Engineer – ROD [Book Review]


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With many suspense thrillers filling the market, the reader is at point where is able to make a well-informed guess on the proceedings of the events and the kingpin or the culprit behind those proceedings. If the book traverses the path in a way that the guessing becomes too predictable or too easy, the author has been lazy in crafting his book. On the other hand, there are too many convoluted mysteries entangled in books, which makes the writing seem forced and the proceedings do not have a natural order of things. There is a vast patch between these two extreme forms of crafting a thriller and most authors would be happy to stay in the sweet spot and not get carried away to either extremes. That said, the story is a concept. The execution of the concept is what makes the book readable.

Engineer by ROD (wonder what the actual name of the author is) is one of those books that tries to stay relevant without divulging too much information in the proceedings but still wants to retain the reader’s attention by throwing hints about the premise every now and then. The problem with the book is essentially that it tries a little too hard to stay relevant and that necessarily is not a very good thing.

Set in the wonderful beach-sided campus of National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK) in Surathkal, there are a lot of local references to things that is familiar to someone in the area or on the campus. The premise is on a (not-so-) secret old club which sort of has gotten its hand over the turn of events on campus in the last few years and how the current batch gets affected by the people involved with the club.

The book serves as a good nostalgic reference to the college days and has a decent plot overall. However, there were two shortcomings in the book which made it an average read. One is the language and the writing style, with no offence to the writer or the editor. The writing is strangely amateurish with too many grammatical errors and typos. The point that the writer may try to convey in a few pages is convoluted and it does begin to get to you after the hundredth page or so. Second is the plot and premise itself. It appears a little too crowded with too many characters and too many events happening at the same time. It is understandable that college life does have its share of multiple significant events happening at the same time, but it also must stay realistic and a little relevant. It mostly starts great, but unfortunately, the whole mystery and the people behind the mystery ends up being a damp squib at the end.

For a young person (who may have written in the past  – not necessarily fiction), ROD tries his level best to cater to the young adult fiction reading crowd with traces of college life in the thriller. However, it remains to be seen if the readers actually are able to appreciate the effort that ROD puts in, both in the book and try to make the book seem cool!

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