Book Review of World’s Fastest Surgeon – Jim Lowe

Received this book through @BookTasters from the author. This is light autobiography of a successful neurosurgeon who is also a accomplished racer.
Through I am not a very big fan of racing, but I love medical books fiction and nonfiction and also shows. That’s what intrigued what’s a surgeon doing on the racing circuit and I was not disappointed. Its a not self boasting book but an simple story of facing struggles, overcoming bullying and coming on top. He shows that with determination, grit and perseverance, all is possible. also a balance can be maintained between hobby, chosen profession and family life, if you want it and have the heart to take necessary risks.
The book is a fun read not a boring preaching account but also motivates. The only flaw I found was some anecdotes and parts were too long and descriptive with unnecessary details otherwise it a very good read
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Review of Rwanda by Susan Thomson

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I read this non fiction book through @BookTasters

“Throughout Rwandan history, winner-take-all politics has been culturally rooted in a system of dominance of the ruling group over the rest of society”

This is a honest from the ground overview of the conflict in Rwanda-a nation ravaged by years of conflict, civil war and genocide and the mirage of peace and development of a modern nation it presents today. The author neither presents the official nor a a one sided story but tries to show both sides of the conflict from the view of the perpetrators and the victims, what circumstances led to such horrific events She not only talks about the past but also holds accountable the present fragile peace it presents today and how everyone the politicians, the international community and the powerful countries failed the common Rwandans

“Then and now, the majority of Rwandans are subject to the self-serving decisions of political elites—whether Tutsi or Hutu”

One of the best non fiction books i’ve read A must read

Review of Norman the Button by Michelle Olson

I received this book from the author to Review through @BookTasters. Cute as a Button is the perfect description of this book. This is the story of Norman who is currently feeling useless in his current job and tries changing his job. His selection of jobs and his assessment of his weaknesses and strengths, his realisation of his true worth makes for a wonderful read which both kids and their elders would enjoy. This story is as beautiful to read as to listen. Everyone with laugh, cry and become sad along with Norman’s journey.
I was hooked as soon as I saw the beautiful brightly illustrated cover and wanted to be a kid again. This book has everything that kids want beautiful bright pictures, a brief story, short sentences, and in the end self appreciation. I showed this book to my 6 six year old grandniece and 18 year old daughter and read to my 4 year old grand nephew and they all enjoyed thoroughly.
One of the best kids books I’ve come across. Loved it thoroughly and eager to know more of Norman’s view of things.A must read for kids and adults.

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Mercury’s Son -Luke Hindmarsh (Review)

Mercury’s Son by Luke E T Hindmarsh is a dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel where sci-fiction meets murder mystery/detective novel. Though science fiction is not my favourite genre but still this book intrigued me.
Its a complex murder story where search for the murder leads to many twists and turns and the moderator (detective cum monitor) solving the murder gets caught in deceit, lies and and betrayal where he questions his whole life and beliefs. Along with him caught in this cycle is his sergeant cum assistant (a kind of robocop) and the readers get caught up as to who are the actual villains who devastated the earth.
Though the first half feels like science fiction mumbo-jumbo and a little convoluted and too long, the story makes sense and picks up speed in the second half.Though some places and some incidents look unnecessary and forced but still the books binds with its central plot and you feel eager to know the end.
The narrative was a bit confusing and I sometimes could not relate to the events and had to read the portion again but I think it’s overall, a very good book. Even I a non science-fiction fan could love it. Its a must read for all Asimov fans

Review of Reverend Dumb by Mike Scantlebury

I received this book through @BookTasters from the author for an honest review.
The story deals with a terrorist angle amidst the Brexit vote and European Football. The suspense and mystery angles were nicely developed. The corruption, the political and economic both is dealt with. The strong arm tactics of the one in power in world trade and how it benefits only the one with the power is also dealt with. The story was fast paced and there never was a dull moment in the entire plot.
The only shortcoming for me was that there was too much happening at once and sometimes the mind spun to correlate the incidents.I had to read it twice to understand what was happening. The backstories were also a shortfall. Another thing is to really enjoy this book you had to understand first the political scenario and the BREXIT.
This is a very good read for those who love some a fast paced whodunit and twist at the end.

Money Power Love – Joss Sheldon (Review)

Set in 1800’s this book traces the story of three friends born within seconds of each other in neighbouring homes separated by tragedy and reunited again later and how they help each other . The three pursue different goals – money, power and love to be happy and this shapes their character. They are good or evil as their destinies lead them or circumstances force them. It is only when they accept their true self that they become satisfied and happy. This being the central theme, the story is interwoven through real historical events and beautifully blended. The rise of materialism, financial institutions / banking, the manipulations of the simple folk and fall of brotherhood and neighbourly interactions leading to the chaos that the world is in today.
The story also chases the rise of colonialism and destruction of native culture and how to create greed where there is no sign of it. Though there are some stereotypes and clichés which could have been avoided (hence have given 3 stars otherwise this books deserves more) , still it is a great story if read as a satire. Once started reading could not put down and was a good read from the word go. Would recommend it certainly

A Police Action – A A Freda (Review)

A Police Action by A A Freda is a love story set admidst the Vietnam War that no one wants to acknowledge A Police Story As the hero James Coppi calls it. But it is not for those who want a typical Mills and Boons romance, it is real down to earth story of two individuals and their growth as their love grows. Neither it is a war story about the horrors of war nor paints a rosy picture of the military life but presents as it is where soldiers have to look out for themselves and bonds they make and pay for the incompetency of some idiotic and delusional in-charges
When I started the book I did not know what it would be about and after a few chapters felt whether I would finish it as the story felt a little slag but the story progressed I had to just finish it and could not put down even when my eyes just couldn’t remain open. I just had to know What happened to Sam and James?
After finishing the book I am still wondering about the other minor characters in the book whether they survived the war, returned to their families even though I know this is fiction. This was how real it was in the second half. A good read indeed .

A Rubber Face with a Stripper’s Name by Katja Berg (Review)

A Rubber Face with a Stripper’s Name by Katja Berg is a heartfelt account of a single mother and her struggles to just be part of the game of life(though the title is little misleading but you will understand when you read the book).Though she has a good support system of her loving parents and a few loyal friends she still has to struggle to always justify herself and just live on. With the society and people always judging, its always a struggle to always to go on with a smile just for the kids’ sake. Its an inspiring tale of courage, heartbreak, betrayal and love. This book shows that there is hope always if you do not break down like light at the end of tunnel.
Though overall it was a good tale, sometimes the emotional was too much and become over sentimental so felt hard to connect but those moments were rare.

But totally worth reading and especially for those who need a push or are too overwhelmed by circumstances.

Set Free – Anthony Bidulka (Review)

Thank you @Booktasters and Anthony Bidulka for this book.

An unputdownable book.In the beginning I was ready to abandon the book not even halfway but somehow I couldn’t put it down, and continued; and I am happy that I did (though I’ve never left a book halfread) but here something about the plot compelled me to read. The book starts with a kidnapping and the story of the main character also starts with a kidnapping. Both kidnappings are for a different reason but egg you to find out “What Next” Though the repeated past and present in the first half was a little frustrating but it makes sense in the end. And the the friend/journalist reminds me of the James Bond Villain Carver of “Tomorrow never dies”
I have given this book 5 stars only for the chapters / novel “Truth Be Told” These chapters just turn the whole plot around and have different tone than the rest of the book. Though the ending leaves you to wonder but still a very good read.
I am now starting if ever there is a sequel to this book what would it reveal? Only Jaspar or Anthony Bidulka know

Book Review “Of Aakash and Aarti” Dr Govind Sharma

“Of Aakash and Aarti ” by Dr Govind Sharma looks like a simple love story because of its title but it is far beyond that. Though Aakash and Aarti are attracted to each other and in their own ways care for each other their paths quite different.

This book lays bare the horrors of drug addiction without any soft approach and puts the hard facts and how your choices in life are affected due to it are shown without any sympathy. This book doesn’t preach or give moral lessons but lays bare the hard facts. Along with the horrors of drug addiction also are shown the results of immoral and blind ambition which lead to disastrous consequences. This book also sheds light on the life of the rich and famous.

This is a simple story of addiction, immoral choices and greed and the consequences of it. And I would recommend it to every one. The story is simple but hard hitting and makes one who is contemplating trying drugs to think ten times before submitting to the notion “I can quit whenever I want. I am not going to be an addict because its only recreational” and how it becomes addiction before one is aware of it and also to to hell with consequences ambition, how it never leads to the salvation you want but rather drags you to the destruction of your self with it. Also showcases the supposedly happy and heavenly lives of super rich. This book also tells that every action never escapes its result. Just for example the pious and moral Rajeswari devi, how one mistake in her life leads to her death.
Kudos to the author for not softlining. Way to go Dr Govind Sharma.