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The Rozabal Line Paperback – September 24, 2007
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--The Hindu, Chennai, India
'Sanghi's flair for religion, history and politics is clearly visible... a mixture of comparative religion, dangerous secrets and a thrilling plot makes for an esoteric read.' --The Statesman, Calcutta, India
'...a must-read for all those who enjoyed Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. A fine combination of history, religion, spirituality and mystery, the book is thought-provoking and definitely not for the faint-hearted.' --Deccan Herald, Bangalore, India
'Though Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code may still be the uncrowned king in conspiracy theory fiction, he has an Indian challenger in Ashwin Sanghi.' --The Week, India
'The ultimate reward that The Rozabal Line holds for the reader is the treasure-house of surprises that lie in store, as history gets presented ... as delightful, jaw-dropping trivia.' --Indian Express
"Haigins' ideologically provocative outcome is every bit earned... philosophers, conspiracy believers, and fans of Mary Magdalene tales will find Rozabal to be worthy..." -- ForeWord Clarion Reviews, November 7, 2007
"Taking The Da Vinci Code a step further, The Rozabal Line triples the intrigue ante..." -- Kirkus Discoveries, November 5, 2007
From the Author
I realized that it was much more interesting to learn history through the format of a fiction thriller than to read a non-fiction hypothesis/theory about Jesus having lived in India. "The Rozabal Line" is a work of fiction and should be read as such. Religion, history and factual narrative have been liberally interspersed with the fictional narrative in order to give context and color to the plot.
Unlike most novels, wherever possible, notes have been provided at the end of the book to explain, justify, attribute or acknowledge although it is unnecessary to read these as part of the overall plot.
Top Customer Reviews
For me, subject matter alone is not enough to sustain the life of a novel. You need memorable characters speaking believable dialogue, moving through descriptive settings and journeys that in the end allow for some inner growth. This is the essence of good fiction. Here, all these essentials have been swept away in the rush to get to the...what? Where and what is the "important message" that hasn't been covered in much more thought-provoking and engaging nonfiction accounts?
If you are interested in the eastern influences of Jesus, there is a wealth of material (though apparently, from some of the reviews, little known). Suzanne Olsson's Jesus in Kashmir, The Lost Tomb is a five-star book that's certainly the seminal account of the Jesus in India theory. But it's much more. Her contributions in this area are nothing short of trail blazing and her account is essential reading for anyone open to alternate theories. But don't stop - there is a shelfful of books as well as whole websites (type in "Jesus in India" and click on one of the 354,000 sites - that's what the author did) centered on the "real" Roza Bal, and the missing years of Jesus and the idea of Jesus surviving crucifixion and spending his remaining years in Kashmir. These are not new ideas!Read more ›
The Rozabal Line, an Indian version of Da Vinci Code, starts very well, and binds the reader for the first couple of chapters. It then takes a very large number of incidents spread across space and time, and knits them into a good storyline to set up a climax that could do Ludlum or Dan Brown proud. The plot is intricate and unpredictable, though not entirely new. Dan Brown's influence is evident, as is the author's interest in world history.
The plot is good and expansive, the characters are good and so is the setting. It is only the writing style that detracts from an otherwise excellent novel. The entire book is a series of extra-short scenes and snippets, some that are only a short paragraph. The constant flitting from place to place and across time makes reading tiresome and the flow jerky after a few chapters. The author's penchant for darting all over the place is also evident in his second novel, Chanakya's Chant, but to a lesser degree.
Despite the annoying style, I liked The Rozabal Line more than Chanakya's Chant. The incidents in this book are more credible that in Chanakya's Chant. I was pleased to find it available as an eBook on Amazon for Rs 58, when the physical book was priced at Rs 176 in Flipkart. I grabbed it.
A recommended read, particularly for Indian readers who will perhaps relate more to it than to Da Vinci Code. There is more exposition than is usually tolerated by western readers. As an Indian reader, I found the treatment of karma and rebirth a little bizarre.
Overall, one of the better popular fiction book coming out of India.
Overall Rating: 3 / 5
Sub-ratings: Setting (4); Story (4); Characters (4); Writing (2)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book, must read for all Dan Brown admirers.Published 15 months ago by Samrudha Amit Surana
Though it is a fiction,looks like reality.Its story is gripping and fast moving all through.Published 15 months ago by Palle Raja
The book is good except the last explanation. In same family as the da Vinci code, it uses fictional superimposition on some established historical events. Nice read. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rahul Deodhar
It was a really well researched book. Makes me want to go read the references that he has quoted. Very scholarly. Enjoyed it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bhuvana Jaiganesh
I read this book after reading all Ashwin sanghi's other books - chanakya chants, krishna key and the most latest private india. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ganesh
Ashwin has done a good lot of research for his book and the content seems somewhat authentic as far as the historic aspects of Jesus are concerned but the story line is weak, but... Read morePublished on August 18, 2014 by Dr Girish Budhrani
Goes all over the place, keeps on building characters but then they loose relevance. Too many conspiracy theories picked up from all over and time goes back and forth so many times... Read morePublished on August 10, 2014 by anand kanwar