Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Book Review: The Rozabal line by Ashwin Sanghi



Book Review The Rozabal Line by Ashwin Sanghi


*Publisher: Westland Ltd *ISBN: 978-93-81626-82-5 *Publication Year: 2007 *No of Pages: 346 *Cover: Paperback *Language: English *Genre: Fiction/Thriller *Price: 250 *Rating: 3/5


My View:


I am very found of mythology, so when I got to know that Jesus Christ has a connection with India so I thought lets try this novel, and another reason why I picked this book is because Ashwin Sanghi is compared with Dan Brown. A well researched book, it’s a lot of history, science, mythology along with anagram and clues. It seems author has tried to prove that all religion is originated from Hinduism and there source is India. This book is historical cum mythological fiction. 


A tremendous research on religion, but the way of expressing is missing. I think it’s somewhat a mess by bringing too much of characters, also author was hell-bent to prove that Jesus Christ was not dead on cross rather he survived and lived his further life in India. Also many a times it was difficult to concentrate on what author is trying to convey. I am not going to write further about plot, because there are different plots, sub-plots, karma and past life regression, etc.    


After reading the book what I came to know that St Thomas, one of the twelve apostles who is said to have come in Kerala (India) to preach religion. Also author has proved his research by providing footnotes and reference links, his facts are interesting. If you are interested in research than there are many good links you might want to read.


Blurb:


A cardboard box is found on a shelf in a London library. When the mystified librarian opens it, she screams before she falls unconscious to the floor.
Within the labyrinthine recesses of the Vatican, a beautiful assassin swears she will eliminate all who do not believe in her twisted credo.


An elite army of thirteen calling itself the Lashkar-a-Talatashar has scattered around the globe. The fate of its members curiously resembles that of Christ and his Apostles. Their agenda is Armageddon.
A Hindu astrologer spots an approaching conjunction of the stars and nods to himself in grim realization of the end of the world. In Tibet, a group of Buddhist monks searches for a reincarnation, much in the way their ancestors searched Judea for the Son of God. In strife-torn Kashmir, a tomb called Rozabal holds the key to a riddle that arises in Jerusalem and gets answered at Vaishno Devi.


An American priest has disturbing visions of people familiar to him, except that they seem located in other ages. Induced into past-life regression, he goes to India to piece together the violent images. Shadowing his every move is the Crux Decussata Permuta, a clandestine society, which would rather wipe out creation than allow an ancient secret to be disclosed.


In The Rozabal Line, a thriller swirling between continents and centuries, Ashwin Sanghi traces a pattern that curls backwards to the violent birth of religion itself.