Its sequel [fictional] The kingmaker is in Kindle right now, with new name BTW Lucifer’s Liegemen
The reviews left by readers of Charon:
The Charons is not just a story but a sad and dark reality that many of us faces in some far off corner in the world. The system is infested with vultures who conspire to destroy lives. At one glance: Sharmistha Basu has brought alive the turmoil of Urna, an innocent girl who believes in the good side of humans to see her world crashing down. The story boasts of fast narrative, telling the story of Urna as the reader is taken into her far from perfect world. The reader empathize with her character, fate and get anxiety pang. praying that she will get out of the situation. Urna is hounded by the jackals, trying everything to distinguish between friends and foes, usurp her identity to declare her crazy. Ultimately, she holds her might [Vishal Bheeroo @https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com ].
David Stewart reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
This is a great story of senseless malevolence and the petty cruelty that … February 15, 2015
This is a great story of senseless malevolence and the petty cruelty that people can inflict on each other. It’s an interesting look into the culture of family relationships and business dealings where everyone is out to get you.
Troy reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
Another good one! March 11, 2015
I’ve been following Ms. Sharmishtha Basu’s blogs and writings for some years now, and I’ve just finished reading this. It is perhaps the grimmest story I’ve read in a while. It’s dark realism is different in both style, outlook, and execution from the paranormal fiction she also writes. A story of life in India, it does not paint a pretty picture, but offers a warning, along with the discoveries and hard-fought lessons of the…Read More
Gayle Walters Rose reviewed The charons: the ferrymen to hell
Evil pitted against an innocent March 29, 2015
This is a gripping tale that pits evil against the innocent. The story begins with the cruelty that our own family members can sometimes inflict on us and continues with a vindictiveness that sees no end as road blocks and terrorism are used to take down an innocent human being. And as unbelievable as it may appear, this scenario is being played out with many other innocents worldwide as those in power try to take down and…Read More
Few words by Vishal Bheeroo @ https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com
Sharmistha’s Basu The Charons is no candy floss story where everything falls in place at the end of the day but one that paints the bad and the ugly. Reality can be damaging and this is what the author explores in her take of the dark side of life. The Charons is a story of a small town girl, Urna in Calcutta who moves for better life in Raajsthan but witness the deception of her loved ones. It’s the story of her struggle in a world ridden by corruption and treachery by the ones she considers close to her.
The Charons is not just a story but a sad and dark reality that many of us faces in some far off corner in the world. The system is infested with vultures who conspire to destroy lives. At one glance: Sharmistha Basu has brought alive the turmoil of Urna, an innocent girl who believes in the good side of humans to see her world crashing down. The story boasts of fast narrative, telling the story of Urna as the reader is taken into her far from perfect world. The reader empathize with her character, fate and get anxiety pang. praying that she will get out of the situation. Urna is hounded by the jackals, trying everything to distinguish between friends and foes, usurp her identity to declare her crazy. Ultimately, she holds her might.
I have known Sharmistha Basu as a super talented poet and writer on her blogs. The story, The Charons is a disturbing account of the struggle of a single girl in a big city and hats off to her for taking the less traveled route. Sharmistha injects a flow in the book that makes it hard to put away despite the gory details and the the depiction of the characters from good and evil. Brace yourself: The Charons is not a boring book because of the power of Sharmistha’s writing who injects life and energy, capturing the reader’s attention in telling a story that we must have only heard. The book gains momentum right from the first chapter, capturing the struggle of Urna in fighting deceit and treachery, as she faces the dark moments of life. The labyrinth is described so well and with aplomb by Sharmistha who delivers the message of humanity and reason even if hope fades with time. Her writing is powerful and injects pace in this dark subject of hell when the life of Urna suddenly tears apart. You will empathize with the character and be part of her fight against the evils in the world. The Charons will make you speechless as you enter the world of Urna. In short, it is brilliant writing to depict the life of underdogs, facing the biggest trials in life in this gory depiction of life on the other side.
1. Many have mistaken me for a normal Indian woman who will commit suicide or go insane. They failed to realize a big truth, every one does not crawls or lies down to die.
2. After all, its desires which torments us! If we destroy the desire no human being will ever be able to torment us.
3. This mindset delivers me from all the filth and cruelty which they showered on me.
I find it tough to draw minuses in The Charons since it is a fiction which is closer to reality in this struggle of a lone, innocent women against the wicked and powerful. Still, I’d say that may be The Charons should have gone deeper towards the climax to give shape to the wicked and dangerous manipulators. I would like to see them face their end or be destroyed.
The Charons is a struggle of an innocent woman facing a troupe of powerful and manipulating people, hell bent to destroy her life. It’s a book that every human being or woman must read. Sharmistha Basu makes a big entry with The Charons and is imbibed with superb writing skills and lends credence and belief in the characters that she weaves. True, The Charons is disturbing and dark. But, brilliantly written since it touches every inch of our soul. A must read!