Enter the world of carbon dioxide recapture and processing systems (CRAPS) through the eyes of Dr. Ravi Kumar, a brilliant scientist as he uncovers the potential to reverse the damage done to our environment while fighting deadly attacks from powerful foes…
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About the Book
by Raj Agrawal
Published 1 October 2023
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Page Count: 392
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In a world plagued by climate change, where the future of our planet hangs by a thread, “Reversal!” takes you on an electrifying journey into the heart of a groundbreaking scientific innovation that could save humanity. Enter the world of carbon dioxide recapture and processing systems (CRAPS) through the eyes of Dr. Ravi Kumar, a brilliant scientist as he uncovers the potential to reverse the damage done to our environment while fighting deadly attacks from powerful foes…
Ithaca, New York – Climate lab at the Materials and Climate Research Institute – Present time, Tuesday, October 14.
“Dr. Kumar, Dr. Makram is dead.”
It was about 15 minutes past eight on this fall evening. Dr. Ravi Kumar, the Director of the Materials and Climate Research Institute, located on the outskirts of Ithaca, New York – had just finished dinner. He was helping Dr. Caitlyn Mariko, his AI expert wife and a fellow lead scientist at the institute, clear the dishes and clean the kitchen when the quiet of the evening was jarred by the loud ringing of his home phone in his study.
He let it ring for a while, assuming it was another spam call that would eventually go away. But the caller was persistent, and the phone kept ringing. Dr. Kumar could not ignore it anymore and walked up to his study to see who was calling. He answered when he saw the institute’s number on the caller ID. It was Tom Delaney, the second shift inside guard who had just come in to start his shift.
“No!!” he screamed. “That cannot be. He was alive when I left the office at 6:00. What was Bill doing? And what about the outside guard?” Ravi stammered into the phone, not knowing how to react and asking the first two questions that came to his mind. Bill Maher was the day shift guard whom Tom was replacing.
“He is missing. I cannot find him. And I have not seen the outside guard. He must have been on his way in when he heard the alarms go off,” Tom replied.
“I am on my way. Did you call Dr. Shapiro and Captain Thapa?” Ravi asked.
“Yes, I did. Captain Thapa is on his way and Dr. Shapiro will try and get into town as soon as he can,” he replied.
“Ravi, what is going on?” Caitlyn asked as she walked into the study upon hearing Ravi’s shrill scream.
“It is Omar. He is dead,” Ravi replied, covering the mouthpiece and trying to sound normal but failing badly. “I am going to the institute. Captain Thapa is also on his way. I will call you and fill you in.”
“And Dr. Kumar, the climate lab has been completely ransacked and CRAPS is missing,” Tom added before Ravi hung up and rushed to the institute, a ten-minute drive, still in his pajamas…
Not for Sale!
by Raj Agrawal
Published 13 September 202o
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Page Count: 287
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Aviation engineer Dr. Ravi Kumar and his AI expert wife, Dr. Caitlyn Mariko are on a world-wide run for their lives from two of Americas most powerful chief executives and a rogue nation. And all this for refusing to sell their aero-engine invention that will revolutionize the aircraft industry and help save the planet from the ravages of climate change. Their invention is Not For Sale! The two scientists have other plans for it…
If you like Crichton, Brown, Baldacci, Koontz, Grisham and others like them – you are going to like this fast-paced thriller. And even though you may not have heard of me, give it a read, it is an interesting story – worth your time and money.
“Where am I?”
Dr. Ravi Kumar, a world-renowned aerospace engineer and the director of a prestigious aviation institute in Ithaca, New York, woke up in the middle of the night, sweaty and completely disoriented. He had no idea where he was except that he was on the run with his wife, Caitlyn. He turned over and felt Caitlyn—she was there in bed next to him. He let out a big sigh of relief and then slowly it all began to come back.
He was in a Riad in Casablanca, Morocco, which belonged to Dr. Larabi Hasan, his friend and old colleague from the Materials Research Institute in Ithaca, New York. Ravi had called him yesterday from Marseille, France, to ask for a place to stay for a few days where he and Caitlyn could keep a low profile and sort things out. At least two teams of professional hit men were after them, trying to bring them back to the States—willingly or otherwise.
So far, they had managed to stay just a step ahead. But Ravi had no illusion that it was only a matter of time before their luck ran out. They had been on the run for the last six weeks and it just could not go on. He needed a place where they could stay while he came up with a survival plan. He still could not believe that a person like him—that many would call colorless and nerdy—was involved in an international manhunt, running for his life. It did not make any sense.
It all seemed to have started six months ago when Ravi came up with the secret ingredient to a substance that had the power to change the future of the aviation industry—and the future of the planet itself.
About the Author
Raj Agrawal is a retired aerospace engineer and a first-generation immigrant from India. After completing his bachelor’s in engineering from the Institute of Technology located in his hometown of Varanasi, he came to Ottawa, Canada where he got his master’s in aerospace engineering and met his future wife, Mire Kimura, a fellow international student from Japan. They moved to Montreal where they made their home for almost a quarter century and became the proud parents of three daughters, all born in one year. The family immigrated to United States, the land of ground-breaking research and revolutionary inventions, just before the turn of the new century.
He has worked for more than forty years at some of the leading US and British aero engine companies. He has many technical publications and over 30 patents in aviation engineering and has been a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Helicopter Society. He was also an adjunct professor teaching a graduate level course on aero-engine design.
He now splits his time between his residences in Florida and Colorado with Mire, travelling around the world, spending as much time as possible with his four grandchildren and writing.
Reversal! is his second novel in the Not for Sale! trilogy and is once again loosely based on his own life experiences, hope and expectations.
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