Aniruddha Bose’s new thriller PURSUIT is something different from its genre. It has everything a thriller possess - multiple mysterious murders; beautiful sirens; handsome hunks; powerful men who can change the world; a staggering international conspiracy; highly complex international geo-economics and politics; the just dose of sex and so on. However, what makes it stand out in the crowd is its philosophy, the humanitarian angle and the universal message of peace and harmony.
There are twists in the tale that suddenly come down on the reader as bolts from the blue. That is expected in a top-class thriller. What this book additionally possesses is the touch of universal melancholy that affects every thinking man and woman of every nationality.
Greedy international big shots conspire to conquer the world and spill the blood of the innocent and guilty alike. Small-time characters are trapped in this web engulfed by the events beyond their control and comprehension. Amidst this chaos, there remains a blind Buddhist monk in an isolated monastery in the high Himalayas, who think about these chaotic currents. He sits in his isolated shrine, watching and analysing the events in the world, like the Nimrod.
The protagonist of the story, a highly intelligent young lady who is fortunate enough to get teachings from the contrasting two worlds, the modern western as well as the timeless philosophy of Hinduism and Buddhism, gets caught in the web and flows along the current.
Besides searching the reasons of the murders, she also searches for the reason of her existence, or rather the existence and meaning of the life as a whole.
Does she reach her destination?
Aniruddha Bose narrates the story in his inimitable style and draws the reader like a powerful magnet. The story culminates in a startling revelation of the truth. To find it, and to find your own truth, you have to read this unusual book.
Asis Kumar Chatterjee
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
Pursuit was my first attempt in authoring an English novel. A gripping thriller on international geo-economics. Though it received laudatory reviews from critics, didn’t do well in terms of sales. Its riveting storyline, if made in celluloid, would have been a blockbuster hit. Neither did it make it to that realm.
Thereafter, I have written several thrillers as Fulcrum, Eternal Mayhem, Conundrum. Now in the process of authoring another in different style. In each of my murder-mystery-suspense thrillers, I have created a new form breaking my previous one. A creator re-discovers his versatility when he can break away from a constituted pattern not to be repeated in his next one. All of the books had that innovative element flouting the traditional norms.
A writer matures with more of creative input in varied realms. Since writing Pursuit in 2012, I too have evolved. Looking back at my first English work, I felt it needed the polish. The language made crisper keeping the content intact, resulted in decrease of its size.
Even with the escalated publishing costs, my publisher decided to uphold the previous price making this edition a hardcover one.
Whether this re-edited edition would make it to its desired destiny remains on providence. A writer can only endeavour to deliver his best.
Pursuit by Aniruddha Bose is a touch chalk and cheese as of its kind with numerous puzzling assassinations occurring in India and overseas, striking enchantresses, gorgeous studs; influential operates who can transform the planet, deteriorating like skittles in an overwhelming global scheme of extremely intricate intercontinental geo-strategy and affairs of state with the law enforcement lingering oblivious.
The central character of the tale, Elena, a very sharp stunning youthful woman, who is lucky enough to find wisdom from the distinct worlds of the contemporary western as well as the eternal beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism, find wedged in the mesh and run the length of the current with the constabulary firing up to consider that she is the real assassin.
In a fabulous lavish tavern in the Middle-East, a few of the most dominant gluttonous global bigwigs connive to overpower the earth, and tip out the blood of the naive and at fault equally to control the global financial side, where minor personalities are ensnared in this net overwhelmed by the dealings outside their rule and grasp.
Amidst this bedlam, there stay put a canopy Buddhist parson in a secluded monastery in the lofty Himalayas, who reflect about these messy currents and discern a lot of stuff and takes a pew in his out-of-the-way holy place, observing and exploring the proceedings in the planet, like the huntsman.
In addition to probing the raison d'être of the killings, Elena is dedicated in her quest for the grounds of her way of life, or fairly the survival and connotation of the existence as a sum total and is together a straightforward and so far an intricate idol with a realistic hand in provisos of how she glance at the slayings on the trot on that incredibly emaciated contour between ethics and defence arrive athwart a great deal sturdy through the evaluation operate.
The book has all a suspenseful story should have, conversely, what craft it gets to your feet out in the throng is its viewpoint, the compassionate slant and the worldwide significance of concord and agreement and entwining in the romance that swiftly appear behind on the booklover as scram from the cerulean that is usual in a acme set crime novel. The narrative concludes in a surprising eye-opener of the facts.
The volume under no circumstances be unsuccessful to enthuse and grasp your attention and is capable to stay the expectancy going as it stirred all the way through the phases of the escapade with the writer develop a sturdy champion with a lot of stratum that whilst adroitly heave reverse going on to expose a convoluted lady on an assignment to thwart big shots.
Cleaved from present-day dealings, the characters are forceful and the leading actors facade and aisle adorably with the writing and is a proof of how we are drawn on to perceive our supermen’s with the author having a method of charging you involved in his characters even those who are the terrible chaps or less significant in the impressive plot. You discern the individuals that you boast to interpret about to truly get back to the characters and the plot you care for.
This paperback is off on the trot from the opening sentence and doesn't impede until the conclusion and if you're glancing for grand narrative this is the reserve for you, with an exhilarating read and what this tome furthermore own is the tap of widespread glum that influence each judgmental bloke and lady of each ethnic group.
The author accomplishes an exceptional work poising among exploit, expectancy, and sequential inscription with an electrifying rancount that will put you down on the periphery of your settle which stay the plot fluid and craft the order tough to set behind full of enjoyable amusement, and a manner to get away with Elena as your trip lead.
This volume is unadulterated testosterone raiser and is an ideal interpret if you get pleasure from clandestine killer sort exploits and is exhilarating with all of the twirl and twists that will get you captivated chaste, constant, impenitent, clear-cut and complete and if you have a feeble spirit, have your linctus near by as this tome is a lot further than a murder mystery and is in addition an account that carry you from your lounger to a stifling atoll, so wonderfully pinched were the vistas.
Fast paced, funny and feat filled, the author recount the crime story in his matchless method, and draw the booklover like a potent inducement offering a thought inciting spellbinding thriller. The raison d'être this paperback is so grand is that it is engaging and entertaining from beginning to end where every reader ought to encompass the insight to spot, heed and analyze what is going on in the region.
-by Mr.Kalyan Panja
After reading two books by Aniruddha Bose which were originally written in Bengali and then translated into English by some translator, I have finally completed reading “Pursuit” written originally in English by the man himself. This book is very different than the ones I read before and it has also become my favorite novel by the author. It is a great thriller which also has philosophical and spiritual tone to it. It is great to read such varying scenarios in a single book of 300 pages. And as author claims this is actually a thriller which possess – multiple mysterious murders; beautiful sirens; handsome hunks; powerful men who can change the world; a staggering international conspiracy; highly complex international geo-economics and politics; the just dose of sex and so on.
Mr. Bose have written this novel in a very fluid language which makes it easy for reader to finish it in one sitting. The narration is perfect as author have kept the timeline of the events simple. The way multiple characters are developed also makes it easy for you to understand them and their mindset. The protagonist, Elena, is described so beautifully that you wish to read more about her every time author shifts his attention to other issues in the book. Panchet Dzongpa is another character about whom you want to keep reading as the kind of spiritualism, universal peace and harmony that he preaches to Elena surely gets imbibed in your mind too. The inspectors and officials are also given a smart personality which makes this thriller little more special.
The first half discusses about how several murders take place and how police keeps doubting different suspects. Reading about how personalities from different countries are thinking about becoming the superpower of the world and later knowing their involvement with the murders is really surprising. In between all of this, the philosophical quotient maintained by Elena and Dzongpa is also a boost to this story as the preaching is totally different from what is actually happening in other parts of the book. Haha! The good research of the author is evident from many geo-economical and political issues that he has discussed through his characters.
The second half becomes more interesting than the first as the whole attention of the officials gets focused towards a single girl and she is being accused of all the murders. It’s delighting to read the anti-climax of how the whole thing got unfolded and knowing the tactics of the murderer and the people behind him/her. The way climax is ended again with the spiritual touch gives this book a pleasant and peaceful ending. While reading this thriller, I could feel that the author almost belongs in the same league of Ravi S and Ashwin S. This book discusses some complex topics but still attract the masses. I give it an extra-ordinary 4.5* out of 5.