Narendra Simone’s ‘Temple of Hope’, the first installment of the compelling trilogy of Sophie Kramer, peels back India’s false societal façade to expose a nation fraught with child abuse, corrupt justice and a population where women are often treated like animals. The author knows this ugly side of India all too well, as a native of the country. Simone’s narrative is the result of thousands of hours of diligent research, conducted as he has travelled to over eighty countries and learned that “society” doesn’t deserve its own definition.
Indio, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/10/2015 -- It's no wonder critics have hailed Narendra Simone a 'master storyteller', 'stunning & original' and 'highly stylish'; he's an intricate engineer and writer who has spent his entire life travelling, throwing himself into dozens of different cultures and picking them apart to get to their often tumultuous cores.
Through all of the eighty countries he has visited, his native India has provided the most raw and shocking experiences of them all – leading Simone to choose it as the setting for book one of his powerful, trend-bucking new crime/thriller series.
'Temple of Hope', volume one of the trilogy of Sophie Kramer, pushes India's structured façade to one side in order to expose an ugly side of the country few will admit to knowing of. It all becomes the prelude to a fast-paced adventure that will have readers re-examining all they thought they knew about global diversity.
Against the wishes of his parents, Ashok leaves India to go to the Sates to study at the Stanford University. He excels at his master's program and also becomes successful in developing an innovative technology. University appoints an intellectual property law firm for legal representation where he meets its partner, Jenifer. They fall in love and get married.
Ashok returns to India to work as a partner in his father's firm. His family refuses to accept Jenifer as a member of the family. Tension between Jenifer and Ashok's parents remain high. Several months go by and Jenifer becomes pregnant. She gives birth to a baby girl, Amy, who is a spitting image of her. Ashok parents refuse to accept her as their grandchild. Ashok and Jenifer begin to drift apart. Jenifer plans to return to States with Amy when she is five years old. Years melt away and on her fifth birthday Amy is kidnapped. The same day the Indian ambassador goes missing. No ransom is made in either case and police finds no clues about Amy's disappearance. A couple of days later the ambassador returns but Amy has disappeared into thin air.
Sophie Kramer, Special FBI Agent, is sent to India to find Amy. Her investigation leads her to Ali Khan, a notorious and ruthless gang leader who happen to be well connected with the senior politicians of the Indian government. Also, he owns and operates a Gandhi Memorial Centre that is supported and funded by influential industrialists and politicians. Sophie is warned by the Chief of Police not to trust the police and work on her own. The ambassador means well but his continuing interference makes Sophie's job even tougher. A junior police officer feels compelled to help Sophie and started supporting her investigation in a clandestine fashion. This backfires and it spells disaster for both of them.
Then an unexpected chain of events put her face to face with an aristocratic family of Rajasthan. With their support Sophie discovers the ugly truth about child prostitution in India that is controlled by the underworld and protected by both the police and politicians. Sophie is now a target and there is an attempt on her life. She barely escapes with her life but her trusted driver wasn't so lucky. Sophie discovers that it is a matter of days before Amy disappears into the deep and dark world of child prostitution. She is forced to take risks and expose those who are behind Amy's abduction. But odds are not in her favor. Sophie's comes up with a plan of attack where plan is to attack. She has no choice but to confront the leaders of the underworld. She knows she is walking into a death trap but there is no other alternative open to her.
Will she and Amy perish due to her hastily put together plan? Will Amy's family ever get to see Amy again? Will Jenifer and Ashok's marriage survive the chasm that became even wider when Amy disappeared? Answers to these questions are revealed by what Sophie does next.
'Temple of Hope' is a fast-pace, curious investigative crime story and a thriller that exposes the ugly truth about child prostitution and corrupts political system in India. It is the debut novel introducing Sophie Kramer as a Special FBI Agent, who is committed to seek justice for those who are victimized by oppression, unjust society, and unethical system.
"India presents a peaceful image to the world, one of a simple and honest people who live according to traditions and customs that have existed for thousands of years," explains the author, whose work has set new trends on Kickstarter. "The truth is that child prostitution is rampant, and Government officials are misleading the world about its epidemic. I do what few writers dare, and expose it all in an uninhibited fashion."
Continuing, "Human issues will focus heavily in the upcoming two volumes and, while I can't say too much yet, expect to be shocked at other cultures you thought were democratic. I'm thrilled to have also been able to feature a female protagonist who triumphs among cultures that look down on women. I hope my series serves as a kick in the teeth to global cultural norms."
According to critics, it already is. Grady Harp comments, "Narendra Simone establishes himself as a top-flight mystery/thriller author with this excellent book. We can only be grateful that Sophie Kramer will be around in his future novels. Highly recommended on many levels."
K. Hair adds. "Narendra Simone has provided readers with an excellent reading experience that is certain to appeal to readers of mystery and suspense novels."
Jackie Paulson writes, "TEMPLE OF HOPE" reveals the enormous problem of the child prostitution in India and the sinister human organ trading between India and the Middle East."
'Temple of Hope', from Amazon, is available now: http://amzn.com/B00T1C403G
About Narendra Simone
Born in India, educated in England, Narendra is a citizen of Canada. As an engineer he has worked and lived in England, Canada, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, India and the USA and traveled to more than eighty different countries allowing him to gain an in-depth knowledge of various and diverse cultures.
He finds his inspiration from his life experiences and adventure travels and through his novels, both fiction and non-fiction, invites you to join him on a journey of life, adventure, mystery and international intrigue.