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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Hope Mafia: Eclipsing the Dark Forces is a work of fiction in the science fiction and social issues subgenres. The work is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Nirmal Ranganathan. In this socially conscious and action-packed novel, we find ourselves looking at the grim problems of our contemporary world, from human trafficking to abuse, poverty, and discrimination. But then the arrival of the titular Hope Mafia changes everything, as we meet a select team of agents encoded with pure altruism in their DNA and a whole host of superhuman abilities to help restore balance and justice to the darkest corners of the world.
Author Nirmal Ranganathan presents a really interesting combination of genres in this mash-up of social issues writing and all-out sci-fi and fantasy adventure, and the intention behind it is strong enough to make the juxtaposition really work. Once a reader is sold on the concept, the story becomes easy to follow and the lavish, atmospheric prose transports us to a place where hope seems tangible, even in the worst circumstances imaginable. The character development and attention to detail in the presentation of Thejo and Bhairavan are second to none. Ranganathan takes great care to make their dialogue with one another meaningful, carrying the wider message to speak out against injustice whilst also moving the immediate plot forward. Well-balanced, well-penned, and filled with excitement and suspense, I would certainly not hesitate to recommend The Hope Mafia to readers seeking diverse and socially conscious new fiction to lose themselves in.