The Rozabal Line is a 2007 debut novel by Ashwin Sanghi. The novel was first released in the U.S.A under the pen name of Shawn Haigins and in 2008 it was released in India under the author’s real name. Rozabal Line is a historical fiction in the thriller genre and at times does draw parallel to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.
Sanghi presents a heady concoction of religion, politics and spirituality in a unique manner. The plot is woven around the destruction of the world on 21.12.2012, and in his rendition terrorists, religion and politics are an essential cog in the wheel. The main plot is linked to a sub plot which traces the life of Jesus and throws light on the oft debated question of Christ being buried in India.
Ashwin has to be applauded for the ease with which he blends historical facts and fiction along with the storyline. But having said that, at times the magnitude of information presented is so diverse and huge that it does become tiring to remember the details. The plot is extremely well researched; the references at the end of the novel would be sheer delight for any history lover. The protagonists of the book fail to register on an emotional level and that is primarily because the novel encompasses centuries and they get only a part of the spotlight.
Ashwin Sanghi is one of the rare breed of Indian authors who dishes out a very mature, intellectual and a thrilling read, which is comparable to the master of the genre: Dan Brown. The Rozabal Line is a very interesting take on a speculation, the veracity of which would be found out in the very near future.
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