Friday, October 24, 2014

God is a Gamer - Ravi Subramanian: A Review

This book is woven around one of the most controversial crypto currencies of our time - BITCOIN. Bitcoins allow you to make a secured money transaction without exposing yourself and remaining anonymous online. This book battles the good and evil side of this crypto-currency in form of a thriller ride which leave you craving for more.

Aditya runs a gaming company Indiscape with the help of Sundeep. Indiscape is struggling as they are unable to replicate the success they had with their flagship online game, in their upcoming venture Townsville. They fail to understand the gamer's psychology, to make it short. He also heads the tech company eTios which provides a critical support to various banking firms of the country, especially NYIB - New York International Bank. While the chairman of NYIB Malvika slips off a highrise building and commits suicide, FBI is busy investigation a big shot crime in US of someone who has links with the POTUS. The finance minister of India gets caught in this turmoil and it looks as if it is an open and shut case. While the FBI was busy with their investigation, a terrorist group unleashed havoc in America which sends the FBI on a wild goose chase to catch the person behind the admins of Cotton Trail (a fictional version of the real life Silk Road, an online market operated as a Tor hidden service, such that online users are able to browse it anonymously and securely without potential traffic monitoring). They discovered that this black market website is fueled by Bitcoins. Aditya’s son Varun enters the scene as a genius who knows the in and out of the online gaming industry and turns Indiscape’s figures upside down before another disaster strikes the company. Meanwhile, the FBI investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of Bitcoins and the Dark Net, where websites like Cotton Trail exist for illegal transactions—drugs, sex and weapons. This brings the FBI to Mumbai where this book gets a few more unexpected twists and ends in a killer way which leaves you craving for more.

The book gets you hooked and makes sure that no page is left unturned. The author leaves clues all along which makes you guess the mastermind, until you encounter a new twist which takes the story to a whole new level. Kudos to the author. The writing style is new as each chapters last for 2-3 pages and cover places all over the globe. Sensitive topics pertaining to cyber-crime have been dealt well and the author has made sure to simplify things to spread awareness among the general masses as this book is really close to reality – The things mentioned can happen!

Who's got the poker face? Who's the mastermind? What will happen to eTios, Indiscape and NYIB? Will FBI be able to unravel the mystery behind the Dark Net and catch the admins of Cotton Trail?
And above all who is Satoshi Nakamoto - the founder of Bitcoin?

Read God is a Gamer to know more.

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