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Her Nightly Embrace: The Ravi PI Series Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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“Her Nightly Embrace introduces us to an exciting and dynamic new world of storytelling in which spirituality and science are inextricably entwined. Ravi is a character unlike any that readers have quite encountered before, and as he starts to see increasingly wild and fascinating visions, so will those lucky enough to dive into this rich narrative.” (Deepak Chopra)
"Tantimedh’s episodic first novel, a trilogy launch, takes the reader on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride of unusual cases." (Publishers Weekly)
“Graphic novelist and screenwriter Tantimedh (La Muse) does an excellent job of shaping Ravi into a caustic yet empathetic observer of the chaos around him, and even the conceit that he sees Hindu gods…is handled organically and mostly subtly.” (Library Journal)
About the Author
Adi Tantimedh has a BA in English Literature from Bennington College and an MFA in Film and Television Production from New York University. He is of Chinese-Thai descent and came of age in Singapore and London. He has written radio plays and television scripts for the BBC and screenplays for various Hollywood companies, as well as graphic novels for DC Comics and Big Head Press, and a weekly column about pop culture for BleedingCool.com. He wrote “Zinky Boys Go Underground,” the first post-Cold War Russian gangster thriller, which won the BAFTA for Best Short Film in 1995 and is the author of Her Nightly Embrace and Her Beautiful Monster.
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Her Nightly Embrace surprised me. I was expecting a typical adult mystery novel with decent characters and a mediocre mystery. This book offers much more in regards to the plot, characters, and the future of the series.
Ravi is an interesting character because of his fixation on morality and karma. He’s forced to comprise his own morals and karma everyday that he works as a private investigator. He unwillingly crosses legal and moral lines that eventually lead him to begin seeing visions of Hindu gods. Ravi’s intelligence is conveyed through his work as a private investigator as well as his internal monologue. He’s constantly questioning the moral ambiguity of his job and relating it to his visions and what led him to the point he’s at in his life.
The only issue I had with his character is his choice of love interest. I didn’t enjoy her character at all. She felt one-dimensional and stereotypical.
The other characters in the stories aren’t featured as much, however you get a great sense of who they are as characters and their history. They’re all incredibly interesting and made me want to read short stories focused solely on their pasts.
Her Nightly Embrace is multiple mysteries in one book rather than one long mystery. I really appreciated this because I didn’t enjoy the first mystery at all. I was pleasantly surprised when the mystery concluded with almost the entire novel left. Each mystery builds on itself until it creates the perfect storm of a mystery to conclude the novel. Each mystery had me guessing until the last pages and left me satisfied.
Overall, Her Nightly Embrace surprised me in the best ways possible. The mysteries and characters were well written and left me wanting more. I cannot wait to see the television show as well as all the other content that will be generated to create a truly multimedia experience.
Review Her Nightly Embrace by Adi Tantimedh is a 2016 Atria/ Leopaldo &Co. Publication.
I had no idea what to expect from this book, but the publishers were so enthusiastic about it and their plans for audio and television projects featuring “Heroes” star Sendhil Ramamurthy, I couldn’t resist taking a look at it.
When Ravi Chandra Singh gave up his religious studies after his reputation was impugned, he is hired by Golden Sentinels, a detective agency located in London. While Ravi may not seem like detective material, he’s a quick study. However, he does have a few, shall we say, abnormalities. Every time Ravi is stressed out, he sees a variety of Hindu Gods, and they seem to be tweeting about him. No matter how many pills he pops the visions persists, causing Ravi to continually question his sanity.
This is an introduction to Ravi, but we soon learn a great deal more about him and his family, as he gives us an up close and personal view to his highly unusual adventures as a private detective and the offbeat and occasionally dangerous cases he and the eclectic team at Golden Sentinels are hired to handle.
It’s no secret this book is being shopped for a television series and I do think the book was written in such a way that it would appeal to anyone who enjoys media tie-in material, perhaps with the hopes the book will enjoy cross-media attention and sales.
There are four complete short stories in one book, all individual cases worked on by Ravi and his team, but there is a common thread or continuance that binds the stories together.
I like Ravi’s voice and the stories are imaginative, fast paced, quirky and are even humorous on occasion. Over the course of the four installments, the cases become more serious, more dangerous, and more intriguing.
I always applaud creativity and imagination and I’m all for giving books a little boost by offering podcasts, movie or television tie-ins, or even some kind of interactive multi-media enhancements to keep readers engaged and to promote a love of reading. To that end, this book gets my seal of approval.
I thought the stories were stylish, if a bit outlandish, but the characters were terrific, each member having a unique skill to bring to the table. There are several well placed twists that propel the story along from one installment to another and the dynamic between the characters and the plot is ever evolving.
I can see how this book would easily translate to the small screen and I predict it will appeal to a certain demographic. It could pick up steam easily, but I’m not sure how long it would sustain the audience in that fickle environment. However, in the book world, if the author plays their cards right and doesn’t let the video appeal mar the integrity of the books, this is a series that could see a long and successful run.
Personally, I got a kick out of this book, for the most part, and would be interested in reading more about Ravi’s adventures in the future.