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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
The second book in The Brotherhood Chronicle by Tejas Desai continues the story with The Run and Hide. Niral Solanke has lost his faith following the actions of some rotten apples in The Brotherhood. But Niral will continue his journey into the underworld as he reunites with this Hindu religious organization. Its new leader, Bhai, assures him that The Brotherhood is better than ever and claims that it has no more corruption and violence. The Brotherhood greatly appreciates Niral’s contributions and, this time, a man named Atul Ghosh who controls The Brotherhood’s funds needs him to infiltrate an organization. Niral will be dealing in diamonds and he will encounter new shady characters that include a stripper and her psychotic boyfriend, while old acquaintances also emerge. Loyalties will be tested as Niral navigates his way through a maze of chaos and treachery.
If the first book, The Brotherhood, is the trigger, then The Run and Hide is the continuation of the quest. Tejas Desai continues to make Niral’s character evolve as an integral part of The Brotherhood, and he is not the only complex character that you will encounter in this second installment. Moreover, Desai’s narrative demonstrates his facility for painting with words as you get a strong feel for the locales and can almost smell the air in these settings. The critical choices that Niral makes pique the tension and the resolution feels like a return to stasis, perhaps as a preparation for Niral’s next adventure in the series. The main protagonist proves himself to be capable of handling dangerous situations, and at the same time, moral reminders are not forgotten at the height of tension. This takes the form of Niral’s father, who doesn’t want his son to forget to look back. This is a brilliant thriller that you should give a chance, and I personally look forward to reading the third book.