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.
Thriller stories are not easy to write. If somebody says this then ask him/her to read, “God is a Gamer” by India’s No. 1 Thriller Writer Ravi Subramanian. The first thing I noticed is the cover of the book, a very Famous Place, the Dark Clouds (much needed for the thriller), and a Question (IS REVENGE A CRIME?) on the front and a blurb that activates (did it activate or confuse?) the reading hormones is more than enough to read the book while staying with my wife in the hospital. God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian is a treat to the activated reading hormones.
The story opens with the well-planned murder of a USA Senator who is about to meet the President of USA. Before FBI gets into business, USA experiences the largest ATM heist, carried out by a team of smart individuals. An Indian Service Provider for the International Bank is questioned, the owner Aditya, an honest businessman gets into it. His son, Varun, a handsome young man falls in love with Tanya. Her mom commits suicide on her birthday. After which her archrival dies in a car accident. The RBI Governor is linked to the suicide. A poetic CBI head, and a dozen of characters…murders, scandals, drugs, suicides, online games, investigations, good romance and a couple of love making scenes, a pre-climax and a mega twist to it and guess what?…we have The Pages That Turn Themselves.
One interesting aspect of the book is the usage of real names of people and places and its well-researched backgrounds. There are places where I felt lost with too many sub-plots, and the climax also sounded much like a summary (I too do this while scribbling short stories), but that does not take away any of the accolades it deserves! The introduction of BITCOINS to the world of Indian Writing, the short chapters, ideal font-size, makes this book an absolute page-turner, no second thoughts. Now it is your turn to read the book to unravel the title “God is a Gamer”.
Writing Style: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Title: God Is A Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 299 Rs.