God is a Gamer – Book review

What can i say, such a gripping novel indeed, like the back cover says..Loved it 🙂

What is it about

Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai. Enter Varun, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming
company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems. (Goodreads excerpt)

Honestly, I know nothing about bitcoins. Not till i read this book. And Ravi Subramanian gives you a brief intro to what they are. And in his signature style there are different parts of the story in every chapter and he connects all the dots towards the end. Too many characters, I’m not even sure how to outline the story in a nutshell 😛

A US senator is murdered and the death is soon followed by a phishing scam which affects hundreds of New York International Bank (NYIB) customers in India. While the FBI is hell bent on finding out who killed the President’s closest aide, the phishing scam throws some light into the investigation. The chairman of NYIB, Malvika Seghal ends up dead on her birthday party which is attended by some high profile friends. While the police and media claim it to be a suicide, Malvika’s daughter Tanya Seghal accuses the Finance Minister of killing her mother, as he had been using her for years. Aditya Rao, a legend in the banking industry who had worked for NYIB for years, owns a gaming company Indiscape as well as eTIOS, a BPO which caters to the card operations at NYIB. Varun, his long lost son of his past comes back in his life and soon takes over the gaming business. After Malvika’s death, Tanya and Varun get closer and he helps her get through her loss. The story follows  the who what why and how aspects of the Senator and Malvika’s deaths and how they are connected. (I’ve tried hard not to give away anything anywhere :P)

When there are technical jargon introduced along the story line, the author makes sure, the reader gets an idea of what it is.. like he explains about the TOR network or the bitcoins. The front cover has a tag line ” Is revenge a crime” and the revenge part is not revealed until the anti-climax. The story keeps you guessing who the bad guy is, but one cannot guess how the game is played. Like I said earlier, there were too many characters which makes me wonder were all of them necessary. Also, bitcoins could have been inserted into the story line a little more frequently.

A complicated thriller thrown together with murders, heists, love, treachery and lots of lies. Pick up this book on a Friday night and I’m pretty sure you will not rest without finishing it. After all, Ravi Subramanian is India’s John Grisham of banking 🙂

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