This book fell onto my lap when the author asked for a review. I enjoyed reading it as much as writing the review for it. Wish more books were written with such lucidity and clarity of thought. Anyway here is about the book – Kingdom Come
It is a romantic thriller which has been endorsed by OPEN MAGAZINE and Ravi Subramanian.
How do you kill a man with no Achilles heel? You cut off his foot – Tom Jones.
Set against the serene beauty of Kashmir, Ladakh and Tibet, Kingdom Come is a gripping story of death and loss, vengeance and retribution, love and life. Krivi Iyer is an embittered former spy and bomb defusal expert with only one regret. That he couldn’t catch The Woodpecker, a dangerous, mentally unstable bomber who ended his partner’s family. He has a second chance to go after his arch enemy with the arrival of Ziya Maarten, the manager of ‘Goonj Business Enterprises’ in Srinagar, Kashmir, who is alleged to be The Woodpecker’s sister. Except, Ziya is a beautiful distraction and not a terrorist’s sister. When a tragedy in London tears Ziya’s life apart, she can only rely on Krivi to give her the absolution and vengeance she needs to move on. Between training to be an anti-terrorist squad member and finding The Woodpecker, Ziya uncovers the secrets of Krivi’s tormented past. But will two tortured souls find the courage to love?
Aarti V. Raman, a 27 year old Mumbai dweller, has publishing credits that include “White Knight” by Leadstart Publishing, which was out in 2012. A part of the romance anthology called “An Atlas of Love” by Rupa Publications that was in the bookstores in February 2014. Also “Lucas”, one from the the historical romance series will be out shortly in the month of June by Knox Robinson, a UK based publisher. Her future words are in consideration with Harlequin Mills and Boon, Harlequin India and Rupa Publications.
From the word go Kingdom Come is filled with action and excitement very much like a Desmond Bagley or, may I say, even a Robert Ludlum. With the background of terrorism the story opens with the hero, Krivi, on a mission to save a young, teenage girl and how adeptly he manages it, despite last minute revelations.
The story is set amidst the beautifully lush surroundings of Kashmir – God’s own Country, yet it is far from paradise. It is a land rife with friction and with violence but life moves on. Under such circumstances, the plot brings two diametrically different characters, Krivi and Ziya, together, who despite struggling to keep each other at bay, give in to the sexual tension and the intense attraction between them.
Krivi, as far as the reader gets to know, has had a normal childhood in a normal family. Yet losing his partner and friend in a tragic accident converts him into a dark, brooding, and relentless warrior, hovering precariously in the borders of cold-hearted ruthlessness. In contrast Ziya has had a tumultuous childhood, bouncing from one foster home to the other. She has never had a real, close-knit, family. Her childhood struggles taught her to put all her faculties at work to become not just an accomplished woman but a strong woman too. As an adult she finally finds her family in Noor and Kashmir and is at peace with herself until tragedy strikes bringing her world crashing down.
Aarti V Raman has created characters and plots in such a way, that one can vividly visualize the story unfolding and unraveling. Each character is cleverly thought through and is passionately and lovingly crafted. She has kept alive the readers interest, by creating wholesome characters who go through and endure, transformation traversing the journey of life. Even the antagonist has been portrayed with care and the twist given to the character at the end is shockingly remarkably indeed.
Also commendable is the research that has gone behind the work. The episodes on the military espionage, the bombs used, and how they have been diffused, gives an idea of the length Aarti has gone to, make a riveting plot and visually stimulating story.
Her mature and seasoned writing, also brings to the fore the mindlessness and senselessness of terrorism. When the most adorable, loving and endearing characters perish in a gruesome attack, it leaves the reader in utter shock and dismay. It immediately transports the reader to the jarring reality of today’s cruel world and its uncertainties, and one finds oneself at par with Ziya’s emotion of justice and retribution.
To put it in short, Kingdome Come by Aarti V. Raman proves to be quite a cliffhanger with a nail biting clincher. It is a thorough entertainer with a strong storyline and memorable characters. It is not just a romance but also a tale of destiny and fate and life. And as the author herself writes in the end, ‘life mattered’.
If I had to rate the book it would be :-