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A provocative, clever and radiant line of theology, Sanghi suggests that the cult of Mary Magdalene has its inspiration in the trinity of the Indian sacred feminine, thereby out thinking and out-conspiring Dan Brown.'
--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

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The notion that Jesus may have indeed spawned a bloodline came to my attention in late 1999 when I read "Holy Blood Holy Grail" by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln. A few years later, I read Holger Kersten's "Jesus Lived in India" and was fascinated with the idea that Jesus could have been inspired by Buddhism and that he may have drawn much of his spiritual learning from India. The research was meticulous, and I was soon hooked! I followed it up by reading Margaret Starbird's "The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail" and was convinced that the persona of Mary Magdalene closely resembled the trinity of the Indian sacred feminine. The release of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" was what eventually prompted me to write "The Rozabal Line".

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu Enterprises, Inc.; 1st edition (September 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430327545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430327547
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve Burns VINE VOICE on December 11, 2007
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This is a must have for fans of religious conspiracy thrillers like Dan Brown's best sellers. This book is a much more fast paced thriller than others like it. The novel takes you traveling through human history as the story comes to a climax on December 21st 2012. It is a show down between Islamist terrorists, a corrupt Catholic Church, and the Illuminati. Through out you will learn about many theories about Jesus and Christianity. Like how Rome created Catholicism by turning Jesus into a God and giving him many attributes of Pagan Gods so he would be accepted. (In Koine Greek Kathlicos means universal, that is where the word Catholic comes from). Constantine created a univeral church to unite the empire. You will also see the theory that Jesus survived the cross and traveled to India where he died. The main characters are a Catholic Priest, a new age pychic (his aunt), and a Japanese assasin. What is different about this book is the flashbacks to these characters past lives where their Karma is explained through what they did in past lives. I have never heard of this kind of story line and found it very thought provoking. This is an exiting and thrilling read and you might learn several things as you make your way through to the end. If you are looking for a great conspiracy theory thrill ride, it does not get better than this.
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I have just finished reading 'The Roza Bal Line' and smiled through many passages and ideas in the book because they ringed true for me. Although I lived in Kashmir specifically to investigate the claims about the tomb, and although I met often with Muslims who claim they are descended from Yuz Asaf (the name for Jesus in Kashmir) it never occured to me to connect ideas the way Shawn Haigins has in this book. Jesus descendents in the east, where the world least expects them? Jesus descendents as modern day fundamentalists and terrorists? Of course! Why not? Why hadn't I thought of that! Haigins did a terrific job with this fictional account. The world would benefit more if he put his obvious investigative reporting-writing style and energies into writing non-fiction. I did find some historical errors in the book, but I attribute these to the fiction premise and not to any lack of ability on the author's part. He is a lucid thinker and writer, and Roza Bal can definately benefit from his continued contributions on the subject. Thanks Shawn, for an awesome task splendidly accomplished.
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I wanted so much to like this book. I am a fan of this genre and I agree with other reviewers. It started with so much promise, and then strayed into a list of data supporting the premise. I felt like I was reading a thesis paper.
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Why not nonfiction? I've seen this statement on several reviews, and after reading the book, I see why. The problem here is execution and format. The subject is certainly suited to fiction - it just happened that a first-time novelist got into material way beyond his skills. The author would have been better off to abandon his cardboard characters and the forced storyline and present the material as nonfiction.

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!
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The Rozabal Line is Ashwin Singhi's first novel, which he published under a pseudonym (Shawn Haigins) with Lulu Press, a self publishing firm. It was later published by Westland.

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)
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