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Book Review: The Chimera Retribution by Abhinav Singh

Abhinav Singh is a very promising author when it comes to writing dystopian and thriller novels. His previous novel, The Last Attractor of Chaos, was one of the best thriller novels of the year 2018. His latest novel ‘The Chimera Retribution’ is as riveting as his previous novel. Those who have read him earlier might be familiar with his writing style where he mostly put woman as a protagonist and some government institutions pose as antagonistic forces in the backdrop.

This novel builds stories from different places and timelines and then cross each other. This novel opens when the Twin Towers in the USA were going down in 9/11 attacks. Soon after that the story is transported to India, where we see a team of some people in Aurangabad’s Ellora caves digging for some truth beyond the common apprehension of a common man.

As the novel chugs ahead, we keep meeting new characters. Well, the protagonist is a young girl named Vishakha. She is in the team at Aurangabad, with a doctor. They discover a sarcophagus under water. That sarcophagus is different and holds significant value for many top-notched agencies like CIA, SETI, Indian government, and so on.

Soon after the discovery, the team is attacked. Here onwards, Vishakha takes the lead, she is on the run. She is being chased not only by a few agencies or people but also by Serpent, which is headed by Sumant. Among all dangerous aspects, he is the most ferocious one – owing to his lust for blood. Vishakha hails from a mysterious family. Her own life seems at mess when she decides to dig deeper about her roots and the meaning in life.

The story is way ahead than just another hide and seek adventure. The bigger picture begins surfacing when Vishakha discovered that her life has been used for a medical purpose. Why is the novel named as the Chimera Retribution? What sort of virus epidemic is there and how can Vishakha influence it? It is a lengthy novel, but as it transcends 100 pages, one will not be able to put it down. The more one reads it, the more bizarre puzzles/top secrets unfold.

Despite the novel being fast-paced, the suspense is maintained dramatically throughout. It will keep readers hooked till the last page. Yes, there are many characters in the novel, in different capabilities, but they all sound well-drawn and active. Vishakha's characterization is brave and slightly bigger than life according to her age.

The story has been weaved using high-rush drama, melancholy, science discoveries, extra-terrestrial myths and much more. Abhinav’s engaging narration, coupled with extraordinary search, makes this novel a fast-paced read, and of course a treat for readers who love thrillers with a dose of dystopia. Overall, a brilliant piece of literature. Highly recommended!

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