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Baramulla Bomber : Science Fiction Espionage Thriller

Baramulla Bomber : Science Fiction Espionage Thriller

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Published by Niyogi Books (2013)

Paperback , 316 pages

ISBN-10:

9381523975

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9789381523971)

More than a billion people are praying for India's new fast pace bowler Mansur Haider from Kashmir to succeed. One politician is making sure the Indian subcontinent is at peace while another is trying to get forgiveness from his nation. One Swedish intelligence officer is trying to decode a puzzle by a fanatic who is making one last ditch attempt to bring chaos to the world. And all of them are connected to Mansur Haider and Kashmir. As a result a secret will be revealed.

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A good debut novel

It is natural to be skeptical of debutant authors, particularly given the trend that Indian English novel publishing has seen in recent years. Many reviewers have had to read through trashy novels in the hope that they would find at least one redeeming factor that would justify the time they spent on it. Unfortunately, those are rare instances.

But Baramulla Bomber by debutant author Clark Prasad (Suraj Prasad) is a marvelous fast paced thriller that you are compelled to read on. A heady mix of espionage, cricket, mythology and science, the book appeals to a large audience. The inspires hope, creates nostalgia for an ancient Indian knowledge and prowess, and entertains as we follow Mansur Haider, Samir, Adol Silfverskiold, Aahana Yajurvedi, Agastya Rathode and others on their journey to stop an ancient weapon from destructing the world.

The book is well researched and the writing is intelligent and comprehensive. Though the book picks up from concepts in quantum physics, religion and mythology, it is not difficult to comprehend, but smart enough to keep you wondering, "How in the world does he know this?" The writing style is also simple with the author not falling into the trap of using unnecessarily obtuse words in an attempt to sound intelligent. The story does not demand it, and he keeps to the tone and language of the characters all through.

Baramulla Bomber is a good first book that makes you wonder what will happen next in the three book series. Definitely thumbs up for Clark Prasad for writing the kind of riveting espionage thriller that we hadn't read in a long time.

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Thrillers excite me. Add a dash of terrorism to it and it sounds like a perfect recipe for a week long read. So, when I picked up a copy of Baramulla Bomber, I realized r.. More details Thrillers excite me. Add a dash of terrorism to it and it sounds like a perfect recipe for a week long read. So, when I picked up a copy of Baramulla Bomber, I realized right in the beginning that this is going to be a rollercoaster ride much in the vein of the Bourne series. But would it be as entertaining as Bourne? Well, partly yes. Its USP is the story which is narrated in real time and that was one of the major reasons for me to stay gripped to the story right till the end.
Coming to the plot, Baramulla Bomber follows the destiny of a young man, Mansur Haider from Kashmir who turns from an aspiring cricketer to the Baramulla Bomber. Something mysterious occurs in Shaksgam valley. Someone has tested a weapon that has the ability to work with the ancient technology from Vedas and Bible. Intelligence agencies throughout the world are trying to find the truth and everyone's search seems to end in finding Mansur. Indian government and Home Minister Agastya Rathore are facing a dual threat from two neighboring nations and the only way out is to solve the Kashmir issue. What happens next is the crux of the story.
First time writer Clark Prasad manages to pack in enough juice in his story and that is what majorly succeeds in keeping the reader guessing. A thriller which boasts of liberal doses of technical jargon, it manages to strike a perfect balance with its tick tock way of storytelling where you can feel the drama the way the writer wanted you to imagine it.
To sum it up, it’s a great first attempt from a writer who clearly understands the ingredients of a perfect thriller and the preview to his next book only leaves us asking for more.
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Book Review: Baramulla Bomber ‘If you wish for peace, prepare for war’. Many of us would refrain from reading a sci-fi thriller as it requires an effort to understan.. More details Book Review: Baramulla Bomber
‘If you wish for peace, prepare for war’.

Many of us would refrain from reading a sci-fi thriller as it requires an effort to understand plots. However Baramulla Bomber by Clark Prasad will tell you otherwise. In other words, this is a story that is a rich assimilation of sci-fi elements that is set against a backdrop of history, the current world political scenario and the uncanny world of espionage. Honestly speaking, there is never a dull moment in this book; there is a rapid succession of events in the story, and a reader can barely put the book down.

Eka from the Svastik Trilogy, Baramulla Bomber is a story of several people from all over the globe. It is set in manifold places including Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Scotland, Norway, Delhi, the US and Tajikistan. The meeting of the descendants in Scotland from ancient lineages sets the story in motion. A quote from the Bible, James 4:14: subtly unfolds the story – “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” There is a quest for a sonic weapon in the twenty first century. The ancients had mentioned it and the Nazis had made an attempt to look for it.

Baramulla Bomber is the paradigm of the techno-thriller genre as it eloquently explores the realms of espionage, history, war and politics. Clark Prasad has detailed each of these themes or realms with precision. His attempt at highlighting the impact of sound on the weapon is articulately detailed in Olaf’s and Aahana’s conversations with Doctor Tamang in the book. The book also explores a world of conspiracy and threat that could bring about the apocalyptic.
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Difficult times call for difficult measures. That is the motif of the latest sci-fi thriller - Baramulla Bomber, by debutant author Clark Prasad. In an ambitious techno.. More details Difficult times call for difficult measures. That is the motif of the latest sci-fi thriller - Baramulla Bomber, by debutant author Clark Prasad.

In an ambitious techno mythological thriller, Prasad narrates the story of a young Kashmiri cricketer whose destiny is entwined with that of his country; whose success and failure could determine the outcome of one of the biggest missions to bring about world peace. Set against the backdrop of cricket, the story also goes deep into the world of high-end espionage where you are left wondering till the end whose side who is on.

Kashmir and cricket are two of the biggest talking points in India. Anyone and everyone has something to say about it, and they say it with passion. While cricket has the power to unite, the Kashmir issue at times can be very divisive in nature. One of the primary characters in the book is a cricketer from Kashmir, a rarity in real Indian cricket. Unknown to him, he becomes part of one of the biggest intelligence operations to cure India’s Pakistani headache once and for all. The Indian government, in a display of rare difficult decision making, creates a complex plan that would expose Pakistan’s terrorism reality to the international community. It enlists the support of the international intelligence community and in doing so helps revive an old fellowship of guardians that had been lying dormant for a while.

The Baramulla Bomber also creates a fantastical sonic weapon, a lethal combination arising out of the mix of quantum physics and the ancient knowledge of the Vedas and Bible, harnessed by some of the most genius minds of our times. The resultant weapon in the wrong hands holds the power to even wipe out humanity. Only a few elite minds can stop that from happening by decoding an ancient pattern that one of the protagonists is in possession of through inheritance. Will he be able to understand and decipher it?

Clark Prasad does not stop at that, he brings in the enchantments of music into the mixture and creates a wonderful climax that you can practically hear. Will there be a Kabooom moment?

Baramulla Bomber is a must read for everyone who is even remotely interested in thriller fiction. It does not disappoint. The plot, the characterization, the locations and imagery they create in your mind keep you engrossed till the very end. And then there is a surprise sneak peak into the next book in the series, which also look very interesting.
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For an Indian debut novel, this book marks a great achievement. For the Indian fans of Western thrillers, this is a good opportunity to read a thriller set in India. The .. More details For an Indian debut novel, this book marks a great achievement. For the Indian fans of Western thrillers, this is a good opportunity to read a thriller set in India. The book has all elements that Indians love: cricket, Pakistani spies and reference to Vedic mysteries mixed with elements popularized by Western authors like Dan Brown: references to biblical verses and Templar knights, the Nazis and the CIA. The book also tries to bring is some science fiction element by talking of sound waves, string theory and aliens.
Overall the book is a page turner with something happening all the time. There is an aura of mystery and the ending packs more than one surprise. The hero as a struggling Kashmiri cricketer is someone readers can sympathize with. There are also quite a few memorable characters who play a prominent role in the story. The story follows what I call a jigsaw puzzle way of narrating a story: events from different places and times involving different people are unveiled before the reader as the reader tries to understand the bigger picture by putting together these various pieces.
The language is quite decent with the difficulty level just right for the typical Indian reader. The cover illustration is quite appealing and the title is intriguing.
However I felt a couple of things could have been better. The first was that the author has tried to pack too much into a 300 page book. The author attempts to tie in too many concepts together into the story and so ends up dealing with every topic on the surface. So the reader does not get that satisfaction and wow feeling that he gets from science fiction. Usually science fiction works (unless it a complete saga like Dune series) better when the author takes at most one or two concepts and dwells deep into them, weaving them intricately into a strong story line.
The other aspect that was missing was a story line to draw the reader in. Like the science fiction and mythological elements, the book suffered from abundance than lack of characters. There were too many heroes and villains all over the place. There was no one character for the reader to closely associate with and traverse the world in his or her shoes. Too many different things are happening at different places. The villains are not really strong: they seem sketchy and weak in both will and motive. There are too many heroes. With so many heroes, the author has not had the space to go deep into any of their characters. The interactions between the characters are very shallow. So overall the storyline lacks the intensity and drama.
In the final analysis, one must definitely appreciate the effort the author has put into this book and it is definitely worth a read.
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My favorite thriller novels are those which invests most of its length to built up the plot and then culminates in an unexpected climax. That is the reason why I love Dog.. More details My favorite thriller novels are those which invests most of its length
to built up the plot and then culminates in an unexpected climax. That
is the reason why I love Dogs of War by Forsyth and The Runaway Jury
by John Grisham. There are lot of thrillers by Indian novelists
getting published these days and most of them that I read recently are
reasonably well written. But the above said quality is lacking in all
of them. Baramulla Bomber by Clark Prasad (pen name of Suraj Prasad)
is an exception and I feel, by far it is the first Indian thriller
novel which can truly compete with its international counterparts by
not being a cheap imitation of them.

Baramulla Bomber is the first part (Eka) of Svastik Trilogy. It is
tagged as a Science Fiction Espionage thriller. It follows the destiny
of a young man, Mansur Haider from Kashmir who turns from an aspiring
cricketer to the Baramulla Bomber. Something mysterious occurs in
Shaksgam valley, POK. Someone has tested a weapon that works with the
ancient technology from Vedas and Bible and has plans to use it to
their end. Intelligence agencies throughout the world are trying to
find the truth and everyone's search seems to end in finding Mansur.
Indian government and Home Minister Agastya Rathore are facing a dual
threat from two neighbouring nations and the only way out is to solve
Kashmir issue, by hook or crook.

What makes Baramulla Bomber an exiting read is its multi faceted plot.
It combines various subgenres of thriller and fuses them in a near
perfect way. It has espionage, science fiction, mythology, religion,
politics, technology, sports and even a UFO is thrown in somewhere
there (the mystery of which the author has promised to resolve in one
of the sequel). The plot is intriguing, fast paced and laden with
twists thrown at the reader in regular intervals. It manages to keep
the reader in suspense throughout as the motives of most of the
characters are kept under wraps till almost to the end and it is
difficult to determine where the loyalties of them lies while reading.
Another positive about the novel is that it makes the reader
interested in the different subjects covered in it- like mythology or
archeoastronomy. The author makes sure that anything alien to readers
that appears in the novel, and there is quiet a lot, is explained as
convincingly as possible within the frame of fiction.

One minus point that I felt while reading the book was the absence of
a really terrifying negative character. While the good characters are
strong and portrayed quite convincingly, there is no one quite good to
take them on. There are an identical twin pair of killers, but I never
felt them menacing enough. Due to this, the climax also does not have
that punch that such a novel really deserved. One more point that I
have to make, not as a negative one, but rather a caution to readers
is that the plot is a bit complicated and a bit confusing at times.
This book deserves a careful reading to savor and appreciate it fully.
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About Clark Prasad

Clark Prasad, aka Suraj Prasad is a sci-fi Indian author and healthcare management consultant. He wa...