“You are in real, real danger.” – A school teacher gets a creepy warning in his mailbox. Seven days later, he murders eleven of his students. Two months later, he is gunned down in broad daylight by an obscure militant outfit. Justice served. The nation pacified. Case closed.
But not for two crime reporters. Seeking redemption through this case are Prakash and Seema, ace journalists but broken individuals. As they follow the story, they are led to the ominous wilds of Bandhavgarh where an eerily similar massacre had occurred eight years ago. Little do they know that they have stirred up a hornet’s nest.
One by one their leads start turning up in body bags and they are chased by assassins at every corner. Soon they realize that they are pitted against evil powers pervading the business and political DNA of the country, with an unbelievably sinister agenda. People who are about to let Prakash and Seema know how brutal they can be.
‘Brutal’ is a thriller packed with extraordinary detail, unbearable thrill and unequalled emotional depth. Uday’s writing is something to watch out for in the coming years – Ravi Subramanian, bestselling author of The Bankster and God is a gamer
Brutal lives up to its name: an extremely fast-paced thriller – Ankush Saikia, author of Dead Meat and The Girl from Nongrim Hills
I started reading ‘Brutal’ at 11 pm and stayed up till 3 am – just could not sleep without knowing how it ends! It’s a rare book that can have that kind of effect!! – Rashmi Bansal, youth icon and author of Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
Book Review Blogs
At no point does the author let the pace slacken. Holding the plot firmly in his hand, the author with his crisp writing, short chapters that are easy to read, ensures that the readers are constantly sitting on the edges of their seats… I won’t be surprised if his book will soon be turned into a movie or the fact that Prakash will feature in more books. – Rachna Chhabria – ‘Rachna’s Scriptorium’
A stellar plot, tightly woven, and excellent execution make this book a must-read for all thriller lovers. – Vault Of Books
Well researched and well paced, Brutal shows the early signs of being this year’s favourite in the crime thriller genre. For someone who enjoys suspense and high-adrenaline scenes, peppered with a lot of brutal deaths, this is the best weekend read they can look forward to. – Kitaab.org
Brutal does everything it claims to be. It is an out and out thriller. – Lata Sunil – ‘Drama In the Books’
Full marks to the Author for maintaining the suspense from the very beginning to the end without making the reader bore. Thriller is not my cup of tea, I like reading love stories but after reading this book, my taste completely changed. – Santosh Panda – ‘Fading Hues’
People who enjoy getting goosebumps should definitely go for it. A must read for all the thrill-seeking people! – Lavina Joshi – XIMBeats
“If a book makes a reader sit up and wonder at all the things that could be happening and even make him read a newspaper carefully so he does not miss some vital clue to any subtle changes taking place in the world outside his home, it has successfully captured his imagination. If a books makes the reader interpret ‘I am become death, the destroyer of worlds!’ in more ways than are obvious, it has successfully made him appreciate the genetic structure of a thriller. [Brutal] does all this.” – Arvind Passey, Columnist at The Education Post and The Huffington Post, Popular blogger & Photographer. Winner of the Best Book Reviewer Award at BTB Literary Awards 2012.
Brutal has done commendable justice to its title fitted with high adrenaline adventure in each page of the book. [And] characterization is a plus in this novel. – Shreyan Laha – ‘Coruscating Slices’
[When I started with Brutal] I thought of reading a few pages and then calling it a day. But trust me, those few pages enticed me, and before I realized I was so engrossed in the book, that when I looked at the clock it was 2:00 am in the morning. Yes, brutal is absolutely thrilling and fun to read. The best part is, you also get to learn few new facts, by the time the book finishes. – Ramya Mishra – ‘Gypsy on Exploration’
On the surface Brutal might appear a regular thriller which has murders with the motive being unclear in the beginning but it’s a bit more than an ordinary thriller. It keeps enough fodder in store for its readers—which is a serendipitous thing especially when a debutante has scripted such a tale. Uday has tried to keep the readers intact through a bevy of scenes full of thrill and masala. It has to be agreed that he has succeeded in casting the much-needed spell on readers. – Onkar Sharma – ‘Literary Yard’
The key to writing a good thriller is being able to connect all dots without making it sound predictable and here the author Uday scores double brownie points. For a debut he has done a stellar effort behind this book and you cannot help but admire his writing skills. He has you from the first word till the very end. You simply cannot afford to lose a single word in the story. – Privy Trifles
Some of the incidents are written very nicely that you feel [you’re] exploring a scene of a movie or quality TV Serial. The canvas of the book is very large. It is quite possible to mess the things up when trying to explore many such worlds and linking their dots. The author however has control in his hand and apart from a few loose ends, he succeeds in linking them pretty nicely in the tight manner. – ThinkerViews
The story moves at a breakneck speed throughout keeping the reader guessing on what would happen next. – Transition of Thoughts – Among Top 6 blogs in creative writing category at Blogadda awards
Let me open the review by strongly emphasizing: Uday, the author, has sound philosophical outlook of what hell means…. And he makes his characters experience it. Uday stayed true to the theme through out the book. I do not want to play the spoilsport here, but the readers will know what I mean when they are finished with the book. – Scriptlore
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Reviews at Bloody Good Book
After a long time, I’m reading a racy thriller…there’s never a dull moment in this taut and intense narrative. – Sheshagiri K.M
A swift ride of thrill and excitement that gradually develops as you race through the pages. And the magic is such, that the reader himself will be unaware that he has ‘raced’ through the novel. Great work. – Raunak
I’m not sure if this is the maiden work of the author but if it is, I must admit, this is one of the best books I’ve read written by a debutante author. – Damini Majumdar
Excellent. Grips you from the start. Written at a great pace. – Deepak Kaul, author of the upcoming book ‘The Epic Indian Novel’
Very good style of portraying a murder mystery without making it a literature novel. – Neha Lokhande Rajput
The story is fast paced. characters and scenarios are well well built. It is well written. It didn’t feel like I am reading a novel of a debutant author. – Qais Palekar
The author is clearly a crime story aficionado. – Mahrukh Chikliwala
Just absolutely loved the flow, the tension created and the way the story unfolds…The most striking feature is Uday’s brilliance of narrating so many stories together without creating any confusion… In fact, adding to the tension created making you want to read more and more. – Hetika Sanghani
I am a die-hard thriller fan and I have absolutely loved your story. It is fast pacing, catchy, descriptive and also gripping. – Sanjana Parikh
I was reading this book alone, it’s thrilling and awesome. Well narrated, balanced & a good read for travel. – Sauvagya Ranjan Bhanja
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