Book Review: God is a Gamer

Title: God is a Gamer
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Pages: 310
Price: Rs. 299

God is a GamerGod is a Gamer by Ravi Subramanian is the world’s first ever bitcoin thriller. Subramanian weaves a careful web of deceit, lies and betrayal, where gamers, bankers, politicians and terrorists play with a stash of virtual money.

A prominent politician in the US is brutally assassinated just before his meeting with the President, a team of men conduct an ATM heist in New York City with forged cards, and a son reunites with his estranged father and offers to assist him in his newish business venture.

It is a multi-layered narrative, zipping from the cities in the US to Bombay, sometimes Goa to Delhi, but is played out mostly in the corporate boardrooms of Bombay. Initially, the book reads like a bunch of seemingly unconnected incidents but it’s worth hanging onto all the minor details that Subramanian casually slips in. It is a complex plot. One, that made me pause every few chapters for a little breather and take it all in, because in the end, nothing is really as it seems.

I’ve read a few of Subramanian’s previous books, some which I think were quite terribly written. But Subramanian has come a long way since then; in terms of his plots, his slick characterization and general writing finesse. And I think God is a Gamer is his finest till date. It once again rips apart the cocoon of security that we think we are safely ensconced in.

What works for God is a Gamer is that it is a very contemporary read. It places in front of us, akin to a mirror, the very world we reside in. The long hours spent on the Internet, our sly interactions with people, our hidden motives in some of these interactions, et al. There was little human emotion in the book, since we are aware that much of it is mostly contrived.

While it is a complex plot, Subramanian is unable to bring it up to a crescendo. I kept waiting for the bomb to drop but I didn’t quite get that. The end of the book was a hasty attempt to tie up all the loose ends and conclude.

The characterization isn’t very detailed but I didn’t miss it as much; mostly, because it is mostly the plot that keeps the book going. While the writing was engaging, I found it quite sloppy in just a few instances, like it was a last-minute rehash. Sometimes, there was just too much focus on the mundane.

I enjoyed God is a Gamer. It was racy and modern. And would provide for very rich material for a Bollywood film, if anyone chooses to take it up; as is the case with most of Subramanian’s plots. There’s little else that I did in the two days that I read this book. It’s unputdownable.

So thank you, Mr. Subramanian and for the autographed copy. It’s always nice when authors do that without being asked.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Also read a review of The Bankster.



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