Book Review #3 – God Is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian!

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Hey all,
I am back with another Book Review today. The one which I just finished reading is God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian. I got an autographed copy of this novel and hence it is special.
About the Author:
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.He is described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal. He is a banker himself and lives in Mumbai. He has great knowledge about the industry he writes about.

The blurb goes like this –
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 the Ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.
Moving from Washington’s Congress to Delhi’s finance ministry, the beaches of Goa to the corporate boardrooms of Mumbai, this is Ravi Subramanian’s most gripping novel yet.
My Take:
As we all know this book is India’s first bitcoin thriller. The story starts with an interaction between two corporate leaders – Vijay Banga who is the President of Mastercard International and Joseph Saunders,who is the CEO of Visa International.
The plot deals with virtual currency, cyber crime and a bit of banking. The story unfolds a series of events happening simultaneously in Washington and in India. Aditya runs a gaming company and suddenly as Varun ( Drug dealer) who is a genius enters the company takes a break through . A banker slips off from a rooftop of the building and dies. The finance minister makes some promises and find it difficult to follow. America is terror striken due to explosion and that brings FBI to Mumbai.Meanwhile, the investigators plunge into world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money.
My first impressions on this book was like it will be boring and dragging. I am a banker too and I deal in the finance industry. I thought this book will make me sleepy. I was wrong. The plot is tight and interesting. It made me awake whole night and turn pages. I couldnt stop reading till i reached the last page. The novel is gripping indeed.
The cover is nice with the golden embossing, bit coin and the image. The fonts used is good. There are 300 pages in the book and the book is priced at Rs 299/-
The book is divided into short chapters that captures your attention.The drawbacks are that there are so many characters and locations so you might get confused, you will feel like skipping some pages, and you get to predict the end of novel by the time you finish more than half of it but still you will feel like reading on as there are few questions unanswered. You can guess but you wont know the connections.
The book provided me new knowledge about the digital media and has highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of media in personal and professional life.It is evident that the author has done a lot of research and his efforts are notable.
I love the chirpy narration of this novel that keeps me hooked to it. The author says that he is a fan of Jeffrey Archer but the writing is Ravi’s own unique style that doesn’t lead to any comparisons. There are mentions of real people,places and organisations. The narrative thrust moves at a fast pace. There is more emphasis on the mystery and bitcoins are only a mention here and there but the author has described the transaction process well.
Somehow, this book reminded me of my favourite author Dan Brown. God is a Gamer is more of a loosely written story in simple language. If you are new to the terms (Satoshi Nakamoto for instance) used in the book, then definitely you are learning something new.
Overall, with twists and turns, both good and bad, the book is an interesting read and keeps you curious. A fast paced novel well written despite a few shortcomings. I recommend you to read this book while travelling or on a lazy day and I am sure it wont dissappoint.

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