- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; First edition (12 September 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780143421399
- ISBN-13: 978-0143421399
- ASIN: 0143421395
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 170 customer reviews
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God is a Gamer Paperback – 12 Sep 2014
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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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Storyline: It starts with the stories of two powerful families based in India and USA. Both of them so powerful that they can influence Government decisions and used to siphon off huge public money into their personal accounts using the underworld illegal trade activities and technology. Aditya Rao, proprietor of a BPO unit in India having New York International Bank as its client runs into trouble when its internal system is hacked by some unknown techies resulting in its customers losing huge sums of money from the ATMs in USA. While investigating this case, the FBI trips on another interesting case that unearths a BITCOIN scandal (a kind of free virtual currency used as an alternative to existing currencies in the world) being used to traffic drugs, arms, child pornography etc on a undetectable email network called Cotton Trail, hosted by parent server TOR, somewhere in Ukraine. The founder of this Cotton Trail/BITCOINS, Gillian Tan, also a senator in US Government gets eliminated by his co-founder cum room mate, who happens to be a young, clever, talented, sex-starved Tanya, the only daughter of the CEO of NYIB India. FBI with the help of Indian CBI traces down the roots of both the cases and finds a common link, eventually. The final conclusion reveals that all the game is masterminded by Aditya’s son Varun, who happens to be the boy-friend of Gloria, daughter of Senator Gillian as a revenge on behalf of his girl friend and in-order to retrieve all of Gillian’s accumulated bitcoins to become one of the youngest billionaires of the world. He goes un-traced by both FBI and CBI, despite their most employed tech savvy investigation method, while Tanya gets arrested after being cleverly exposed by Varun in a game of love.
Pros: The beautiful talent of the writer to start off his books with two different unrelated stories and end up with clever linkage of the two with lot of surprising twists and turns remains the strength of this book too. The kind of research that the author has put in to bring out the concept of BITCOINS into the world for the first time is simply un-matched. Every reader of this book would be exposed to the dangerous corporate financial scandals of today and the roots of such scandals which often are nothing else but the extensive greed of the top brass to amass huge wealth beyond their capacities coupled with their physical lusts that lead to the disasters in the end. Its like falling in their own ditches. One would get a feeling that the top management of the financial world or for that matter, any industry is full of explicit relationships and unquenchable thirst to amass wealth that would finally pull them down and finally put an end to their lavish lives, once it crosses a desired limit.
Cons: The intelligent escape of the prime culprit escaping the punishment in the end seemed to be unjustified to me. Though Varun’s actions were based on a revenge on the step-father of Gloria (Gillian Tan), his deeds have resulted in deaths of several innocent lives, who were not at all connected to the scandals. He should have been brought to justice. The author’s question “IS REVENGE A CRIME? “ can be answered with a YES if the revenge was filled with the birth of several other revenges in return.
My rating is 4 out of 5
This particular novel is a technical read. Those who are from the ages will sure get feel like its too technical and exotic. But to those who were well adopted to new generation things the story goes like a running water.There are many technical things in the book like TOR, Bitcoin, Miznay Schardin effect which do require some background work or to instant Google it.
The story revolves around only a few number of characters, around Banking and gaming platform.
(I feel) The actual action in the story begins around 75+ page, before it it’s a usual dragging story.
(I believe) The book became a best seller only becoz of the Epilogue content upon reading it gives a head whirl. After reading the epilogue reader feels a thrill and understands that the plot is very well webbed in multiple layers. Epilogue is the highlight of this book.
This book is also like his earlier books where there are 3 or 4 stories and in the end he will show how all are brought together.
In this also you have a Senator in US who is assassinated, a banker commits suicide in Mumbai, Another banker is killed in an accident, there is an ATM heist in US and the book is about how all this is ties together in a thrilling way.
You have Aditya who runs a successful BPO and gaming company with his lieutenant Sundeep. They launch a new game which doesn't do all that well and in comes Aditya's estranged son Varun who takes care of the gaming business.
Malvika who runs the Indian arm of NYIB commits suicide (but her daughter, Tanya, feels she is killed by the Finance Minister). Tanya feels that the Finance Minister has an affair with her mother.
Tanya and Varun fall for each other and Varun provides emotional support to her post the death of her mother. In parallel there is a Senator who is killed and a large ATM heist is carried out in the US where about 5 Million is taken from bank accounts in few hours.
There are some random laptops that bursts because of overheating.
Who killed the Senator, who is behind the heist, was Malvika killed, why were the laptops bursting form the rest of the story.
This is a very good thriller. Makes you want to finish the book quickly. The author will make you think about few people who could be involved but has some good twists along the way. Also this books shows how Bitcoins are currently used for all illegal purposes.
All in all a very good thriller novel.
Raman is a banker. Kavya said to him, "Ramesh has lost his wallet in Bangalore and is on his way to New York.". Vivek was upset. Ofcourse, Kavya was not happy with Gotham. They were married for fifteen years.
Ajay Banga did not know that Ramesh's wallet had bitcoins in it. John would not approve of it.
Mahesh and Anand were running their own advertising company. This will be explained further in my next book about oranges and Microsoft Windows.
Ultimately, the conspiracy involves the constitution of Bahamas and Frederik Olsen of Iceland knows that he must do something about it soon. Or the six confirmations from the network will reach Ramesh's wallet in six seconds.
That will ofcourse, be disaster.