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November 30, 2012

Book Review - 102 : Secret of the Scribe

Author : Douglas Misquita
Publisher : Lead Start Publishing

A cave-expedition to the remote borders of China and Tibet unearth enigmatic discs that are believed to be of extraterrestrial origin. But their discovery is quickly squashed and erased from official records. When venture capitalist Mark Steinberg launches Linguistics, Inc. and unveils cutting-edge Nanotechnology-based communication, an enthralled human race is ready to proclaim the written and spoken word a thing of the past. 

But unknown to the world, Linguistics is setting the stage for total control. Leading the scattered resistance movement, Lance Michener wants to shut down the Linguistics network before the damage is total and irreversible. At the center of the conflict is the hunt for the mythical Book of Thoth - the Book of Wisdom of the Gods; a Book that contains the secrets of the language of all earthly species and languages yet unknown. And as Linguistics ushers in an era of global mind control, the race is on to prevent The Book from falling into the wrong hands.

Douglas pack in the same elements of fast pace adrenaline pumping action sequences as his debut novel, Haunted. Transported through various locales, the narrative remains true to its sequence of events though clearly the cliches of good vs evil are carried in yet again done-to-death scenes. Where the author does set up the plot competently, he falls short in building an interesting central character or even bit-piece players who are worth rooting for. Instead, we get long passages detailing the settings - from confrontation scenes to near escapes, from action sequences to mythical creatures but the emotional connect is sorely missing as a reader. The author knows this material inside out, but the way it has been put forward makes it an exercise in excess. 

I am going with 3/5 for Douglas Misquita's second offering, 'Secret of the Scribe'. It is well mentioned and researched book, but it requires deft touches of a publisher and editor to market and trim the material respectively. A voice which needs to be encouraged because of a unique style and scarcity of such fiction in Indian arena, but not before doing a lot of basic things right.

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