Ravi Subramanian’s God is a Gamer – Book Review

Where do I start? Well, let’s start with how I stumbled upon this book. I got this book from BlogAdda for an unbiased review. I was thrilled to realize that I had received an autographed copy. Isn’t it great when you get a personal copy from the author? One of my friends told me that the book was indeed very brilliant, and this instilled more curiosity in me. Was this book brilliant? Am I recommending it? Read on…


Well, unlike other thriller novels one can’t wrap the plotline into a couple of protagonists and an anonymous antagonist. God is a gamer is a game played between gamer, bankers, politicians, terrorists, and few other intelligent minds. Spread across few states in each of two countries, namely India and the US, this story entangles life of a genius gamer cum entrepreneur, Varun Rao, his banker and entrepreneur father, Aditya Rao, a flamboyant female, Tanya, an ambitious banker, Malavika, her talented subordinate, Swami, a finance minister, and few others in India with those of a few politicians, illegal migrants, and the FBI officials in the US.

What starts as a steaming hot affair between Tanya and Varun, grows into something bigger, nastier, and creepier. What was the motive? Unknown. Who was behind these? Unknown. Who is a foe? Unknown. Is the friend trustworthy? No. With no one to trust, and everyone to suspect, the readers can expect a roller coaster ride of twists and turns.


The Wall Street Journal describes him as ‘John Grisham of Banking’. Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore has six fiction novels to his credit, viz., If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012) and Bankerupt (2013), and God is a Gamer (2014). He has also written a non-fiction titled ‘I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari’ in 2008.


My little brother claimed that banking thrillers wouldn’t be understood without help of an encyclopedia of banking terms. However, to my surprise not only this book was in a simple, clear language, it was also introduced various banking terminologies in laymen terms. What set it apart is the fact that this was one of the first books in the world thrillers history to talk extensively about Bitcoins. Bitcoins, a fairly new concept in the banking is something that has been talks all over the social media, and this book acted as an answer to those various queries about bitcoins. While one might think that the book would be dealing extensively with these banking concepts by seeing the cover, they are in for a surprise as the book is mind boggling thriller that keeps you engrossed throughout. From page one till the last it has new twists, turns, and surprises. At end of every page or chapter, one might grow anxious and curious to read it. After finishing the book, for a few minutes, I closed my eyes and cherished the entire book reading session. It has been a really long time that I have felt this reading-orgasm after reading a novel. Probably, the last time I felt so was with one of Dan Brown’s or John Grisham’s works.

Rating: 5/5 (This is the first time I am rating a book 5/5, well Harry Potter doesn’t count as I always gave HP series full stars).

Do I recommend? Oh my god, you are still here? Go grab a book, before that share this review across for others to know that there is such a brilliant book to read.

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  1. Its a gripping book and surely a very good read. However I would like to convey to Ravi that his writing style needs to be changed as after reading all of his books it does not get difficult to predict what transpires ahead. Overall a good writer with some credible books to his name.


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