My review: Curse of Surya by Dev Prasad
A race against time to find a jewel lost 5000 years ago. Sangeeta Rao, a beautiful, feisty anchor at Channel 7 TV in Singapore, rushes to Agra on a special assignment after an early-morning phone call. At the Taj Mahal, she meets Alan Davies, a charming Welshman. But a terrorist attack at Mathura's Krishna temple turns them into fugitives from justice, and the duo must decipher a series of complex cryptographs and unearth the illustrious Indian jewel Shyamantaka that belonged to Surya, the Sun God, to prove their innocence. Before she realizes it, Sangeeta finds herself trapped in a world of betrayal, deceit and horror. Fast paced and gripping, The Curse of Surya keeps you hooked and on the edge of your seat while you unravel one of the biggest mysteries in 5000 years.
Set against the backdrop of mythology, this is one of the best mystery books I have read in recent times. The synopsis was enough to get my attention. Never had explored this genre much, but was stumped when I started reading it. I finished wanting for more.
The book is an absolute page turner with good twists and turns which keeps you at the edge of the seat till the end. I loved the way the clues were left, very cryptic and very mysterious. The book talks about the journey of three people from different countries and cultures and how they end up unearthing the Shyamantaka and the difficulties they face in fulfilling their mission forms the gist of the story. Also the backdrop of Krishna and the era in which he ruled forms an interesting read. Perfect combination.
Although the plot is complex, the writing is simple for all to understand and go with the flow. The writer deserves a special mention for the way he handled the story without losing the plot and the versions of Sanskrit very nicely cracked.
I would recommend this to all who love to know about our culture and love reading fast paced book. Take a bow Mr Dev Prasad. Looking forward for more such gems from you.