Sunday, 30 July 2017

Book Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho

Book Review: The Spy by Paulo Coelho
*Publisher: Penguin Random House India *ISBN: 978-06-70089-53-6 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Hardback *No of Pages: 186 *Rating: 4.5/5

My View:

I picked this book because of the title and the author, also name Mata Hari is somewhat connected with India, here in India Mata means mother so to know why Margaretha Zelle choose this name? 

Now about this book, I am happy to read this book where I came to know how a lady born at wrong time, wrong place survived within high society as a legendary dancer. As the first chapter itself portrayed in such a way by the international best selling author Paulo Coelho that it is difficult to put down this book. The spy has everything in it sadness, loneliness, betrayal, passion, freedom, dance, beauty, fashion, independence, crime etc. I liked the novel but I think the author has missed many parts of her life, there should be more information on her life, and how she got rich, what was her dilemma when she shifted to Paris.

I recommend this wonderful book to those who loves to read on spy, history and world war. After reading this book I want to know more about Mata Hari.

Negative: Depthness on Mata Hari’s character and other facets on her life are missing. 



When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.

As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.
But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage.

Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Book Review: The Third Squad by V. Sanjay Kumar

Book Review: The Third Squad by V. Sanjay Kumar

*Publisher: Juggernaut Books *ISBN: 9789386228314 *Genre: Fiction *Cover: Hardback *No of Pages: 268 *Price: 499 *Rating: 4/5

My view:

I really like to read crime novels, especially when there are police as a protagonist. I picked this book because the lead character is having mild Asperger’s syndrome, I have watched the movie My name is khan based on asperger’s syndrome but never read any book on it.

I think author has done a good research on Asperger’s syndrome character and then build this novel, the author having a good grip on his writing and character buildup is perfect. To be frank I really appreciated the work done by the author, its entire plot and the way he build the suspense and revealing their after is excellent.

The book is tagged as noir novel on the net, which is new for me so I picked and started reading it and then came to know that, here Karan the protagonist himself is the victim of the situation.

Now about this book, it’s a story about Karan who is encounter specialist, works under Ranvir Pratap, they all work under the tag name The Third Squad in Mumbai also Karan is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. The story revolves between Karan, Ranvir Pratap and Nandini (Karan’s wife), the story says how asperger’s patient think, how do they react, what are their features etc. Actually I never reveal the plot of any novel, but if you have read this blurb, it will urge you to complete this wonderful novel. 

What I loved in the book: Nandini’s character, very mature and interesting also the scenic description of Bombay is awesome.

I highly recommend this novel to crime, mystery, suspense lovers and to those who wants to read on human psychology.

**I received a copy from Juggernaut Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**


Karan is an expert sharpshooter who never misses his mark. He belongs to a police hit squad formed to only commit encounter killings. All members of his squad fall somewhere along the autism spectrum. Karan, who has been diagnosed with mild Asperger’s syndrome, is notorious for his ruthless precision and efficiency in carrying out these assassinations. But gradually even his impenetrable fa├žade begins to crack. He has a difficult choice to make: should he continue to blindly follow orders from his superiors, regardless of their moral standing, or should he take matters into his own hands and do what he believes to be right?