Sirens Spell Danger has three short stories written by authors; Suresh C, Radha Sawana & Karthik L. The title of the story makes complete sense even as we are reading Suresh Chandrasekaran’s story – Femme Fatale.
Femme Fatale begins with Vikram’s encounter with Tanya in a bar who leads him around in a wild goose chase landing him into big trouble that endangers his life. The story has many twists and turns but as a true romantic, I was happy with the ending.
Suresh’s racy style of writing seems apt for a thriller. I do believe that he should write more of these. Femme Fatale is a gripping page turner!
Bella Donna by Radha Sawana begins with a mysterious murder and a serial killer who is using an unknown poison. Three industrialists are dead, mysteriously and the police have no clue as to how it was done.
This was my favourite story in the series. It had all the right ingredients for a perfect thriller. A racy and taut plot, perfect motive and good conclusion. I have only one pet peeve in this story. I wish Radha had toned down the chemistry explanations and made it more understandable.
Bellary by Karthik L is an espionage thriller about Jay an intelligence officer on a mission. He is in Bellary to stop something from happening on 25th. But in the course of his mission, he encounters two women who get him into trouble. Who are they and what are their motives? Will Jay complete his mission? I will not reveal the story here but get ready for a fantastic twist in the end.
The pace and plot of this story was good and interesting. Looking forward to more from this author.
Plus Points: All three stories had good plots and racy narrative
Minus Points: A few lapses in editing.
Verdict: Highly recommended. Perfect weekend read
Sirens Spell Danger
C.Suresh, Radha Sawana & Karthik L
There are sirens and, then, there are sirens. Some warn you of danger and some lure you into danger…Lured by a sexy siren, Vicky is mistaken for a secret agent, kidnapped, tortured and slated for death. Will he survive and save Bangalore from going up in flames?…There is a serial killer loose in the city leaving mysterious messages around the bodies of the victims. Are the messages a challenge to the police or a siren call to lure another victim…Jay is sent to Bellary to investigate a possible ISI plot. Was it merely a murky political plot or was there something more sinister in the offing? And why were two women suddenly singing siren songs of love?…Three tales of nerve-racking suspense and pulse-pounding action.
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Meet the Authors
Fiction has been an addiction but the need to make a living took Suresh through Chemical Engineering and an MBA at IIM-Bangalore and, from thence, to a long 16 year stint in the area of finance with specific expertise in fertilizer subsidies and a further two years as consulting expert in the same area. That, in his words, about sums up the boring part of his life, except for the people he was privileged to meet.
Otherwise, he can be described as a mess of contradictions – a bookworm but avid trekker; alone but never lonely; enjoys solitude but loves company; lazy but a perfectionist, the litany is endless. Trekking, which side-tracked him from the writing for which he quit his job, is a major passion and he does, at least, one trek in the Himalayas every year in addition to numerous local treks.
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Radha Sawana is part secretive, part playful, part ambitious, part indolent, and as a result, completely confused. She has been a bookworm as far as she can remember, and so it came as no surprise to her when suddenly the thought of starting her own blog occurred her. Thus, in the 4th year of her education in BITS Pilani, she started her blog ‘Entropy’, the name paying homage to her subject of specialization – chemistry.
Entropy began with the random thoughts of her mind and before she realized it, she had started writing short stories too. Her first stories – The Late Goodbye and 48 Hours – were widely loved. Her personal favourite on her blog is her still untitled collection of three short pieces called Harakiri, Saisei and Wind. She is currently writing a seven-part story called Seven.
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Karthik, a management consultant by profession, has always had fondness for stories from his early childhood when he used to keenly listen to stories told by his grandfather. Over the next twenty five years, he has been voraciously consuming fiction starting with Enid Blyton and moving on to Arthur Conan Doyle and then Isaac Asimov. One fine day he decided he had heard enough stories and he start telling them instead and so he started his blog ‘Lucifer House Inc.’ in 2008. He has been continuously been striving to entertain his readers through his blog posts over 5 years, winning some blogger awards as well in the process. The blog has a Google page rank of 3 and figures in the Top Indian blogs directory.
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One of his stories ‘Nootropic Egress’ won the best story award under science fiction category in a story telling contests and was published in multi genre anthology ‘Ten Shades of Life’. He has recently started another blog ‘Three Realms of the Mind’ to share his passion for his three favorite fiction genres – science fiction, fantasy and historic fiction with the rest of the world. He dreams of being a bestselling author in one of these genres. Last but not the least, he shares alma maters (IIT and IIM) with some of the most popular contemporary Indian authors and hopes he can share their success in garnering readers as well.
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