SPOTLIGHT: God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian
Someone once said that readers love to read stories that involve the workplace. The truth of this arguable statement has been proved by Ravi Subramanian from his very first book, “If God was a Banker”. People devoured his stories which were set in banks and revealed the hitherto unknown and unrevealed aspects of the inner workings of the different facets of banking services.
With every book, Ravi Subramanian has pushed the boundaries of financial fiction and with his bold narrative taken us into the world of foreign banks and high finance. Intrigue and mystery, lust and deceit make for a thrilling read in all of Ravi’s books in which many of the ‘Gods’ of banking suffer a downfall.
In fact, his characters are boldly etched and depicted, especially the woman characters. During a tête-à-tête with him at a blogger meet when I expressed my angst at the way a certain female character was depicted his succinct reply was that many women in the field of banking did behave that way. (Fact over fiction?).
In the current scenario where the virtual world seems to hold a stronger sway than the real, Ravi Subramanian’s latest book, “God is a Gamer” is ‘the world’s first bitcoin thriller’.
Yes, this latest offering from Ravi Subramanian promises to be yet another page-turner.
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.
Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats.
His debut novel, If God Was A Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The Bankster in 2012.
Ravi lives in Mumbai with his Biotechnologist turned banker wife, Dharini and his fourteen-year-old daughter Anusha.