God Is A Gamer: Book Review

Friday, October 31, 2014
Title: God Is A Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Genre: Thriller/Fiction
Number of pages: 324
Publisher: Penguin Books India
ISBN-10: 0143421395
ISBN-13: 978-0143421399

The Blurb:

Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai. Enter Varun, part time drug dealer and full time genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

About the Author:
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. It is but natural that his stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Dharini and daughter, Anusha. In 2008, his debut novel, If God Was a Banker, won the Golden Quill Readers' Choice Award. The Incredible Banker won him the Economist Crossword Book Award in 2012.

My Review:
Ever since I read "If God was a banker" in 2007, I have been a fan of Ravi Subramanian's writing style. With each passing year, he brought out a new book (except for 2009) and I became an even bigger fan. He has authored 7 books till now, my favourite being "If God was a banker" and "The Bankster (review here)". No, I do not belong to a banking/financial background and yet he explains the banking concepts with such ease to the readers that even I understood everything (well, almost :P ). Latest in this category is the virtual world of money, Bitcoins. He has done an extensive search on Bitcoins before introducing it to the readers with its intricacies and technicalities, which shows perfectly in the novel. Also it is the first Bitcoin thriller in history, so yay a win-win!

Regarding the story and plot, it is a bit slow in the start but gradually picks up pace. The plot thickens with twists and turns and with involvement of FBI, White House and the LTTE, it takes very interesting turns. It is definitely a great thriller and a page-turner. In some places, I could skip some pages as it got too elaborate but overall a good read.

Quite unordinary, I couldn't feel connected to any character in particular. Also, there were too many characters and too much happening altogether that it became difficult to keep track of everything. I had to revisit some pages to remember the role of each character in the book. Felt like a cat played with a knitting wool ball and obviously left everything intertwined with knots!

A good read but not one of his best!

My Rating: 3 out of 5.
Who will like it: Thriller lovers, banking lovers, game lovers.
Who will not like it: Everyone else :P

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1 comment:

  1. The book is really thrilling and nice...You will feel suspense all around....I read the book recently and felt awesome and feel like reading two to three times more...


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