Author: Sandeep Sharma
Two kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to ‘The Game of Chess’.
Serial killings shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields – History, Chess and the Security forces – have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is Chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history really repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
I am in two minds about this book. On one hand the story, plot and writing style are really good, but on other there are too many stylization, editing and grammar issues 😦 Also, the quality of pages and printing was poor, it almost felt like I was reading a pirated copy.
Let me first deal with the good parts. The story line is quite interesting. The way the author has merged history and the current times with such ease was exceptional. The story is such that you are not able to guess the ending. The characterizations were interesting, and I hope in the next book they are developed further. The whole scenario reminded me a bit of Dan Brown Books, you know, how a historian finds himself in the midst of a dangerous controversy.
I felt that compared to his last book, Hey Dad! Meet my Mom, this book showed a much better grasp on the story line and characters.
On the flip-side, the editing and proofreading was not up to the mark. For example, in this sentence, “He was of the opinion that the larger the number, the more vindictive the perpetrator and the stronger the motive.” While grammatically it is correct it became irritating to read as the word “the” came up so many times it overcrowded the whole sentence. There were many errors like this which if addressed could take this book on a whole new level.