Thrills, mystery and an inspirational romance (IANS Books This Weekend)

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Read an explosive thriller packed with action, immerse into the entangled mystery of three women, flick through the story of people fighting an evil as soldiers and some inspirational romance that revolves around four people. This is what we have for you on the IANS bookshelf for this weekend.

1. Book: Secret of the Druids; Author: Christopher Doyle; Publisher: Westland; Pages: 396; Price: Rs 350

In 55 B.C and 54 B.C, Julius Caesar invades Britain twice, only to leave empty handed. In, 66 A.D, the Romans single-mindedly target the extermination of the Druids and the destruction of their sacred sites. What fear drives them to do so?

Who were the Druids? Were they priests or astronomers? Scientists or sorcerers? What ancient and terrifying secret from the Mahabharata links the megalithic sites of Britain to the Druids, Julius Caesar and a mysterious Queen who lived 4,000 years ago?

These are the riddles that Vijay Singh and the task force must answer if they are to save the world from a fate worse than death. Explore the science behind the Mahabharata in this explosive thriller packed with action, suspense and mysteries from the past.

2. Book: Black Water Lilies; Author: Michel Bussi; Publisher: Hachette; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 364

During the day, tourists flock to the former home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his “Water Lillies”. But once they have gone, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village of Giverny.

This is the story of 13 days that begin with one murder and end with another. Jerome Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In this pocket is a postcard of Monet’s water lilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday.

Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jerome Morval’s corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumoured painting of “Black Water Lilies”.

3. Book: 03:02; Author: Manak Dhar; Publisher: Westland; Pages: 342; Price: 295

Mumbai suddenly went black – no electricity, no phones, no internet and no cars. It was as if someone had turned off the master switch of our civilization, turning us back hundreds of years overnight. We learned that it was not just Mumbai, but much of the world that had been impacted.

We also learned that it was no accident. A deadly enemy was behind it. An enemy that was now in our midst, seeking to conquer us and destroy our way of life. This is how our war for freedom began. A war that was to be waged not on the borders or by the army, but in our homes and streets — with the people as the soldiers.

4. Book: Everyone Has A Story; Author: Savi Sharma; Publisher: Westland; Pages: 175; Price: Rs 150

Meera, is a fledging writer who is in search of a story that can touch millions of lives. Vivaan, is an assistant branch manager at Citibank who dreams of travelling the world. Kabir, is a cafe manager who desires something of his own. Nisha, is the despondent cafe customer who keeps secrets of her own.

Everyone has their own story but what happens when these lives are woven together? Pull up a chair at Kafe Kabir and watch them explore friendship and love, writing their own pages of life from the cosy cafe to the ends of the world.

–IANS

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