Review Pen: The Serpentine Scrolls by Alcatraz Dey

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Book– The Serpentine Scrolls (Colossal  Adventure Series. Book 1)
Author– Alcatraz Dey
Previous Works– Debut Novel
Author Contact– www.facebook.com/alcatrazdey/
Publishers– Red Ink Publishers
Number of Pages– 246
ISBN-13- 978-8192982786
Buy The book at–  http://amzn.to/2l8cglv

Blurb
A young boy opens his eyes in a desert and rummages around for the reason behind his bizarre existence. Thousands of years later a young man wakes up after four days and finds himself in Munich.

Two high profile terrorists are covert in the country for two decades.

An intelligence officer, learning to live the pain of his dead wife, is assigned the case.

A girl leaves the love of her life and moves away without any prior warning. Adam and Eve, Jesus Christ, Muhammed, Gautama Buddha, Galileo, Birbal and the saint from Manchale have witnessed something that holds the key to two living beings that a saint is desperately searching for. Leave behind your notions of religion and faith.
Leave behind everything that you have known. Discover the truth that will startle you and change you forever.

Review-
Ihsin wakes up to find himself in Munich, thousand miles away from his home, there are people after him but he is clueless. The tattoos that his mother gave him, are for a reason he doesn’t know of.
Jebbar dedicated his entire life to a mission against India, but now he is a confused man. He wants answers and they are with one person whose whereabouts are a mystery.
The book is about a quest, quest for the most knowledgeable creatures of the world, who were born to preserve the knowledge. But the knowledge carries a curse, curse of not being able to be with the one they love. And the curse has been passed on to the future generations, it’s a price they pay for immortality.
The book deals with a conspiracy against the Vidhaan Soudha, a secret thousand years old, the story of lost love and the extent to which a man can go in order to protect what he loves, the story of how corrupted are humans and how they can betray even the one closest to them.
The book is a rebel in the current times, where either romance is popular or mythological fantasy fiction. The book has everything a reader needs for an adrenaline rush to make him turn the page without any delay ,action, romance, thrill, mystery, you name it you have it.
It makes you run your mind wild with all the twists and turns that I bet no one would be able to predict in any sense.
The book has been written after a lot of research and with a lot of effort , making it a book of precision, the twists are calculated and well explained in climax without making it a drag where in most cases the authors insert a third character or alter ego and blame it all.
It’s like the author has taken a ball of wool, tangled it, and then has untangled it rather than cutting out pieces of it.
The best thing about the book is not what happens in the climax, but how it happens. The journey is more important than the destination and though it is a part of a series, the unanswered questions rise in the last few pages while the ones in the previous pages have been resolved.
The narration arc of a story usually has the following, exposition, conflict, rising action, climax and then resolution but this book is different,  the first three are the same but the book has new twists arising at the climax and being solved in the last pages.
This is a book that will be never be a bore in any situation, I can bet on that.
The book has an amazing cover and that makes it meet the eyes of a reader.

Ratings-
Cover- 4.5 stars
Title- 4.5 stars
Blurb- 3.5 stars
Plot-  4 stars
Writing and Presentation- 4 stars
Overall- 4.1 out of 5 stars

The book has a few editing errors (3-4 typos at max).
The blurb talks about Adam, Eve, Jesus Christ, Muhammed, Gautam Buddha , Galile, Birbal and the saint of Manchale witnessing something, the book doesn’t have much mention of it, making it somewhat of an unnecessary addition to the blurb.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERPENTINE SCROLLS. (Which I stole from Goodreads, with help.)

Some facts you did not know about Serpentine Scrolls!!!
1. There are exactly 31 plot twisters/twists in the story. 31
is most widely used in the novel starring from very first
chapter. As 31 March is the birthday of the Author’s
lifelong love interest.
2. The protagonist’s Name Ihsin is just another way of
expressing her name. All the names mentioned in the book
are somehow related to her. Either as a direct reference or
as jumbled up words. Interestingly there are exactly 31
characters mentioned in the novel.
3. The Author’s first work as an editor was 31 Sins which
again brings forward the same point.
4. There are a total of 32 historical and scientific facts
mentioned in the book, out of which only the part about
Galileo is fictional making it 31 true facts.
5. The character of Ihsin is 85-90 % like the author
according to the author himself.
6. The book started off as a real life love story when the
author began writing but later realised it would be an insult
to his love and decided to write a thriller mystery based on
historical and religious facts.
7. The character of Jebbar is loosely based on his father’s
character.
8. Abidah on his love interests mother. In fact her real
name Ayaj fatima relates to her real life mother.
9. Iskcon temple was inducted in the story because
according to the author she looked the most beautiful
when he had seen her at the Iskcon Temple.
10. The author has gone through the Bible, Kuran,
Bhagvad Gita before writing the book. The actual
inspiration was through these books.
11. According to the author it is his own life minus the
thrill, mystery, tattoos, deaths, bloodshed and Hannah.
12. Co incidentally it took exactly 31 weeks to write The
Serpentine Scrolls which even the author believes is purely
coincidental.
13. Last but not the least the character of Sera in the
novel, which again is actually portrayed on Author’s love
interest is shown to be confused. Sera means the princess
of night in Pushtoon which again translates into her name.
There are 13 facts, inverse of 31

Reviewed By- Banaja Prakashini

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