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About the Author

A Westland Publishers author, Hemanth is a contrarian by choice and an author by accident. It took a humor blog, a bad job and a client’s pat on the back to convince him that the written word was where his future lay. Today, after a decade and a half in the corporate world, this former IBM-er and IIM Calcutta alumnus is a fiction novelist based in Bangalore, India. He writes for a singular reason. In his own words: “I write because if I actually did whatever my characters do, I'd be incarcerated on an island in the Pacific!” Aymaran Shadow, his debut fiction novel launched in 2013, was recently the #12 bestseller on Amazon.

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  • File Size: 1057 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Hemanth Gorur; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D5FH4MO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hemanth is a career strategist by choice and an author by accident. His love affair with writing took off quite innocuously in 2009 when he started a humor blog for a lark, followed by a business blog. Soon, things led to other things and he found himself taking up his first commercial writing assignment - a short form biography of a steel industrialist.

In 2011, the crossover into professional writing was complete when CRISIL, a $160 million financial services company based in Mumbai, India, engaged Hemanth to author their corporate biography, which was eventually published by Westland Publishers in December of 2012.

Today, after a decade and a half in the corporate world, this former IBM-er is a fiction novelist based in Bangalore, India. He writes for a singular reason. In his own words: "I write because if I personally did whatever my characters do, I'd be incarcerated on an island in the Pacific!"

His recently launched fiction novel AYMARAN SHADOW is a paranormal thriller whose backdrop is set in the 1800s. An alumnus of IIM Calcutta, Hemanth is also a consulting editor and helps first-time authors as well as experienced writers achieve their goals of publishing their creations.

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Let me start off by noting that I received a free ebook copy for this book to review, and I was not paid nor required to write a positive review.

I am so glad I stumbled across Gorur's work. I'm an avid reader and am always looking for new authors to try out. When I read the description of this fairly short story, I was immediately drawn in. The idea of having someone from a past life out to get you is pretty original and a very nice change of pace from the topics usually seen in paranormal stories.

As the story opens, Gorur takes us back to a past life of the protagonist, Sanya. A past self suffers a series of humiliating/degrading wrongs before being murdered. This happens in Bolivia in the late 1700s. While it's an important section to the story, I almost stopped reading after a few pages because the content wasn't anywhere near something I'd want to read. I wanted paranormal, and the opening made me think I was getting myself involved in a story largely written as an old school crime. Murder stories don't really interest me.

But, do not let the beginning deter you! The story quickly focuses on the present day. We meet Sanya, a psychology student in India that is beginning to have strange things happen to her. Being of an analytical mind, she tries to make sense of events ranging from curious to downright bizarre. It isn't an easy set of situations to link together.

What's great about this is that, at least for me, I felt very connected to the confusion she had as I read the story. This isn't a book that makes it easy to predict what will happen or what the characters' motives are. I didn't have a clue until right near the end. This was also a bit of a crutch, since my confusion made it a little tougher to get fully immersed in the story.
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I received a copy of Aymaran Shadow from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not paid or required to leave a positive review.

I haven't read many paranormal thrillers. This story started out strong and it held my attention until the very end. The suspense was phenomenal. Sanya Rawat was a very believable character, living an ordinary life, while experiencing extraordinary events. This was definitely a page turner.

Pros: The characters are written really well. I can clearly envision them while reading the story. The scenery is very vivid.

Cons: The only drawback I have is the ending. I don't won't to give any spoilers. There were some loose ends with some characters that I wish would have been finalized.

I would definitely recommend Aymaran Shadow and I look forward to reading more stories from this author.
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Aymaran Shadow is hands down the best past-life thriller I have ever read.
It is an intensely suspenseful book being the first in a long time that has had me not knowing who the real 'bad' guy was. Despite minor translational language/text issues (which did not interfere with the story flow and were easily forgivable) the plot was easy to follow and to get deeply invested in. When I was not reading, I found myself constantly wondering what would be revealed next and anxious to get back to the book. The characters and supporting details are artfully crafted with vividly in-depth, three dimensional precision. An example of such details would be as the main character struggles to doubt her sanity from the various surreal events occurring, I too was left bewildered. The descriptions fooling the reader with the same vibrant delusional hallucinations on the pages.
Overall, Aymaran Shadow is a majestic journey through the ages taking your senses and emotions on an unforgettable ride. I would highly recommend this book and gladly read anything that Mr. Gorur writes next.

*I received this book from a giveaway and having received it free did not influence my opinion or review in any way*
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The opening's very suspenseful. Yet, it was a nice surprise when story moved to present day in Bangalore. Nice descriptive writing. It became more & more interesting as story moved ahead and just drew me in. Story is very smooth. Very good use of latest social networking site to set the context. Good use of places in different countries. Very nice ending with unexpected twist. Lots of stories yet to come out, especially about Sanya's past, so waiting for the next book on the same.
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Having followed Aymaran Shadow's teasers across Facebook, I was really looking forward to getting a chance to read it. Hemanth Gorur did not disappoint.

I was immediately blown away by the author's sophisticated use of the language to truly build a narrative around the story. And what a story to tell. The story gets much of his historical roots from the Spanish Conquest, and the rape and murder of a Aymaran woman in 1781. The story uses that history to embellish the narrative. Readers should be aware that some of the overriding themes in the story are rape and loss of dignity, and these are visited rather frequently.

The characters are deeply embellished, making them feel real; very well thought out. The author's effortless use of multiple languages makes the world feel real and the reader can gain a sense of actually being in many different locations around the world. The settings were masterfully described. I loved almost all of the dialog and the use of social media and texts to drive the suspense of the plot along.

One of the hardest tests a book goes through when I am a reader is during the climax and conclusion. I am usually mildly to severely disappointed by the way books end, but for Aymaran Shadow, I have no complaints, at all. It was an impactful, gripping conclusion to a story that never lost a moment of suspense. I was left with a feeling like the story really had ended, but the satisfaction of the ending lingered pleasantly. An excellent read!
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