Two back to back thrillers in two
weeks has made me very happy so firstly a big thank you to Blogadda. This
definitely is a more adrenalin pumper than the previous book. I have not read
the previous books of Ravi Subramanian and this is my first but after reading
this I’m quite keen on reading his other three works.
The Bankster is that thriller
which you can be easily addicted to. Set in three cities you find three
different stories unfolding. Being a banker himself the author kept banking as
the backdrop of this global conspiracy and crime thriller.
The plot - In the African country of Angola Joseph Bragnanza,
a CIA covert agent is involved in blood diamonds and arms dealing. From there
it jumps to a small town in Kerala, Devikullam where a 75-year-old man finds
himself fighting the government in Gandhian way for clarity in the nuclear
program being commissioned in his area. And again, in Mumbai the Greater Boston
Global Bank or GB2 unveils the banking rigour, manipulations and power struggle
which brings out the various shades of the bankers. All the three plots
converge to show the darker side.
Ravi keeps the momentum going
and unfolds the dark global conspiracy and the world of financial crime. However,
I don’t want any spoilers here – so you need to read it to find out about this conspiracy.
Analysis - Ravi Subramanian is a banker himself, and thus you know
where the sound knowledge and the details of behind the scene banking are
arriving from. It gives you moments when you realise though we are surrounded
with technology everywhere for efficient/ impartial work it’s finally a human
being behind the machines. It’s the human emotion which cannot stay
unprejudiced or neutral all the time.
From murders to forensic tests
the novel creates quite a captivating time. And I truly applaud the author to
create this want in me to read more. That’s what makes any book enjoyable. The
characters are well thought and well built. Some of the parts are closer to
life and seems real. The second half of it is even better. I can see it
becoming a Bollywood potboiler in near future.
I quite like this writing
style as it keeps wading from one plot to another yet not losing the stream. It
makes it pacier.
My Thoughts – It is a good
read and will recommend it. And yes you might also be tempted to read his other
works after finishing this.
Author – Ravi Subramanian
Genre – Fiction, Thriller
Publisher – Rupa Publications
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