* I had received an ARC in exchange of an honest review.* Thank you Half Baked Beans for the ARC.
In the land of Gods, the arrival of a vigilante stormed the silence. He was brutally used and harassed by Gods. His emotions and sentiments were toyed with.
The most powerful god, Agusthus, feels crippled before him. He targets everyone responsible for his state. He drains Agusthus by slaughtering his son. He exhausts Moira, daughter of Agusthus, by killing her brother before her eyes. He breaks Castle Gray, the only one capable of stopping him, by cursing his love into a cold bloodless stone. He weakens the powerful Queen Iris, Gray’s mother, and enslaves her husband. He certainly has no opponent.
However, no one targets him. He is so silent and precise that no one buys the fact that the vigilante, who was cursed and killed long ago, is somehow back. Hence, the time waits for the birth of the last hope left to save the world from the wrath of the demon. Time waits for ‘Martin Krooger’.
I was literally disappointed reading this. The book neither stands up to it’s genre nor it’s title. The title is “The Origin of Martin Krooger” but the mention of Krooger is only in the concluding chapter. The genre mentioned at the back cover is Thriller, but the tempo is too slow for it to be a thriller. To be very honest, there’s no thrill at all. Too many diversions from the main story. The author has desperately tried to make it a sci-fi, by inserting some thermodynamics concept from physical chemistry, some mentions of algorithm concept from computer science. Tries to make the Heavens and the “Gods” tech-savvy. Makes the story of creation a science experiment and says evolution is something that the “stupid” humans believe. This is acceptable to some extent. But all of a sudden, some love story pops out. Too many unnecessary charcterisations.
In short, this book is A TOTAL NO-NO for people who appreciate the REAL ESSENCE of literature.
Books like this spoil the reputation of Indian Literature.
2.5/5 (I thought of giving a 3 but I’m too pissed and disappointed)
According to one of his interviews, he confessed, he has never read a single novel. How is this possible? How can anyone become a novelist without reading a novel?? It’s like being a doctor without studying biology. Being a tree without roots.
On a positive note, the author should be applauded for attempting this genre (fantasy-thriller) for his debut book, which debutants generally avoid.
P.S. I would like to suggest the author PLEASE read a few novels. You could ask me, if you need book suggestions.