BANGALORE : Ravi Subramanian’s God is a Gamer is a financial thriller with umpteen characters that one can hardly keep track of. The story moves from Mumbai to New York to Washington DC and back to India at breakneck speed. Set in the corporate boardrooms of Mumbai, this is the first ever book on bitcoins, a software based online payment system or digital currency that has often been used for illegal transactions by many individuals and companies.
Interspersed with major global financial events and well known institutions in the field of banking, gaming, intelligence and security, the book, begins dramatically with the killing of Gillian Tan, a senator very close to the US President.
The story is set on the backdrop of a global bank, that is facing unforeseen problems.
Hacking, withdrawals, murders and what not happen one after the other, taking the reader on a roller coaster ride.
The plot of the novel : Aditya runs a gaming company that is struggling to break even. A banker, Malavika slips off a high rise building, plunging to her death.
The finance minister has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. A terror group has unleashed terror in America that sends the FBI on a wild goose chase, bringing them to Mumbai.
Enter Varun, Aditya’s son, part time 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 websites that only exists for illegal transactions — drugs, sex and money.
A banker and financial services professional, Ravi Subramanian has a unique insight into the industry and therefore, pens with a flair by weaving intricate plots and colorful characters that keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Described as the John Grisham of banking, Ravi who is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is the author of five more novels based on financial crime : If God was a Banker, Devil in Pinstripes, The Incredible Banker, The Bankster and Bankrupt.