Ravi Subramanian is named as ‘The John Grisham of India’ . Being a John Grisham fan I hardly thought someone would be able to match up with his pacy stories jam packed with mystery and suspense. I admit this is my first book of Ravi’s and the thought that I started this book with was
‘Will Ravi Subramanian be able to keep up with his name’?
Lets find out:
It is the first time ever that I got a detailed information about something via a novel other than google. And here, this something is bitcoins. A digital currency found by Satoshi Nakamoto where transactions can be done from one person to another without any banks or escrow in the middle keeping the anonymity in tact.
Ravi Subramanian’s latest book ‘God is a gamer’ revolves around bitcoins. It shows the murky world of banking, gaming, politics, love and lust.
The book opens with a series of parallel stories.
Murder of an US senator Gillian Tan. In Mumbai, India, customers of a very reputed international bank, NYIB are scammed thereby losing their money.
The reunion of a father and son after many years, the biggest ATM heist of all time again in US. Death of a high profile woman connected with same bank with no information initially of a suicide or a murder.
Author very smoothly takes you to and fro from US to India and you start thinking are these stories even connected?
Many characters are thrown in the very start and I had to go back a couple of times to find out who was who which could have been avoided if there was a strong character development in the initial chapters.
But it all makes sense as you continue reading and you realise how well and intricately the plot has been designed.
The story keeps you guessing who the culprit is and just when you are about to get sure there is a complete change of events that makes you change your conjectures.
The visit of FBI agents in India and their working with the CBI was quite a read. This is a no-nonsense book where not a single sentence is redundant. The story moves fast. even if you have an urge to skip a page or two to look through the mystery, you wont be able to. You have to read even in between the lines if you have keep up with the story.
From politics to terrorism, gaming to TORs (don’t know what a TOR is? Read the book. Believe me it has more information than Wikipedia) Ravi Subramanian has left no stone unturned to unravel the darkest side of each of these fields.
Kudos to the author for his detailed research which I thought was lacking in the books by Indian authors particularly in the genre of mystery and thriller.
(Correct me if I am wrong)
Apart from a couple of typo errors and the clichés used like ‘he was sweating, despite the chill’ this book has the run-of-the-mill pace that a reader looks for in a thriller story.
Now coming back to the initial question,
Does the author keep up with his name?
For me it’s both a yes and a no. Yes for his research and analysis and no because I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in the book. They are just names that create no pictures in the mind of the readers. As I said it lacked character development.
Loved the plot, loved the prose. Can be completed in 1 or 2 sittings. Perfect for a weekend read.
I rate this book 4 out of 5.
By- Sweety Pateliya