Book review: Wheels of Wish by Bibhu Datta Rout

Author: Bibhu Datta Rout

Genre: Historical thriller

No. of pages: 212

Published by: StoryMirror Infotech Pvt. Ltd

Published on: 1st January 2017

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★/5

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Blurb (as taken from

Imprisonment of a couple in the Dwapar Yug and the creation of magnetism at Sun temple in Konark has a great deal of linkage to a missing boy in the 13th century carrying the mightiest power of the universe that transcends in time across generations leading to an alleged rape and murder accusation to the story's protagonist, an investment banker Shashank Chaudhary in 2008 who flies from New York to Odisha to find himself trapped in an 800 years old enigma.

A biological allegory that unfolds a historical and mythological mystery that counts back in time as far as the epic Mahabharata. One that surpasses time and the material world with its mathematical calculations within physical elements.

Unexplainable evidences, puzzling data, conspiracy theories and unheard secrets intermingle with one another to create plots in the history of time that have been startling scientists and mythologists to date.

It's now in the court room that he must face his worst fears and probably the world's greatest held secret, a rare phenomenon of a chromosomal defect, from an unexpected guest.

About the book:

Wheels of Wish is a historical thriller by author Bibhu Datta Rout that centres around many mysteries that started from 1120 AD and still continues to haunt a certain bloodline till date. Wheels of Wish has a strong storyline, with lots of mythical and historical information about Lord Vishnu, the famous Sun Temple in Kalinga (in India) and the Jagannath Dhaam in Puri. But the book failed to strike a chord within me.

I am a literal devotee of mythological and historical thrillers but this book certainly didn't fulfill my expectations. The book had a lot of potential within itself as it has a lot of engaging facts that can make the readers go 'ooh', but the way in which they are presented is not enough to grab the attention of the readers.

What I like about the book is that the story revolves around the Indian state of Odisha, whose mention in Indian thriller is meagre. The mysteries of the magnetic properties of the Sun Temple and a little informative background of Lord Krishna enlightened me.

The book lacks the thrill that I expect from thrillers. The introduction of a lot of characters in the book made the book more complicated. I wanted to know more about the characters but the author does not do any justice to the characters.

Writing style:

Author Bibhu Datta Rout could write a lot more things to make the book a little more engaging. I could not get enough in just 200 pages. The dialogues were short and abrupt, and the narration did not cover any emotions of the characters. I somewhat feel that the author was lackadaisical while writing the book. I could see while reading the book that it would be satisfying if the author could make the book longer and delved much deeper.

Altogether this book is an okay read, but certain readers may like it if they prefer short and crisp thrillers.

About the author:

Bibhu Datta Rout is an Indian novelist and investment banking professional and now an entrepreneur. Born in Odisha, Bibhu spent his childhood in Bhubaneswar, and most of his twenties and thirties in the cities of New Delhi, Singapore, Detroit, Tokyo. He has been working as a banking professional for last 15 years. During these period he has worked for companies like UBS, Barclays, Citi and Credit Suisse. Algorithms trading, High Frequency Trade and quantitative analytics are his core skills. He is currently living in Mumbai.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.


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