God Is A Gamer is a new thriller from Ravi Subramanian. Although i dont have much experience of reading thrillers but Gone Girl and God Is A Gamer have me a convert. I reviewed Private India last time and this book is way better than that book. This book cannot be put down because of such fast pace and the thrill of reaching the end so that the actual mastermind behind the whole crime comes out. This might be the reason why i finished the book in 2 days in spite of having the most maddening daily schedule.
The book is of 309 pages divided into 89 chapters of 2-3 pages each. This makes the reading all the more exciting since i like smaller chapters. The number of characters is a bit overwhelming and sometimes you can get confused but if you carefully read, you can easily know where the story is going.
The book starts with a heated internal discussion between two head honchos of two of the biggest credit card companies in the world, Master card international and Visa International. The founder of Wiki leaks, Julian Assange asks for donations in Bit coins because US government seals all the bank accounts from transferring money to them after they let out the most well-kept secrets of the government. Bit coins are virtual currencies which can be transferred from one individual to another through an internal virtual channel which is invisible to the world. Soon after, there is an explosion killing a bureaucrat which sends FBI in a tizzy and they trace the roots of the crime to India.
Simultaneously, things are happening in India where a Banker falls to her death from a high rise building. A finance minister is thought to be involved in the murder. Her daughter is consoled by the son of Aditya Rao, Head of a gaming company and a BPO which plunges into darkness after they are accused of lapses in their security because of which one of the biggest ATM heist in the world has taken place. Meanwhile, the investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of bit coins and the Dark Net, websites that only exist for illegal transactions–drugs and money. God Is a Gamer culminates in a stunning climax where money means nothing, assassination is taught by the ancient Greeks, and no thing is as it seems.
Overall, God is a Gamer is a book written with several entwined plots and sub-plots with all the characters keeping the story alive. The real culprit cannot be guessed till the very(and i mean very) end which makes it hard to put this book down. Of course there are some shortcomings like an pulling off a bank heist with just the user ID and passwords of the bank customers since we all know that there is a two step verification process these days when you want to transfer money. Also, I feel that such a vast plot with so many countries involved is difficult to pull off by one character that too single handedly. But these points do not make a really big impact on the story which is a delight to read. It keeps you on your toes and is a delicious whodunnit! Thriller fans must not miss this.