Cancer by Joygopal Podder is a crime thriller where the graph of anxiety, curiosity and the adrenaline rush, keeps rising higher with every chapter. Amidst all this, romance too plays its own role. Kiren Babal reviews the book.
Author: Joygopal Podder
Available on: Amazon.in
It was his second book launch hosted by Author’s Press where I met Mr. Joygopal Podder, the fastest published Indian crime fiction author (Limca Book of World Records) on the launch of his book, Cancer.
Prior to this, I attended the book launch of Anniversary Killer too, and bought it out of sheer curiosity to read a crime thriller of an Indian Author, for the first time.
Undoubtedly, it was a brain twisting thriller that ignited my curiosity to read more of his books. A resounding… big… Thumbs Up, to the Author.
Holding the book, Cancer in my hands, the title kind of confused me. My mind posed many questions. “Cancer and crime thriller? How can that be? Apart from deadly painful cases of this life-threatening disease?” The name itself sends a cold chill down the spine. Having enjoyed the Anniversary Killer, I made up my mind and picked this book up.
The cover page has a deadly spell. The black backdrop has the glowing image of a skull, with Cancer written in bold red. A syringe is pierced in the C, with heartbeats on the top, and the title and author’s name in bold red – the impact is chilling. It also reflects the deep insight of the Illustrator and publisher in designing the cover page of the book.
“What is it that I am looking for in this crime thriller?” I wondered to myself. Obviously suspense, drama and highs and lows of emotions would prevent me from putting the book down.
The book is dedicated to Dr. Jitendra Pal (the author’s father). The blurb section talked about the story revolving around the young Dr. Jiten Pal. So there was a connection with the protagonist of the story. “Here I’m going to read the surreal experimental journey of medical science pertaining mainly with Cancer,” I thought. The character of Dr. Jiten Pal came alive.
The contents divided into 54 chapters agreed with me as every sequence finished in two or three pages, the excitement moved on to the next event with new thrills to encounter.
Being accepted into Indian Cancer Foundation, Dr Jiten and his colleagues with their tireless research discover a component that could effectively arrest breast cancer. That is when they realise that the senior doctors of ICF with their inflated ego are all out to sabotage his discovery. Aware of their malicious intentions, Dr Jiten undergoes all sorts of ordeals.
Dr Jiten remains undeterred and with his trustworthy associate, fights back tooth and nail to save the formula from reaching the selfish and desperate doctors. There is no dull moment nor any lengthy or boring details. The high end drama of criminal design increases with every chapter. The graph of anxiety, curiosity, the adrenaline rush, keeps rising higher. Amidst all this, romance too plays its own role, like a breath of fresh air.
The struggle starts with the receipt of the letter, “You are hereby advised that your contract with the Indian Cancer Foundation has been terminated, effective immediately.” Were the doctors able to restore their lost honour? What does the future hold for them? Would their seniors succeed in snatching the formula?
Without divulging the suspense, all I can say is that this book Cancer ignites that ongoing desire to read the book till the very end. This has further fanned the desire to read his third book.
Congratulations to the Author for presenting such a thrilling journey. The euphoria of the book is still on like that effervescent flavour of rich brewed coffee which intoxicates the mind over and over again.
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