At the age of 14, author Mehul Jangir has written this book. I am reviewing the book not on the basis of his age but on his writing.
The story went thus 1 Soviet pilot, 2 Soviet soldiers, and 3 German hostages in a small plane traveling across Sahara to reach the British facility in Ghana, when suddenly the plane crashed in the desert, one hostage escaped, one soldier and one hostage died, and then there were 3!! Captured to be sold as slaves, the 3 went through various upheavals in the desert till they reached Brazil.
This was a fictional thriller based on historical events of World War II. I liked the way author Mehul has amalgamated those vague pieces of history and transformed it into a thriller. At least he has tried to.
The barebones of the plot was exciting, to think what could have been was exhilarating. The sequence of events were well maintained. The first part gave me a rush, I was hoping the crash would give me a roller-coaster ride in the pages.
But there were my niggles which overpowered me — the book was written in first person, but each chapter was a different person’s POV, so the chapter heading had to be kept in mind. This was a different style, but this felt more like a log book of each person, instead of a cohesive story.
The thrill, the emotions, keeping me at the edge of my seat was just not there. The book read dry. And there were too many characters so keeping track needed a pen and paper. The book ended abruptly, with the story barely hinted at, and the excitement and adventure was bare minimum. All this left me feeling incomplete. I was completely at a loss!!
I read the book twice hoping that the second reading would give me a complete story. But no such luck. A good attempt, but needs more development.
P. S I didn’t like the cover too!!
I received the book from the author, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3 stars
About the Author
Mehul’s imagination belies his tender age of fourteen years. His heroes are Geronimo Stilton, J K Rowling and George R. R. Martin and he inhabits their worlds. He comes out of them only to create his own. His love for Mun, developing computer programs and cricket are his only distractions.
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Aboard the plane that battles the devilish storm over the great Sahara are three hostages from Nazi Germany, three hostages who can change the course of World War II if they reach their destination.
Can Ivsker Vodkech, the best pilot in the Soviet Union, battle against all odds to deliver the three hostages into allied hands? Can he uncover the horrific organization operating in Africa? Can he survive?
Publication date : 29th January, 2018
Publisher : Quignog
A pseudo thriller