God is a Gamer

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Blurb: Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a high rise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai. Enter Varun, part time drug dealer and full time genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

About the author: Ravi Subramanian is a banker by profession and his books are set in the fast paced world of banking, corporate fraud, corporate rivalries, boardroom meeting, espionage and the likes. From ‘If God was a Banker’ to ‘Bankerupt’, Ravi has made quite a name for himself. And now he comes up with the first ever bitcoin thriller.

Review: God is a Gamer is the first book I read written by Ravi Subramanian. After reading this, I will now read his previous works too.  I was super thrilled to receive autographed copy of the book for review. I am a huge fan of thriller genre and it is unstoppable for me to keep down the book till I finish it and the same thing happened with this present book. It took my few hours of day and night to read it. If you love reading thrillers, this book is a must read book and apart from that the usage of simple language and narration of scenes makes it an easy read. The story begins with the introduction of bitcoins, a digital currency introduced by Santoshi Nakamoto, followed by Gillian’s (American politician) murder which gets connected with phishing scandal in New York International Bank. Back in New York International Bank’s branch in Mumbai, the C.E.O gets promoted as a chairperson who dies after slipping from the rooftop of a building in the middle of a party. A small gaming company, owner Aditya Rao turns very famous after a genius called Varun, joins them and turns its fortunes around. The story is a roller coaster ride with many surprises and shocks. In the end, the identity of Santoshi Nakamoto gets revealed, but there remains suspense regarding the mastermind behind it and reasons of the mastermind. I liked the cover of the book. There were no printing errors or spelling mistakes. The story flows easily from America to India, it doesn’t confuse the reader. Book is entertaining but has factual errors about the 2 factor authentication used in online fund transfer and Samsung being a Korean company not Japanese as mentioned. For first time readers, please read the other novels by Ravi to understand his writings better. This book doesn’t let you keep it aside unless you get to know what happens later and you finish totally. Present story focuses on cyber crime and banking which has now become a matter of great concern all over the world. The novel is a thriller for the new generation and a book with loads of information on the good and bad sides of electronic media and plastic money to the older generation of readers. All the best part of this novel is only towards the end of the pages. The primary builds up and suspense might get tiresome but it all becomes worthwhile once the explanation assembly begins. Please do not read the last pages as that’s where all the fun is determined. Wish the book could have been extra edited to rationalize the plot at convinced places but I think the author planned the disorder so that patient readers would get through all the pages to find the real delight of the story.

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