An excellent, unparalleled plot coupled with amazing story-telling!
To be honest, 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 this! In your face ! (Yep, that’s my experience literally. I am sorry Ravi Subramanian, I should have picked up your book earlier. I was judgmental and wrong.)
The author clearly knew what he was doing. He has done his research and his home work perfectly. He is an exemplary, masterful, superlative story crafter in the Thriller genre.
The story took off like a rocket. Not a single line was wasted in preamble. The story kick started with a scam, hooking the readers on. Reading the book was like watching a commercial Kollywood (Like Hollywood but in South India) movie. It had politics, affairs, drugs, murder, sex, greedy money launderers and slander. It’s nothing we haven’t seen or heard of before, in the way of story; but there was something different about ‘God is a Gamer’. Even with these classic themes of crimes, Ravi Subramanian has managed to deliver a fresh plot.
The biggest plus point is that, the story takes place in two parallel lines, across nations. Events are happening simultaneously in India and the US. The Governments and the Intelligence agencies from both the countries are flummoxed. Neither of them can solve the mysterious murders and cyber thefts that have taken the nations by storm. Bringing together these two disconnected plotlines is the overall script.
The plot progresses in breakneck speed; there is a twist after twist. It maintained the suspense all throughout its 300 odd pages, without ever succumbing to lag even once. The clues are so subtly given that even the most experienced, self-proclaimed mystery-solver, reader cannot break it.
One tiny detail that I felt was far-fetched was the seamless operation of a huge online network. If running a government is tough, running an incognito cyber network of criminals is tougher. Gathering bitcoin-laundering, prostitution, pedophilia and pornography under the same umbrella wasn’t very convincing. I think he could have limited the crime rate for these goons and stuck to one of these.
And of course don’t go looking for deep characters with meaningful backgrounds. This book is about racy story and high from thrills. I was honestly lost when trying to figure out who the bad guys were. I couldn’t eliminate anybody, while people I truly suspected were murdered!
This is a huge success for an Indian author. I am so glad there are people like him among Chetan Bhagats and Durjoy Duttas and Ravinder Singhs. I finished it in one day, so that should be testament of how good this is. And yes, that was my Sunday that was sacrificed 🙂 No regrets.
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