When the mystified librarian opens it, she screams before she falls unconscious to the floor. An elite group calling itself the Lashkar-e-Talatashar has scattered around the globe, the fate of its members curiously resembling that of Christ and his Apostles. Their agenda is Armageddon. In the labyrinthine recesses of the Vatican, a beautiful assassin swears she will eliminate all who do not believe in her twisted credo. In Tibet, Buddhist monks search for a reincarnation while in strife-torn Kashmir, a tomb called Rozabal holds the key to an ancient riddle. Father Vincent Sinclair, has disturbing visions of himself and of people familiar to him, except that they seem located in other ages.
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Alert on more product reviews. Alert on new comments on this reviews. Rozabal Line, The - Ashwin Sanghi. The ingenuineness of this review appears doubtful. Justify your opinion. The novel had an innovative plot and was so well-written that it became one of the all-time best sellers and catapulted Dan Brown to International fame. Ashwin Sanghvi is an Indian author who has written this novel, which is clearly inspired by Da Vinci Code.
While Da Vinci Code was about Mary Magdalene and her relationship with Jesus, this novel is centred around the life of the apostle of peace, Jesus Christ. Da Vinci Code was a highly controversial book, which explored the theme of the marriage of Jesus with Mary Magdalene and the novel was all about the search for the Holy Grail and its link to Mary Magdalene.
In fact, Rozabal is believed to the resting place for Jesus and contains the grave where Jesus was buried. Sanghvi uses this theme and mixes it up with Indian divinity concept and even explores a theory that Jesus was inspired by Buddhism!!
As you can imagine, this kind of a mixture is a heady concoction and offers a great opportunity for an author to write a masterpiece. But unfortunately, Sanghvi disappoints and a golden opportunity for him to become another Dan Brown is lost. If this book had been as successful as Da Vinci Code, then all Indians would have been proud of an Internationally acclaimed Indian author.
In fact, Sanghvi released this book in the US, under the pseudonym of Shawn Haigins, to impress foreign readers. It is difficult to review this book without revealing too much of the plot. But I have tried my best to avoid spoilers:. The main character of this novel is Vincent Clair, a priest who keeps getting visions of his past life. He sets out to India to find out the story of his past, along with his sister Martha.
A feature of this novel is the presence of a large number of sub-plots that include:. This dark organization reports to a Bin Laden type character. These organizations play a major role in this novel too, along with new society called Crux Decussata Permuta.. The novel is set in , but it includes many anecdotes from history. In fact, the narration shifts moves from one era to another so fast, that if you are not following closely, you are likely to end up being thoroughly confused. The author has clearly done some very good research.
His research is extensive and the bibliography at the end of the novel reveals his sources. He has taken pains to explore various facets related to the life of Jesus and has studied the works of many authors and researchers. But all his research is done through books and through websites. Probably, Sanghvi is trying to prove that his book is novel!! This makes it difficult for the reader to stay in the loop. Here is where, the novel looks like a cheap copy of Da Vinci Code. And some of the incidents to the end of the novel are too fantastic and unbelievable.
Yes, this is fiction, but still things should be believable. Overall the novel is worth a read. It is a good first effort by the author. Despite all its flaws, it makes for decent reading. But if you have not read the Da Vinci Code, then I recommend that you read this, you will probably like this. Upload photo files with.
Image size per photo cannot exceed 10 MB. By: Siddhartth Feb 16, PM. Bro- Your review is impressive to see even the little details of mistakes of the story. In short ,its really a simple copy-cat of Da Vinci code, the way I understand it.
But I think the author failed to research about the life of Jesus Christ, that h Its sad that he has to make fiction out of the story of Christ which is real some many years ago. He should be careful with his writings about Christ as it may be offensive for Christian followers.
Thank u for sharing your review in the most honest way of revealing the story of the book. For your review I will rate it VU but not the way the book was written. Read More. By: deepak27 Feb 16, PM. Your review is good. Only one point I want to add Rozabal Shrine, in Srinagar, is a place, where according to researchers [specially Holger Kerst Kersten''s book appears as real as an Historical finding, but only few buy his theory.
People who are interested on this subject may also Google on net, and read much much more about such claims, books, research works. Last, ok, The Da vinci Code was Great thriller, but if you really like to catch the man, Catch Dan Brown and his other works to enjoy his style and themes. By: vinfina Feb 16, PM. Great review Deepak.
Not very sure how the indian author will indianize the vinci code, but as par yo Anyways thanks for this wonderful review. Nice narration Deepak Ji and objective assessment as well. You have contrasted the book well with the classic novel of Dan Brown. Since I have yet to read The Vinci Code unfortunately! By: jmathur Feb 17, PM. By: deepak27 Feb 17, PM.
If you have read Da Vinci, then you should read this book without much of expectations, otherwise you may be disappointed.
Deserves ROTD Hi Deepak, Excellent review You review is very useful and is also great to read.. By: deepak27 Feb 18, PM. I will recommend Da Vinci Code any day. If for any reason you don''t want to read it, then you try this one.
Otherwise this one is much inferior compared to Da Vinci. I have seen Da Vinci code movie quite a number of times and loved it always.. Sounds good! After a long time, we have an Indian fiction writer, and he seems to be leagues ahead of the other unworthy authors creating fake accounts and rating themselves! Even though his writing seems inspired, it would make an interesting read. Would like to give this book a look though I have read Da Vinci.
By: deepa. And if you are interested, you can read Angels and Demons, that is a far superior book compared to Da Vinci Code, the movie again was absolute lousy. Good Review.. Looks very interesting.. I haven read Da Vinci Code.. I have read Dan Brown''s Digital Fortress! By: desigal Feb 19, AM. Thanks Deepak for writing such nice review. I am yet to read Da Vinci Code, so I can read this. From the review it appears that the book is a masala copy ala Bollywood films.
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The Rozabal Line | Ashwin Sanghi | Book Review
All things apart, one day, I get bored and pop into a bookshop where I see this book prominently displayed. The subject looked interesting, but well,…. The story is supposed to be about the grave of Jesus in Rozabal in Kashmir and the dynastic descent of Jesus. The author attempted to write it as a journal as against a few synchronous strands, with sub chapters changing every few lines. The story revolves around a Catholic Priest who experiences some visions, and a Pakistani terrorist reporting to someone who reports to Laden.
The Rozabal Line
The Rozabal Line is a thriller fiction novel by Ashwin Sanghi , written under the pseudonym Shawn Haigins, that deals with the story of Jesus having survived the crucifixion and settled down in India. The title refers to the Rozabal shrine in Srinagar in Kashmir , which some such as Mirza Ghulam Ahmad , the founder of the Ahmadiyya movement , in have asserted is the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth. A cardboard box is found on a shelf in a London library. When the mystified librarian opens it, she screams before she falls unconscious to the floor. Within the labyrinthine recesses of the Vatican, a beautiful assassin of Asian origin swears she will eliminate all who do not believe in her twisted credo. An elite army of thirteen calling itself the Lashkar-e-Talatashar has scattered around the globe.
Book Review: The Rozabal Line by Ashwin Sanghi
One of our co-founders at BookGeeks. This happened before bookGeeks. It is something which cannot be said of many authors today. The book is completely engrossing and totally un-putdown-able. There is no way you can let go off the book before getting to know the final truth of The Rozabal Line. Sanghi has a gift of creating compelling plots and characters by putting together information and topics which have no co-relation to each other. The very fact that the many claims and points are supported by extensive researches adds to the mysterious aura surrounding the plot.
Rozabal Line – Ashwin Sanghi
Added by 1 of our members. A cardboard box is found on a shelf of a London library. When the mystified librarian opens it, she screams before she falls unconscious to the floor. Within the labyrinthine recesses of the Vatican, a beautiful assassin swears she will eliminate all who do not believe in her twisted credo. An elite army of thirteen calling itself the Lashkare Talatashar has scattered around the globe. The fate of its members curiously resembles that of Christ and his Apostles.