Optimal Exposure by Dan Rogel: Book Review

Book: Optimal Exposure
Author: Dan Rogel
ISBN: 978-1539103905
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: 1st November, 2016
Book type: Mystery
Number of Pages: E-book, 276
Price: $13.45 (for paperback)

About the Book:

A visit to an Indian festival by a photographers’ expedition turns into a riveting murder case.

A group of world-travelled photographers losses two of its members in unexplained circumstances. When the son of one of the victims decides to investigate on his own, he retrieves disturbing discoveries revealing unknown information about his late father. A bright police investigators and his talented team join the investigation in attempt to solve a mystery, in the context of photography commerce and international travel.

Travel the world with this realistically written tale while solving a gripping murder mystery.

Optimal Exposure is a memorable novel that skilfully weaves personal experience and rare writing talent to bring about an enthralling and pleasurable read. It is a gripping thriller with a rapidly unfolding plot and nuanced characters that will grab your attention from beginning to end.

My Review:

A murder mystery where you get to see the photographic world through the words of the author. Quite a gripping which you won’t feel like putting down once you start reading the book. The starting of the book is good and in the beginning only the book hypnotizes the reader.

The story doesn’t have too many characters to confuse the reader and also all the characters are well developed. The story unfolds in a very interesting way. Almost all the members of the ‘Photographer’s Group’ are under suspicion especially Bar and Shuky. Also I liked the way the mystery is resolved at the end. I really liked the photographic world and a photographer’s work explained in the book.

But one thing I wanted was that there was a little more of Shemesh’s and Hagit’s personal life and their story.

About the Author:

Dan Rogel is a senior scientist, who worked for many years in the Israeli defense industry, where significant achievements bear his name. He has twice received (an exceptional phenomenon) the most prestigious award in the country – the Israeli Defense Award. He also spent many years initiating start-up ventures in the development of technologically advanced medical devices. Throughout his life, he has dedicated much of his time to photography and has acquired considerable expertise in this field.

Since his retirement, several years ago, he writes thrillers and also travels around the world to places suited to photographing nature (Africa, the Amazon Forests, the North Pole).

He bases the content and the background of the stories in his books on his professional experience in these fields. Until now, his books have only been published and distributed in Israel, in Hebrew and online for reading on computers and the like.

His books have won acclaim from a steadfast audience that faithfully follows his stories and his photographs.

My Rating: 4/5

My Verdict:

Do you like suspense, thriller or murder mystery books? Then you will enjoy reading this book. Add it to your reading list.

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The Lively Library & an Unlikely Romance by Niranjan Navalgund



Name of the book: The Lively Library & An
Unlikely Romance
Author: Niranjan Navalgund

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The Story:


Unknown to Nayan, the library he inherits from his deceased father, is a mysterious place. Hiriya Halepu, Pu.Nayaka, Kapshi and and many others live there. They have a secret world with celebrations, romances, pangs of separation and conflicts. This is the Book-World. As two souls in this world fall in love, they encounter a strange predicament that separates them from each other. Things go from bad to worse when an unknown enemy sends a threat of destruction to this whole mysterious world. They call their resolute protector, Helmine, who unravels many unknown facets of this world, in an attempt to save it from the danger. The lovers struggle to find each other, and Helmine tries hard to decipher the threat messages. But will she be able to save this world from destruction? Will the two souls in love be united? There are no easy answers. Because, this is no ordinary Library, this is the place where books come to life.





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Niranjan Navalgund is a young chess professional who derives great pleasure in learning about life through the game of chess. He is a former National U-17 Chess Champion and a Commonwealth Silver medalist in the U-18 Category. He has been conferred with ‘Indradhanushya’ (2007) ‘Giants International Award’ (2009), ‘Kreeda Ratna’ Award (2010) and ‘Belgaumite of the year’ Award (2012) for his achievements in the field of Chess. He is a lover of words and occasionally tries his hand at writing stories and poems. He believes that writing is a wonderful exercise for the soul. Being a bibliophile, he harbours a special interest in the New Age Philosophy. Unusual stories excite him. He hopes to visit the Panda Zoo, someday. Niranjan lives with his family in Belagavi.




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More than just desire by Summerita Rhayne


Name of the book: More Than Just Desire
Author: Summerita Rhayne

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The Story:


The Bollywood diva who ran away 


Piya walked out of an explosive situation three years ago. She married Arfaaz for security but left him facing chaos she created. Now she’s back in Bollywood and searching for the crown she gave up when she ran away. In the competitive world of starry glamour, the only way she can begin her career anew is to trash the past and get a divorce.


The man who wants her atonement 


Arfaaz is determined to get his revenge on Piya for making a farce of their marriage and leaving him to face the mudslinging. He forces her to keep up the appearances and stay with him so she can play the loving wife and repent on her sins. But Piya drives him crazy with her antics. On the top of that, the attraction between them sizzles and threatens to make him forget reason.


A passionate conflict 


Piya knows she has lessons to learn but she cannot let this man enter her heart. There is too much to risk and she cannot afford to forget the real reason she has come back. Success is her mantra and her worship. She can be faithful to only her goal…




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Summerita Rhayne writes sensual romance which is sheer escapism with lots of emotional conflict. She first got published in 2013 and has won contests with prestigious publishers such as Harlequin and Harper Collins India. Writing, she finds, is the only way to deal with the numerous story ideas bubbling in her brain which pop up more rapidly than her keyboard can do justice to. Her pet belief is that even when writing time is in short supply, if the inspiration is strong enough, the story characters get a life of their own and will find a way to make the writer pen them down. When cerebrally confronted with the sizzling interaction of two Alpha characters, the only way to get peace is write their book! 


At heart, she’s a family person and even though she loves her medical teaching profession, she happily becomes a homemaker when not at work. She loves winding down with music, movies, cricket (strictly watching only) and social networking. 



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Chapter Eleven: Kissa Corporate Bankruptcy Ka by Amit Shankar

 

Name of the book: Chapter Eleven:
Kissa Corporate Bankruptcy Ka
Author: Amit Shankar

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The Story:

Feeling suffocated within the confines of Udaipur, his past and inconsequential job, Virendra Vikram Singh aspires to be a part of an MNC. However, with dreams having a nasty habit of going haywire, the day he joins his dream company, it files for Chapter 11–bankruptcy. 


First of its kind, Chapter 11 is a bold and honest portrayal of corporate sleaze, dejection, love and self-discovery.





 
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About The Author

 

With over a decade of advertising and marketing experience, during his advertising stint, as a Copywriter and a Creative Director, he leveraged his creative panache backed by a solid strategic thinking. No wonder, his campaigns bagged some of the biggest creative as well as strategic marketing and communication awards. Having worked with some of world’s biggest and hottest advertising agencies, he has worked spearheaded brands like Nestle, UNICEF, Cisco, HP, GM, Pedigree, Microsoft, Honda, Canon and Toshiba.



From advertising, he moved to the next level, marketing and joined one of the largest global telecom brands. It was here that he decided to take a break and tell a story on a larger format.


Released in 2010, his debut novel, Flight of the Hilsa was widely accepted and appreciated. Next year, in 2011, he launched, Chapter 11. Both these went on to become national best sellers.


His passion includes music, biking and photography and list of Gods; Clapton, Slash, Blackmore, Santana, Satriani, Vie and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

 
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World Full of Needles by Bhawna Monga: Book Review

Book – World Full of Needles
Author – Bhawna Monga
ISBN – 978-81-7511-077-9
Publisher – Notionpress.com
Published – 2016
Number of pages – Paperback, 118 pages
Price – ₹199/-

About the Book :-

Needles, they hurt, don’t they? Imagine going around with a needle poking into the sole of your foot for years. The bitter truth is that most of us are doing that, not realizing how. These needles exist in our relationships, within ourselves, or in the people around us.

This book brings to you fifteen short stories on beautiful people and how they managed to pick the needles off from the bottom of their feet and learned to walk again, to love again and to live their lives again.

My Review:

I am a die-hard fan of fiction books and would never prefer a non-fiction. Still I went out of the league and thought of giving this book a try. For me it was quite difficult to read the book, as it was not of my type.

But! But! But! It doesn’t mean that the book was not good. People who like reading such books should definitely give it a try. The book has many short stories which cover different facets of relationship issues. Whether it is a husband-wife problem or issues between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, problems between neighbours, misunderstandings between father and son, friction with colleagues; most of the day-to-day relationships are discussed in the book. Are you going through any relationship crisis? May be you can give this book a try, may be after reading the book, you will develop a new way of looking at your relationship issues. It will help you in self introspection so as to improve your relationships and find a way to come out of your relationship problems. Pick out the needle from your relationships and let them bloom is what the book about.

The only problem which I had with the book was that, it would have been very good if the solution to the relationship issues were a bit more elaborate. Leave back the past and live in the present.

About the author:

Bhawna holds an MBA in HR, a master’s in Sociology, a post-graduate diploma in education planning and management and a post-graduate diploma in psychological counselling. She works in the domain of Emotional Wellness and has touched many lives. Bhawna has settled in New Delhi with her husband and two kids.

My Rating: 3.15/5

My Verdict:

Want to improve your relationships? Love reading books on psychology? Go for this book.

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Shadows of the Northlands by Vishwesh Desai

 
 
Name of the book: Shadows of the
Northlands
Author: Vishwesh Desai

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The Story:

This is the Empire. The greatest nation in the known world. 

And it is at war.

When the Crown Prince hears about cities and villages attacked and razed to the ground, the land blackened and left infertile, the already shackled military commands the maverick bounty-hunter Merin and the slick courtier mage Rikkard to find the root of the destruction. 
However, as they tackle this mystery, they discover an ancient hatred spanning centuries, with a dark secret linked to Merin and the painful past behind the satirizing cavalier. A swashbuckling tale of suspenseful fantasy and horrifying mystery that is loaded with humor, The Shadows of Northlands will leave you riveted from cover to cover. 




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About The Author 


Vishwesh Desai was born and raised in Ahmedabad, India, a hardcore Gujju who shares the infamous Gujarati sweet tooth. 

A 15-year-old with a fierce passion for reading and writing, the publication of his short stories in the Estrade magazine and the 2015 edition of the ‘I CAN’ book preceded the completion of his first novel, which also just happens to be the fourth one he started.

Words, written or spoken, are his strength. Apart from his writing, he’s a regular participant and winner at Model United Nations conferences. His creative streak extends to painting and sketching, and he has a few art exhibitions under his belt. 

Vishwesh lives with his family in Ahmedabad, India. 



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