The Indus Challenge by R. Durgadoss – Book Review

The Indus Challenge

BY: R. DURGADOSS

Synopsis:

Bharat is in chaos. While the kingdoms fight each other, Alexander’s forces gather for the assault, their leader lured by tales of supernatural weapons and the elixir of immortality. Only one man can save the subcontinent from domination by the Greeks: the young Chandragupta Maurya, trained under the aegis of the ‘dark Brahmin’, Chanakya.

When an ancient seal is found, sharing the secrets of the brahmastra, the redoubtable weapon of the Mahabharat, it is up to Rudra, young commander of the Mauryan Nava Yuva Sena and lifelong friend and confidante of Chandragupta, to decode it. Along with his fellow commandos and with the able guidance of his guru, Rudra embarks on a quest that takes him from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the seas of Rameshwaram, hunting the clues that will lead him to the brahmastra. On the way, he meets the Chiranjivis, ancient beings tasked with divine duties and learns the secrets behind his own birth and his mysterious powers.

But Rudra must be careful, for not all enemies were dispersed with the death of the mighty Alexander. Treachery lurks in the home and when Rudra is framed for the attempted murder of his sovereign, he must pull every trick at his disposal to reveal the enemy and save his kingdom from plunging, once more, into bloodshed and chaos.
A historical, mythological adventure story, The Indus Challenge is sure to appeal to readers interested in the storied past of India and the legends woven into its soil.

Book Review:

I have always been fascinated by historical and mythological reads. And when the book has mention of Chanakya and his wisdom, it becomes all the more interesting. Revolving around the Maurayan Empire lead by Chandragupta Maurya, the protagonist of the novel is Rudra. Empowered with special powers, Rudra is a general in the army of Chandragupta. He is also a close companion and confidante of Chandragupta Maurya and a dear disciple of Chanakya. Rudra is a fictional character conceptualized by the author.

The story took a while initially to pick up but after a few pages the read was smooth. The plot is interesting which includes elements of history with mythology along with a blend of twists and turns woven beautifully in the story. However, the description sometimes felt a little monotonous as most of the story has been narrated in the form of conversations between two characters.

The main characters have been developed well. However, the author could have devoted some more pages to develop the other characters.

The language is simple and easy to follow and one doesn’t need a dictionary to read the book.

The cover of the book is gorgeous and grabs the attention of the readers with its first look. The title is also apt considering the storyline.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and recommend it to those who like to read historical and mythological fiction.

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