The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal Review. 

Author: Sumit Agarwal

Genre: Contemporary Political Thriller

Pages: 306

Publishers: Rupa Publications India

This book had released few months ago and has been the talk of the literary world since then. It’s reached the Amazon Best Sellers list in a very short time. All the book reviewers are showering praises on it and so I was really curious to know what this book is all about. I got the chance to read it. Read on to know what I think! 

Blurb:

Have you ever fallen victim to the system? Felt humiliated and helpless? Have you fought back? 

Meet four such patriots: Varun, an NRI software engineer; Salman, CEO of Coffee Moments; Raghav, a virtuous politician and Aditya, an altruistic businessman. 

Fate brings these four lives together at a crossroads, pushing these unlikely heroes out of their comfort zones to fight a seemingly unstoppable evil force which wants to hold our country captive. The four companions, who have always had each other’s back, will now come face-to-face with the biggest challenge of their lives—a labyrinthine plot rife with perilous twists and wicked turns. With the nation’s future at stake, will they be able to destroy the Chakravyuh intricately laid down by the enemies of India? Will they come out of it alive? 

A story about friendship, faith and courage, replete with romance and patriotism, The Four Patriots is a racy, contemporary thriller sure to give you goose bumps. Pick this book if you do not believe ‘is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta’; and if you think all is not lost, this is a must-read!



What is it about? 

The four patriots is the thrilling Journey of four individuals who are disappointed with the current Indian Political scenario and are challenged by various incidents to take things in their hands and change it. They have to face many obstacles from various powerful and selfish people who think about themselves more than their country. Will the Four Patriots succeed in changing the system? Will they be able to tackle the conspiracies against them? 

 

LazyScoop Review:

‘The four patriots immediately grasps your attention from the first chapter itself. The introduction of all characters is not limited to their traits, each character has depth and there are various such situations they come across which triggers their motivation to get into the corrupt political system and change it. I liked how the prologue ends on a cliffhanger point which makes you keep reading to reach the end and know the suspense about one of the protagonist getting shot. But by whom? Why? Does he die? 
Characterization is one of the key elements in this book. Each character has been well defined, their backstories justify their behaviour perfectly. E.g Salman’s badass character is really fun to read about. You get emotionally connected with Raghav after his backstory is revealed. Varun Panga Pandey’s boldness and Aditya’s smartness also impressed me. Though my most favourite character is Salman. He’s bold and believes in tit for tat, many readers would easily relate to his character. 

As far as the story is concerned, it’s compelling! And the doses of twists and turns are unpredictable and move at a very good pace, sure to keep you at the edge and hooked on to the book. 

One of the best dialogues in this book is ‘Dekhna nahi, Karna hai.’ and that actually pretty much sums up the real message behind this book. 

What I didn’t like: 

I didn’t like how Varun and Alisha’s story concludes. I felt Varun was totally wrong for stopping his wife from working and yet he doesn’t seem to be genuinely sorry about it later. There should’ve been incidences where he realizes his mistake. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

I don’t know why but there was a thrilling background score playing in my mind as I kept reading this book. Shows how successful it was to engage me in the narration. 

There are many whistle worthy dialogues and moments in the book too. E.g ‘Ise Prasad Chahiye’ moment, every time the character salman says this dialogue, you jolt up with excitement! ( Is it wierd to whistle with excitement while reading a book? )
Another commendable thing about this book is how the Author has given solution to various national problems which seem practical. It shows how much intelligent the author is and how much research he has done before writing this book. Who could’ve better reviewed the book than Late Mr. Om puri who says it to be- “Thrilling to the core. A must-read.” Kudos to Author Sumit Agarwal, though this being his debut book, he has written it in a way at par with many seasoned Authors. 

Overall The Four Patriots is a thrilling and inspiring story of Patriotism which is not just limited to facebook comments and cricket, Friendship and Romance. The message and the characters stay in your mind even after you finish reading it. 

The Four Patriots, Absolutely recommended by LazyScoop!



Cover: 5/5 Stars

Plot: 5/5 stars

Narrative Style: 4.5/5 stars

Characterization: 5/5 Stars

Entertainment: 4.5/5 Stars

LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/5 Stars 

You can buy this book from this link, for a discounted price of Rs. 65/- Hurry! 

The Best Seller She Wrote by Ravi Subramanian-Review

First of all, I would like to thank BlogAdda for giving me this opportunity to review this amazing book. The Best Seller she wrote is one of the highly awaited books from Ravi Subramanian since it’s his first romantic thriller and readers (especially fans like me were super eager to read this!)

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So, Let’s begin!

The book’s Cover designed by – ‘Think WhyNot’ looks extremely attractive, the cute face of a girl and a dude’s face on the right wearing those author-like spectacles looks new and appealing. Even the background colour, which is Yellowish Mango colour, makes it look yummy. (That’s the right word, consciously chosen)

 

As you open the book, you see Ravi Subramanian’s Note saying –

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which brings a smile onto your face.

The Plot:-

The bestseller she wrote begins in a packed auditorium of IIM, Bengaluru, where a branch director of National Bank, an alumnus of the same institute, and yes, of course, an author who has four books to his credit, has come. His books have sold four million copies and two have also been made into a movie. In short, he’s a super successful author!

Shreya, is an ambitious girl who is beautiful, outspoken, young and reckless, who always aspires to become a successful author. Somehow, Aditya and shreya end up in a verbal spat, strangely or so, their anger soon turns into love/ attraction/ infatuation. This happens when shreya actually reads Aditya’s books that she feels attracted to him. Their worlds intertwines and the magic of love spells. Aditya who is enchanted to her is actually married to a loyal, devoted woman- Maya.

After some romance between shreya and Aditya, we realise that Shreya is actually quite self-centered and is only using Aditya for realising her dreams. We realise this by the way she brings out the topic of manuscripts and dream of writing amidst some romantic moments.

Maya, Aditya’s wife (Whom you pity while reading.) gets infected with a deadly disease. And, when she is dealing with this trauma, she gets another shock of her life when she discovers something fishy in Aditya’s phone and thus gets to know his unfaithfulness towards her.

Soon, Aditya realises his mistake of cheating his devoted wife. He asks for her forgiveness and tries to end his demeaning relationship with Shreya. Shreya is aggravated with this and threatens him to destroy his career. How? You’ll know when you read.

Will Maya accept Aditya’s apology and will the both be together? Or the love story of Shreya and Aditya will take a new positive turn? Will  shreya be successful in publishing her book? Will Sanjay a family friend of Aditya, help him get out of this mess? Will Shreya destroy Aditya’s career?

You’ll get all the answers when you read the book.

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You can read this synopsis on the back cover.

My opinion:-

The cover page might make some readers misjudge the book to be a romantic love story, but NO! It’s not just a romantic love story, of course, there’s romance, but it’s a thriller too! Like every Ravi Subramanian novel, this one has many twists and turns. The characters play with your brain, you trust a character in one chapter and they betray you in another chapter.

Thus, I being a fan of the narrative style of Ravi Subramanian with many thrilling twist and turns, wasn’t disappointed at all. This one has romance, betrayal, redemption and hidden greed all coated with surprising thrills which make it a perfect read!

What I liked:-

  1. The interesting story.
  2. The way Ravi Subramanian has introduced all the characters, all seem to wearing a mask. Their true faces are revealed as you read.
  3. Though a romance novel, Ravi sir has kept the thrill element alive.
  4. Fast paced. Ravi sir doesn’t waste time describing unimportant things like the colour of the clothes or what the characters are eating. He writes to the point and keeps the readers glued to the book.
  5. All the current affairs are mentioned like, Ebola, Blogadda, Iphone-6, Twitter trends, which makes the story seem fresh and new!

What I didn’t like:-

  1. Some characters needed more in-depth information. e.g Melvin. Yes only one negative point, otherwise this book is too awesome.

By the way, In one of the recent TOI contests, I had asked Ravi Subramanian sir one question about this book, and this is what he had to say:

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So, has he successfully won his challenge? Yes, he has come out with flying colours.

Publisher- Westland Ltd.
Pages- 391
ISBN- 978-93-85152-38-2
Genre- Romantic Thriller
Fiction

MRP- Rs. 295

Though you can get it from Amazon with a discount at just Rs. 180/-

LazyScoop Rating:

4.5 /5 stars

Get your copy ASAP!

Ravi Subramanian’s autograph :

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