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ageneName : The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1)

Author: A.G. Riddle

Genre : Crime, Thriller & Mystery

Pages : 509

Publication Year: 2013

Is Review Spoiler: No

Rating: 1/5

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This is what I felt after reading 100+ pages of this book – it’s just so boring that I just stopped reading it. The book contains lots of science fiction and science myths like ‘theory of evolution’, ancient aliens, Atlantis but nothing connects to the story. It’s like Riddle is simply telling theories and conspiracy theories he read.

The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they’ve hidden the truth about human evolution. They’ve also searched for an ancient enemy – a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

Off the coast of Antarctica, a research vessel discovers a mysterious structure buried deep in an iceberg. It has been there for thousands of years, and something is guarding it. As the Immari rush to execute their plan, a brilliant geneticist makes a discovery that could change everything.

Dr. Kate Warner moved to Jakarta, Indonesia to escape her past. She hasn’t recovered from what happened to her, but she has made an incredible breakthrough: a cure for autism. Or so she thinks. What she has found is far more dangerous – for her and the entire human race. Her work could be the key to the next stage of human evolution. In the hands of the Immari, it would mean the end of humanity as we know it.

Agent David Vale has spent ten years trying to stop the Immari. Now he’s out of time. His informant is dead. His organization has been infiltrated. His enemy is hunting him. But when David receives a coded message related to the Immari attack, he risks everything to save the one person that can help him solve it: Dr. Kate Warner.

Together, Kate and David must race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the Atlantis Gene… and human origins. Their journey takes them to the far corners of the globe and into the secrets of their pasts. The Immari are close on their heels and will stop at nothing to obtain Kate’s research and force the next stage of human evolution – even if it means killing 99.9% of the world’s population. David and Kate can stop them… if they can trust each other. And stay alive.

No character development at all, you won’t feel any connect with characters and action sequence are truly unbelievable.

Whoever is comparing Riddle with Michael Crichton – I have only this to say ‘grow up’ guys. Crichton was always wrote books which involved hell lot of research and plot as well as character development was awesome in his books.

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a_time_to_killName : A Time to Kill

Author: John Grisham

Genre : Legal thriller

Pages : 500+

Publication Year: 1989

Is Review Spoiler: No

Movies based on book: A Time to Kill (film)

Rating: 5/5

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A Time to Kill is the first novel by acclaimed author John Grisham published in 1989 and instantly became a masterpiece in legal thriller genre. A Time to Kill takes place in Clanton, Mississippi and revolves around Carl Lee Hailey, Black, father of four children, three males and one 10-year-old female child named Tonya Hailey.

One dreadful day while returning from the grocery store, Tonya was abducted by two racist white ‘rednecks’ named Billy Ray Cobb and James Louis Willard. They brutally rape and beat Tonya and dump her in a nearby river after a failed attempt to hang her. She is rescued by fishers and survives.  Both the rapist are arrested.

Both men now indicted in rape and attempt to murder of Tonya but Carl Lee fearing all jury members will be white and acquitting – he kills both the accused using a M-16 machine gun by executing a well thought out plan.

Carl Lee is charged with capital murder. Despite efforts to persuade Carl Lee to retain high-powered attorneys, he elects to be represented by his friend, white attorney Jake Brigance. Jake Brigance who once acquitted Car Lee’s brother Lester in a capital murder case in Clanton.

The book is set in fictional town named Clanton, Missisipi. Clanton is the mixture of both blacks and whites but city has 76% of whites whereas blacks consists only 26% of total cities population. The marrow-deep racism still exists in Clanton and white people getting acquitted in criminal cases compared to blacks are very common in Clanton as majority of jury(or most of the time all jury) member are white.

This case of Carl Lee becomes a national sensation and every lawyer in the country wants to take this case for free. The quiet looking Clanton city is now filled with reporters and strangers. And to make things more complicated to defense lawyer Jake Brigance, the long forgotten and believed to be lost hundreds of years ago – Ku Klux Klan comes back to life in Clanton. The marrow-deep racism and presence of Klan members are handled pretty well in this book. The brutal attacks of the Ku Klux Klan on those who directly or indirectly involved in the defense of Car Lee Hailey puts them on par with the rapists.

All the characters in this book are well thought and well-developed, specially the Jake’s character. You can feel the tension mounting up as the trial date comes near and near. Though trial of Car Lee won’t take place until the climax of the book. But the events which happens in Clanton before Car Lee trial either the coming Ku Klux Klan or NAACP lawyers who want to take the case from Jake are handled really well.

Dialogues are well crafted and is crackling, specially dialogues between Jake and Roark. How the rape and aftermath of the murders effect the folks of the city both white and black is handled well. The psychological effect of rape on victim and victims family is handled well. It’s really heart-braking when doctor tell Tonya’s mother that Tonya will not have any child in the future.

The way the legal system works in criminal cases and how people try to twist these systems either by purchasing one of the jury member to result in hang jury or by choosing all white jury or by presenting false witness or by using insanity defense to defend the victim very well handled and described in such way that even a novice to law can understand it pretty well.

This book is well written and at times hard to follow as it has more description than dialogues but once you start reading – it’s really hard to put this book down.

A sequel named ‘The Sycamore Row‘ will be released next month written after 25 years of publication of A Time To Kill. Can’t wait to read it.

A Time To Kill is highly recommended for anyone who want’s to read a good thriller.

return-of-kingName : The Two Towers and The Return Of The King

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Genre : High fantasy, Adventure

Pages : 531+

Language: English

Publication Year: July 24, 1954

Is Review Spoiler: Yes

Rating: 5/5

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“The Lord of the Rings” is a pinnacle of all fantasy novels, no doubt about that and reviewing this book is not an easy task because there is always a risk that you won’t do proper justice to this awesome book with your review.

The Two Towers picks from exactly where the ‘The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring‘ ended. The Fellowship has broken and all members of fellowship are scattered. Meriadoc (“Merry”) Brandybuck and Peregrin (“Pippin”) Took have been taken by Orcs mistaking them for Ring bearer(s). Frodo with hobbit friend Samwise (“Sam”) Gamgee are left with the burden of the ring and they start their journey toward mountain doom to destroy the ring once and for all. But destroying the ring is not an easy task, Sauron is gaining the power and Saruman is also preparing his army invade Gondor and he(Saruman) also wants to take ring for himself.

Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape the rest of the company were attacked by Orcs.

Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin – alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

The happy and always smiling Frodo is almost unrecognizable in these books, the burden of the ring brings in him so much changes that by the end of book three he is just a reflection of his former self. The ring start doing with him the things which it already did with Golum and he starts to do the thing which you would never have thought him doing. Over the time period he become more and more attached to the ring and start doubting about his best friend Samwise and even threatening him to kill. The more he resists the power of ring, the more falls into it’s grasp. Will he destroy it, will he give it up?

Gandalf: ‘All our hopes now lie with two little hobbits, somewhere in the wilderness.’

Samwise(who is the true friend of Frodo) will become a true pillar of strength to his friend. In this book he will kill Orcs with sting, he will tame the Golum who tries to take the ring from Frodo and even physically carries Frodo through Mordor. Whereas Merry and Pipin also plays a major role in the coming war against Sauran and Saruman with the help of long forgotten Ent’s.

Gandalf: ‘I will help you bear this burden, as long as It is yours to bear. But we must do something, soon. The Enemy is moving’

Gandalf has totally changed in these books from Gandalf the grey to Gandalf the white and now he leads the council of wise and removes Saruman from the council after the war of two towers. Aragon – becomes the king in ‘The Return Of The King’ from ranger and leads army of both living and dead without a flinch to victory. Legolas and Gimli become legendary friends which no one ever thought they will.

But this is not the end of war for Hobbit’s because when they return to Shire – there they have to fight one more battle, the last battle to free Shire from the grips of dangerous enemy.

At the end of the book ‘The Return Of King’ you will find a huge appendix in which author has penned down the history of Middle-Earth along with kings and rulers.

Gandalf: “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

It’s very difficult, once you complete the books, to accept the fact the you have to say goodbye to Middle-Earth and its enchanting inhabitants.


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