'Warrior' by Olivier Lafont

About the Book:

Title: Warrior
Author: Olivier Lafont
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
No. of pages: 384
Year of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 9780143423638
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The novel ‘Warrior’ is a high octane, action-packed story that travels all over India and beyond. The hero, Saam, is an immortal warrior who is forced to come out of hiding in today’s Mumbai to pick up arms again and take to the road. His epic journey spans three days across an India torn by unnatural cataclysms, and even stranger lands. To bring back peace Saam must stoke his consuming hunger for war - but at what cost to himself? The book was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia prize.

Join Saam, last son of the Destroyer, on his epic quest to save all existence.

In Mumbai, driven to its knees by a merciless blizzard, Saam the watch mender is cornered into an intolerable position. As Shiva's only earthly demigod child, it falls upon him to stop his indomitable father.
Bred to war, the son of destruction, Saam rides with six extraordinary companions into the horror of a crumbling world to face Shiva. He is forced to join hands with Ara, his half-brother he can never fully trust, and take with him his own mortal beloved, Maya, on this desperate attempt to stop the End of Days. But his path is littered with death, danger and betrayal.
Interweaving mythology, epic adventure and vintage heroism, this enthralling novel will change the way you see Gods, heroes and demons.

About the Author:

Olivier Sanjay Lafont (born October 31, 1979) is a French actor and writer living in Mumbai, India. He has acted in Hindi feature films such as blockbuster hit 3 Idiots and the critically acclaimed Guzaarish, as well as over seventy television commercials for top Indian brands. He has written the screenplay for the award-winning feature film Hari Om. He is also a regular columnist for Man's World, a gentlemen's monthly magazine.

Olivier Lafont is the son of Dr. Jean-Marie Lafont, an award-winning historian and author. Olivier Lafont moved from his hometown Lyon to New Delhi at the age of 7 and attended the American Embassy School. He made the Academic Honor Roll throughout, was inducted into the National Honor Society, and graduated with the biggest scholarship offer from a university to an AES student in more than twenty years. He was inducted into the International Thespian Society, and received four Ganesh awards for lead and supporting lead roles in various theatre productions. Lafont played varsity basketball for AES, winning two championships and remaining unbeaten for two years, and was named an All-Star for both tournaments.

He went to Colgate University on a scholarship, where he received bachelor's degrees in Theatre as well as English Literature. Lafont earned a theatre fellowship for his acting, made the Dean's List all eight semesters, graduated magna cum laude, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

My Views

Goodreads progress:
12/08 marked as: to-read
12/12 marked as: currently-reading
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12/13 page 161 41.0%
12/16 page 227 59.0%
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12/17 page 339 88.0%
12/18 marked as: read
Good command over English and amazing imagination. Add to it, the ability to weave the story in such a way as to keep the reader interested till the end - that's Olivier Lafont for you. The author has done a commendable job for his first Novel.
Usually when I have to buy a book from Flipkart or Amazon the first thing I check is the cover and then read the blurb. Since this was an ebook sent for review I did not really read the blurb before I began reading the book. The cover is really impressive.

It was late night when I picked up my kindle to read. I wanted to read a couple of pages before hitting the sack and ended up reading more than a couple. The easy flow of words, the language, tempted me to read more and I ended up sleeping with my kindle next to me on my bed. The next day I checked the blurb on goodreads and for a moment I thought - this seems similar to one of the books I have read - a trilogy. However, I was soon proved wrong.

If I was impressed with author's writing style in the first few pages, the next few amazed me with his imagination. The details of actual streets and imaginary events happening in Mumbai is what made the read interesting for me. The way the events unfold, the detailed description of something which is unreal makes you visualize it happening right in front of your eyes, for real.

It is not only about imagination, it is also about how capable you are to weave a story keeping the reader interested and the author succeeds in keeping the reader's interest. At one point in the story I almost felt that the story would slow down but even before I could complete the thought it picked up speed again. If I stopped reading in between it was only because I had to.

I believe in reading a book with an open mind and encourage others to do the same. About this book, however, I'd say you can pick up the book expecting it to be a good read and the author would not let you down. The author has done a commendable job considering it is his first novel.

The critic in me did a happy dance just once when I came across the word 'Abey Oye' in the book. My readers know how much I dislike use of Hindi words in an English book. There are a few Hindi phrases in the book but they do not seem out of place, they are acceptable. I believe the author could have very well avoided use of this phrase especially if the rest of the sentence is perfect English. Considering all the plus points of the book, this is something I can live with. Usually I am good with predicting what would happen next but the twist in this book took me completely by surprise.

I prefer buying hard copies instead of ebooks, the only exception being small font in the hard copy which makes it difficult for me to read at night. I purchase the kindle version then.
If I have an ebook and I really like it, I end up buying a hard copy of the book to add to my collection.
Warrior is one such book.

This book, I am told, was short-listed for Tibor Jones South Asia prize. I am not surprised. This book has the potential of an International Bestseller.

Interview of Olivier Lafont would soon be published on SFTH. Meanwhile, go get the book..

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