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Temple of Hope: A Sophie Kramer Thriller Paperback – July 3, 2014
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About the Author
Born in India, educated in England, Narendra resides in Canada/USA. He has worked and lived in England, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, India and the USA and traveled to more than seventy different countries allowing him to gain an in-depth knowledge of various and diverse cultures. He finds his inspiration from his life experiences and through his novels invites you to join him on a journey of life, adventure, mystery and international intrigue.
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THE TEMPLE OF HOPE is fast-paced thriller that exposes the dark underworld of India, a story supported by years of field research and interviews and starts with a compelling idea based on human rights issue. As Narendra states, `there are very few books written by Indians about child prostitution in India. Having been born and raised in India I have conducted extensive field research for this book that I believe uniquely qualifies me to amplify the Indian perspective on the prevalent and unspoken subject. His new heroine is Sophie Kramer, an FBI female Special Agent, who is determined and committed to seek justice for those victimized by oppression, unjust societies, and unethical systems.
Though Narendra has authored eight novels and various other books, it is surprising on being introduced to his work to find such a skilled writer, one who is able within a few paragraphs to bind the reader's attention immediately and provide curious clues that plead for explanation - the explanation follows at a rapid pace through novel.
The TEMPLE OF HOPE is a complex story with many characters (each superbly draws) and the authors own synopsis is excellent: `In New Delhi, the mysterious disappearance of the US ambassador to India coincides with the kidnapping of a little American girl, Amy. Are the two incidences related? No immediate clues are uncovered to reveal the motive in either case. After a couple of days the ambassador returns unharmed but remains tightlipped about his disappearance. He raises hell for the FBI to find the missing girl. Sophie Kramer, Special FBI Agent, arrives in India to investigate. She discovers a frightening clue in the disappearance of the little girl that is connected to the Dubai backed criminal underworld of India. What she discovers threatens to shake the very foundation of the Indian law enforcement system and expose corrupt senior Indian politicians. Then an unexpected chain of events put her face to face with an aristocratic family of Rajasthan. With their support Sophie discovers the unsavoury truth about child prostitution in India that is controlled by the underworld and protected by both the police and politicians. Sophie is now a target and there is an attempt on her life. She barely escapes with her life and discovers that it is a matter of days before Amy will permanently disappear into the deep and dark world of child prostitution. She is forced to take risks and expose those who are behind Amy's abduction. But the odds are not in her favour. She has no choice but to confront the leaders of the underworld. She knows she is walking into a death trap but there is no other alternative. Will she and Amy perish due to her hastily put together plan? Would she survive the web weaved by both the criminal underworld and the corrupt law enforcement system and find the missing girl?'
Narendra Simone establishes himself as a top-flight mystery/thriller author with this excellent book. We can only be grateful that Sophie Kramer will be around in his future novels. Highly recommended on many levels. Grady Harp, February 15
Narendra Simone has done a great job at mixing the 'thrilling spy novel' with the extremely sad commentary of sexual slavery that is becoming more and more common world wide. While we often think that 'this could never happen here', it is becoming increasingly obvious that this is a problem that is reaching epidemic proportions world wide. While it is true that the chances of your child being kidnapped for the purposes of the sex trade, or even to be used as a living organ donor, may be extremely small....allow me to submit that for those to whom it has happened, that chance has now become 100%
This story will keep you on the edge of the seat. In Sophie Kramer's debut novel, Mr. Simone not only deals with the child prostitution industry, but allows us to see that this is only an option for young Amy, who was kidnapped from the front porch of her piano teacher's home. Ashok, Amy's father is a traditional Indian business man, obedient to his parents and bent upon helping them to continue to build their extremely successful business. Her mother, Jenifer, is a white American woman, hopelessly out of her depth in this traditional environment, often left to her own devices, and foundering in a marriage that must always put her needs second to those of her in-laws. The in-laws who have never, and may never accept Jenifer or Amy as family. The sudden and short term disappearance of the Indian Ambassador just days before Amy's disappearance may also provide clues as to what has happened to the young child.
The twists and turns keep right on happening in this well written thriller. Always happy to discover a new author that I can recommend! And Narendra Simone is definitely one of those!