Eternal Mayhem by Aniruddha Bose
In his book Poetics, the Greek philosopher Aristotle, asserted suspense is the fulcrum of all thrillers, with a fusion of trepidation, thrill, expectancy, anxiety, collocated with a feel of pandering tensity, captivation, fright, fervour. The readers seize with teeth the plot, as it converges to an aleatory, cryptic and stirring climax, leaving them to ruminate.
Typically, a baddie-driven one, balked by red herrings, twists, to a bewitching cliff-hanger. Pigeon-holed, the author destroys hope, elicits curiosity and springs surprise, out of the blue. This is the form of the customary mystery, psychologic, political or romantic sub-genres.
Gone are the days of ancient epics, Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Odyssey, Mahābhārata. With evolving era, the art of story-telling has undergone radical mutation.
Revering them, my attempt was to carve a new scientific sub-genre relevant to this era. The prevalent construct of private detective is trompe-l’oeil. My debut to the ambit was with a novel perception, flouting the abstruse idea with a realistic one. Among the legion deaths, deputed buffs could carry the probe. Many quotidian folks could astutely scrutinise the conundrum, until one hits the final bonanza.
With this scalage, it capsized the age-old detective myths initiated by Edgar Ala Poe, to a realistic podium. Though probe was by apposite folks, solution came from the victor. In my first mystery novel, CHAKRA (Bengali 2010) later as FULCRUM (English 2013), amongst heretical ways of several murders, the booklover is in pursuit of the killer-boffo duo. Later, in PURSUIT (2013), besides original homicidal methods, I ciphered a subtly furtive profound insight into extropy of global dynamics. I fused the elided outlook of tralatitious thrillers with a philosophy for humanity. The traditional ‘protagonist’ waffled between effector and the seer.
Scientific thrillers involve a sixth sense into the core of science, history, evolution with a far-flung eagle view of progress. ETERNAL MAYHEM is one of such kind spotless adrenaline raiser, a touch chalk and cheese grand narrative with numerous puzzling scientific murders occurring worldwide. This complex cliff-hanger keeps the reader’s adrenaline spurting from the onset as scientific murders take place in exotic global locations. Beautiful lassies, intelligentsia, global scientists are trapped in this white-knuckle masterpiece with all the twirl and twists that will keep the readers rapt.
This volume is more than a murder mystery, to transport you from your comfy lounger to a steaming isle, be it Bali, Fiji, Hawaii, Maldives, Bora Bora, Punta Cana or exotic nooks of Jamaica and Puerto Rico. This gripping craft keeps you on your feet, as the global scientific world of genetics gets swathed in the whodunit.
Amid the scientific essence of genetic cloning research, it’s a scarper from the familiar concepts, to the roots of civilisation with its resultant diversities. It reveals shocking truths, so far clandestine. The apogee seals in a startling eye-opening truth of humanity, offering a thought-provoking riveting thriller.
Murder Thriller, English
Hardbound, 432 pages, 700 gms
Price: Rs 500/- US $25/-
Keywords: Eternal, Mayhem, Aniruddha, Bose, International, Thriller, Scientific, Genetic, Cloning, civilisation, Sex, Conspiracy, Racy, Hinduism, Adrenaline, Truth, exotic, islands
Publications of Aniruddha Bose:
- Dekha (Third Edition)
- Chakra (Second Edition)
- Tomake (Second Edition)
- The Vision
- The Moment
- Eternal Mayhem
- Alo Andhar
ETERNAL MAYHEM by Aniruddha Bose: First Look
Readers are always fascinated by the eternally popular ‘WHODUNIT’ or mystery and suspense stories, and the volume of literature in this category is really awesome. The quantity is equally matched by the varieties of the stories in this genre. Starting with the all time favourite murder stories solved by maverick private detectives, these whodunit stories keep the readers glued to the book by the sheer varieties of presentation and the spiral conspiracies running behind the scenes.
Murders always fascinate the common man, probably due to his atavistic attraction to the blood and gory, and the more heinous is the motive behind the murder, the more violent is the style of murder, the more sophisticated is the murder weapon, the more is the attraction.
The motives range from the quintessential greed for money and/or power, the eternal lust for sex, the ever-present revenge for some real or imaginary crime to some apparently lofty ideals like racial supremacy.
The murder weapon also show a great variety starting from the old knives and ropes to virulent viruses, with novel chemicals and biological weapons thrown in between.
The latest addition to the long list of these mystery thrillers is the so called ‘Scientific thrillers’, where science is mixed with the older ingredients to produce a heady concoction. Dr. Aniruddha Bose, an eminent Plastic Surgeon trained abroad, is a pioneer member of this latest genre. He is an expert story-teller who can effortlessly mix in correct proportions the cutting-edge science, sex and lust, ambition of the extra-ordinary type bordering to insanity, gruesome murders by newer techniques and previously unthinkable murder weapons and above all a completely new type of murderers. As a result, his scientific thrillers are a completely novelty in this genre.
His latest book, aptly named ‘Eternal Mayhem’, is a fine example of what a new generation scientific thriller should be. The book revolves around the villain’s morbid idea of Racial Supremacy and the fascinating idea of creating a new genetically super-race by genetic manipulation. The story deals with the cutting edge development of Genetic Science mixing it up with an international array of locations and characters. The search for a pure Aryan Race through gene studies is not a new thing, but the author has done a really marvellous job by packaging the proverbial old wine in a new bottle. The fast paced thriller jumps from exotic locales to high-tech laboratories, from countries to countries, from continents to continents. Beautiful models mingle with brilliant scientists and death comes completely unexpectedly. The gripping story has all the ingredients of an excellent suspense-thriller, including liberal doses of sex and humour.
It will be crime to divulge the secrets in a mystery story, so it is better to stop here letting the reader to unveil the dark secrets of this book, and it is guaranteed that the reader will ponder over the book long after he or she finishes it.
-by Asis Kumar Chatterjee | 30-May-2017
Book Review - Eternal Mayhem by Aniruddha Bose
Eternal Mayhem by Aniruddha Bose can be considered a science-based thriller that puts before the eyes an unreal story (or almost). But at the same time, the book makes me shiver and makes me reflect a lot because it deals with a theme of considerable importance. The story is concerning the creation of a new super-race by genetic manipulation. The arc of suspense is consistently built on, until the big resolution at the end.
How far can science go? What is the boundary between a form of research focused on the good of humanity and one that allows itself to be exploited by the desire for racial supremacy? What is the limit beyond which the thirst for knowledge can become a source of danger? What are the ethical implications of genetics, of cloning, of experimentation on human beings?
The focus continues to be the eternal rivalry between the good and the evil. Here the difference is that the book focuses more on the evil ones. Everything seems to be going according to plan in the beginning. But the true danger is not apparent until the end. To these and other questions Aniruddha Bose does not only try to give answers but raises questions. The book focuses on issues of burning actuality, even within a conventional narrative framework.
The plot takes place over a period of many years. The characters are partially predictable, but some are surprisingly different. Also very nice is the scenery. One travels through different places such as Bali, Fiji, Hawaii, Maldives, Bora Bora, Punta Cana, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
What I have read is much more than a suspense-thriller. It is an outrageous vision of a good author. He shows us how small and sensitive our earth is and how little we know about the vast, wide universe.
Aniruddha Bose is a Plastic Surgeon, and you can tell that on every single page. The author has tried to reread the canons of one of the most codified genres - the thriller. He enriches it with nuances of science. He makes a psychological dig as intense as possible of the complex figure of the protagonists but also of the other side characters.
The story sometimes appears a little predictable but is still quite intriguing and pleasant. The plot is varied and evolves on different levels because it is told from the point of view of different characters. This gives a far-reaching overview of all the events that are related to the protagonists.
Overall, there is a multi-faceted and well-structured plot over a long period of time. There are interesting characters and many backgrounds to the motives alternated between exciting moments. The compelling thriller is able to show the reader how often science can go against ethics if its reins are in the hands of men without scruples.
A captivating narrative style and a lively, as well as careful psychological construction of each character that animates the whole story, contribute to make this work by Aniruddha Bose a pleasant reading and a starting point for interesting reflections.
Even the writing, which is thick and sharp at the beginning becomes more and more relaxed and traditional. It intends to reflect the psychological process of the main character. The novel is also dotted, from the titles of the chapters, some of which are more immediately understandable. Others stimulate interaction with the interested or passionate reader.
The current novel like the previous ones is based on an entertaining mix of suspense and action. In this case, it is augmented by historical and scientific aspects and an Indiana Jones-like search for the antidote. One action sequence follows the next. There is hardly any time to catch your breath in this fast-paced thriller between science and mysticism and facts and fiction.
Aniruddha Bose knows how to keep his reader on the hook with an exciting, and nerve-wracking experience that follows. Maybe some elements are a bit obvious. But in the end, everything fits well enough. So, as a whole, I can claim to have enjoyed a good thriller! It is a must-read but not only for suspense-thriller fans!
-by Kalyan Panja | 08-Dec-2017
Ekdin 20th January 2018