- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Random House India (26 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780143425731
- ISBN-13: 978-0143425731
- ASIN: 0143425730
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 297 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In The Name of God Paperback – 26 Jun 2017
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Irrespective of the plotline, Ravi sir's thrillers always come up with a fast-paced read, loads of unexpected twists and turns, powerful characterization and highly visualistic narrative. In The Name of God, the latest offering by the author recounts the multiple murders in and around the precincts of the famous Anantha Padmanabha Swami temple, known across the globe for its immense fortune and the adventurous journey of the investigators as they begin to unravel the biggest mystery. --By Madhu Bairy on 28 June 2017
The author has grown considerably from his initial writing in his early books. This was a thoroughly impressive thriller and kept me captivated. Liked his style of keeping the mind of the reader engaged. The obvious thoughts that one hazards is thrown away in the very next page. Shall excuse the writer for keeping some knots untied till the end but one ought to appreciate that it is difficult to carve new plots in every chapter. Another appreciation worthy aspect was the blend of facts from the modern world with the fictitious plot. --By Sukhamaya Swain on 6 July 2017
I've read every book of Ravi Subramanian, though I don't read much of fiction. " In the name of God" is as usual fast paced and unputdownable from the first page. Ravi puts in a lot of effort researching to make his plots authentic so there's a lot of learning too from his books. This one was so interesting that I preferred to forego 2 afternoon sessions of playing Bridge (a priority for me) just to finish it. A great read. Buy it. --By Amazon Customer Nerio Vakil on 6 July 2017
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. Four of Ravi’s eight bestselling titles have been award winners. In 2008, his debut novel, If God Was a Banker, won the Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award. He won the Economist Crossword Book Award in 2012 for The Incredible Banker, The Crossword Book Award in 2013 for The Bankster and more recently in 2014 for his thriller Bankerupt. He lives in Mumbai with his wife, Dharini, and daughter, Anusha. To know more about Ravi visit www.ravisubramanian.in or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. To connect with him, log on to Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorravisubramanian or tweet to @subramanianravi
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The book begins with a jewelry heist in one of the prominent malls in Dubai. The perpetrators escape but leave behind a clue, leading the investigation to India. While in Delhi, the investigation is being followed, down south in Thiruvanathapuram, the wealth in the vaults inside the Anantha Padmanabhaswamy temple is ordered to be audited by the Supreme Court and a team of 12 experts arrive for the purpose. But as soon as they begin their work, a body is found in the Padma Teertham kulam, the temple pond, and the current Travancore king blames it as a result of blasphemy in the form of the ongoing audit. Kabir Khan, additional director of the CBI, is following the Dubai heist case but when he finds himself in Thiruvanathapuram, he cannot but help think if these two incidents are related. When another murder takes place, the audit team along with Kabir, begin to wonder if these episodes are indeed a result of the wrath of God.
Oh boy! What a read! I have so many things to say about the book but I don't know where to begin. Let's start from the beginning then. The flow of the story is what seals the deal with this book. Right from the start with the Dubai heist, all the way to Thiruvanathapuram, it is a continuous flow of suspense and intrigue. The narrative must be mentioned, it is superbly engrossing. I am no writer but as a reader I can definitely say that in a mystery/suspense book, the detailing behind the characters is crucial. It shouldn't be overwhelmingly long, lest it takes the inquisitiveness from the plot. But it also shouldn't be deficient of it. The author, here, has done a fantastic job of maintaining that balance with enough details. The characters are well rounded and the story maintains the intensity, which I loved.
As mentioned earlier, I am very familiar with Thiruvanathapuram, and the temple. And I must applaud the efforts taken by the author to make sure that all the facts were as close to reality as one could possibly get. Every description of the temple and the city of Thiruvanathapuram has been described accurately which is a huge relief. It can be really off putting when something close to your heart is just taken for granted for the sake of a story. Thankfully, this book left me beaming with pride!
I have read only two other books by Ravi Subramanian, The Bankster and The Bestseller She Wrote , so I cannot give a clear verdict but according to my opinion, In The Name of God is his best work so far. His last book was of a totally different genre but this one is a pleasant surprise! I cannot recommend it more!
A must read for thriller/suspense fans!
Anantha Padmanabha Swamy Temple in southern India have total 6 vaults and it is assumed there is a remarkable amount of wealth stored in it. The direct descendants of the king who got that temple built are given the responsibility of the trustee to the temple and the wealth. A fellow who is into the management of the temple doubts that as the wealth is never counted, there might be fishy things going on, probably by the king who is in charge of the temple and trust; and his men.
Rajan decided to play a whistle blower and he files a PLI in court to order the management of the temple (and thus the vaults too) should be handed over to the government. An effort should be made to calculate the amount of wealth and regular accounting should be imposed. This will ensure the proper management of the wealth.
Obviously, many people doesn't find the idea welcoming. Some of them are very powerful and have influence on the state government too. So the government eventually took that stand that the government find the management of the temple and it's wealth is done in appropriate manner, and there is no need to take the matter in hands. Court passes orders to open the vaults and calculate the amount of wealth though.
Rajan was attacked in the court, but the attacker missed the target and instead Rajan's friend was met with death! And, that is not the only murder, it seems that the people associated with the investigation of vault and calculating wealth are being targeted one or the other way.
Why, how and who is behind it, is explored in the book pretty nicely. To avoid spoilers I cannot mention more than this.
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The book maintains it's pace throughout. There are a large number of characters appear in the book, the author tried to explore them pretty effectively. The language of the book is simple and effective. Ravi grew up a lot as an author and this book contains a lot of gems in terms of writing. Here are some of them.
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It was always the small frauds that lay the pathway for a larger malaise. If one paid attention to the small frauds in the system it became very easy to unearth the decay within.
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Convincing people to do what they think we don’t want them to do is also an act of genius, isn’t it?
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In this book, the scenes are built convincingly. The surroundings, the environment and the attributes are written in such a way that you can visualize the scene in front of you. That is the success of the author.
A glossary is required in this book which is missing.
Definitely one of the best thrillers of the year by an Indian author so far.
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In The Name of God, the latest offering by the author recounts the multiple murders in and around the precincts of the famous Anantha Padmanabha Swami temple, known across the globe for its immense fortune and the adventurous journey of the investigators as they begin to unravel the biggest mystery.
The story that starts of with a mall heist in Dubai hooks the readers to the book with a curiosity-rousing prologue. There are mysteries surrounding the temple - both inside and out and the storyline makes it a compelling challenge to figure out who the perpetrator could be, only to run into myriad dead-ends.
What's more? The ensemble of characters, both the protagonists and the antagonists (with intense surprises at every moment) adds lot of value and depth to the story, making it UNPUTDOWNABLE!!
It isn't what it appears to be - is what the readers will be left to contemplate as they go along with Kabir Khan and his investigating team, only to encounter a jaw-dropping twist in the finale and a fitting climax!
In The Name of God has got all the right elements in the right proportions in it to make its way to the celluloid screen, which we as readers would love to be taken on an adrenaline-pumping ride once again!
Unquestionably, my rating - 5/5