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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Book Review of GOD IS A GAMER BY Ravi Subramanian


Book Details:   
Book Review : God is a Gamer  
Book – God is a Gamer
Author – Ravi Subramanian
Language: English,  
Genre: Fiction/Thriller
Publisher: Penguin,  
Year Published: 2014 September  
Binding: Paperback,  
Edition: First,
Pages: 324 ISBN-13: 9780143421399 , ISBN-10: 0143421395  
Price – ₹ 299/-

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First time I have applied for the book review program through Blogadda, and when it got approved, I was happily excited to read it asap. Thank you Blogadda for sending me this nice book for review.

Well as soon as it got delivered to me, i picked this book to read, set on the virtual currency BITCOIN, I got into it totally and in one read I finished it. 
As a technocrat, I always love to know about all the modern inventions and discoveries and I was well acquainted with the word BITCOIN the virtual currency, so it was an interesting, engaging and captivating read overall, except for starting pages where story was moving very fast from different places and different characters, which may overwhelm you by the sheer volume of them.
This novel opens the door of a new dark world, very similar to our modern world, where we live completely under the influence of technology like gaming technology, mobiles apps, Banking, IT, social media and digital crime like hacking, phishing are very common, where you will find the details of dark side of banking systems, financial transactions, alternative currency, power games, love, lust and revenge.

It unfolds the life of Varun Rao, Gamer and entrepreneur, his father, Aditya Rao the owner of eTIOS, a banking BPO, Malvika (CEO of NYIB), Tanya, (Malvika’s daughter, co-founder of Bitcoin and Gillian’s lover), Nikki (Gillian’s wife, Gloria (Nikki’s daughter) and many more other characters like Swami, a finance minister, some illegal migrants, the FBI officials in the US and the Indian Police and the CBI.

Main idea of story begins at time when Senator Gillian Tan from Washington DC, an old pal of the President of the United States of America is assassinated, and FBI is handed over the case to find who the culprit is.
In the meantime, in Mumbai, phishing attack on NYIB’ s database is done and  large amount of its customers money is stolen. Then Malavika (CEO of NYIB), commits suicide.  Due to hovering news of her affair with Indian Finance Minister, he is obvious suspect for the same.
A series of NYIB’s ATMs in USA are looted. The blame falls on Aditya’s company eTIOS as they take care of all backend operations of NYIB.
These different crime lead The FBI team to India, where with the help of CBI, to find out who the mastermind is.  
Story gains momentum, many scenes evolve like love affair between Varun and Tanya, Swami killed by Truck, and much more. More twists come and mystery unfolds one after another, in Chapter 99 finally you get to know how the crime was plotted and who the actual Mastermind was and you will be overwhelmed to find out the final outcome of this murder mystery. For more detail, off course you have to read it and find it all by yourself. A too much detail may spoil your overall interest in the novel.

The author has done a good research and presented this book in form of pool of information and explained well the technical stuff like BITCOIN, and financial stuff in details and in a lucid and simple manner, even for a normal reader to understand well. 
Overall it is an excellent read and a complete entertainer, and author has tried hard to engage the reader, using different plots like politics, murder mystery, banking fraud and you will not find rest till you finish the book and I can say he has succeeded in his effort effectively so I would like to give 4/5 rating to this novel.

About The Author
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, banker by profession and a very talent and promising author, has written 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. His latest book God is a Gamer is also a very good and packed witha very fast paced story to read based upon financial crime and virtual money, in fact it is world's first Bitcoin thriller.

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. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.


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