On the Cover :
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CROSS GAMER, BANKER, POLITICIAN AND TERRORIST WITH VIRTUAL MONEY?
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.
About the Author :
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. It is but natural that his stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry. In 2008, his debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award. He won the Economist Crossword Book Award in 2012 for The Incredible Banker and the crossword Book Award in 2013 for The Bankster. He lives in mumbai with his wife Dharini, and daughter, Anusha.
God is a Gamer starts with an insight of how Bitcoins came into existence and gradually we discover how Bitcoins became such popular and important part of Internet underworld. From murder mysteries to scams to Robberies to Love Affairs, God is a Gamer has all the masala a good thriller should contain, yet at some point it disappointed me. The first 20 chapters kept on introducing Characters and a part of their mysteries. As story kept progressing more and more information was added. sometimes, it felt the information was not important but, in the end all the information provided fell into the right boxes.
so much was happening at a given point in different parts of world. Malvika Sehgal, chairman of a global bank was murdered in mumbai, Finance minister’s involvent was suspected in the murder, robbers were looting money through ATM’s in America, Gillian Tan, handpicked by Barrack Obama to drive American foreign policy in South Asia was assassinated. All the incidents were inter-related in some way or the other. Adrian and Tony, FBI agents had the burden to solve the mystery of assassination but instead they came across more and more mysteries until it became a big jigsaw puzzle.
I lost interest in the middle for few chapters but regained later. Good thing about thrillers is your brain keeps functioning while you are reading them, Unsolving the mystery of who the real culprit is and my brain worked overtime maybe. Like always I tried solving the mystery while reading it and was right with my conclusions. At one point it felt the story is being stretched. I certainly didn’t like the anti-climax portion. This book left me disappointed. Two wrongs cannot make one right. I detest the revenge part.
on the whole it was an average reading experience. I expected more from Ravi Subramanian.
RATINGS : 2.5/5