09 June, 2019

Shiva Stone: Hampi's Hidden Treasure by AJinkya Bhoite - [Book Review]

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Shiva Stone: Hampi's Hidden Treasure




Mithila is a senior archeologist on the Hampi site along with two other UNESCO scientists. They decide to open some secret vaults in the underground Shiva temple. Treasures and artifacts from the 18th century make the headlines but the Shiva Stone was kept a closely guarded secret.

When a RAW officer hires Mithila on a secret mission to safely transport an ISRO professor and the Shiva Stone to Bangalore, she knows something is up.

Why is the stone called the Shiva Stone? Why are archeologists, UNESCO, ISRO, and RAW interested in a discovery at Hampi? Why is Mithila working for RAW? Is she the only agent on the mission?

Shiva Stone will take you on a thrilling adventure through the historical site of Hampi. Buy it now!

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My Review:

The Story is about a team trying to find out more details about the Shiva stone found in Hampi archeological site which is made of specific metal which is of global interest. Mithila, a senior archeologist is teamed with 2 ISRO professors for this mission but they find out that the stone is not what they expected it to be and there is a malicious strategy behind this mission.

The blurb definitely seemed interesting and so, I had more expectations on this book. The initial part knowing about Hampi, the Shiva stone, the architecture of Hampi temple, etc., is very good. But, gradually when the story veered away from Hampi episode, I lost my interest.

I usually don't like reading books which are part of a series. This book ends very abruptly. I can understand that the author is planning the next part but the ending might have been better to have a smooth transition to the next part and also give a feeling of satisfaction.

The characterization is good, especially the professor and Mithila. The book cover is great and apt.

The narration is good but in some places, the story seems to miss the flow. It is confusing as the story is said in the perspective of different characters changing in every chapter. If the story is narrated from a single person's perspective, it might have been better. The pace of the book is good, not very fast/ slow. There are still some links missing/ logic to be explained, but I think, these will be covered in the next series.

I loved the book cover but I think, the title is slightly misleading.

My Rating : 3/5

PS: I have received this book from the book club in exchange for a review and this is my honest opinion of the book.

About the author

I am an Electronics and Telecommunication Engineer with an inclination towards reading and writing. Besides, being Engineer, I enjoy running.

My first novel is Shiva Stone which is self-published on Kindle.

I was born in a small town called Wai, near Panchgani, Maharashtra. Moved to Satara for High School.

Under-graduation from Pune University and Masters from California State University, Long Beach.

Currently, working as a Cloud Support Engineer for Amazon Web Services.

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