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Book Review – God is a Gamer


Ravi Subramanian is a banker by profession and his books are set in the fast paced world of banking, corporate fraud, corporate rivalries, boardroom meeting, espionage and the likes. From ‘If God was a Banker’ to ‘Bankerupt’, Ravi has made quite a name for himself. And now he comes up with the first ever bitcoin thriller. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this –

From the bestselling author of ‘If God was a Banker’ comes the first ever bitcoin thriller. ‘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.

Moving from Washington’s Congress to Delhi’s finance ministry, the beaches of Goa to the corporate boardrooms of Mumbai, this is Ravi Subramanian’s most gripping novel yet.

The cover page styling and design is done quite well as it captures the essence of what to expect as you go forward. The font text is pretty perfect as per Penguin Books standards.

The concept is quite interesting at the outset. From an entrepreneur managing a gaming company to a drug dealer to a finance minister in distress to even terrorism, Ravi has brought many points together to create this one. There is also stuff about bitcoins, Wikileaks and the likes which makes the novel quite contemporary. A head cocktail of events indeed.

As is always the case, Ravi knows his banking really well. He gives a sneak peak into the high flying banking as well as the gaming industry which are important in taking the story forward. The book has been structured quite differently compared to contemporary Indian writers wherein there are much smaller chapters to hold the attention span of a reader for a long period of time.

The narrative moves at a fast pace throughout keeping the reader hooked with two stories going on simultaneously in Washington and India. There are various sequences to hold the reader’s attention all through. Things get quite melodramatic towards the end, but that’s kind of expected, isn’t it?

The negatives?

There seem too many characters in the story and it’s not that all of them really add too much value. As is the case these days, a lot of Indian writers seem to be writing in a very Bollywood cliche mode. Nothing wrong with that. But a little less Bollywood influence would make things even more interesting.

And finally, it would be really great if the women characters in novels have something more to do than just sleep around with men.

All in all, a gripping read for those who love financial thrillers!

Rating – 3.5/5

You can reach out to Ravi at any of the below –

Twitter – @subramanianravi

Facebook – Authorravisubramanian

Author Page –

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  1. It is interesting to see my country featured in a novel written by someone from a different country. It is always educational to see yourself through the eyes of another.

    • aseemrastogi2

      True Alana. Books and authors have the power to take readers to a different world altogether :).

  2. Contemporary likes seem to be the attention getters!
    Liked the review…thanks for sharing….

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