point Of Control by Drake Green is a first book in the Bogota Private Eye series. The book is set in Bagota, Columbia and is about the crimes and tragic events that take place there.

Anders Neyman, an American, is an English teacher in Bagota. He is yet to get used to the violent ways of the Colombians when he notices a series of kidnappings and finds himself a suspect in one of them when one of his own students goes missing. Together with Detective Rafael Sandoval, an ex army man named Darius and Miguel, whose wife is among the kidnapped, they set out on a mission to rescue the abducted women. Overcoming risky situations, they move on from one indication to the other. A few lives are lost despite their efforts but that only makes them more determined and Anders vows to save as many women as he can. But when circumstances turn against them, Anders wonders if he has bitten more than he can che…

Author Interview : Prashant Yadav

The Jeera Packer, a recently released contemporary fiction, is gathering great responses by its readers. Here is Prashant Yadav, the author, shedding some light about his debut novel.
Q1. Congratulations on your debut novel, Prashant! How does it feel to have your work published and received with raving reviews?
A: It feels great. Seeing the book in print is a high - something that was just a warm idea in your head in a form people can touch, smell and read it. The reviews have been great and it’s been an awesome feeling. It gives me a a lot of strength to dig deeper for my future works and have crazier fun because unless you have fun creating something, your readers won’t have fun reading it.

Q2. Absolutely. So, what is The Jeera Packer all about?
A: It is a layered story operating at several levels. At one level, it is about all of us who want to do cool, exciting stuff but have to stick to our boring routine and unfulfilling jobs just to keep paying bills. It is also about peer comparis…

Cover Reveal : The Truth About Love

The Truth About Love By Anna Bloom
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 8 February, 2017

Check out this gorgeous cover for Anna Bloom's new contemporary romance, The Truth About Love, releasing 8th February, 2017.  I can't wait to get my greedy hands on this one!
Synopsis Eve Harris has always had a point to prove: where you come from doesn't matter, it's what you aim for that counts. She's got it all planned; find the perfect teaching job and live with her best friend, Cherry, and never ever get dragged back into the destructive world of her youth. The last thing she expects is to bump into billionaire heir Cameron Wallis on her last day on campus. Nor is she expecting to find that when she gives him a chance to win her over he's nothing at all the playboy the newspapers paint him to be. Will Eve be able to let go of her judgements and embrace a spontaneous affair with Cam that isn't part of her plan? Or will the constraints of both their families prevent Cam and Eve from…

Book Review: Kohinoor - The Story of the World's Most Infamous Diamond

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Title: Kohinoor- The Story of the World's Most Infamous Diamond
Author: William Dalrymple and Anita Anand
Genre: History

Rating: 4.5/5

"Why did it have to end?", was precisely my thought as I finished the last page in the book. I am being unconventional here by giving away my impression of this book right at the start but it just goes to show how much I appreciated it. Kohinoor - The Story of the World's Most Infamous Diamond is authored by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand and, before I even get to the summary I have to say, it is a must read.

The book is not a mere recitation of what conspired with the diamond, but is supported by valid documentation and references to assist the narrative. The book is divided into two major parts. The first one is a tale narrated by William Dalrymple describing the pre-historical journey of the Kohinoor. He begins with the attempt to trace its origin and en…

Book Review: In The Shadow of the Hanging Tree

Title: In The Shadow of the Hanging Tree
Author: Micahel A Mclellan
Genre: Fiction, American History
Pages: 178
Publisher: Sweet Candy Press
Release Date: 27 January, 2017

Rating: 4/5

In The Shadow of the Hanging Tree is the third book by Michael A Mclellan. It is due to release on the 27th of January 2017. The book is set on the part of American history when the Civil War had just come to an end. It touches some of the sensitive issues such as racism and slavery apart from the clash between the Americans and the Red Indians.

Henry is a black man whose has been a slave all his life. He and Eliza, his wife, want to leave their terrible lives behind to start afresh. They plan to escape to the north and find jobs since slavery has been abolished. Hiding from the white men, they travel on foot but tragedy strikes as they are spotted. Meanwhile, John Elliot, a young cadet in the military falls in love with his father's enemy's daughter, Clara. Strings are pulled and John is sent off to Da…

Ice : A Farooq Reshi Investigation

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Title: Ice : A Farooq Reshi Investigation
Author: Praveen Swami
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Crime

Rating: 3.5/5

Ice by Praveen Swami was sent to me by Juggernaut. It is one of their December 2016 releases. The author is an expert on Islamic terrorism and a senior editor at the Indian Express.

The book is set in the Kargil mountains where Superintendent Farooq Reshi is stationed. Two bodies are found in a cave in the mountains and, as is the case with every murder in the valley, the needle points towards the Lashkar terrorists. But when Farooq tries to get to the bottom of the case, he stumbles on something that reveals a lot more.

The book is a very short read, all of 63 pages. The narrative is casual, to the point and blunt. The author has bared the simple, stark reality of the beautiful but disturbed valley. He, candidly, explains the life of the locals, their mentality and also of the army personnel stationed in Kargil. The book suffices to pai…

Author Interview : Michael Mclellan

Michael Mclellan's new book In The Shadow of the Hanging Tree is slated for release towards the end of January, 2017. While his previous books After and Again and American Flowers were in the adventure/reality genre, this is the first time he has dabbled in historical fiction. Let us get straight to the interview.

Q1. Hello and welcome, Michael. Let me start by asking what the book is about?
Thank you for having me, Chitra. The story is a fictional account chronicling the early life of a slave who is freed at the beginning of the American Civil War. Finding himself on the run from Confederate militiamen, he flees west where he befriends a tribe of Native Americans. He eventually attempts to interfere with a plot by the U.S. Government to eliminate the natives as an obstacle to the westward expansion.

Q2. What were the challenges you faced while writing this book?
Making sure that the book was as historically accurate as possible was the biggest challenge. This is my first historical …

Cover Reveal - In The Shadow of the Hanging Tree

In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree
By Michael McLellan
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: January 2017

Henry was born into slavery; his young life spent working in tobacco drying sheds on Missouri plantations. Freed at the onset of the Civil War, he’s alone, starving, and on the run from Confederate militiamen.

Five years later, Clara Hanfield, the daughter of a powerful New York shipping magnate, escapes her tyrannical father and travels west in pursuit of John Elliot, the man she loves. John, a U.S. Army lieutenant, was sent to the Dakota Territory where he discovers a government conspiracy to incite an all-out war with the Indians; a war meant to finally eliminate them as an obstacle to the westward expansion.

Henry finds himself caught in the middle.

Aided by Clara, John, and his native ally, Standing Elk, Henry must battle hatred, greed, and the ghosts of his past during this turbulent and troubling time in American history.

Read my review of the book here.

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