Book Review: God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian

This book is absolutely a fast-paced thriller from India’s No. 1 Thriller Writer!

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:

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”.

Rating:
Plots: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Twists: 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Book Details:
Title: God Is A Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Genre: Thriller
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Language: English
Pages: 324
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 299 Rs.

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Mystery mixed with Banking and Technology. This book, God Is A Gamer, is a nail-biting thriller with major twists that kept me hooked till the end. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, An Absolute Un-put-down-able Page-Turner, No Second Thoughts!

This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program for Indian Bloggers. This is not a paid review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.

Book Review: Private India by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson

This book is an absolute un-put-down-able page-turner!

The Blurb:

In Mumbai, seemingly unconnected people are dying, strangled in a chilling ritual and with strange objects carefully arranged with the corpses.

For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency, it’s a race against time to stop the killer striking again.

In a city of over thirteen million, he’d have his work cut out at the best of times, but this case has him battling Mumbai’s biggest gang lord and a godman who isn’t all he seems.

And then he discovers there may be an even greater danger facing Private India. Hidden in the shadows is someone who could destroy the whole organisation – along with thousands of innocent Mumbai citizens…

Excerpt:

Having located The Nine Durga Avatars of Hinduism, they sat down at an illuminated desk. Nisha began to read aloud the relevant passages to both men as softly as she could.

“The mother goddess—Durga—has three basic forms and each of these has three manifestation thus resulting in a total of nine avatars. Each night of the nine-day festival of Navarati is dedicated to one of the nine avatars—”

“Yes, yes, I know that,” said Santosh impatiently. “I want to know what each avatar looks like.”

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Turning the pages further, they saw an illustration showing what Shailputri looked like. There was a moment of hushed awe when they saw the image of the avatar holding a trident in one hand and a louts flower in the other.

***

Nisha quickly flipped the page and found that the second avatar was called Brahmacharini. She was pictured with one hand holding a water pot, and another holding a rosary.

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Nisha browsed the pages to find the third avatar, Chandraghanta. This avatar of Durga was shown riding a tiger. She was holding a bell and had a semicircular moon painted on her forehead.

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My Review:

When two best-selling authors of the same genre from different corners of the world team up to write a novel, we have The Pages That Turn Themselves. The first thing I noticed is the cover of the book, two images super-imposed into one under the title on the front and a blurb that activates your reading hormones. Private India by Ashwin Sanghi and James Patterson is a treat to the activated reading hormones. Gangsters, godmen, celebrities, politicians, orphans, prostitutes, beggars, police, journalists, nomadic tribes, local trains, rundown buildings, malls, libraries, hi-fi gadgets, laboratories, terror attacks, millions of people and what not – this story connects with every single element needed in a spine-chilling thriller.

For Santosh Wagh, head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest investigation agency headed by an ex CIA Agent Jack Morgan, it’s a race against time to stop the yellow garrotte serial killer who yearns for limelight.

Santosh is an extra-ordinary chief with the cane at day and lives with a Johnnie Walker bottle at night to solace his troubled past. Hari Padhi, Private India’s technology geek, cracked almost all the security gates, was arrested for trying to flee the country under a false identity. Ragini Sharma, the Honorable MLA from Alibaug constituency, was once a sex worker. We have more than dozen of characters in this story, each one of them is a two-dimensional character, having a troubled past that makes them a suspect. The story opens when visiting Thai surgeon Kanya Jaiyen is killed in mysterious circumstances at the Marine Bay Plaza; Private India gets to the scene as it is employed by Marine Bay Plaza. From then on, like a ticket collector, Private India’s Mubeen, collects dead bodies of people killed in mysterious ways using a Yellow Garrotte.

One interesting aspect of the book is adding Indian Mythology into the murder scenes, especially when the killer leaves tell-tale signs. Somehow, I wished that the authors justified the murder with more details of the forms of Goddess Durga rather than just portraying the forms.

The Yellow Garrotte, Nine Forms of Goddess Durga, Two-Dimensional characters, Hi-Fi Gadgets, detailed description of the autopsy, short chapters, ideal font-size, make this book an absolute page-turner, no second thoughts. Now it is your turn to read the book to unravel the mystery behind the Yellow Garrotte.

Rating:
Plots: 4/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Twists: 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Book Details:
Title: Private India
Author: Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson
Genre: Thriller
Type: Paperback
Publisher: Random House
Language: English
Pages: 480
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: 350 Rs.

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My Verdict: Mythology mixed with pace and served in a mysterious way! This book, Private India, is a spine-chilling thriller with major twists that kept me hooked till the end. A ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Book, An Absolute Un-put-down-able Page-Turner, No Second Thoughts!

This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program at BlogAdda.com. This is not a paid review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced. I have given a five-star rating on Goodreads and FlipKart as I felt nothing less than that would be fair.