Friday, July 29, 2016

Review of Hawk Hunters by Pushpenra Singh




Book Name         -Hawk Hunters 
Author                  - Pushpendra Singh
Publisher              - Leadstart Publishing
Number of Pages - 288
Publishing Year   -2015
Edition                  -Paperback
Price                     -198
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Rating : 4.5


Blurb


Were Guru Gobind Singh's raw, ill-equipped sparrows able to hunt down the mighty Mughal hawk? Set in a turbulent pre-Independence Punjab, 'The Hawk Hunters' is a action-packed saga as well as a tender love story of great courage, nobility and supreme sacrifice. Above all, it is a celebration of the triumph of the human spirit over ruthless brutality and personal tragedy.

My Review

History, action, romance,  loss, pain, despair- Hawk Hunters is a book that can be categorized into multiplicity genres. Set in background of Sikh-Mughal battle, the story takes the readers to a beautiful world of love between Sammi and Naaz. Tremendous level of hard work and preparation is evident throughout the book.  There are no loose ends in the narration inspite of a complicated storyline. History and fiction are seamlessly interweaved with spicy juicy sub plots which are constructed with finesse. 
The romantic moments between Shammi and Naaz are depicted subtly yet effectively. The battle field and the detailed account on how an army of inspired men fighting for a cause galvanizes the conscience of readers. The story conveys a great message of secularism and humanity. The history of Guru Govind Singh and hjs followers is enlightening and informative.

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

Maj General Pushpendra Singh is a retired Army officer who lives at 'Harshabadpuri' in Panchkula (Chandigarh). He was educated at the Lawrence School, Sanawar and St Columba's, New Delhi and has a M.Sc. from the Madras University. A national- level horseman, he is also keen on wildlife. He is married with children and three grand-children. In 2012 he teamed up with his artist-wife to publish "The Magic Degh" (KW Publishers, Delhi) a book of short stories for children. During one of his tenures in J & K he happened to visit the birthplace of Banda Singh Bahadur in Rajouri. Fascinated with this hermit's success in liberating most of present Punjab and Haryana from the Mughals, he decided to delve deeper into this brilliant military feat which "The Hawk Hunters" portrays.