Aren’t thrillers just amazing? Do
you shuffle between books and read many books at a time? I do that somehow.
Weird may be. Any ways last week I was reading the latest thriller by Ravi
Subramanian – God is a Gamer. Last time I read his Bankster I was quite happy
with it and was hoping the same for this one. Read on to know how my experience
has been with God is a Gamer.
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.
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
And here is their launch video.
The story starts off with a cold
blooded assassination of a high profile US Senator Gillian Tan in Washington.
Blowing up a bulletproof and armored car was surprising and Adrian Scott a FBI
special agent is clueless about the assassin.
In Mumbai a phishing scam is
wrecking havoc in NYIB. Crores of rupees are taken away fraudulently from the
depositors and Swami the retail head of NYIB is left helpless. His CEO Malavika
offers no help and downplays him at the HQ. Aditya Rao an ex-employee of NYIB
who is also a founder of Indiscape, a gaming company, offers some solace and
advice to Swami.
Young and talented Tanya is in
Goa for a Nasscom event. She bumps into Varun unexpectedly one night while
looking for hash. After a crazy night at beach he disappears leaving her
waiting for him. Varun turns out to be famous drug dealer in Goa.
Various events and incidents
unfolds through the course of the story revealing the world run by this certain
virtual money called – bitcoins. What are bitcoins? Why are people getting
killed? Who is playing the games? Who is the person behind the crimes? That’s what
God is Gamer gives you.
The book starts with an epilogue where
the Mastercard and Visa honchos are debating over NPCS or the Russian National
Payment Card System. You get to know how these people make money with every
transaction. The story started off well with the assassination sequence. I like
the cycle bomb thing. I somehow like reading on murders! But as you progress
you get hosts of characters popping in and out and several unrelated incidents
taking up a lot of space. Half way through I was finding it difficult to
understand why so many things are happening and why such unrelated events. Yes
it does throw a good information on bitcoins, social media, technology et all.
But I found the end little predictable. Okay one more thing, I liked the cover design of this one.
Ravi Subramanian is quite a famous author in the Indian
thriller circuit. An ex-banker himself he writes his crime thrillers in the
backdrop of banks and the financial world. His books If God was a Banker, The Bankster, Devil in Pinstripes and The Incredible Banker are all bestselling titles.
He is an
alumnus of IIM Bangalore. He is currently the head of a leading financial
institution. He has won the Economist Crossword Book Award twice for his previous books.
My Rating: 2/ 5. It a good one
time read over the weekend. He has written better stories.
|Publisher||Penguin Books India|
|Book Type||Fiction Book|
|Number of Pages||324 Pages|
|Publication Year||2014 September|
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