Author: Uday Satpathy
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
Brutal – the author claims this to be his first attempt to write a novel! I am shocked. This is probably the best of the lot that I have read (and reviewed as well) until now. Please do not take this statement as if I am bragging just to attract your attention; I truly mean it by heart.
Usually, the ‘thriller’ genre is overlapped with suspense and with adventure as well but the real punch of thriller is something that can only be felt while reading (or sometimes watching). The story and plot should be able to excite you to find out what happens next. It need not necessarily throw hints to bring out that detective in you. It is ought to bring those nerves into function so that every single body part rises to goose bumps! This is what this story will pamper you with.
Yes, this story has other elements as well but they are such beautifully and intricately interwoven into the plot that you almost forget those rushes rising in your body, mind and spirit alike. It’s a wholesome story with a realistic plot which portrays the real society, at large. Starting with an intriguing teaser chapter that engulfs you right from the first sentence to find out how the drama develops; and proceeding further to the next chapter to accompany a reporter who digs into the case under discussion. To start with, it seems that all is clear and evident but the plot develops as investigation deepens and unearths the ‘BRUTAL’ in them.
Often books from thriller genre have elaborate explanations of scene and splendid descriptions of expressions with actions and this scenario, the plot occupies lesser writing space. Nevertheless, it is not in this case. You will have loads of material (read it as content) with twists and depths to imbibe and admonish the real definition of BRUTALITY, as it exists in our society. You will admire and appreciate how this debutante has observed the developments and systems around us and hand-picked an emotion, which has inter-links with all influential strata of society.
One twist leads of a series of turn of events and each and every incident is dealt with seamless precision. His engaging writing skills make this an interesting read. Now, next time, I chose a thriller to review, it has to give me something really kicking to beat my impression of this story and the author as well. The scene changes with successive chapters and the story develops at a fast pace. By mentioning it as a fast, I did not mean to say that author is rushing fast; rather I mean to say that at no point of time, he wastes his energy into expanding unnecessary explanations and descriptions. So, you have a lot to read witness and enjoy.
The characters from every single scene are realistic and relatable. The author introduces and further treats them with such finesse that it is next to impossible to refrain yourself from feeling their positive and negative vibes both, as the scenario demands. If at one point of time, you find yourself projecting a character, the very next moment he urges you to step into the shoes and psyche of the another and thus you are neck-deep into the characters which ultimately gives you the much needed – thrill.
This review comes as a special shout-out for the film-makers and script-writers who are hunting hard for some nice material for their next venture. Don’t waste this opportunity and grab it as soon as possible before somebody else snatches it away from you; just in front of your eyes. (I hope respected author and the publishers are willing to take this potentially strong script to next level).
I will definitely look-up to the next from the author. This is a recommended read for everyone who think that they are an ardent fiction and thriller books apprentices. Grab your copy and witness as the term ‘Brutal’ gets a valid definition and recognition!
A special Note: This book comes as first attempt for crowd-curated book in India. To know more about the venture, check respective websites and the acknowledgement page in the book. A nice attempt. Kudos for the team!
About the Book
“You are in real, real danger.” – A school teacher gets a creepy warning in his mailbox. Seven days later, he murders eleven of his students. Two months later, he is gunned down in broad daylight by an obscure militant outfit. Justice served. The nation pacified. Case closed.
But not for two crime reporters. Seeking redemption through this case are Prakash and Seema, ace journalists but broken individuals. As they follow the story, they are led to the ominous wilds of Bandhavgarh where an eerily similar massacre had occurred eight years ago. Little do they know that they have stirred up a hornet’s nest.
One by one their leads start turning up in body bags and they are chased by assassins at every corner. Soon they realize that they are pitted against evil powers pervading the business and political DNA of the country, with an unbelievably sinister agenda. People who are about to let Prakash and Seema know how brutal they can be.
About the Author
Uday Satpathy is an Information Technology Expert in the world of Healthcare and Life Sciences. He has a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from one of the top B-schools in the country. Brutal, his first novel, was born out of a love for thrillers with intricate plots. He is a movie connoisseur, a cricket fanatic, a quizzing enthusiast and a travel freak. He has a special place in his heart for cooking as well.