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Friday, February 14, 2014

Book Review: Sirens Spell Danger by Suresh Chandrasekaran, Karthik L & Radha Sawana


This was the book cover in 2015. A new book cover was released in 2015 so here is the update.
 
 

Book: Sirens Spell Danger

Author: Suresh Chandrasekaran, Karthik L and Radha Sawana

No. of Pages: 211

Genre: Fiction - Thriller

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc

 

One of the 3 author’s wrote to me with a book review request and I took it up instantly drawn partly by the genre, partly by the title and the book cover and partly by the fact that he was a fellow blogger who was getting his book published.

So the 3 bloggers - Suresh Chandrasekaran, Karthik L & Radha Sawana – come together and write 3 very different novellas with some common elements like sirens (gorgeous girls) and of course,  a lot of danger (though of different kinds) and suspense with ever twisting plots.  

All the 3 Novellas ... are complete, independent and different in their own ways. Each of the 3 novellas are simply unputdownables - the kind of twists they have is simply mind-blowing.

What is common between the three blogger-authors is their flare of story-telling and gripping the reader. It feels like the book is gripping the reader and not letting go. I would love to read more from the 3 authors ... shorts stories and novellas ... they should write more ... and they should do it soon :)

Let me write something about each novella …

Femme Fatale by Suresh Chandrasekaran who blogs at jambudweepam.blogspot.com

Femme Fatale is my personal favorite from the book, simply because it has all the elements to convert it into a nice hour long movie / short-film – romance, action, humour, victimized-hero, spies, bombings, national security and so on and so forth. There is no unnatural heroism in the story. Our ordinary protagonist falls into a trap of terrorists (being mistaken as a spy by them) because of a gorgeous woman and is then pulled into the cat-n-mouse game of intelligence forces and terrorists. The story goes thro several ups and downs and the reader is left guessing at whether certain characters are on the right side or wrong … as situations and events reveal different shades and intentions of people including new players. The best part of this novella (unlike the others) is the sheer balance of humor and adventure – both interwoven into each other with finesse. A thriller at its best - Loved it. Rating 5/5 

Bella Dona by Radha Sawana who blogs at blog.radhasawana.in

Bella Dona brings to the readers a cast of inspector and other assisting teams struggling with murders which are giving them the signs of a serial killer on the prowl who leaves a calling card behind with a different animal picture every time. The police inspector not only has to struggle with clues at the crime scene and how the murdered victims are linked to each other but also with the interpretation of the animal pictures on the calling cards and their connection. As a reader, you discover the story linking the victims and almost zero in on the murderer only to be surprised in the climax. The climax stops you in the tracks and leaves you speechless. Rating 4.5/5

Bellary by Karthik L who blogs at luciferhouseinc.blogspot.com

This was the weird one. Bellary has elements of paranormal and although it started out with promise with a secret service agent getting lured by gorgeous girls; the paranormal climax kind of dipped the mood a bit (for me). I personally liked the interplay of the protagonist with the 2 gorgeous female leads of the story and the way the author keeps the readers guessing as to which one of them is good and which is the vamp or both are vamp. If not for the paranormal angle, it would definitely have got a rating 5 from me. Rating 4/5

Overall, ‘Sirens Spell Danger’ is a very interesting collection of 3 novellas … something I have enjoyed reading (finished it off within 2 days – could have finished it off in single sitting if not for reading it during week-days). I would readily recommend it to anyone interested in ready racy-n-pacy thrillers. I really wish someone would adapt these for the TV … 

Ratings on Book Review Parameters:

Cover Design: 3.5 / 5

Writing Style: 4.5 / 5

Characters:     4.0 / 5

Story / Plot:     4.5 / 5

Climax:            4.5 / 5

Overall:           4.0 / 5 

 

1 comment:

  1. Hey,

    I am the author of the second story - Bella Dona. Came across this review tonight, and was pleasantly surprised! Thank you so much for this lovely review.

    I was wondering if you could do us another small favour. We have changed the cover image of this book across all platforms (facebook, goodreads and Amazon). I was wondering if you could change the book cover in your review as well. Its a part of our rebranding attempt, so we would like the same cover to be present all over the web.

    You can find the new book cover here - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sirens-Spell-Danger-A-Collection-of-Three-Crime-Thriller-Stories/1437421706471601

    Thanks again for supporting our book!
    -Radha

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