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In Pursuit of the Fire-breather

Author Name: S K Bose | Format: Paperback | Genre : Literature & Fiction | Other Details

In this sequel to “In Quest of the Rainbow,” Isabella Hamilton’s search for her estate and her parents takes her across the length of India and beyond, relentlessly pursued by her unknown enemies. But a group from her estate is always by her side, guiding her, advising her and protecting her. Joe McLeod, who has been tasked by the Court of Directors of the East India Company to convey her to her estate, joins her in her search, thereby lending her valuable support.

But are the ones she believes to be her enemies, really so, or are they, unknown to her, actually her friends and protectors? And are Baldev Singh and his group, claiming to be from her estate, really her protectors, or are they, in fact, the enemy?

And then there is the unseen, awesome, mysterious and all-powerful presence of the thing they had taken to be a mere amulet.

Does Isabella locate her past? Does she find the estate? Does she discover who her enemies and who her true friends are? Why does the tiger roar whenever Isabella is in distress or in danger? And does she discover the secret of the amulet, the unearthing of which would unfurl all the mysteries and puzzles, and lead her to her ultimate goal? And how does Joe McLeod fit into all this?

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S K Bose

S K Bose was a practicing advocate in the Madras High Court for 14 years. However, he always had a love for history and of times past, and a penchant for script writing. In later life, he worked in several Hindi and Tamil language films as an assistant director/ associate director/ producer, where he helped in the scripting of the films.

The ides of In Quest of the Rainbow developed slowly from a research that he had been doing on the 18th century sailing ships and the tremendous hardships that Europeans faced in making that five-month voyage to India in vessels that, in today’s world, would seem fragile and uncertain.

Also, Bose was fascinated by those times when cities had no electricity, no modern gadgets. Men travelled on horses, palanquins or on foot. Three-fourths of the country was coated in dense forests. At every roadside camp at night, the howling of the jackal packs and the roar of a passing tiger were normal sounds. That was India, wonderfully beautiful, as well as ominously dangerous during those times gone by. S. K Bose has captured the essence of this in his debut work of historical fiction.

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