The Four Patriots by Sumit Agarwal

The Four Patriots

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Ratings: 3/5 stars

306 pages

Published September 29th 2016 by RUPA Publishers


About this Book:

If you have ever fallen victim to the system, been humiliated, felt helpless… this book is for you.
Varun, a NRI software engineer, loves Alisha.
Salman, CEO of Coffee Moments, loves Mahi.
Raghav, a virtuous politician, loves Neha.
Aditya, an altruist businessman, is married to Prachi.
Destiny invites them to step out of their comfort zones and fight the devil that holds their country captive. Will they choose country over love, comfort and success? Will they enter the Chakravyuh, intricately laid down to ensure their destruction? Will they come out of it alive and win back our lost pride?
Buckle up for a roller-coaster ride into the lives of these four young men who are out to change the system which could not be changed in the last 70 years of independence. A story fraught with romance and patriotism. The story unveils how the four patriots ( our protagonists ) fight against terrorism, corruption, naxalites, poverty and many other problems, apart from the web spun for their destruction by their rivals ( the villians ). Against all odds, they come out victorious, ultimately bringing glory and pride to our country.
Also pick this book if you are a patriot and do not believe that “ is desh ka kuch nahin ho sakta.”
If you do, all the more reason to read it !

My Review:

Seems like along with being a hardcore patriot, the author is also an Anil kapoor fan as it seemed like from his characters and plot that matched movie ‘Nayak’. Just add a bunch of more characters and helluva lot more unrealism.
Don’t get me wrong. It was a fast paced entertaining read and even the prologue gives you an interesting story to look forward to. The book is divided into two parts. The first one deals with the individual characters and their personal lives. While on one hand, their dedication towards the country is highlighted, it also focuses on their romantic attachments, family, work. Just the basic sum up of any normal character. Their individualism is highlighted by showcasing the differences in their personalities. But I just found the side characters of all the females unnecessary.
It felt like they were used to bring out emotions in the book but it worked opposite for me and I got detached from the story. Also, personally I have no interest in politics so those parts bored me too. Fortunately, the author doesn’t info dump with details. But at one point I wished he had. Because I was tired of such levels of unrealism.
Yes, the patriotism showed. the need to work for the country, make it better, by doing impossible tasks. And yes, creative freedom, after all, it IS fiction. But sometimes the author took it too far. like with the Olympics underwater sport.
The writing was also very easy and if the author intends for this book to be read and understood by the masses, then it is good. but for me, I need more refinement and better quality work rather than just the basic understanding.
Make this into a bollywood movie and that will work, but as a novel, it stayed as quite an average read for me.

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