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Book Review: God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

book reviewIs hamam mein sabhi nange hain, goes the saying and what an apt epithet this is for the shoddy world described in God is a Gamer. Ravi Subramanian takes us into a ride through the deep dark world of murky financial transactions, alternative currency, power games, love, lust and revenge.

A politician is assassinated in USA nearly the same time as customers of a reputed international bank in India lose money due to a phishing scam. A simple gaming app producing company is embroiled in an ATM heist that happens thousands of miles away.

Meanwhile a powerful woman, who is connected to the highest levels of the Government of India, is mysteriously found murdered. Or is it suicide? Is her death an isolated incident or is it just another chapter in a bigger mystery novel being orchestrated by someone else?

God is a Gamer is a page-turner, no doubt about that. You can read on for about 100 odd pages, without even realising the time passing by. The chapters are short, crisp and keep you on the tenterhooks for what crops up!

The author builds the plot steadily for first 90 pages and then deals the deathly blow. But if you think you can skip pages, don’t even think about it. You have to read between the lines to crack the mystery of whodunit.

God is a Gamer is a pool of information. From bitcoins to gaming technology, mobiles apps to TOR trails, this book is nothing short of Wikipedia for the uninitiated. And for those who are technologically handicapped, like me, the language is too lucid to satiate your queries with ease.

The number of characters, their private lives, how they are intertwined with the plot and above all their actions may overwhelm you by the sheer volume of them, and may seem difficult to keep a track of at times. As you turn the page a new event captures your mind, you are suddenly found hopping between nations. The frenzy will just add to the excitement.

The identity of the killer can be guessed from a mile ahead, but that’s not the point of it anyway. Even if one can’t, it does not take away from the reading experience, since any one of the suspects can be made the killer at the end, and the story could be manipulated around to prove him to be the culprit. I had successfully guessed the culprit, but the motive stumped me!

I was also disappointed how Sundeep was treated merely as a side-character. His brooding and grouse deserved more print space. Too many characters with no brief introduction makes it hard to enjoy the story in its initial few pages. But in all, I would say that Ravi Subramanian is just creating competition for himself with each book.

I finished the book is just two sittings. The pacy, thriller is unputdownable. Ravi Subramanian reveals to us the big, bad world of power play. Of lobbying, honey-traps, corruption and closets full of secrets that can destroy lives.

Thank you Blogadda for the signed copy.

My Rating

I am going with 4 out of 5 stars for Ravi Subramanian’s God is a Gamer. We will eagerly wait for the next book in the banker series.

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 five bestselling commercial novels—If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013)—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.

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Book Review: Alvin and the Carbon Conundrum

book reviewAlvin and the Carbon Conundrum is a thriller where the protagonist, Alvin, is on a trail for the Royal Incan Diamond that has gone missing from under his care. While on a mission to get it back, Alvin unearths the secrets of its mystical past.

He and Jett risk their lives to discover the clues to solve the mystery as unexpected enemies emerge from the pages of history. From under the Thames River to the Zambezi and then onto Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu, follow Alvin and Jett as they try to stay one step ahead of their immortal enemies.

The plot of the novel is well-structured and Adit Ambani has a flair for descriptive writing. The narrative alternates from the point of view of Alvin and the point of view of other characters. The story moves from London to the rain forests of Africa and then on to the land of the Incas… the author has spent a good time on researching the various communities and landscapes he penned down in his story.

And being a narrative told from the point of many others, the plot becomes even more interesting. Given the fact that this is the first novel by Adit Ambani, the hard work clearly shows. Building on the tempo, as the narrative moves from the past to the present… the climax will surely take the readers by surprise.

Overall, a good book to accompany you on a long train journey, I go with 3 out of 5 stars for Adit Ambani’s Alvin and the Carbon Conundrum.

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