Sunday, 24 April 2016

Book Review: Yama by Kevin Missal


Title: Yama
Author: Kevin Missal
Publisher: Half Baked Beans
Pages: 166
Price: Rs. 175
My Rating: 3.5/5

A violent saint... A man who claims he is Yama, is punishing sinners by killing them according to the twenty eight hells described in the Bhagavat Gita.

Who is he? What does he want? Is he a vigilante or a psychopath?

A delusional hero... Iravan Rajpoot, an Ex- Black Cat Commando with a dark past is receiving letters with names and time limits. It's no sooner that he learns about the intended victims than they die within the mentioned time frame.

An ambitious reporter... Swati Kaushik, a widow and a woman who can do anything for success, must team up with Iravan to stop the God of Death and Justice.

I came across this book through its PR agent. When he introduced me to the book I was intrigued by the title and the cover. You have to admit that it is interesting and weird (in a good way). The first thought that came across my mind was - 'is this based on Yama God?' and I am sure if you read about it you would feel same, however, it is not the case.
The book is basically about a man who is sick and tired of what is happening in the world and decides to take matters in his own hands... While reading you get this dubious feeling like if he is a vigilante or a psychopath? In my opinion he is mainly vigilante, you can decide for yourself.

In terms of story, it is a good thriller. It is written in great detail and you feel it growing on you. In terms of other Indian thriller stories, it is very good. The suspense is well maintained, mostly...
At times, you are forced to self-reflect on your own acts as well, which can be good and also be very unnerving (depends on your acts :P)

Characters are nice portrayed as well. You can feel the frustration and stigma that they go through. 

There are couple of drawbacks in the book as well, which forced down the rating for me...
To start with the book reminds me of certain Bollywood movie. It might be a coincidence but it does create a weird aura when reading such heavy book. Another thing about the book, given its genre you cannot read it in one go, despite the length. I prefer reading books in one go but I couldn't. Took me four sittings...
Another issue is that there are 90 chapters... which makes it broken unnecessarily. With a book with 166 pages, 90 chapters is a little over-do...
Also, the type-setting of the book is weird but that is not a fault of author, this is how HBB publishes.
Another down side of the book is that it has couple of typos...

Apart from the above, it is a good read and if you like to read thriller, then it is a book to pick from an Indian author.

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I hope you enjoy the book.

The book was sent to me by Anuj Kumar, Kalamos Literary Services..

Love and Cheers


  1. I am intrigued by your review... Will pick this one up next :)

  2. I am glad you liked it.
    Please do :)


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