Title: The Rozabal Line
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Genre: Theological Thriller, Mystery Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Westland Ltd.
Price: INR 250.00
The Rozabal Line, you may call it a Theological Fiction, Historical Fiction or Mythological Fiction and ultimately it is a thriller that will stream down a chill through your spine. Albeit, the fiction was released in 2008, I would comment it as my misfortune that I read the splendid work this year. The author is not to be blamed for this and I am serious guys. After completing the book my cognizant compelled me to pen down a review for it.
As I flipped pages and read chapter by chapter, the emerging plot blew my mind. Really speaking if you have ever never read any fiction before and you have chosen this to start with, I will suggest you to put it on hold and read some very easy ebbing story which has least chronicle relevance.
Being an avid reader, this book had led me to pick-up a pencil and paper to trace down the relevance of events that had been used very skillfully to sprang in form of a complex fable. You can imagine by the volume of research the author had made to compile the story. The references alone occupy sixteen pages with 209 entries which are given at the end of the book. Hats off Ashwin Sanghi for his impetuous caliber to bring out this book. His style of writing has conjured me to accumulate vigor to start with his second book. Oh Jesus please help me.
The thriller swirls around from century to century and continent to continent. It will hardly give you a chance to maintain the flow of different stories running past the different era.
The story is about survival of Jesus after crucifixion which later correlated with the existence as Mata Vaishno Devi in India. The fictional element and basis of the story has been similar to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, Jesus Lived in India by Holger Kersten and The Unknown Life of Jesus by Nicolas Notovich.
The story revolves round the protagonist Vincent Sinclair and his hunt around the world to unveil the mystery of his present and past life which concludes in India. The existence of three supplementary characters viz. Alissa, Martha and Swakiliki and their correlation to Indian goddess, the holy trinity will definitely swirl your mind that is resolved in the end and that elaborates:
‘And yet, all humankind believes redemption awaits us when our souls arise and merge with that Greatest Soul of all. That is the true resurrection. If this universal oneness could be understood by all, there would be no conflict at all.’
I was even surprised to know that The Rozabal Line was self published in 2007 under his pseudonym Shawn Haigins. After that there had been no looking back.