This is the review of the book Kaalkoot – The Lost Himalayan Secret by S.Venkatesh.

Kaalkoot - The Lost Himalayan Secret- Book Review

  • Title – Kaalkoot – The Lost Himalayan Secret
  • Author – S.Venkatesh
  • Pages – 343
  • Publishers – TreeShade Books (7 December 2018)
  • Format – Paperback
  • Genre – Fiction
  • Reading Level – 12+ years

January 1944

Holed up in a Himalayan hideout, freedom fighter Manohar Rai has to take a chilling decision – one that could mean life or death for millions of people. His only hope is a mysterious young man, who goes into hiding hours before Manohar is shot dead in cold blood.

June 2018

A forgotten legend from the upper reaches of the Himalayas is rearing its ominous head.
The world will be brought to its knees. KaalKoot will strike again.
Only three people have a clue about the horrors that are about the unfold. The only hope for survival lies buried deep in the remotest corner of Himalayas. But a terrible fate awaits those who seek it.

Is it already too late Is KaalKoot – the primordial plague – unstoppable?

KaalKoot is believed to be the poison that Demoness Putana fed Baby Krishna and also the poison that was got when the milky ocean was churned.

A similar deadly poison is waiting to spread its wings in the present day through people who want to control the world.

A couple of Professors chance upon an ancient manuscript and read about the the KaalKoot . But there are people who follow them and their assistant to get  it before they do anything about it. Not only that, an antidote for the same is also being searched in the snowy mountains for which one has to undergo tremendous pains.

Sameer / Sam who is banker and totally dissatisfied with his job gets caught in this web while trying to find missing / kidnapped girlfriend.

Secret Agent Damini also joins the race but to catch the agents who are working for a sinister character called ‘Doc’ who is orchestrating this whole fiasco!

A pen drive holds the key to finding the location of the antidote that is deciphered by Prof. Bani, Sam[Sameer] and Damini. Prof. Bani is supposed to get hold of the antidote before the KaalKoot wrecks havoc and kills thousands. Unfortunately he meets with an accident and ends up in the hospital.

Sam now shoulders the responsibility of finding the location of the antidote and bringing it back to Delhi

  • Does Sam find it in time?
  • Is his girlfrind alive?
  • What happens to the sinister Doc?
  • Is the KaalKoot released before the antidote is found?
  • What becomes of Damini?

Read the book to know the answers….

So here is what I feel about the book.

  • The book starts with an event that takes place in 1944 and continues to the present day.
  • There story is divided into parts which in turn are divided in chapters all of which tie up the story together.
  • The narration is fast paced
  • The language is simple and easy to follow
  • Each character is well defined and has a role to play in this thriller.
  • The description of the characters / the location / events are vivid and it looks like the story is unfolding right before your eyes.
  • The plot is well executed and and does not make you want to skip pages instead it will make you read faster!!
  • The book keeps you on the edge of the seat till the last page.
  • The cover is designed with the main features of the story.

Definitely Yes! You will really love this book if you are into crime, mystery, thriller genre. And I am sure you will want to finish it in one go!!!

Venkatesh wears many hats. In his roles as private equity investor, executive coach, business leader, entrepreneur and Board member, he has helped businesses thrive and grow. He has spent a significant part of his professional life in the stock markets with Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan and continues to be an avid investor.

Venkatesh has been keenly interested in Eastern philosophy and mysticism right from his college days at IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta. He has found his inspiration to write in rather curious settings – while crawling through war tunnels in Vietnam, coming face-to-face with a bear in the Nilgiris, chancing upon an Indus Valley ruin while on a road trip, listening to “Madhushala,” or just drinking cutting chai by the roadside. He is passionate about self-discovery and the power of stories to inspire and transform.


I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset 

Check out the 60+ books that I have reviewed so far in the Book Reviews page.

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