16 March, 2018

#BookReview :: Wheels of Wish (Wish Trilogy #1) by Bibhu Datta Rout

Imprisonment of a couple in the Dwapar Yug and the creation of magnetism at Sun temple in Konark has a great deal of linkage to a missing boy in the 13th century carrying the mightiest power of the universe that transcends in time across generations leading to an alleged rape and murder accusation to the story's protagonist, an investment banker Shashank Chaudhary in 2008 who flies from New York to Odisha to find himself trapped in an 800 years old enigma. 

A biological allegory that unfolds a historical and mythological mystery that counts back in time as far as the epic Mahabharata. One that surpasses time and the material world with its mathematical calculations within physical elements. 

Unexplainable evidences, puzzling data, conspiracy theories and unheard secrets intermingle with one another to create plots in the history of time that have been startling scientists and mythologists to date. 

It's now in the court room that he must face his worst fears and probably the world's greatest held secret, a rare phenomenon of a chromosomal defect, from an unexpected guest.

There are three parallel storylines running in the book. The dominant one being that of the contemporary one where Shashank Choudhary is being charged and tried for rape and attempted murder of Roohani. Shashank maintains his innocence while all the evidences are stacked up against him. How does the three storylines converge? What effect can the building of the Dham for Lord Vishnu have on this present-day case? Why is the history of Konark Temple so important to the story?

The blurb of the book had me a bit confused and intrigued at the same time. It creates an impression of a great mystery while never giving away anything of the actual story. So, I picked up this book with an open mind and zero expectations. It was the best thing that I could have done.
The author must have researched the history of Odisha and by extension, the history of Kalinga. His research reflects in the story in the way he has tied the history into the modern-day mystery. And there lies the USP of the book. Rich on information, the book makes for an interesting read even for those who are not history buffs. I cross referenced (with Wikipedia, ofcourse) some of the materials from the book and while the author has provided genuine information for most parts, there are places where he has taken some liberties to suit the story.

The protagonists are well developed. Much of the author’s focus is on Shashank. But there were a few additional characters that I would have liked to know more about. What did not work for me was the narrative. It is difficult to narrate three parallel lines and that is where the author has faltered a bit. It is not as seamless as it could have been. The readers have to pay close attention while reading or they may lose the thread at multiple points.

In any case, the author has done a good job for a debut novel. Here’s hoping that the narrative will improve with experience in the sequels.

I received a complimentary copy at an Indiblogger Meet

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