Sunday, 2 November 2014

God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian: a review

God is very well a Gamer and with Ravi Subramanian’s latest book coming to the stands of all bookstores (virtual and physical) this book is surely going to create a buzz among readers of the genre. Best known for writing mostly about the banking business, the writer, with this book has brought into view a Bitcoin thriller. The cover of the book with the colors used and the texture of the title give in itself how grand this book is going to be. And with such a tagline used “Is Revenge a Crime?” I am sure the book is going to catch eyeballs.

According to the back cover- What happen 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.

Yes, I would totally agree with the fact that this book is surely one gripping novel. For the laymen who don’t know the meaning of Bitcoin then this book is something that you must read! Don’t worry, you need not Google the word to know what it means cause the book in itself has given in a total view of what a Bitcoin is and how it works. Throughout the book, the use of words and terms of real places and of organizations gives the book its much needed realistic feel.

Coming to the characters, I felt that the characterization was good but still the author has used a very wide range of characters from different aspects of life which might take the readers off track at certain places. But since most of the characters were important to the plot, at some point or the other, the readers get a wind of the characters. There have been parts of the story, where I had to actually sit and think who was a character if the character has been jumped off from one scene to another.

As far as the story goes, I would call it a very nice mix of flavors from different viewpoints of life. The ‘most widely known’ topics of the era now are all covered in a fictionalized tale spun by the author and is presented to us in a very new way. Gaming-Politics-Banking-Terrorism all are linked together in a very nice way. And I am sure, just like the other thrillers this one would also force the readers to put their thinking caps on and they would be eager to solve the mystery.

Coming to a few flaws of the story, I felt the start was a bit slow (to say the least) and it could’ve been written in a better way. Apart from that; the end was something that could’ve been predicted since a long time! The author had left clues throughout the book and any smart reader can very well catch those clues and solve the case, sit back and see the fictional characters laying it out in front of them. At the end, since it was very predictable, I felt that a change was expected.

For Ravi Subramanian fans, this book is surely one of the best and will make its mark on the readers for a long time! A very wonderful job done by the author. All the questions have been answered in the end about the title and the sub-title and that will leave the readers satisfied while closing the book. And howsoever the end was, it will keep the readers entertained. For me, the book was 4.25 out of 5 hoping to read more such awesome books from the writer!

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