Book review: Captain Elephant

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Captain Elephant: the mystery of the bomb by Aseem Mahajan

Genre: Fiction/Thriller
Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐
Publication date: September 13th, 2018
Publication house: Petals Publishers
Links: GoodreadsAmazon
Source: Author

Summary:
Mayas Tondlulu is born with a medical condition due to which his parents are extra careful with him. Mayas is precious and they did everything possible to make sure that his health would not suffer because of their carelessness. After living an overly protected life Mayas discovers that he has a special ability and his alter ego “Captain Elephant” is born, but he soon invites trouble for himself and is wanted by the police of Pinzoora city at the tender age of 10! At the same time the dreaded terrorist Popananda escapes from prison and threatens Pinzoora with a nuclear bomb. He warns people against leaving the town. The only clue he gives is a riddle that haunts everyone. Panic grips Pinzoora. Masks fall and hidden skeletons come out. During this adversity when everyone fails, it is upto Captain Elephant to face the ruthless Popananda and unravel the murky mystery that will change the history of mankind and Pinzoora forever. What is the meaning of the riddle? What is the dark mystery looming over Pinzoora? Mayas Tondlulu is born with a medical condition due to which his parents are extra careful with him. Mayas is precious and they did everything possible to make sure that his health would not suffer because of their carelessness. After living an overly protected life Mayas discovers that he has a special ability and his alter ego “Captain Elephant” is born, but he soon invites trouble for himself and is wanted by the police of Pinzoora city at the tender age of 10! At the same time the dreaded terrorist Popananda escapes from prison and threatens Pinzoora with a nuclear bomb. He warns people against leaving the town. The only clue he gives is a riddle that haunts everyone. Panic grips Pinzoora. Masks fall and hidden skeletons come out. During this adversity when everyone fails, it is upto Captain Elephant to face the ruthless Popananda and unravel the murky mystery that will change the history of mankind and Pinzoora forever. What is the meaning of the riddle? What is the dark mystery looming over Pinzoora?

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Review:
First of all, as I am a cover judging reader, I thought that it looked like those comic books I used to read in my childhood. And I wasn’t wrong, though it is not a comic book but the story remind me of one. A boy, born with his heart in rear starts to discover his super powers.

Okay so with the first few chapters I thought that this is a children book. It was funny and simple yet sometimes the language was adult. Mayas’ childish thinking, his father’s ever changing nature and his mother’s constant chanting made the starting of the book very funny and a light read. But as the book progressed the things felt out of hand and started to become impossible. No spoilers but within few nights Mayas became an intelligent and daring kid and few more days and he is the super hero which was quite hard to believe seeing that our hero is just 10 years old even if his height and weight is that of 20 year old boy.

The decisions taken are rapid yet the scenes are dragged. The plot was amazing but the writing style was not capturing and I found myself criticizing the style. The characters were weak and none of them held their ground for being one. Mayas kept changing within days and hours. Inspector Khangi is sometimes the genius and sometimes so dumb. Other characters with minor roles were better than the main ones.

The thrill was alright, kept me from putting down the book but how it was resolved was not something I liked. The character was just assuming things and the problems were solved. The logic behind the assumptions were not strong enough to convince me.

All in all, it was a funny, light read. The starting was quite interesting but the end was abrupt.

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