When I was approached for a review for this book, I didn’t hesitate because I had read the author before, and the title and cover art were very interesting. To be frank, I didn’t check the blurb, which meant the story was a complete surprise to me. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and this was one of those times.
The premise of The Treasure Syndicate is that there has been, since many years, a lineage of “Nidhi-palaks” or Guardians of Treasure. This has been true since a curse was put on the last Pandava king Parikshit, and the first “Nidhi-palak” was Suta, the son of Kubera. The current “Nidhi-palak” is Acharya Agnihotri, and he, along with four others, form The Treasure Syndicate, who find, excavate and consolidate the treasure that will then be put to the good of the world. But a certain sense of danger accompanies such missions as well.
From first page to last, the novel is engaging. If I had started the book on a weekend, I think it would be fair to say I’d have finished in one sitting. I was curious to know what happens next, so kept reading whenever I could. The storyline has adventure, drama, mystery and mythology all mixed in, so there’s something to keep the reader hooked.
Another thing I loved was the diversity of the Syndicate. It’s an odd set of five, difficult to imagine as a team, but yet each important to the “mission” in their own way. There’s even some politics thrown in for good measure, which aids a fun twist toward the end. I liked the “mission for the good” mindset, though I must admit, being realistic, I thought it might lead the story in another direction.
Having read the author’s previous work a few years back, I’d say this book shows a big growth in quality. Would I recommend? Yes of course! Absolutely. I might reread the book too.
Title: The Treasure Syndicate
Author: Jatin Kuberkar
No. of Pages: 260
Publisher: Vishwakarma Publications
Rating: 8 out of 10