Review of The Rozabal Line; Ashwin Sanghi; Westland; pp 362
– Shana Susan Ninan
To have a debut book on the topic of Jesus Christ having survived the Crucifixion and his bloodline continuing to this day is quite a challenge. And, Ashwin Sanghi successfully managed to keep our attention until the very last page! He draws heavily from history and historical accounts of previous writers to weave a tale of mystery, crime and theological fiction.
The Lashkar-e-Talatashar, a group of 13 hardcore Islamists, wreck havoc across various cities of the world, leading up to the supposed end of the world on 21st December 2012. Connections to the Illuminati, Opus Dei and other organisations are revealed, and the reader is exposed to historical and religious information that corroborate events across the timeline.
Parallelism in world religions such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism and others are drawn constantly in the plot. Having read the Bible extensively, and the Quran once, it was easy for me to comprehend the story. Plus, this book gave me the opportunity to go ahead and research on the websites that Sanghi mentions in the note, at the end.
Since I’m already used to Sanghi’s writing, through his second book, Chanakya’s Chant, I was comfortable with the pace and the narrative. The raciness and the short paragraphs make for quick reading. Characters are well-outlined, and fleshed out where necessary. The ending of the book is put together well – the possibility of one of the world’s best kept secrets being out there in the open doesn’t overshadow the climax.