Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Book Review - God is a Gamer

Book Review : ‘God is a Gamer’ by Shri. Ravi Subramanian

Name of Book : God is a Gamer
The Author: Shri. Ravi Subramanian
Date of release : September 12, 2014
Published by : Penguin Books India
No. of Pages: 310
Genre: Thriller
Book Price: Rs. 299
Binding : Paperback

About the Author:
 Shri. Ravi Subramanian is described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal. The author is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and is currently the head of a leading financial institution. Till date the author has five bestselling commercial novels to his credit.  Shri. Ravi Subramanian  has won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012. Being a banker the author 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  The authors first novel - If God was a Banker has won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers Choice Award and  recently, ‘The Incredible Banker’ has won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category.

About the Book:
If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012), Bankerupt (2013) and now the - ‘God is a Gamer’, The latest book by Shri. Ravi Subramanian, released on September 12, 2014. I became a huge fan of his books when I first read If God was a Banker, and to my surprise, I completed it in a day. Similarly, when I got  this book, I finished it in a day.  In my opinion, this is his best book till date I have read. In his earlier novels the author has dealt with banking and education. However, this time it looks into the cyber crime with banking which has become a matter of great concern all over the world. The novel is a thriller for the new generation and a book with loads of information on the good and bad sides of electronic media and plastic money to the older generation of readers.

About the Story:
Aditya is an entrepreneur, running his own gaming company. The arrival of a part-time drug dealer and full-time genius named Varun turns Aditya’s struggling company’s fortunes around. However, things are not as they seem. A banker slips from the rooftop of a high-rise building and falls to his death. A finance minister with his heart on his sleeve discovers that he has made some promises which will cost him far too much. An explosion in Washington D.C. leads the FBI to a chase in Mumbai. The investigators begin to plummet down a world where bitcoins are the only meaningful form of currency. Here, everything is governed by the Dark Net, a group of nefarious websites dealing with illegal transactions. In this world, God is a Gamer, martyrs are villains, the hunters become the hunted and the ancient Greeks teach the secrets of assassination. In this new novel, nothing is what it seems.

The author has woven an excellent  master plot that will keep you engaged till the end. The various characters he has created have equally important role to play.  The basic plot is strong and the sub-plots help in strengthening it.

The book – God is a Gamer’ is well written by the author. The chapters are short and hence keep the readers engrossed. Throughout the story, the reader will guessing and wondering as to what is going to happen next. The author thus manages to keep the suspense till the end when the entire plot unravels in a brilliant ending. In my opinion the author has really done a great job. The story is an excellent plot for a Bollywood movie of todays genre.

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