Ashok And The Nine Unknown by Anshul Dupare

“Acts of kindness come back to you in some way or the other”

#blurb: You know what, the best revenge will be watching you failing to achieve your dreams. Do what you can, Ashok. The game has just begun! Ashok wandered amidst the corpses, helplessly, looking like a dead man walking among the dead. The wailing of people who had lost their loved ones on the battlefield cut into his soul and it was then that he heard a cry for help. As realization of the devastation of war seeped in, Ashok decided to dedicate his life towards the betterment of society and try his best to prevent any destruction of life. Realizing he could not do so single-handedly, Ashok created a secret society comprising nine chosen members, who were known as the ‘Nine Unknown’, to help preserve knowledge that, in the wrong hands, could be used to destroy humanity. Little did Ashok know that the safekeeping of such knowledge had a high price to it; that shadows walk amidst us and that sometimes our actions unspool unimaginable consequences. The first of two volumes, this book has the power to transform your idea of reality!

Author: Anshul Dupare

Publisher: Rupa Publications India

Pages: 224

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Thanks to TheBookGenie for providing me with a review copy

My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Kalinga war is one of the most deadly war ever fought in the history of mankind. When Ashok stood on the battle ground after his win he realized the amount of bloodshed the war has brought upon. So many lives were lost and so many families were devastated. Dead bodies were lying in every direction. That miserable sight awoke his emotions and made him accept his fault. He felt guilty all those lives were lost because of him. When he was immersed in his thoughts all of a sudden Ashok saw a body moving, he went to help the person but that dying man refused his help before he slipped down the slope. From that day Ashok decided to help people instead of fighting for their land. He wanted peace and prosperity and so formed a secret society of nine unknown people to stop the misuse of various forms of knowledge. But he did not realize that some terrible and inhuman things were about to happen. Many secrets are about to be revealed. And more bloodshed is yet to happen. Do you want to know what happened and which secrets were revealed? If you want to know then don’t forget to pick up this book.
The book is amazingly written with a gripping plot and shocking twists. It is an amalgamation of thriller, history and mythology. It is written in an easy language and the style of narration is vivid. The book doesn’t fail to keep you hooked till the last page. It is fast paced and can be finished in a single sitting. The characters are promising and each has a background story which turns out to be crucial for the plot. The book happened to be much better than I expected. The story is a complete thriller and if you are a fan of mysteries then you are definitely going to like it. It also has various magical creatures starting from dragons to sphinx and the mention of spirits, ghosts and black magic makes it all the more enthralling. I completely loved reading this book and it has become one of my current favourite reads. Trust me and pick up this book and then you are in for a complete roller coaster ride. The suspense build up is amazing and the way the author has weaved the story is praiseworthy. I highly recommend it to everyone.
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