‘Sirens Spell Danger’ is a collection of three crime thriller stories by three veteran blogger-turned-authors and being a devour-er of crime fiction, I couldn’t resist picking up the book. My heartiest congratulations to the authors for taking a giant leap by self-publishing this book. As it is said – well begun is half done. True to the book’s title, all the three stories are of men lured into dangerous situations by beautiful women. Let me start the review story-by-story.
#1 – Femme Fatale – The first story follows Vikram, a soon-to-be IPS, as he is lured into a trap by gorgeous Tanya. It soon turns out to be a life and death situation for not only him but lakhs of Bangalore-wallahs. The story is speedy and action-packed, sprinkled with funny and catchy one-liners. The fight sequences are very visual and in my opinion, the best part of Femme Fatale.
The story could do with tighter editing – there are redundancies as well as a typo or two. I was unimpressed by the beginning even though the story picked up towards the end of first chapter. In my opinion, the news story about Mr. Reddy could have been incorporated at a later stage rather than the first page. A reader browsing a book in a store may not have the time ( or the inclination) to read the full chapter before deciding to buy (or not).
My rating – 3.5 / 5
#2 – Bella Donna – The second story in the book is about Detective Inspector Shardul Reham as he matches his wits against a meticulous and unscrupulous serial killer, who is after high-profile victims. The author kept me guessing the identity of the murderer till about two-thirds of the story – which is great considering I grew up with Dupin, Holmes, Poirot and the rest. That the story and the clues were well researched, there’s no doubt. In fact the relationship of the clues to the name of the story is fantastic.
Tighter editing will definitely help this story shine more. There was a typo or two around and in some parts of the story, the author got lost with research so much so that it became difficult for the reader to follow. Also, the author has stressed some parts in the story when she reveals the clues. Let the reader come up with the Ah! moment – no need to poke fingers in his eyes to make him see.
My rating – 4 / 5
#3 – Bellary – The final story in this collection is a paranormal piece set in a small mining town – Bellary. The protagonist Jay, an officer with the IB, is sent to this city to prevent an impending danger and has only about a week to do it. The situation tenses when he lands up in prison because of saving a beautiful damsel-in-distress. It was interesting to see whether he would run out of time or save the city. The best part of this story is that there was never a dull moment.
The paranormal part of the story though, was a huge cliche for me. Without taking the risk of revealing the story, let me just say that it felt as if I was watching an episode of Alif-Laila or Hatim Tai or some other such tale. Even the method of conquering the evil-one was full of cliches for me.
My rating – 3.5 / 5
Overall, the book is a quick one time read and I did enjoy it. I wish the authors luck for the success of this book.
(This review is a part of a blog tour for ‘Sirens spell danger’ arranged by The Book Club)
Sirens Spell Danger
C.Suresh, Radha Sawana & Karthik L
There are sirens and, then, there are sirens. Some warn you of danger and some lure you into danger…Lured by a sexy siren, Vicky is mistaken for a secret agent, kidnapped, tortured and slated for death. Will he survive and save Bangalore from going up in flames?…There is a serial killer loose in the city leaving mysterious messages around the bodies of the victims. Are the messages a challenge to the police or a siren call to lure another victim…Jay is sent to Bellary to investigate a possible ISI plot. Was it merely a murky political plot or was there something more sinister in the offing? And why were two women suddenly singing siren songs of love?…Three tales of nerve-racking suspense and pulse-pounding action.
Fiction has been an addiction but the need to make a living took Suresh through Chemical Engineering and an MBA at IIM-Bangalore and, from thence, to a long 16 year stint in the area of finance with specific expertise in fertilizer subsidies and a further two years as consulting expert in the same area. That, in his words, about sums up the boring part of his life, except for the people he was privileged to meet.
Otherwise, he can be described as a mess of contradictions – a bookworm but avid trekker; alone but never lonely; enjoys solitude but loves company; lazy but a perfectionist, the litany is endless. Trekking, which side-tracked him from the writing for which he quit his job, is a major passion and he does, at least, one trek in the Himalayas every year in addition to numerous local treks.
Radha Sawana is part secretive, part playful, part ambitious, part indolent, and as a result, completely confused. She has been a bookworm as far as she can remember, and so it came as no surprise to her when suddenly the thought of starting her own blog occurred her. Thus, in the 4th year of her education in BITS Pilani, she started her blog ‘Entropy’, the name paying homage to her subject of specialization – chemistry.
Entropy began with the random thoughts of her mind and before she realized it, she had started writing short stories too. Her first stories – The Late Goodbye and 48 Hours – were widely loved. Her personal favourite on her blog is her still untitled collection of three short pieces called Harakiri, Saisei and Wind. She is currently writing a seven-part story called Seven.
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Karthik, a management consultant by profession, has always had fondness for stories from his early childhood when he used to keenly listen to stories told by his grandfather. Over the next twenty five years, he has been voraciously consuming fiction starting with Enid Blyton and moving on to Arthur Conan Doyle and then Isaac Asimov. One fine day he decided he had heard enough stories and he start telling them instead and so he started his blog ‘Lucifer House Inc.’ in 2008. He has been continuously been striving to entertain his readers through his blog posts over 5 years, winning some blogger awards as well in the process. The blog has a Google page rank of 3 and figures in the Top Indian blogs directory.
Do click on these links to check out some of his short stories.
One of his stories ‘Nootropic Egress’ won the best story award under science fiction category in a story telling contests and was published in multi genre anthology ‘Ten Shades of Life’. He has recently started another blog ‘Three Realms of the Mind’ to share his passion for his three favorite fiction genres – science fiction, fantasy and historic fiction with the rest of the world. He dreams of being a bestselling author in one of these genres. Last but not the least, he shares alma maters (IIT and IIM) with some of the most popular contemporary Indian authors and hopes he can share their success in garnering readers as well.