The Long White Cloud

Nov. 7, 2016
By MWB Review on October 24, 2016
A lot of hard work and research seems to have gone into this excellent novel which has the markings of a good historical fiction as well. Even though the fiction part of the book is highlighted at the beginning and end of the book, the characters in it and what they go through in life feels so real that it could very well be a biography. The main character of Iniyan is a loyal, dedicated and intelligent TV producer working hard to find out more about the Maori tribe of Aotearoa also known as New Zealand. Through his story, we also know more about his people, the Dalit group from India. His religious follow-up into a painstakingly compiled diary by a New Zealand woman gives him and in turn us great insight into a different world. The observations about differences in cultures and yet the similar language of oppression faced by indigenous people all over the world will make any anthropologist proud. Even while exposing what is wrong with world religions, the book is uniquely spiritual in the way it handles humanism. I highly recommend that you read it.

 

By Adrienne on October 26, 2016
This review is for author MC Raj’s Kindle copy edition of The Long White Cloud published in 2016. I was given a free copy to review and the views and opinions expressed here are my own.

A small note about the title and book cover. I thought they were both effective and managed to intrigue me. There’s a mystery surrounding it and you will want to know what the story is about.

In The Long White Cloud, the lead protagonist, Iniyan, is a member of the Dalit group from India. They are an indigenous group of people and like most indigenous people living elsewhere they too had to face and continue to face a lot of trouble with the so-called “natives” of the land. As part of his professional assignments he gets in touch with Helen, she is a former British national but married into the Maori tribe of New Zealand and settled there. What we see and hear from there on is her story and her struggles with finding an identity in this complicated world.

The author's descriptions of various countries are vivid. It is a well researched and beautifully written novel.
 
on October 27, 2016
 
There are many things that I like to read in a novel and the promises of these were delivered in the synopsis. And now that I have finished reading the novel I can say that all these qualities were present in the novel too. These include learning about foreign cultures, especially the life and traditions of people living elsewhere, it’s even better if it is a non-western country. The writer of this book is certainly more than a novelist. He seems to be an expert on people and cultures and gets under the skin of his varied characters so effortlessly. His grasp on the story stays till the end and your interest levels will match it, all culminating in an unusual and unpredictable ending.

Even if you haven’t stepped out of America even once in your life, you will get a sense of what it means to live in India, Britain and New Zealand through this book. And the more you read and learn about foreign cultures the more you can understand people from other parts of the world. I look forward to reading more from this author.
 
BySandra Don October 27, 2016
 
This was an exciting novel; page by page it slowly peeled away the mystery surrounding the character of Helen and how her life has come to be. Even though the book is intellectual and at times is an ode to universal love, this mystery surrounding her personal life keeps the reader engaged at all times. There were some amazing insights into what it means to be a marginalized section of people in today’s world and how certain fascist powers seem to be repeating their actions in different form. You should enjoy this book if you are a linguist. The author has employed the English language in a pleasant way. You should also enjoy this novel if you enjoy a bit of scandalous controversies in the story. The author doesn’t hold back and goes after every institution and person. And like I already said, he is a good writer and his imaginative and clean story-telling had me hooked on the plot. A part of me was surprised to learn that missionaries could indulge in such cruel behavior; it goes against everything they stand for or are supposed to stand for. Overall, I would recommend this.
 
ByJoel L. Davison October 28, 2016
 
When I started reading this novel a couple of nights ago, I had no idea what to expect. It was a gift and I hadn’t bothered to read any of the other reviews of the book. I just went with the synopsis and my gut instinct that told me this will be a good read. And it was! I am glad to say this was a refreshing read that enlightened me about a variety of topics. Not a lot of fiction can do this. I haven’t read any other work of this author before but I really liked this one. The story is well written and truly one of a kind. It is interesting and you can never predict what’s going to happen next. And it certainly doesn’t have a typical climax. What I liked best about the novel is that I was able to relate with each of its characters.

 

ByDaniel R. Johnson on October 24, 2016
 
I am extremely thankful to the stars that I discovered this novel. The book for me matched the description on the Amazon page. It turned out to be every bit as fascinating as I expected it would be. I really traveled to New Zealand and India and felt as if I was seeing these lands but through the eyes of Iniyan and Helen. The author really surprised me with the effervescent way with which he writes, especially a difficult plot laden story like this. This novel turned out to be a good surprise, it was educational and intriguing and I recommend this to everyone.

 

Nov. 1, 2016
on November 1, 2016
 
You have to first embrace the fact that this isn’t your typical fiction. The heroes and heroines in it exist in a place that is very real. Their problems are real and even if the conclusion to their stories seems a bit unreal, you will feel because of the straightforward writing and the honest characters that people like these must exist in some part of the world. Maybe mainstream media and fiction may not talk about them but they are as real as you and me. The entire book was a good mix of a fictional novel, a memoir like reading and a historical study of indigenous communities. I admit, at first, it wasn't easy getting used to reading this hybrid. That is why I said in the beginning, you have to prepare yourself for a different kind of experience to ‘get’ the book. It lies somewhere between being a non-fiction and fiction and is a unique little book in what it has to offer. My advice to you is this, go in with the right frame of mind and you won’t be disappointed.

 

on October 28, 2016
 
When I started reading this novel a couple of nights ago, I had no idea what to expect. It was a gift and I hadn’t bothered to read any of the other reviews of the book. I just went with the synopsis and my gut instinct that told me this will be a good read. And it was! I am glad to say this was a refreshing read that enlightened me about a variety of topics. Not a lot of fiction can do this. I haven’t read any other work of this author before but I really liked this one. The story is well written and truly one of a kind. It is interesting and you can never predict what’s going to happen next. And it certainly doesn’t have a typical climax. What I liked best about the novel is that I was able to relate with each of its characters.
 
on October 27, 2016
 
This was an exciting novel; page by page it slowly peeled away the mystery surrounding the character of Helen and how her life has come to be. Even though the book is intellectual and at times is an ode to universal love, this mystery surrounding her personal life keeps the reader engaged at all times. There were some amazing insights into what it means to be a marginalized section of people in today’s world and how certain fascist powers seem to be repeating their actions in different form. You should enjoy this book if you are a linguist. The author has employed the English language in a pleasant way. You should also enjoy this novel if you enjoy a bit of scandalous controversies in the story. The author doesn’t hold back and goes after every institution and person. And like I already said, he is a good writer and his imaginative and clean story-telling had me hooked on the plot. A part of me was surprised to learn that missionaries could indulge in such cruel behavior; it goes against everything they stand for or are supposed to stand for. Overall, I would recommend this.

 

on October 27, 2016
 
There are many things that I like to read in a novel and the promises of these were delivered in the synopsis. And now that I have finished reading the novel I can say that all these qualities were present in the novel too. These include learning about foreign cultures, especially the life and traditions of people living elsewhere, it’s even better if it is a non-western country. The writer of this book is certainly more than a novelist. He seems to be an expert on people and cultures and gets under the skin of his varied characters so effortlessly. His grasp on the story stays till the end and your interest levels will match it, all culminating in an unusual and unpredictable ending.

Even if you haven’t stepped out of America even once in your life, you will get a sense of what it means to live in India, Britain and New Zealand through this book. And the more you read and learn about foreign cultures the more you can understand people from other parts of the world. I look forward to reading more from this author.
 
on October 26, 2016
 
This review is for author MC Raj’s Kindle copy edition of The Long White Cloud published in 2016. I was given a free copy to review and the views and opinions expressed here are my own.

A small note about the title and book cover. I thought they were both effective and managed to intrigue me. There’s a mystery surrounding it and you will want to know what the story is about.

In The Long White Cloud, the lead protagonist, Iniyan, is a member of the Dalit group from India. They are an indigenous group of people and like most indigenous people living elsewhere they too had too face and continue to face a lot of trouble with the so-called “natives” of the land. As part of his professional assignments he gets in touch with Helen, she is a former British national but married into the Maori tribe of New Zealand and settled there. What we see and hear from there on is her story and her struggles with finding an identity in this complicated world.

The author's descriptions of various countries are vivid. It is a well researched and beautifully written novel.

 

on October 24, 2016
 
I am extremely thankful to the stars that I discovered this novel. The book for me matched the description on the Amazon page. It turned out to be every bit as fascinating as I expected it would be. I really traveled to New Zealand and India and felt as if I was seeing these lands but through the eyes of Iniyan and Helen. The author really surprised me with the effervescent way with which he writes, especially a difficult plot laden story like this. This novel turned out to be a good surprise, it was educational and intriguing and I recommend this to everyone.

 

 
on October 24, 2016
 
A lot of hard work and research seems to have gone into this excellent novel which has the markings of a good historical fiction as well. Even though the fiction part of the book is highlighted at the beginning and end of the book, the characters in it and what they go through in life feels so real that it could very well be a biography. The main character of Iniyan is a loyal, dedicated and intelligent TV producer working hard to find out more about the Maori tribe of Aotearoa also known as New Zealand. Through his story, we also know more about his people, the Dalit group from India. His religious follow-up into a painstakingly compiled diary by a New Zealand woman gives him and in turn us great insight into a different world. The observations about differences in cultures and yet the similar language of oppression faced by indigenous people all over the world will make any anthropologist proud. Even while exposing what is wrong with world religions, the book is uniquely spiritual in the way it handles humanism. I highly recommend that you read it.

 

 
 
Oct. 31, 2016
By VellisBooks PR Services on May 2, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
"BLURR" REVIEW - " The Crossbow Code” a fiction novel by Author, M C Raj is thought provoking, filled with intrigue and insight into different cultures, religions, beliefs and rituals. The Crossbow Code is shrouded in mystery until the very last page. Who is Kris? Who is this man that can make two sisters from India fall in love with him without trying and both agree to become his wives? Who is this man that can make the Pope faint at the mere sight of him? There is definitely something powerful and engaging about the main character of Kris, and you will definitely want to read The Crossbow Code to discover why!

Meeting the character Kris, will make you feel a sense of familiarity. You will not only be captured by his personality but by his two wives as well, Fatima and Rhea who happen to be sisters. Wherever Kris goes, it seems everyone is drawn to his wisdom, outspoken views, and his fight for a fairness of the less fortunate. However, jealousy, betrayal, and even death follows him as well. How can one man cause this much attention?

The characters in this story come to life with their movements, thoughts, and reactions. As you travel with them to India, Rome, and Germany, you will discover everything isn’t always as it seems. The Crossbow Code exposes life inside the Vatican. You will see many layers and deeds of corruption that go on behind the holy faces of the cardinals; the greed that breeds within the very walls that are supposed to teach love and charity are shattered and reveal fornication, unsavory business deals, and betrayal at its worst.

Author M C.
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By MWB Review on March 6, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
“There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business.” - William S. Burroughs

Author M C Raj’s novel ‘The Crossbow Code’ is a fictional story set in the past but is one that has it bearings in the present of today and perhaps of the conceivable future. Set across three different continents and as many countries, we follow a man, a stranger amidst a sea of humanity, a man named Kris. He is a provocateur, a philosopher, a man of ideas and higher ideals. In his adventures, he interacts with various men, some ordinary while others some of the most notable figures from the history of mankind. Through his provocations, we get to see and understand the other side of the heroes and institutions that we adore so much.

First up I have to let you know that this isn’t your regular thriller novel, and although themewise it resembles other popular books, this one is more of an ideological thriller-fiction. While strong characterizations along with solid plotting are a prerequisite for any novel; where such books differ is in the integration of the author’s ideas - ideas that try to invigorate and channel our preconditioned minds into accepting newer facts and also be made aware of situations that we are ignorant about. But such ideological fiction often faces a familiar risk, of such ideas getting buried under bad writing, but that isn’t the case here as the execution is wonderful as well. It succeeds in using its plot situations and allegories to open up arguments and discourses about a variety of topics.

The Crossbow Code works also as a good exposition into information about important people and movements from around the world. And you will be impressed not only by the content but also by the mode of delivery the author has chosen here.
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By Khushi Bhatt on May 8, 2016
Format: Paperback
As Thomas Moore has said, "It is only through mystery and madness the soul is revealed".The perfect quote for this book"The crossbow code by Mr.M.C.Raj.The author has beautifully crafted it.The book revolves around the mysteries and about the person called "Kris"his journey.The story is set in various locations that include Vatican city as well as in Mumbai.The various concept of Christianity and Jesus has been beautifully described in the book.The cover and the title of the book is something unique and attractive that is USP that the people would feel like reading it.
Kris,the character is described as the man who has his own thoughts and believes in them,his journey about interacting with Pope and an ordinary man is shown,his unconditional love and loyalty towards his wives has been portrayed wonderfully.It is a thriller mysterious fiction novel to be precise having strong plotting of the characters.
The only part I didn't like was it was too lengthy but still the way the author has executed is nice as it gives us knowledge about the hidden concepts may it be Independence struggle of India or the leaders or discrimination of cast or Christianity.
The book's suspense and mysterious will keep the readers entertained and that is the USP so people would enjoy it till the last page.To know more please grab the copy of the novel and experience it!Overall it is a decent book you won't regret yourself after reading it so why to wait just read it!

Review by Bunnyarena

Thursday, 19 May 2016
Book Review: The Crossbow Code by MC Raj
Book Name- The Crossbow Code
Author- Mr. MC Raj
Genre- Mystery Thriller
Publisher-Panther House Publications
Pages- 352
Price- ₹245

BLURB-

The media is agog as the pope passes out mysteriously on seeing Kris, thought to be terrorist. But he is one? Kris escapes from the police and returns to meet the pope again, after which pope is found poisoned to death!

On the run, Kris reaches Mumbai, where he gets to know that a prominent freedom fighter, Mohandas was instrumental in his escape. But the man is not as he seems and Kris is dismayed by the experiment taking palace at his ashram. However, a chance encounter leads him to Germany. But someone wants him dead and attempts an assassination that could spell doom for Kris. Who is behind the pope murder? How are these countries connected? Who wants Kris Dead? And, lastly who is the mysterious Kris.

REVIEW- THE CROSSBOW CODE is the enthralling novel by author Mr. MC Raj. The story revolves around the protagonist, Kris and his journey where he meets some ordinary and some exceptional extraordinary personalities. The author has succeeded to penned down the mysteries which makes us turn pages after pages.

Book Cover and Title are surely attractive. Blurb is interesting and invites the reader to read the mysteries. Language is lucid and simple. The one liners at the end of each paragraph make the reading an interesting experience. Poems in the book were beautifully written.

Storyline and plot is engaging. The Book shows the vast knowledge and research behind the intriguing mysteries. Every Chapter contains a new mystery and it hooked me till the end.

The Narration is flawless. The twists and turns in the book engage the reader. Characters are strongly justified. I loved the ideology in the books. It surely touches your heart and questions your inner self. I loved the conversation between Pope and Kris. However, the punctuation errors in the book spoil the reading.

RATING
Book Cover and Title- 3.5/5
Language Justification-4/5
Storyline and Plot- 4.5/5

Final Rating- 4/5

Overall The Crossbow Code is Interesting and Engaging novel. You'll not regret it after reading it.
You can grab your copy from Amazon FLIPKART or nearby bookstore.

Oct. 29, 2016

Shock after shock! Total shock runs through the pages of ‘The Crossbow Code’, the latest from M C Raj. The dividing line between fiction and reality is almost invisible. The reader is made to oscillate constantly between the truth of fiction and the illusion of reality. When the reader comes out of the novel it will be a fully drenched world of intrigues. Shrugging off will be an onerous task. Occasionally the readers’ world is bound to come to a standstill. Starting with the intrigues of the Vatican, the seat of power for many centuries in the entire world, the novel traverses through Italy, India, Germany, Brazil and finally ends in India. The journey is bound to be exhilarating with Kris and his two wives Rhea and Fatima playing their pivotal roles to perfection. The idea of one man living with two wives! Who is this man? The Vatican puts him in jail suspecting him to be an Islamic terrorist. Appearances can be very deceiving. But who kills the Pope? A group of Cardinals in hot pursuit of Kris with ‘The Crossbow Code’! Kris had married both the Muslim girls in India where he goes back after the Vatican fiasco. The threesome lands up in Sabarmati. A long and arduous journey of engagement with Karmachand, the experimenter of naked truth! Explosive truths! Expulsions! Their journey to Germany brings them in touch with Bhim Raj and Karl, two great philosophers the world has ever seen. The Crossbow Code misfires in Germany and takes the life of Karl’s instead of Kris’. Murder plots, arrests, police enquiry, truth about Vatican, hushing up operations galore! Alice, the Catholic nun reveals it all and is sent to a mental asylum. Mueller, the German gay journalist takes the Trio to Brazil. ‘The Crossbow Code’ succeeds in the land of the Indigenous Peoples. Kris is finally killed. His story however, continues. Who is Kris? Fatima has the answer. Find it out from her. A treat is awaiting you.  

Oct. 29, 2016

“In his latest novel Madderakka, the author M C Raj has virtually spread out a festive meal of two different and distinct cultures that converge together for the liberation of indigenous peoples all over the world.” – Sami Parliament, Norway

 “The romance, however, does not seem to be fictional as every reader will feel that there is something taken out from the leaves of his/her life.” - Egil Olli, President of Sami Parliament

 “M C Raj is at it again. The world will have its cup of woe and awe” – Open Space

 “A path-breaking and unconventional novel indeed, from the desk of M C Raj” - CERI

 “For those who have not known Sami culture this will be a festival of information” – Rune Fijllheim, Director General, Sami Parliament, Norway

 “This novel will make a lasting impact on the mindsets of the world. It should. It is our wish.” – Sami Parliament, Norway.