Book Review: Let The Game Begin by Sandeep Sharma

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Title: Let The Game Begin | Author: Sandeep Sharma
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 175
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Rating: 4/5


Let The Game Begin – Blurb

Two kingdoms, Chaturanga and Sarprakt, separated by a mystic mountain range are at war with each other since ages. Chaturanga, ruled by King Viratha, is soon bestowed with a dynamic heir, and the whole kingdom is drowned in rituals and festivity. On the other side, Sarprakt is executing a cruel conspiracy. King Viratha, crippled by the conspiracy, urges the mysterious man of the mountain to devise a method to recreate the conspiracy and that gave birth to ‘The Game of Chess’.

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Serial killings shock the nation as the police are rendered clueless. The killer leaves behind a trail of chess pieces with a strange message. Random people are murdered. Connoisseurs of different fields – History, Chess and the Security forces – have united as the next intended victim is the most powerful person of the country. How is Chess involved in the whole scenario? How will they find a man who died 4000 years ago? Can a person defy the laws of nature? Does history really repeat itself? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Let The Game begin: My Thoughts

“Future is the only thing that fantasizes everyone. The curiosity to know everything is the driving force to cover up the distance and the curiosity to know is the reason of the repeated trap”

I started reading ‘Let The Game Begin’ today and a couple of hours was all it took to complete it. It was quite a novella kind of book with short concise chapters. ‘Let The Game Begin’ is a Bollywood thriller drama – A hero, a few very high profiles thrown in, a too cute heroine and a mad dash in the end. There was also a twister in the end to throw some shades on a sequel.

‘Let the Game Begin’ turned out to be a fast page turner and with an engrossing storyline.  A rivalry between two kingdoms of 4000 years ago led to a series of events that shaped the kingdoms’ course of history. Those events have a much greater impact now,  at the present age, as it is believed that the same people are to be born again after 4000 years.

The story was too good to put aside the book only for the frequent cropping of incessant grammar mistakes. The story keeps shifting between two eras with a 4000 year gap. It builds enough suspense to make me want to know what’s coming in the next chapter.

It has a mystery vein along the lines of who is the mole in the lot. A lot of interlinking between the past and the present happens and all are tied up neatly. The game chess plays a major role in connecting the past and present.

A betrayed and fallen king is back. And he is out for vengeance. This is the backdrop. As we come to a close we find that it was not just about settling a score but something more sinister lurks behind it. The story ends here with such an assertion for a sequel which isn’t out yet.

Spoilers

The relationship between Surya and Priya fell flat. Someone smart enough to be a creditable cop missed about the parentage details of his supposed soul mate totally bummed me. Initially a lot of deaths happen really fast that it all felt very plastic to me. Though the deaths were much-needed for building the required suspense. A little layering in the details could have added intrigue. The investigation procedure seemed to move at very slow pace considering the very top administrator of the country is at stake here.  The complete operation hinges on the esoteric theories of a historian’s readings from a golden book. Hmm. I wanted to shout, “Prime Minister is in a peril. Please move on!!”

All these are minor qualms as the ‘Let The Game Begin’ moves forward with such a good pace and the author delivers a captivating tale.

“Human beings are always thieves for a better future. Everything is fair in the hope of a better tomorrow.”

Thanks to the author for the copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Looking forward to see what’s in store for King Viratha in the sequel.

 

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