The Rozabal Line
The tomb of Rozabal in Kashmir has contained the body of a great saint called Yuz Asaf since 112 A.D. But who was Yuz Asaf and what secret does the ancient tomb contain? Father Vincent Morgan is unwittingly sucked into the Rozabal tornado when flashes of his own previous lifetimes reveal some uncomfortable truths about the life and death of Jesus Christ. Vincent is soon caught in the crossfire between the Osama-bin-Laden inspired warriors of Islam, led by Ghalib-bin-Isar, and the fundamentalists of the Crux Decussata Permuta. The secret held securely within Rozabal for two millennia threatens to upset the world's balance of power. Zipping around the world caught up in a whirlwind of events, people, religion and time, from Jesus to Muhammad; from the Crusades to 9/11; from the Vatican to the White House; from Skull & Bones to the Illuminati; from Buddhist meditation to past-life regression; from the Virgin birth to nuclear destruction; and from Mary Magdalene to Osama-bin-Laden; The Rozabal Line has it all.
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I came across this book in a book fair. I had read reviews in newspapers and wanted to get my hands on this book.The name of the book itself sounds familiar to those who have read Dan Brown( it sounds like the rose line). I loved the theories (and the facts) presented in the book, but I found the story confusing at places(especially the third quarter). I felt the book was too wordy and could have done off without the flight timings(it was totally bugging me off!). The book would have sold many more copies if lesser facts were presented ( that is what Dan Brown did!). Because it had too much info, the story was not perfect. However, the novel was gripping and had me skipping my dinner to finish the book!!!
It is quite unfortunate that the Rozabal Line finds itself in the same rank as The DaVinci Code. This is perhaps the same situation faced by Hercule Poirot when compared with Sherlock Holmes.
The Rozabal Line is a very fast moving 346 page book. I did find the print a bit hard to read and the plot confusing sometimes.
However, I enjoyed the time hops that this book has. Thinking about it, it is perhaps the best way to present the story - better compared to paragraphs. This allowed the back story some prominence as well as helped us understand the time hops better.
Reading this book felt like being on a wagon on a smooth slope. The more you get to the bottom of the slope, more your speed increases. The more I got to the end of the book, the faster I read it. I broke my 40 pages a day rule again and again during the period of reading this book.
The book only points to certain sections of The DaVinci Code. It is not about symbols but more about factoids. The book links them together rather well interlacing the modern day religions of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. After reading this book, the Da Vinci Code will look like a few narrow minded views of history. It is essential to make this distinction.