- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; First edition (12 September 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143421395
- ISBN-13: 978-0143421399
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 158 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In his earlier novel author Ravi Subramanian dealt banking and education. This time it looks into the cyber crime with banking which has become a matter of great concern all over the world. The novel should be a thriller for the new gen 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. Unquestionably, a good read! --Gopalaraman Swaminathan Sep 25, 2014
Ravi Subramanian, I d say, could be India s answer to Sidney Sheldon! The plot is amazing and keeps you hooked till the last page. For people not familiar with networking and the concept of public and private keys, it may be difficult to sustain through the first few pages. But as you read ahead, eventually, you start to get what these are at least enough to not spoil your reading experience. Subramanian constructs a labyrinth with each word he writes. What I liked was how very clean he is in doing that. The story has several primary and secondary characters and many cross-plots. With a story-line like that, there was a possibility of everything getting so jumbled up that I was afraid I d be lost. But that did not happen even once. Subramanian keeps his character descriptions to the point easy to remember and yet difficult to guess the real culprit. His plot paces and flows very effectively, not too slow and certainly not so fast that you need to stop once in a while and get a stock of where you are. His choice of words weaves a mystery that gives hints to what is coming next in such an uneven pattern that you are left wondering right till the end. God is a Gamer is the first book I ve read by Ravi Subramanian and I am totally totally bowled over. This one definitely is a must-read for all lovers of mystery. --Nikita Jhanglani Dec 20, 2014
Man i pre-ordered the book. At that time the cost was around 200+. N now its only 119. :( Though it was worth the buy.Probably the worlds first Bitcoin Thriller. A good thriller is one where the page turns by itself, and this surely did. Cummon make a movie out of it already!! Ravi Subramanian u listining! --Abhishek Tirkey Sep 26, 2014
About the Author
Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. It is but natural that his stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Dharini and daughter, Anusha. In 2008, his debut novel, If God Was a Banker, won the Golden Quill Readers' Choice Award. The Incredible Banker won him the Economist Crossword Book Award in 2012.
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The first thing about this novel is its plot and sub-plots. There is a lot going on to keep the readers going. Spanning over different continents, from India to USA, the story is a rollercoaster ride. Finely woven into tangles, the reader has to work with the author to untangle all the threads and reach the conclusion. The narration of the story has been broken into short chapters, taking us from one end of the world to another, are really not as effective as the ones that James Patterson produces. It did feel a bit abrupt as sometimes a chapter would all of a paragraph leaving me thinking – ‘wait, I want to know more there’.
Another aspect of any book is its characters. ‘God is a Gamer’ has a whole bunch of them while none of them actually stand out. It was hard for me to connect to any of the characters sometimes because of the lack of background and sometimes because of the style of narration. They are there to give the plot a certain direction, yet none of them really makes an impression. Neither the protagonist, nor the antagonist made me want to root for them. And even after finishing the whole book, I cannot say I know even one character completely.
I have loved Ravi Subramain’s previous works, and have been looking forward to this one, especially what with the concept of bitcoins being promoted so much. But I was sorely disappointed this time. This book has a lot of action, thrills and keeps you turning the pages. Yet overall it fails miserably if you have read the author’s previous works.
The first part is very fast paced and exciting but somewhere midway the plot becomes very dull and boring. Even the end i felt was poor attempt to generate excitement and completely fall apart.
Overall not happy with the book
The author is known for writing Banking thrillers, and this is not an exception. Set in the modern day arena this book talks about Banks, Credit Cards, financial world and its ties with the politics; and most importantly - BitCoin - the virtual currency.
The links between the events as they are unfolding gets the clear, and the - end - is able to connect all the dots together. The events are weaved nicely together.
The book however doesn't give much detail about BitCoin and how to purchase or en-cash it. Of course, one can claim that even James Bond movies don't go into the technical details of the gadgets. And based on the creative liberties one should assume several thing as - happening properly, as written. But, if the book is marketed as first BitCoin thriller, it is expected. May be in epilogue or author's notes.
The end of the book is quite hypothetical as well.
Also the millions of USD are withdrawn via credit card without the owner getting any intimation, is quite unrealistic. With two or three tier security in banking these days, we got SMS/Email intimations for each CreditCard transaction! (The author is in banking world, and at the end where explains how the CCs are faked, he could have explained a hacking in bank's software, turning the alerts off for any transaction, or something like that - as a solution, for example).
We would like to give 3.5 stars to the book.
(The original detailed review is posted at: http://www.thinkerviews.com/books/god-gamer-bitcoin-thriller-ravi-subramanian-book-reviews/)
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All Kudos to Ravi Subramniam for coming with issue which had latest technology terms explained.