Author– Rishav Sharma
Book– Tikri’s Fiasco
Previous Works– Debut Novel
Publishers– Blue Rose Publishers
Number of Pages– 148
A story to honor the oblivious individuals who live a life of shadow. Tikris’ Fiasco is a story about an imaginary world that comprises of Kasht Desert and a small island, the Seculars.
Tikran, a prominent country on the lands of Kasht that comprised of Tikri tribe, has spread terrorism throughout and plans to destroy large parts of the Kasht with help of a small neighboring country, Alistan. Other two prominent countries in the Kasht Desert, the Briewsel and the Sindhustan align together to destroy Tikran’s plan.
The story is about the combined workings of different spying agencies of the Kasht and would take you on a roller coaster of events that eventually defeat the Tikris’ plan.
Tikri’s Fiasco by Rishav Sharma is the story of a world on the verge of war. The imaginary lands of the Kasht Desert are under the threat of a war that would scar the nations involved and the people in it for life. The cunning Tikri’s are behind the plans of the destruction and greed for power fuels their objective. They join hands with another country with similar intentions, named Alistan.
The Tikri’s plans are sabotaged by the efforts of another two countries, named Sindhustan and Briewsel. The spies involved have a lot to lose and the co-ordination among them seems a bit off because of a secret organization called the Lubras, that have mastered the skills of tracking and reaching out, and they know the ones who would be betraying their nations.
The book is probably the first part of a series, though there is no mention of any further parts. The abrupt ending of the book, which leaves the reader on a cliff hanger, is an indication that the reader should wait for the next part for the story to be complete.
One of the things that I loved about the book, were the names of the places. I have read a good number of spy thrillers and not everyone has the nerve to use an entirely imaginary set-up. Even if they do, they usually end up with names that do not match the setting, giving a rather non interesting vibe. This book was different, I was clearly intrigued by the names from the start, Kasht desert, Sindhustan, Tikran, not only the names have a ring to them, they could absolutely pass off as real country names.
The language used in the book is lucid and simple. It won’t make you rush to be dictionary, so it can be enjoyed with a cup of tea in a lazy afternoon. The book is just 148 pages so it can be easily read.
The change of scenarios is quick and efficient, I am happy with the fact that I did not have to waste too much time at places I did not want to.
The cover is a creative choice and I would absolutely be intrigued by it, as it goes with the title of the book, which is again, an appropriate choice, judging the plot line.
Cover- 4 stars
Title- 4.5 stars
Blurb- 4 stars
Plot- 3 stars
Writing and Presentation- 3 star
Overall- 3.7 stars out of 5
The plot did not intrigue me as much as it should have. It seemed like a great deal of promises with none of them delivered. The “roller coaster” of events seemed less connected, which definitely hampered the flow of the plot.
There were too many names to remember, it made the book confusing as I had to rush to the list of characters, again and again. The naming of some characters who held less importance to the plot, should have been avoided.
I could spot a number of editing errors, which could have been avoided.
One cannot comment much about the plot, as it leaves the reader on a cliff hanger, so it absolutely depends on the next book if things are at the required places or out of it.
For a debut novel, Rishav Sharma did a good job and it would be a great thing if the author takes care of the things mentioned above, while working on the next part.
Reviewed by- Banaja Prakashini
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