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Book Review: A Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory

A Conspiracy of Violence unfolds thrilling accounts of vile mystery in the aftermath of Restoration London, somewhere around 1662. Thomas Chaloner is a spy cum apparent male protagonist but probably not the lead protagonist as the book abounds with many important as well as insignificant characters. Soon after Cromwell is defeated and being out of the contest, new conspiracies against the new king begin taking place and so Thomas begins working for inconsistent bosses for his basic needs but as the events unfurl untowardly his obedience towards his reporting chiefs’ tumbles down. To an extent, Thomas being a top-class spy finds tough to understand who is true and whom to trust and where to report. Finally, his spying caliber nears a brink of extinction.   Strange enough, over-mingling of characters and events delay the exact clues for investigation. Therefore, many assumed Thomas isn’t a perfect spy – which he ought to be as per the readers’ expectations. The book is fin

Book Review: The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is a poetic title. The story covers Mir Ali, a small town, bordering Afghanistan perpetually torn by war. The book gains overtly limelight as the author is Fatima Bhutto, native of Pakistan and hails from political family. The story oscillates from time to time as the setting – Mir Ali town holds memories and values to characters of present day, Friday, the day of festival Eid. Three brothers from the same family, strange enough that they decide to offer prayer in three different mosques, as there lurks fear of bombing the mosques. The book is poignant, while it reveals sad status of lost lives, lost families and earlier peaceful way of life. How war affects and brings ill-fate to innocent people. The book is based on Afghan war that invariably has been affecting the lives of Pakistanis. Through this book readers may conclude that media coverage and news about wars in Afghanistan isn't that authentic as depicted in the novel. The boo

Book Review: Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor

Star of the Sea is a ship set for New York from the ruined Ireland. The narration goes beyond the ship and sea tides to unveil life episodes of victims boarded on that ship. Amidst many is a killer, ravenous for retribution to bring some equality and justice to the past life. As the journey charges ahead, long and harsh in biting cold, many passengers of her are battered and die during the journey, some lose themselves while the ship waits at the outer of the harbor. Star of the Sea by Joseph O’Connor is a book rare to find on the Irish Starvation. A magnetic tale unfolds tragedy and mercy and love and redemption with utmost appeal of humanity. The effects of colonization on Irish land by British during the Victorian era are the staple that holds the plot extraordinarily. The novel gives details of ‘The Great Starvation’ in Ireland in 1847. As going by the facts, during the Irish Famine millions died and many travelled to America to find new life and food. A tragic part

Book Review: Soul Seekers by Neelam S Chandra

Soul Seekers by Neelam Chandra brings forward a collection of emotions through this book. As it simply unfolds, readers come to know about how the lives of simple people engaged in day-to-day responsibilities and frivolities manage and look over their love fates. Pia, a modern girl, has everything handy to say that her life is comfortable and good going. However when her exploration for love and its allied affairs commenced, she begins getting the jolts of depression and failures so much that her past becomes start haunting her. This debilitates her confidence in life and as an upshot she becomes wary of things that look like love affairs, stuff like love-at-first-sight or infatuation. But that is not going to be the case for always. Thus, Yatin once a favourite guy in her life, as they were ready to take off in the plane of love, the gentleman disappears abruptly, for that he has some quite serious peculiar reasons of his own in life. Modern love stories are always dev