Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review of the youngster who became a spy



Name                -The youngster who became a spy 

Author                  - Sanjay B Tari

Publisher              - Leadstart Publishing

Number of Pages - 195

Publishing Year   - 2016

Edition                  - Paperback 

Price                     - 199

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Rating : 3.0

Blurb
The book is a thriller, set in the 3rd and 4th Century AD, about a youngster who navigates his way through to the upper echelons of the state's administration through determination. The newly acquired territory of Kaunse, in the ancient kingdom is at the crossroads of conspiracy. Deepo, a dynamic youngster, who is a typical citizen, rises to the occasion of spying for his beloved kingdom. His effort, skill, dedication, and an uncanny ability to survive and thrive in the utmost inhospitable conditions, save the kingdom from disaster on more than two occasions. The visionary emperor alters the way of thinking of the common man and in the process enriches the entire administrative machinery. The spy, the emperor, or his advisors are unaware about the threats to their kingdom. A certain turn of events over a period, causes uneasiness within the empire. A thrilling training of spies, their tests, a meticulously planned intelligence operation, and chase, and finally the search of the unknown follows.

My Review
Writing a historical fiction requires a lot of hard work, research and precision. A historical fictional thriller is even more difficult since author has to maintain the suspense while going with the timeline and happenings then.

The youngster who became a spy is such an attempt. Author has tried to club the history with fiction while maintaining the suspense. The first half of the story is about how the protagonist- Deepo becomes the king's trustee. Despite the historical background, author failed to bring forth precision in the narration demographically and chronologically. A lot of sequences where in Deepo's family sit together for tete-a-tete seems like a filler, which oozes out the flavour of the genre itself. Neither history nor suspense helps the reader cling to the first half of the book.
Nevertheless, the author got the grip of the story towards the second half. Deepo's venture as a spy is interesting and gripping. Author could incite anxiety in the readers towards the ends of the story. 
Major let down of the story is narration. The book is recommended for the readers searching for a simple and easy read especially  early teens.
Reviewed for the publisher
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the author

 Sanjay B. Tari, after having completed his B.Com and ACA, now works as a Finance Controller at Sharq Investment Company, Kuwait. The author has interest in reading historical books, biographies, autobiographies, philosophical books and fictions. He is also interested in watching different forms of art performances. Writing is an important medium through which one can at a certain level influence the society around. Although fictional, the stories are a source of inspirations for youngsters and/or administrations and the subjects they handle. This subtle message, and inspiring various people and institutions for the benefit of the society as a whole inspired the author to write. He has contributed articles to the, ‘The Chartered Accountant Journal’ and ‘Newsletter of the MMK (Maharashtra Mandal)’. ‘The Youngster who became a Spy’ is his debut novel.