When Agni first spoke
Many years ago, an extraordinary cripple disappeared from a remote village, ending a time of terror. Not many knew that he gave his life to confine a malevolence, the Sutram, to its subterranean womb or that in doing so, he had prevented the apocalypse.
Deep beneath the Earth the evil has lurked, fraying its shackles and plotting its escape, all the while gathering immeasurable power. Until now.
When ace lawyer, Raghuram Surya, received an order of requisition from the Government of India for his ancestral castle, he was unaware of the Sutram beneath it or his own legacy.
He will have to choose between the world’s end or his own.
Before long, the lawyer takes on India’s most powerful politician, Kiromal, a man utterly obsessed with power. Kiromal and his sinister Tantric advisor intend to use the evil beneath the castle to play God.
Raghuram finds an ally in Sheila, a scientist who is tasked to investigate the Sutram. Using Quantum science to interpret a Vedic verse, they have to unravel the secrets of creation to stop the destruction. Through it all, they have to be one step ahead of Kiromal just to stay alive.
Now is the time of final reckoning. Will Kiromal harness the evil to rule the world?
Or will the Sutram break free to eradicate the planet?
Or, are Raghuram and Sheila merely pawns in an even deadlier game?
My Review –
This is actually the second book I read by Vadhan. His first being “Shatru”, equally exciting and fictional. (Review of Shatru – https://thebestwhattoreads.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/28th-january/)
When you like a book written by an author then it becomes almost important to read his/her next one. Your expectations are high, you keep watching the book sitting cozily in your little library while you are stuck with the books you do not like (in my case – job and exams)
So well the same happened with me, I tried to procrastinate reading “Agniputr” for a long time because I knew I needed a full weekend to finish it. In my job, I get a holiday (Sunday, only some lucky Sundays). Mon to Fri are dedicated to job, Sat and Sun dedicated to Editing books.
This weekend (17th and 18th September), I am planning to finish Agniputr and end the endless excitement and eagerness.
The story is actually is mix of many categories – mythological, quantum science, horror, and suspense. It really starts with SRK (not the Actor) sneaking into a mysterious castle with his friend in search of secrets, a hidden energy, possibly a ghost…in search of what some would say “an exciting story.” He calls his boss Shiela and sends her the report of what he found. The villagers find him and his friends and force them to go away with a strict warning. Even Shiela orders SRK to stay in his house but SRK is a curious human. He goes back and dies a merciless death.
From here the story picks up. We get to know about the main character Surya who is the only person capable of destroying the energy. We know more about Poti, P. Eshwar, Surya’s Dad, the home minister Govind and the scientist Shiela. There are other characters as well but those six are the most important. Govind is a person who is just hungry for power. He wants to know more about the Sutram (the energy hidden beneath the ground) and use the evil energy to play God (the most powerful of all). For this, he seeks the aid of a tantrik.
Surya, on the other hand, is a lawyer. One who I didn’t fit into my list of heroes even after the end because of his behaviour towards women (call me conventional but I can’t respect a man who doesn’t respect even his wife or friend).
Back to the story, as I told above, only Surya can kill the evil Sutram but will he be able to? Surya is not really an expert in killing demons, much less demonic energies (which a normal lawyer probably doesn’t even believe in).
We know that if the Sutram finds its independence then the world will be a dark place. The evil would rise and end the world, the civilisation. So how will Surya with the assistance of P.Eshwar, and Shiela end the energy? Will he survive the battle?
I don’t know if there is going to be a sequel, but I am hoping not. Because then the author shall have to bring something new, far worse than Sutram (wonder what that would be?).
As the story ended on a happy and peaceful note, I expect this to be the end. And hey, by story ending happily I do not mean Surya survived or didn’t survive the fight. That is for you to read and find out.
My insta -nishtha_singh__
I didn’t like Surya much but I liked Shiela a lot. Her smartass attitude, bossy tone and, best of all, her knowledge of everything just made her my favourite person in this novel. The story ends beautifully.