Book Review: God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian
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, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong intothe 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.
Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013)—based on financial crime. His latest book God is a Gamer, releases on September 12th.
Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats
His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.
Ravi lives in Mumbai with his Biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his fourteen year old daughter Anusha.
Having read the author’s previous books this one had my piqued my curiosity to an extent where I could barely conceal it as I read the book. I have worked with him, interacted with him at one occasion and then read all his works till this one – it makes me awestruck to imagine the work that has gone behind this book, the amount of research, the detailing and the plotting. Futilely once I had tried even writing something like this, but not everyone can be a Ravi Subramanian right?
The book as known to all of us is a thriller, rather a corporate thriller set in the backdrop of banking at its core with a new lingo being introduced to us all. The bit-coins also called the online currency used in the virtual world. Like it is always said we are at times so busy in living life that we fail to notice so many other minute things happening around us. For me this author brings those minute things alive.
Those scams, those fraud emails, account hacking, phishing scams etc which make it to the front page one day, the second the next day and vanish into the oblivion are brought to the attention in his stories. To say the least, his stories have made me realize more than flaws in our system. Added to it my own knowledge of banking as an employee, it makes reading his books a pure thrill. For me it is like walking through the corridors of my office albeit of course the country head quarters in Mumbai or perhaps the global head quarters and eavesdropping on some conversations I am not supposed to know. Reading this book is like being on a roller coaster ride, you can almost see the way ahead and yet not know the feeling it will evoke in you.
This book marks the return of one of my favourite characters created by the author – Aditya Rao. I had admired him in ‘If God was a banker’ and wished to have such a mentor in my life as well. The narration as always is very fast paced, one that makes it an edge of the seat thriller. The characters are very well etched; they are so connectable that at the end of the book you get the feeling of having known them for a while.
A surely recommended read for people who enjoy reading such thrillers, this one is a must read for its narration and the unique plot. No wonder news is that this is being made into a movie soon too!
This book is like hot milk cake - yummy, delicious, melts in the mouth and yet one that leaves a lingering taste of its own.
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