Baramulla Bomber – A Book Review

The book
Title: Baramulla Bomber
Author: Clark Prasad
Pages: 316
Genre: Science Fiction Espionage Thriller
Publisher: Niyogi Books
MRP: Rs. 395

About the author
Clark Prasad, alter ego of Suraj Prasad, could be called a mixed citizen. Born in Lagos, Nigeria he lived most of his life in New Delhi and educated in Lagos, Delhi, Mangalore, and Kozhikode.
A pharmacist with a management degree, Baramulla Bomber is his first book. His first education on the mysteries of the universe came via Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, and since then he never looked back on reading, watching and discussing about the universe. More here.

About the book (from its cover)

An ancient weapon from the Vedas & Bible 
Once hunted by the Nazis 
Powered by the sound of the universe 
Reborn with the help of Quantum Physics 
Going to be Unleashed onto the world 
& Kashmir holds itโ€™s secret 

The only way 
To save the world
Is to challenge oneโ€™s faith
Multiple intelligence agencies are tracking Mansur Haider, a God fearing aspiring cricketer from Kashmir. His girlfriend, Ahana Yajurvedi is trying to locate her missing mountaineering team, which vanished after a mysterious earthquake struck Shaksgam valley. Investigating Mansur and the Shaksgam valley incident is Swedish Intelligence officer, Adolf Silfverskiod, whose only relationship to God consists of escorting his girlfriend to church. 

To save the world
A dual China-Pakistan battlefield scenario facing the Indian Home minister, Agastya Rathore, whose ancestoprs carry a prehistoric secret linked to the stars. He is faced with the challenge of finding a lasting solution to the Kashmir crisis. 

Is to challenge one’s faith
Which Biblical weapon was tested in Shaksgam Valley? Why is MansurHaider important?Is there a solution to the Kashmir crisis? Can destiny be controlled? Does a cosmic religion exist? 

My Review
Right at the beginning there is this request from the author to not give away the plot of the story. So, no story details in this review.

The cover page is hypnotic; the deep green eyes lure you to pick up the book. And if you are kind who likes โ€˜thrillersโ€™ with a little bit of politics (Kashmir issue, Indo-China relations), science and mythology thrown in then this is the book. And yes, there is cricket too! It is interesting how the author has created space for each and wove them well to keep the reader hooked. Though at the end I felt it could have been more concise with fewer elements.

The story starts with a blast that shatters the group Chos Skyong, a group of 13 members. Vishwanath Harshavardhan Rathore instructs Abhinayu Kashyap (defence minister of India) to help those who survived the blast and to track Haider family. Meanwhile a sonic weapon has been tested in Shaksgam valley. General Pervez Hussain and General Chan work with Dr. Raja for project Babylon. Mansur Haider , an upcoming cricketer from Baramulla dreams to play for India. Is he remotely associated with the project? Why does Adolf, the intelligence officer from Sweden track him? Multiple threads!

Mansur, his girlfriend Aahana, Adolf, Abhimanyu; all get involved with each other, with the project, with the weapon and the perfect suspense plot is there!

There are many more characters, author Clark has assigned significant role to each. Here again I felt, had the elements of the story been less, the number of characters too would have been less. Till the story begins to fall in place, the load of all elements and characters is too much. Did I mention the number of countries the story spans through? 6 countries! This adds thrill to the story no doubt.

A debut writer, Clark Prasad has done justice to the theme he selected. I am amazed at his imaginations and the way he has given form to it with such a lot of characters and elements. The plot is excellent. He could have spent some more time on it to give a good form to it.


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19 Responses

  1. Pallavi says:

    Great review Indrani! The picture on the book's cover is so hypnotizing .. such intense eyes.

  2. Wow! that seems to be very interesting! Thanks for your review ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Sylvia K says:

    I do enjoy thrillers and this sounds like a great one!! I really enjoyed your review, Indrani!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a lovely week!!

  4. Seems like myth meets science! And I read Carl Sagan too! hoping to publish an interesting novel like Clark Prasad ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sounds intriguing. Is it the kind of book that's safest to read during daylight hours? It sounds scary.

  6. ilakshee says:

    sounds interesting!

  7. Seeta says:

    Intriguing was the word that came to my mind when i read the plot… not to mention the cover makes it seem exciting too. will keep an eye out for this one!

  8. I've nothing left to say, but, interesting.

  9. Bibi says:

    I'm going to check it out….

  10. a Rat says:

    i am waiting to read this book.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Excellent review!! The name, book cover, and the story all seems quite interesting.

  12. The theme is interesting and possibly the treatment of the theme would also be.I am making a wish list to buy this book when I may touch Bangalore city from Chickmagulur.

  13. I have been wanting to read this book. Thanks for the review ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. The suspense that we feel from the cover has been increased by your review. Waiting to get this one now.

  15. Namrota says:

    I have been toying with the idea of reading this book for a while now. I might pick it up some day, may be borrow from a friend :v

  16. Sounds interesting..Nice review..:-)

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