WRITING STYLE: 4.5/5
ENTERTAINMENT QUOTIENT: 5/5
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The book “The Four Patriots” seems like it was inspired by this one quote from the great Martin Luther King, Jr. The book is hope personified and just reading it instils a kind of new enthusiasm and confidence in the reader. It has a strong social message too – that we should stop talking about how dirty the Indian politics is and get into the mud and start cleaning it ourselves.
The debut author Sumit Agarwal tells us the story of four patriots – Varun who is a software engineer and an enthusiastic soul. Salman who has risen up from his humble slum dwellings in Mumbai to become the CEO of a café chain Coffee Moments. Raghav, who is an honest and upright politician born into the wrong political clan and Aditya, who is an honest businessman with a passion for social work. The book is divided into two parts in which the first part deals with the initial beginnings of these four people along with their love life. Whereas, the second part sees the four of them come together and form a formidable force; one which will work on the path of making India truly great.
But as they start their seemingly impossible work, they realise that their path is not an easy one. There are thousands who will oppose them and hundreds who will become hungry for their flesh and blood. So how will the four patriots cope up? How will they succeed? Will they be able to resist and beat the attacks on their image, reputation and person? To know this and much more, read this compelling and absolutely page-turner of a novel today!
The plot is a beautiful one and is planned in a way so as to maintain the thrill and the entertainment throughout the book. There is a lot of action in the plot amidst the change of places, change of characters and change of time – flashback, present and future. Though there are multiple subplots, they only add an extra dimension and depth to their characters. It does not complicate the book at all.
The characters are an interesting bunch; all of them are formidable and adorable. There is a lot of inspiration to be taken from each of them. The way they outthink their competitors and enemies at all times is indeed intelligent and proactive. After reading “The Four Patriots”, it can be clearly understood that a lot of thinking and research has gone into the shaping up of this book. For example, the very realistic and (I believe) practically applicable solutions to the various problems which the nation faces have been thought of really well. I think a few of them (if not all) might actually work in the real scenarios as well.
The book is written in a way that there is definitely some scope for a sequel and that is exactly what I will wait for after having read this one. I only hope that I will see it pretty soon. Needless to state, I rate “The Four Patriots” 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all my readers. Even as I end this review, I am still unable to fathom how can a debut author write so well? I guess that is one question which will keep me baffled for some time now.
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