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Book Review: God is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

The Blurb:

Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker slips off a highrise building, plunging to her death. The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. The LTTE has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai.
Enter Varun, parttime drug dealer and fulltime genius. He turns around the gaming company before disaster strikes. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bitcoins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and nothing is as it seems.

My Review:

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.


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