God is a Gamer : Book Review

It’s my hobby to read books. Nothing can be more rewarding than time spent lost in another world, a world of novels , books and stories. Its icing on the cake when you get a novel from bestselling author and that too an autographed copy .

Yes, thanks to team Blogadda which give me wonderful opportunities of reading autographed copies of bestselling authors. This time I got hold of latest work of Ravi Subrmanian. I had read his previous work – Bankerupt and had loved his writing style. He had already raised my expectation level and when I finished reading this book, it was worth it.

 

God is a gamer

 

About the Novel :

 Ravi Subramanian’s latest thriller is fairly entertaining. This book is focused around the idea of Bitcoins, the virtual currency in the online world.There are couple of interwoven plots which make the reading very interesting whole throughout the book.The book was unputdownable and I finished reading in one sitting.

The writing style of Ravi is simple and clear.There are lot of banking jargon used but a reader doesn’t require to be from finance background to understand it as the author is able to explain it in layman’s language.The initial pages of the book build up the momentum and pace. As you read ahead you can relate and connect the dots.The book is divided in different chapters which makes the reading experience interesting and interest level higher in the minds of reader. Each chapter will keep you wanting for more.

Summary :  

Aditya is an entrepreneur, running his own gaming company. Varun is  a part-time drug dealer and full-time genius who  turns Aditya’s struggling company’s fortunes around. However, things are not as they seem. A banker slips from the rooftop of a high-rise building and falls to his death. A finance minister with his heart on his sleeve discovers that he has made some promises which will cost him far too much.The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai. The investigators begin to run down a world where bitcoins are the only meaningful form of currency. Here, everything is governed by the Dark Net, a group of nefarious websites dealing with illegal transactions. In this world, God is a Gamer, martyrs are villains, the hunters become the hunted and the ancient Greeks teach the secrets of assassination. This novel will keep you hooked till the end.

Quotes from the Book :

” When I was head of retail banking fifteen years ago,I could have got away with murder “

“That’s because when Mafia Dons was launched, you had no competition. An online game was a novelty . People were excited.Advertising online was cheap compared to today”

“Success is not always measured in terms of dollars earned or turnover. It is measured in terms of the difference you have made to the people around you”

” I am creating an economic simulation to give people first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systematic use of force”

“I have a problem .I had written down a few characters of my bitcoin private key on a piece of paper.These fucking termites.They tore through the paper, which was kept in safe.All I have now is pulp.Is there a way to reconstruct the key from the remaining characters that I have stored elsewhere ?”

About the author :  

Described as the John Grisham of banking, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of four bestselling commercial novels If God was a Banker, Devil in Pinstripes, The Incredible Banker and The Bankster based on financial crime. Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats

His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the Popular category.

Rating of the novel : 4/5

 

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