Monday, December 22, 2014

Blog Tour: GOD IS A GAMER by Ravi Subramanian

God is a Gamer 
Ravi Subramanian 

My Review

Having read two of Author Ravi Subramanian’s works – If God Was A Banker and Devil In Pinstripes, I was quite thrilled to receive a copy of God Is A Gamer from The Book Club.

The book is a thriller written around the banking sector. I was happy to meet Aditya Rao and Swami once again, though not as enamoured by Sundeep. 

Malvika is the CEO of NYIB and a thorn in the flesh for many, especially Swami. She falls from the 34th floor balcony of Four Seasons Hotel and dies on the spot. Is that murder or suicide? The CBI is flummoxed. 

Her daughter Tanya is shaken by her mother’s death and takes out her anger on CBI Chief Kabir Khan. Will she be able to face the repercussions?

Then there is the Financial Minister. Had he been having an affair with Malvika? Could he have murdered Tanya’s mother?

Aditya, whom we have always known to be too straightforward for words, seems to have a couple of skeletons in his family cupboard. Is he what he appears to be?

Gillian Tan is an American Senator who is too close to the President. But even that doesn’t stop him from being murdered, leaving behind his wife Nikki and daughter Gloria. 

Varun deals in drugs. That’s in Goa. In Mumbai, he is a whiz, promoting computer games. He popularises the new game Townsville on facebook, increasing Aditya’s gaming company Indiscape’s income multi-fold. 

These are but a few characters in this amazing story that has been woven by Ravi Subramanian taking the reader through New York, Washington, Delhi, Mumbai and Goa. While I travelled along with the characters, I almost chewed my nails off as my eyes jumped from page to page. Unable to keep the book down, I finished reading it late into the night. 

Bitcoins, Cotton Trail, virtual games, sudden deaths, FBI, CBI, exploding laptops and smart phones, a hooker’s tell-all blog, ATM heists... phew, and more, keep the reader glued to the book.

Ravi Subramanian brings together a lot of seemingly unrelated incidents finally beneath one umbrella – an amazing feat I must say. At no point in the book does one find the plot lagging, while the story is written in crisp, perfect English. The novel has been cut into short chapters and makes for an easy read. 

I don’t much care for comparison. But I have to mention here that I enjoyed God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian as much as I enjoy reading Jeffrey Archer’s works. And that is saying something as I love Archer’s books, each one of them. 

Disclaimer: I received a hard copy of God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian from The Book Club in exchange for my honest review.

The Blurb

Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise 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, parttime drug dealer and fulltime 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.

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Meet 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. His latest book God Is A Gamer was released on September 12, 2014.
   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. He won the Crossword book award for The Bankster in 2012.
   Ravi lives in Mumbai with his Biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his fourteen-year-old daughter Anusha.

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