Is Revenge a Crime?
Author: Ravi Subramanian
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, 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 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.
This book exceeded my expectations. This was the first time I picked up a book by this author, and I must say I was impressed with his writing style.
The language is simple, clear and precise. Off late, too many substandard works are passed off in the guise of catering to “Indian audience”, this book is definitely not one of them. The writing and editing was excellent, not to forget the excellent cover. I really REALLY loved the cover design, the first thought I had when I received this was this will look so good in my shelf!
The story line is initially quite haphazard at first, with many miscellaneous things happening across the world. As the book progresses, you come to know that all the things that has happened are somehow connected.
The chapters in the book are very short. Each scene has been given a separate chapter, which helps in reading faster as well as keeps the interest level high. The book is a mere 230 pages, and so is a quick read. The story kept on switching between past and present and between different places, which might be confusing for some people, but for me, it was an added advantage for me as it did not let me get bored. The fast paced changes kept me turning pages wanting more.
I will not be able to go much into details without giving out the spoilers. But the story line was awesome, the way the author has pieced together a complex puzzle had me guessing the final outcome to the very end. The twist in the final chapter was the icing on the cake, quite unexpected and that made it even a better read on the whole.
The only thing that was a little irksome was that the female characters were too stereotypical, most of the females are weak and either crying, lying or pining for the men in their lives. We know that one female character has brains to be on the team of the best of the best people, but her portrayal throughout the book is how she wants the boy or how short her skirt is. Personally, I would have liked it more if she had a little more meaningful things to say in the story, that would have made the storyline more believable. But when you compare the story line and the book on the whole, this is just a minor blip, not to miss out on reading this story just for this reason. I learnt a lot of IT stuff from this book, so that was an added bonus.
The book has a lot of financial and technical lingo, but the author manages to explain these terms in layman language in the story line itself, without it being too out of the way or preachy. So as a reader, you know what the character is talking about, even if earlier you had no idea about this jargons. I learnt a lot of new concepts from this book.
Do I recommend it? Yes. Pick it up, its fast and a furious read.
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