Book Review: God is a gamer by Ravi Subramanian
A few weeks back, I was browsing through the blogadda website and I happen to stumble upon a page that said that blogadda is giving out copies of Ravi Subramanian’s latest thriller “God is a Gamer” for review. I signed up immediately, but realized that my chances of getting the book was thin, as I heard about the author and his bestselling banking thrillers in the past.
A couple of days back, a courier landed up on my door. A copy of “God is a Gamer”, personally signed by Mr.Ravi Subramanian himself. I, hereby, thank blogadda team and Mr.Ravi Subramanian for the gesture. Now, without wasting any time let me tell you about the book.
The assassination of a U.S. senator in New York; The death of the chairman of an international banking firm in Mumbai; The successful launch of a social media game on Facebook; A group of criminals pulling of the greatest ATM heist in the history of U.S; A security breach at one of the India’s most reputed BPO firms; what is the connection?
A couple of months back, I was reading about bitcoins, the now popular virtual currency that can be transferred through the internet without the intervention of any bank or agency. It is used to make anonymous donations and transactions in the internet. Many sources in media and several government and private firms claim that this could be the future of currency. Everything about bitcoins was fascinating, right from its history to how it works. When I read about it, I thought “Why hasn’t anyone written a good thriller novel based on this!” My question was answered when I read Ravi Subramanian’s “God is a Gamer.”
The story traverses between Mumbai and New York. The story has many characters and multiple storylines. The thing I liked about the book is that the author did not rush the story. Even at the two hundredth page, the suspense clings on to you making you wonder “How it’s gonna end?” This is the first book of Ravi Subramanian I read, and I am impressed.
The questions you have in mind, while reading the book, is answered by either one the characters during the course of the time. The bitcoin part, around which the story revolves, was explained in a clean and neat way.
I was a little disappointed when I was reading the last chapter. “Seriously! That doesn’t sound convincing” is all I could hear inside my head. But, the epilogue made me think “Wow! Now, I get it.” The books ends with an epilogue that links all the dots, which makes the story stand out.
The good thing about the book is that the author was very careful care about the reader not being able to guess the end of the book, which you couldn’t find in many thriller novels. The effort pays off.
Although, I feel that a few characters could have been in a better way. Especially the part where a guy complains to the police about a goon named Govindh bhai and he was claimed to have committed an accident somewhere else (to kill someone important in the story.)There was no back story or anything associated with those characters. The author could have skipped it as they were of less importance to the story. Also, I think something else could have been tried instead of the ‘hooker’ part. Also, the beach incident between Varun and Tanya. I don’t think the back story at Rio was not enough to pull that off. Instead, intimacy between them could’ve been shown in some other way (a romantic incident, may be?)
My final verdict is, “God is a gamer” is one of the good Indian thrillers I have read in the recent times. It has a strong plot, good pace, intelligent characterization and a good writing style. There are a few issues, but every story has them. Looking at the bright side, this book is definitely a good read. I will definitely look forward for Ravi Subramanian’s next book.
My rating: 4/5