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Review – “Jason Cage Book 1” by Akay Brothers

Jason Cage (Book 1) by Akay Brothers is a part paranormal, part mythological and part crime thriller based on a large ground area – from the snow-capped lands of Ladakh to the sky scrapping New York, from the political powerhouse of New Delhi to the underground mysteries of Egypt. The protagonist of the story is Jason Cage, a mid-30s, single guy, whom we follow throughout the book, and who is finally trying to confront his demons.

Jason is no ordinary man, living in a monastery for the past few months, he is no monk either. He is but a guest, trying to run away from his torturous and horrible life. Unknown to all, he has dreams, not regular happy or sad or even bad ones, but the reality that creeps into his mind as nightmares – deaths. He knows that whatever he sees has either happened, or happening, or will happen. Thus, living away from the world, where his formidable dreams wouldn’t hurt anyone, he has his lion/saber Don as his only company, who is invisible to all but him. He knows that he can’t run forever, and it actualizes in front of him via Lisa, the only girl he ever loved. He dreams about her being attacked and unable to lose the last person he loved, he sets out to help her. There is a factor though, he neither has money and nor knows where the hell she is.
Dr. Dhrishti from the RAW, after having successfully captured the head of LeT with the help of her core team, is now on the lookout for Jason. She deploys her best, Axel, to the job and knows he will succeed.
Will Jason ever be able to save Lisa? Or will he get entangled himself? What is the thing that is creating such havoc in Jason’s life and why him? How is he connected to something that happened eons ago, is happening now, or is about to happen, miles away from his physical form? Will he get the answers he seeks?

I must say, the moment I finished off with the prologue, I was hooked, and knew that I had to finish off this book in a single sitting, for I knew something else too, that I couldn’t take my eyes off until I found the last word on the last page. And that’s exactly what I did. The story is narrated in the third person and the language is close to being good, with the exception of serious editing errors, which keeps switching the genders of the characters. There are a few grammatical errors and a few logical errors as well (it said at one place that it was April, and then suddenly it said it was October, how did he know that Lisa would be attacked 6 days later), but I’d be willing to overlook them for the sake of an extremely exciting thriller that has started to unfold and will unfold (in the sequel). The story and narration is a gripping one, neither too much of background description, nor too much of dialogues. There is never a dull moment in the story, however, if there comes a point where things seem a bit too low, don’t worry, the authors introduce a small distraction every time the calmness threatens to take over. The character of Jason is the most focused on, of course, he is the lead, and that makes the attention necessary. He comes across as a man stuck between life and death, he would love to die, but couldn’t, a man who is not scared to face the people from the mafia but is skeptical to the level of annoyance when he has to face his beloved’s tormentor. There is one aspect that I liked the most about this book, it is that when a new subplot is introduced, it is carried on until it reaches a definite point, unlike a lot of thrillers which keep on going to and fro between several subplots, adding to the confusion and making me lose focus most of the time. While different sub-plots run together (some happening centuries ago, some years ago and some present), they couldn’t have been more detached to each other than it is shown, but I also know somehow that they are going to converge at a point, and that the way to it will be a roller coaster ride, and the impending doom that awaits at the center, am sure, will be worth the read. It is in itself a task to merge a single sub-plot with the main plot when both are strong enough to have separate books written on them, I am curious to know how the authors are going to compliment all the plots that they have opened in this book – an Egyptian mythological secret, a present-day terrorist group’s leader and a lone man fighting for the life of his loved one. I am eagerly waiting for the sequel, and definitely suggest this book to all the thriller fans out there. Go pick a copy and get on the edge.

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