Self Expression Magazine

The Mahabharata Secret – Christopher Doyle – Book Review

Posted on the 29 January 2014 by Jairammohan


From the book blurb:

244 BC

Asoka the Great discovers an ancient and terrible secret—a secret buried deep in the Mahabharata; a secret that could destroy the world; a secret hidden away for over 2300 years…

Present Day

A retired nuclear scientist is murdered. He leaves only e-mails with clues for his nephew. He and his friends follow a trail through ciphers and 2000-year-old ruins. Pursued by powerful dark forces, caught between the secrets of the past and the intrigues of the present, can they unravel the mystery before an unspeakable horror is unleashed on the world…


Now regular readers of this blog would know that I am a huge fan of Indian mythology and it therefore goes without saying that I am a fan of the Mahabharata as well. So when a book called The Mahabharata Secret was released I was more than sure that I would catch up with reading it sooner rather than later. And when I finally managed to grab a copy of the same I devoured the book with great gusto despite the fact that I was interrupted when reading it with a road trip, a family function and pot loads of office work which ended up in me taking a good 8-9 days to finish it. But finish it, I did and enjoyed it quite a bit as well.

Written by debutant author Christopher Doyle, this book has shades of Dan Brown books in that it takes something that Indian readers are all very familiar with, the Mahabharata and Emperor Asoka and gives it quite a nice twist with the plot dealing with a deadly secret that Asoka discovers in this great epic and goes great lengths to keep it a secret for all time to come. Thus begins the plot which deals with a mysterious secretive and possibly legendary “Group of Nine” and the secret they have been asked to hide away.

Vijay, the protagonist is the nephew of the slain retired nuclear scientist who is forced to get involved with his uncle sending him three cryptic e-mails before he is killed. Along with his friend Colin, his uncle’s friend Shukla and Shukla’s daughter Radha, Vijay then sets off on a journey of unraveling the clues left behind by his uncle without even having inkling as to what he is getting into. Little do the group realize that their story would then involve the Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Intelligence Bureau and various other international diplomats and business chasing them and continuously being hot on their heels.

Criss crossing the northern parts of India where Emperor Asoka left behind his various edicts and pillars, the story follows this group of adventurers as they try to unravel the secret so zealously guarded by the Group of Nine while trying to keep away from the clutches of their various pursuers. All in all, a tightly wound storyline which keeps readers glued to the edge of their seats and prevent them from taking too many breaks during the reading sessions.

One minor complaint I have from the book is that the author could have included illustrations of the various places and specific clues that were used throughout the book. This would have given the reader a better idea of the protagonists’ ordeal through the tale. And another minor niggle I personally had was that I felt that the editing could have been a little crisper and the book itself could have probably been made a little more smaller, by around 50 pages or so. But then, in the broader picture, these are but minor things in what otherwise is a wonderfully engaging book.


Purchase the Paperback version of The Mahabharata Secret by Christopher Doyle from Amazon by clicking on this link [Link]

Purchase the Kindle version of The Mahabharata Secret by Christopher Doyle from Amazon by clicking on this link [Link]

Purchase the Paperback version The Mahabharata Secret by Christopher Doyle from Flipkart by clicking on this link [Link]


Disclaimer : By purchasing the books from the above links, I will earn a small commission from the affiliate programs of Amazon and Flipkart, but you will not have to pay anything additional to purchase the book.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Muslims Film More Torture and Kidnap 500 More Children

    Originally posted on Balladeer's Blog: A SYMBOL OF HATRED, SLAVERY, MASS RAPE AND INFANTICIDE. The Islamic State, spawned by Barack Obama’s premature... Read more

    The 08 June 2015 by   Harry
  • Japan: the Good, the Bad and the Rather Odd

    So what came to mind when you read the word ‘Japan’? Perhaps nuclear accidents? Or sushi? Economic has-been?Japan is worthy of more considered reflection. Read more

    The 02 June 2015 by   Xrematon
  • Count Your Casings: India out of Ammo

    With mounting pressure on the Indian Air Force to induct more fighter planes to bring the country’s air defence capabilities to its full complement and to... Read more

    The 10 May 2015 by   Brendan Dabhi
  • Why We Need Our Wildness

    Photo by Katarina Plotnikova via PinterestDay 23: A – Z Challenge“She knew herself, how she had slowly, over years, become a cat, a wolf, a snake, anything but ... Read more

    The 27 April 2015 by   Shavawn Berry
  • When Terrorists Ask Nicely… You Give Them Nukes!

    Senior Taliban leaders who gathered at Pakistan’s Republic Day celebrations on March 23 submitted a petition requesting Prime Minister Sharif to hand over 10... Read more

    The 29 March 2015 by   Brendan Dabhi
  • In My Imaginary World, Family Lives Right Next Door

    I began watching Parenthood for the first time with my younger daughter last night. Those familiar with the show will know it is a television series about... Read more

    The 19 March 2015 by   Marilyngardner5
  • Why Aren’t We Talking About Cockroaches?

    I want to know. I really really do! why cats, why not cockroaches? Pages after pages filled with nothing but poems and essays and stories about cats, what’s wit... Read more

    The 05 March 2015 by   Somkritya

Add a comment