The Secret of the Druids

The Secret of the Druids is the second book in the trilogy of The Mahabharata Quest by Christopher Doyle.   Having read the previous books of Christopher Doyle, I was curious to know what further secrets was the author trying to reveal.

Interestingly between the first and second book of the trilogy, the author released a mini-sequel.  It is in this that he meets up with his father's friend KS, who hands over to him a prism.  

The Secret of the Druids starts with a group of people trying to dig up a grave somewhere in present day Scotland.  They are frightened by the fire and light that emanate from the area when this happens.

Cut to the present and we have Vijay Singh, who is trying to understand what the prism reveals, along with his friend Alice and her friend, Saul Goldfeld. He travels to England to find its twin in the Museum.  Together they seem to provide inscriptions to some secret about Semiramis, an Assyrian legend.

The Order is behind the secret too, as is revealed when a famous archeologist Ernest Hamilton is kidnapped.  The kidnappers are behind three gold coins, which seems to have no historic value, other than having been minted by Julius Caesar. 

It appears that Semiramis is a power ancient Queen, who left India and then came back later to take back some weapons, which she then hid somewhere in Scotland.  The druids are people who knew the power of the weapons and how to use them.  Using this, they could defeat the mighty Romans.  Julius Caesar was in awe of this and wanted to get hold of this secret and it was for this reason that he  attacked England twice.

But what exactly was this weapon, which apparently was Arjuna's weapon that he abandoned before going to Himalayas with his brother?

The book delves into Vijay and his team's pursuit of the hiding place of the weapon.  The Order is not far behind.  Who gets to the weapon first? What exactly is it?   What is the relevance of stonehenge with reference to the weapon?

Like his previous books, The Secret of the Druids oscillates between the past and the present - the past being Julius Caesar and his attack on England.

While I am not averse to books based on mythology, it seemed to me that for a fictitious work too much pages were spent trying to explain the scientific principles of the so-called weapon and how it worked.   Parts of the book appeared to read like a documentary with questions and answers detailing out the life and times of Semiramis and other historical characters.  Also, I felt that for all the build up, the weapon seemed unrealistic and the plot too far-fetched, despite it being fiction.

But hey, it did remind me of the popular Asterix and Obelix series - the Gauls who resisted the Romans and how!



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