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God is a Gamer

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,205 ratings  ·  271 reviews
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
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 12th 2014 by Penguin Books India
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Prity Malhotra
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I never Dare give my Favourite Author Ravi Subramanian's Books anything less then a 5 Stars but like Ashwin Sanghi's Private India, God is a Gamer turns out to be a Cold Turkey. Ravi Subramanian introduces a new writing style where he gives the reader short snippets/chapters which span upto 2-3 pages. This is what made me Cringe about reading this Book. I felt as if I am reading a Timeline of events occuring across the globe rather than reading a Novel. The Drawback of this was that even after r ...more
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have no idea why this book is titled "God is a gamer"? It should have been something related to bank. Just like any other Ravi Subramanian books, this book is speedy. But unlike the previous books, It's very tough to guess who is the culprit? Who committed crime? And what crimes EXACTLY did he/she commit? There is so much information flowing through this book that there is very less scope for characters to develop. There is not a single character you would attach to. And yet this book keeps yo ...more
Meghant Parmar
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
A lot has happened in one of the most prestigious banks of India i.e NYIB and the honchos are at loggerheads and the departmental heads completely down and out. There is no clue as to what hit them hard and fast. Meanwhile in U.S somebody is trying to meet the President and finish off an unfinished business. But there's a lot more for him in store. So what will happen from Mumbai to U.S when complexities in life will add up and come to haunt them forever? Will the guilty be guilty or will take d ...more
Pooja Jeevagan
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I now feel that Ravi is fast becoming a serial novelist...a novel a year or lesser...that puts him in the Jeffrey Archer kind of league...and while Jeffrey brings series of novel, Ravi follows the same backdrop...banks (always there, but never so much so that non-finance people are turned off...or so insane as to offend the real finance ones)...off late credit cards included in them...and some good dose of terrorism or technology...

This one is different from rest for each chapter was just a coup
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hi Ravi Subramanian. I was eagerly awaiting your latest, GOD IS A GAMER. It finally arrived and I was so pleased. So as I eagerly took the time to find a nice, quiet spot where I could read your thriller undisturbed. It took some doing, as I'm a busy mother with three teens and a preteen and they all need Mom now at some time or another. Yeah, they're all grown up, but they sometimes need someone to give them undivided attention, to listen to them and give encouragement - and that can be more in ...more
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
God is a Gamer:

An excellent, unparalleled plot coupled with amazing story-telling!
Truly, I did not expect this from an Indian author. It was a pleasant surprise.

A thriller that managed to make Sidney Sheldon and Dan Brown look like kiddos scribbling random stuff.

I’m not going to give anything away in the name of spoilers. Everybody who reads this book deserves to go into it without having any preconceived notions. If you think that Indian authors don’t cut it as Thriller authors – then take th
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Its a racy thriller which is taut and zippy. Not a dull moment. I read it in one sitting and yes, it does keep you hooked! The characters have been well sketched and one doesn't struggle to keep pace with the narration and names. The subject is interesting. Keeping the average reader in mind, a lot of bitcoin theory has not be thrown into it, which would be relief to many. It does just about its work, keeping you guessing! And yes, I did let slip a victorious grin when the climax was revealed... ...more
Jaideep Khanduja
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it

Book Review: God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian: A Journey of Scandals, Murders, Heists and Money Laundering

God Is A Gamer by Ravi Subramanian is a crime story plotted in an international arena involving political leaders of the United States and India; investigation agencies of both the countries and some high level banking professionals. There are many interesting characters in the story. Their journey starts in isolation in the beginning chapters of the
Satya Balakrishnan
Sep 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good pop fiction!
Namrata Ganti
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book via Blod adda in exchange for an honest review and I really enjoyed this book from the moment I started reading it. This is the second book I have read by Ravi Subramanian and I believe this book is as different from the previous as it is wonderful to read.

God is a Gamer is a story of revenge, a story that touches upon the various emotions of betrayal, trust, lies, love and family. The story starts off with the murder of a high profile person in America. The prologue introdu
Jan 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Ravi Subramanian has perfectly carved out a niche for himself in the fiction category. A smart move which is bearing him fruits, considering the fact that he has a long legacy in the banking industry. Although, don't get misguided by the word 'fiction', for a lot of the subjects talked about and mentioned in this book have their origins in real life people, technologies and scams.

Ravi works like a master craftsman working at high levels of accuracy and agility to keep the story moving forward. H
Swathi Kiranmayee Manchili
Amazing story telling by Ravi Subramanian!

Story links Indian politician, CBI, banking sector, FBI, US senator and technology students. Author links them in an interesting way. The author keeps the reader engaged through out the book. There was no point in the book where I felt it to be boring or something which sounded redundant. I liked the short chapters format and it was a quick read.

I would definitely recommend this book. I am looking forward to reading more of Ravi Subramanian.
Soumi Homeroy
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A very smart fast-paced thriller. Got the ebook on the release day itself. Visa, MasterCard, bitcoins, facebook, gaming and their strategies on FB....so many interesting topics. Now I understand why I used to get stuck in some levels while playing Candy Crush or Pet Rescue saga. I recommend that anyone who loves smart intelligent thriller should read this.
Ishani Malhotra
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good job Ravi. Congrats for the book once more.
Afshan Khan
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
God is a gamer is the first book by Ravi Subramanian which I read and I must say I am impressed. I don't read many books of this genre specially written by Indian authors but this one took me by surprise. Ravi truly felt like the John Grisham of banking. All in all the book is good and I wish Ravi comes up with many more interesting plots in future and entertains his readers. My detailed review is below.

Story line , characters and my Review:

The story starts with two big shots Vijay Banga, Presid
Pallavi Kamat
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Let me confess, at the outset, that I am a huge fan of Ravi Subramanian's books. His 'The Incredible Banker' remains one of my favourite books till date. I also happened to win an autographed copy of 'Devil In Pinstripes' in one of the contests on Twitter.

The blurb of 'God Is A Gamer' states: What happens when you cross gamer, banker, politician and terrorist with virtual money? From the bestselling author of If God Was a Banker comes the first ever bitcoin thriller. God Is a Gamer is a world wh
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this book as a review copy from Vivek Tejuja, though the book is signed by Ravi Subramanian himself. I must confess that Indian writers disappoint me more often than not. Hence I approached the book with trepidation.

It started well. The book was well written. The language was clear and simple. There was no attempt to be 'witty' or 'smart'. This was a relief. Many a good book has been ruined for me because the writer tried to be funny in every sentence. Big Mistake! Not everyone can pull of
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On one hand we have the death of Malvika, a banker, who falls off a high rise building. On the other hand we have Arjun, a struggling entrepreneur, whose business seem to get a strong foothold once Varun, a part time drug dealer, joins him. Meanwhile, a meeting between the President of Mastercard International and the CEO of the Visa International is underfoot while another meeting in the US could have a huge impact on the global market. And how does the world of bitcoins, virtual money, fit in ...more
Salesh Fernando
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It’s time for my pen to speak up yet again. It’s a fresh start after a month in wilderness and I begin with my first ever book review – Ravi Subramanian’s God is a gamer.

I bumped into his If God was a Banker by accident and I was glad I did. Here was an Indian author who understood the sensibilities of his target audience. The end though left me a touch disappointed. I felt it could have been a lot more than what it was. Little did I know that a sequel was in store.

There are three things I look
Hemant Jain
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty awesome I would say !!

There are times when you find it difficult to hold all the different threads of the story in your head. But eventually Ravi ties them all together (a few were tied in unconvincingly though) and alls well that ends well.

The clincher is the climax where you are not only surprised but shocked !!

The multiple threads are pretty interesting ... Bitcoins, drug trade, ATM heist, money laundering, politics, banking, gaming world and facebook, various relationships and char
Amit Das
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The book is fast paced and like Ravi's other books, this one too has multiple stories running together in different geographies. Probably he does it to increase suspense and create a kind of intensity.
He has done in depth research on bitcoins and thus the book is also quite informative for readers who are not so exposed to this part of the world.
However, somehow you would be able to identify the real culprit midway. Here Ravi could have avoided giving too many clues. He also could have avoided
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fast and an easy read.. The author has surely grabbed the attention of the reader till the end. The world of gaming and the virtual money was all new to me and interesting. The book is with lots of twist and turns. Having read all of Ravi Subramaniam's books, this one for sure is not on banking and with a different theme. I enjoyed the book. The ending could have been better. But definitely worth a read into mystery. ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Thanks to Vivek Tejuja, I got an autographed copy of Ravi Subramanian’s latest book “God is a Gamer”. Having read Ravi Subramanian earlier, I know what to expect and he does not disappoint in any way and delivers an easy to read, impossible to put down, pointless to criticize, globetrotting thriller that adds another feather to his already glorious repertoire.

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Mansi Udeshi
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When you pick up a Banker Series, there is no way you keep it down until you are done start to finish. God is a gamer is another one of your writing, I did not feel like putting down. Very well woven book. Thanks for giving us exciting reads but be like Akshay Kumar who comes with many movies during the year and not like Aamir Khan, just one a year.
Gurnam Sodhi
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Simply Awesome!!!!! This is the second book of the author which I have read and I am already a fan of his writings. The best part is that you always know who the culprit will be in the end, but still the story grips you with equal measure.
Aditya Lahoti
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first experience of crime fiction by an Indian author. And boy, it was quite a ride. Wonderful, exciting and most importantly connecting the right dots in the right time. No phase does the novel come to a standstill. A worthy read. Well Done Mr. Subramanian. Nailed it!!
Naveen N. Bhat
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That moment when you are reading a book at the bus stop and the bus arrives but you don't want to shut the book yet. Pretty much sums up God is a Gamer for me. ...more
Rajat Arora
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
its a really good book for a crime novel lover.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome-books
Very Rarely I review books and if I do, it's only if I truly loved them.

This is my first book of Ravi S. and I asked my usual book seller, do you recommend this? He enthusiastically said yes and I gave it a try and I must say what a try it was. I was hooked to his way of writing from the start.

Let me start with Bitcoins.

Being a Lawyer I had some knowledge about what they are but not in detail.

I googled a little bit about them and then it was a go for me.

Amazing plot. Kept me thinking who is
Soumya Prasad (bluntpages)
What happens when you cross a gamer, a banker, a politician and a terrorist with virtual money?

I had never read any book by this author before. I was told that he is good. The gist of the book and the intriguing cover piqued my interest. But having read some horrendous Indian author books in the recent times, I was really skeptical about this one. But somehow the interest remained on this one and I applied for the review. This book introduced me to bitcoins or virtual money. I was not aware of t
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Ravi Subramanian's latest book - IN THE NAME OF GOD - a thriller, releases on June 26, 2017

Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bengaluru, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India.
He is the award winning author of eight bestselling books :

If God was a Banker (2007),
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