Monday, 3 November 2014

Book Review - God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

GOD IS A GAMER by Ravi Subramanian
Is revenge a crime?


From the backcover:
From the bestselling author of If God was a Banker comes the first ever bitcoin thriller. God is a Gamer is a world where money means nothing, martyrs are villains, predators are prey, assassination is taught by ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

Book Title: God is a Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 310
Price: Rs.299/-

First of all, the reader might be wondering about the word 'bitcoin'. ( If you are familiar with it, pardon me and proceed to the next paragraph) I was ignorant about the word and immediately googled it. Of course! Gained some knowledge from it. But not entirety crystal clear. You too can try it.
But don't worry if you can't get the meaning of the word before looking at the first page of the novel.
The author has explained about it in the beginning pages and it made me understand better. Kudos to the author for that. Because without explaining about Bitcoin, you cannot write a thriller out of it.
Now about the story. The story starts in New York. It then goes to New Delhi and Mumbai. It then goes to Goa. Then to Washington.
In the beginning few pages, the readers might wonder how they are all connected. But in a few pages, you get to know the links.
An Assassination, a riot, a death follows. Also occurring is the million dollar spams occurring in an International Bank. Is there a  problem with the Bank or the outsource?
Also the virtual money involved makes the story still more captivating. It is really better than all the occult bank accounts offshore in all the crime novels. This, the virtual money is far better to be involved in a plot. A new genre in thriller and it goes smoothly along the story rather than being rendered to the reader in between the pages. You will feel its presence throughout.
And also this book deals with the banking details without any difficult banking terms and I was able to read the novel without seeking help from the google for it. So the total plot was good and I was hooked.
What could be happening? Who could be doing it? And there is also the bitcoin factor about undetectability.
Who will find about who is doing and what is happening?
Read it to find out! Saying more will spoil it and it will be worth reading it from the book itself.

The story is filled with intriguing characters. They are all mysterious in their own way.
The author, in the beginning introduces new characters in every chapter. And they gradually form a chain of characters and you would be amazed to find them interlinked. But in no way they were confusing. Every character looked like they had something to hide from others. If to say it better, they were all a mysterious bunch of people involved in an even more mysterious world.
Some of the main characters are Swami, Aditya, Sundeep, Varun, Tanya, Malavika, FBI chief, Josh Connelly.

Overall, the story was gripping and it turned out to be a page - turner for me. Somewhere in the middle for some ten pages or so, I was lost. But the story soon lured me enough to complete the book in one sitting.

Author: The author of this book is Ravi Subramanian. He is a banker and also an author. And no prizes for guessing his favorite genre in thrillers. I have read two of his previous books like, If God was a Banker and Bankerupt and I liked them. They were in the genre of banking thrillers . The author has written this book in the same genre and no wonder these make an interesting read. Involving huge amounts of money with geniuses, innocent ones, murders and murderers always make an interesting read.

What I liked about this novel is it was fast paced, involving multiple characters and more than one plot which meets at a point.
What I didn't like about it is some few dull pages.. 10 pages or so. And nothing else.

One word: A page turner! And I absolutely liked it!

Rating: 9.5/10

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