Though the journalist was the
politician’s reference, he kept mum.
He was a star in the field of investigative journalism exposing the corrupt practices of various politicians and personalities through his articles. Though his friends had warned him regarding the dangers in this field, he was quite nonchalant about it. The written word was his weapon and he knew that it secured the future of the country for a better tomorrow. But one fine day, he was sacked from his organization probably due to pressure from the higher-ups. His written word kept him alive but he couldn’t keep his job after all.
Written for Five Sentence Fiction Prompt: Secure
Oswald Pereira is the author of the widely acclaimed crime thriller ‘The Newsroom Mafia’. ‘Revenge of the Naked Princess’ is his second book. This time he has delved into the history of how Portuguese were involved in the forced conversions of Hindus to Christians. The topic sounds quite unique and interesting. Does the book work? Let’s check it out.
The blurb goes like this –
On a hot, humid morning in May 1545, a joint conversion brigade of the Portugese King and the Pope set out to spread Christ’s message of love and compassion, but they leave behind a deathly trail of murder and mayhem. Armed with a monstrous cannon and scores of firearms, the brigade raids Princess Darshana Kamya Kathodi’s palace in Tana carrying for her and her people the King’s inviolable conversion order… sealed by the Pope’s promise of a new heaven.
The beautiful, 18 year old tribal princess fights back with her ace archers’ poison arrows. Revenge of the Naked Princess shows how brutal forced conversions can blur the line between religion and carnage.
This historical page turner by veteran journalist-turned-novelist Oswald Pereira comes after the success of his widely – acclaimed, best-selling thriller ‘The Newsroom Mafia’.