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Vikram and the Enchanted Seals [Kindle Edition]

Sanjiv Behera
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Vikram, an apathetic kid from California, doesn’t want to be in India. But a death in the family leaves him no other choice. So he finds himself in a rural village, at his ancestral home where he meets his imposing grandfather. A special bond forms between them, and the old man gives Vikram an enchanted seal – a mystical relic from India's earliest civilization. It turns out that the seal is one of only a handful that combine to form the Dharma Cube, the most powerful weapon against evil the world has ever seen. Before Vikram can fully grasp the seal's profound significance, Grandpa is taken by Rakshasas – evil giants from the epic Ramayana – who are intent on destroying the Cube once and for all. Vikram enlists the help of younger brother Jai, and Manu, the family’s loyal servant, to search for Grandpa. Their journey takes them through the various landscapes of India: historical, mythological, artistic, philosophical, and natural. Tension mounts when Vikram realizes that he alone must unlock the secrets of his seal and the Dharma Cube, not just to rescue Grandpa, but to save all of humanity.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1776 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983104212
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rickshaw Books (November 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASOU8Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read with mythological spin December 27, 2010
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As a reader who enjoys mythological fiction (Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series), this book was right up my alley. The story moves quickly with endearing characters. The mythological spin was a fun bonus.
The idea that Rakshasas may live among us and rise again was told through the eyes of a young boy struggling with normal day to day issues. Not only does he find love for his family, his finds love for his ancestral land, India. Ideas of inner calm, life connections and personal strength are expressed beautifully.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliving the Legend April 12, 2011
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Indian mythologies and folklores swarm with magical and mythical creatures. Hence Indian kids know their giants and demons all too well. They grow up listening to the stories of the evil Rakshasas and Asuras coming a copper every time they waged a war against gods. But for the disinterested Indian-American boy Vikram, whom "aside from comics, candy, and the occasional science fiction nothing truly moved", these mystical creatures would have remained plain mumbo jumbo had circumstances not brought him face to face with them.

Vikram, on a visit to India with his parents and younger brother Jai, is bored and grouchy, even before setting foot at his grandpa's home. When it seems that nothing less than an out-of-this- world experience can mend his sullen mood, he is ushered into a world of enchanted seals and Rakshasas, who are plotting to wipe out mankind.

Vikram and Jai take up the challenge, and set out on an expedition to free not only their kidnapped grandfather but the whole of mankind from the machinations of the diabolic forces. The mission involves salvaging the enchanted seals, which if joined together into Dharma cube will ward off the fiendish advancement of the Rakshasas. The brothers find able company in a brave girl, Toral; the loyal servant Manu and the bighearted langur, Fortune.

The hazardous enterprise of the foursome alludes to scenes from the epic, Ramayana, reference of which is made several times in the narrative. While the brothers, on a mission to fight Rakshasas, remind of the legendary brothers Ram and Laxman, Fortune, the langur, is cast on the image of Hanuman, Ram's devoted assistant. Toral uses a bow like Ram and Laxman did, and the final assay into the Rakshasa's palace by Vikram parallels Ram's crossing the sea to reach Lanka.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss my train stop?! November 25, 2010
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Did I miss my train stop?! This is the only thought that would interrupt me while reading this book as I was so engrossed in it that I would forget what I was supposed to be doing...even as a non-morning person on the way to work. What a wonderfully captivating, imaginative, and suspenseful book! The descriptions of the characters and the scenery brought me back to that child-like imagination that hooked me into reading at an early age. I loved the smooth weaving in and out of Indian culture and mysticism, but through a normal everyday kid. I also appreciated the heriosm of all the characters despite age and gender. This book is a page-turner for children and adults with a classic and timeless moral underlying the entire book. Highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a wonderful book! November 21, 2010
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Wow, what a wonderful book! This is a real page-turner -- I couldn't put it down. This is a book that both children and adults can enjoy. The author creatively and uniquely adapts elements of hindu mythology and Indian history to create a present day Harry Potter-like adventure and coming of age story. Not only is this book creative and exciting, it is also heart-felt and inspiring. I hope this becomes a movie one day! And, I'm looking forward to future books by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Kids' Book! November 16, 2010
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This was an absolutely riveting book that definitely will appeal to the Harry Potter set. It seems as if this is the author's first work, and, if so, wow! Behera does an excellent job of setting up the story of Vikram, an Indian-American kid, going to India and overcoming his initial distaste for his homeland and discovering a deep emotional connection to his grandfather. As someone born in India but raised in the States, I assure you that Behera's description of this process doesn't hit any false notes.

I won't spoil anything, but events soon spin out of control, and things unfold very quickly. If I had to make one quibble, it's that the middle of the book might be a little too whirlwind. Regardless, I was happy to go along for the ride and the book is virtually impossible to put down.

I'd caution that he book might be a little too intense and scary for kids who are five or six. But if a child can handle Harry Potter, he or she can handle "Vikram and the Enchanged Seals." The ending seems tailor-made for further Vikram adventures. But whether it's another Vikram book or not, I'm definitely looking forward to Behera's next work.
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