Details of the book:
Title: God is a Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Price: INR 299/-
About the Author: Ravi Subramanian is an Indian author. A banker by profession, Subramanian has written popular thrillers about banking and bankers, including two Crossword Book Award winning titles The Incredible Banker and The Bankster. His works include :
2007 If God Was a Banker
2008 I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari
2010 Devil in Pinstripes
2011 The Incredible Banker
2012 The Bankster
2014 God is a Gamer
Book Review: To begin with the review, the book kept me up throughout the night without letting me keeping it down. Ravi Subramanian has done the justice with his work like the way he did with “If God was a Banker”. The cover page of the book also captured my attention and made me to go ahead with the book.
The book “God is a Gamer” is the first one to introduce the concept of virtual currency and brings it out in the plot appropriately and takes the world by storm and sets in the possibilities of its future. As I liked the concept of virtual currency, I must say this is what readers might appreciate for this.
The story takes place in Mumbai (India) and Washington D.C (USA). The story sets in with the deep conversations among the corporate leads, one of them being Joseph Saunders, the Chief Executive Officer of the Visa International and the other one being Vijay Banga, President of the Mastercard International.
There is a small gaming company owned by an entrepreneur, Aditya Rao. The company later goes on to make its place on the World map after Varun, the part-time drug dealer joins it and turns the tables around for the company, and changes its fortune.
After a year, Wikileaks shakes the US government by bringing in the story of the Bitcoins. This is followed by an explosion that takes the life of a bureaucrat making the FBI to chase and sort the case.
In India, a chief banker dies after slipping from the building top in the middle of a party. Meanwhile, the world is being turned upside-down with the bitcoins, growing by each day. Also, the finance minister comes to realize of the promises that he made, which cost him beyond he thought.
The novel has mixed set of emotions set out in the novel, making the readers to discover of various possibilities, which would ultimately be proven wrong when the novel would be towards the end. The author in the novel aptly lays the importance of social media and the smart phones in the daily lives and how they affect the personal and professional markets.
The story is quick and keeps you engaged in the mixed rage of the events taking place. The plot has been executed well and makes the reader to turn the pages, without testing the patience, indeed.
“God is a Gamer” is a world where money means nothing, martyrs are villains, predators are prey, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.
Rating : 4/5