Title: Let the Game Begin
Author: Sandeep Sharma
Publisher: Inspire India Publishers
No. of Pages: 174
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”.
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” is a racy novel with a right blend of historical events and a man who reincarnated after 4000 years to take revenge on people who were unjust to him in the past. The story revolves around two kingdoms – Chaturanga and Sarprakt – who were at war with each other. Chaturanga was unbeatable and a prosperous kingdom, and Sarprakt was entirely opposite of it.
When King Viratha of Chaturanga gave birth to Prince, the only heir, the whole kingdom celebrated it. All these days Viratha never bothered about anything, but now he has his son, his only weakness. The enemies are brewing a conspiracy to make use of his only weakness, to finally conquer Chaturanga by an elaborate plan, right from the Prince’s birth. How are they planning it? Who are all involved in it?
Author Sandeep Sharma beautifully parallel narrates the present and the past without letting us into any confusion. In the present timeline, a man has started killing people by leaving Chess pieces near dead bodies and some strange message with an even stranger unknown language. Why did he do that? Who is he? Is he really the one who he claims to be, the reincarnated one?
In all of this confusion, there is one person who knows all. An immortal one. How is he going to help the story to build?
Without being pretentious about the details and with the short chapters, this book is a sure page-turner.
I have won this book in a #BookGiveaway competition by BookWormHelly on Instagram. I take this opportunity to thank them for giving such a wonderful book to read. In my honest opinion, the only negative thing about this book are the grammatical errors which cannot be avoided while reading for a Grammar Nazi. If you aren’t one, then this book is a perfect pick for a thriller. Even if you’re one, pick it up so you can wonder why such books aren’t discussed by Indians but books with much less authenticity stand out as bestsellers in popular online shopping sites. My only suggestion to the author and his editor is to improve the editing skills and look out for grammatical errors. This book has a potential to be widely read by book lovers. 🙂
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