The Celeritas files

I read this book recently as the author is a member of the UK crime book club that I admin – the premise sounded interesting and I was lucky enough to receive a review copy.

the story:   Imagine you have created the most revolutionary technology of the decade… and someone’s greed for it becomes the cause of your best friend’s cold-blooded murder and your son’s kidnapping.
Experience the story of Shaina Desai, who finds herself in the middle of a sinister plot to steal her prized invention, which happens to be the principal subject of valuation for a multi-million dollar cross-border investment  in what could be termed as one of the most brutal attempts at intellectual property theft in the history of corporate India.
Will she be forced to give up her dream to save her son’s life? Or will she lose him to the ruthless kidnappers?
A tale of professional pride and the heart-breaking choices forced upon the individual, of love and betrayal, and the dark games ruthlessly played in the corporate world, under the veneer of professional ethics…..

my thoughts: I enjoyed this novel as it is a little out of my comfort zone as a reader that said you can tell it’s the authors first novel, it suffers a little from over description at times and the characters don’t feel very real. However the concept is intriguing and the action is full paced and relatively believable. I enjoyed the high tech aspect to the novel and liked the different reflection of India as a developing business mecca. I do feel like the company had slightly poor business skills but they existed to set the story up. The novel does leave you on a cliff hanger and i will be intrigued to see how the author improves and continues to develop. A 3.5 star read for me.

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