Now a bitcoin thriller

Jul 17 2014, 15:30 IST
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SummaryImagine a world where money means nothing, martyrs are villains, predators are prey and people deal with digital currency like bitcoin!

Imagine a world where money means nothing, martyrs are villains, predators are prey and people deal with digital currency like bitcoin!

Bestselling author Ravi Subramanian tackles bitcoins in his new book "God Is A Gamer", where investigators plunge headlong into the shady world of the new currency and the Dark Net, websites that exist for illegal transactions.

The novel has a gamer, a banker, a politician and a terrorist as the characters. Aditya runs a struggling gaming company. Varun, a part-time drug dealer and full-time genius, enters the scene and turns around the company before disaster strikes.

A banker dies when the rooftop of a high-rise building proves too slippery. A finance minister who wears his heart on his sleeve has made some promises that he is finding hard to keep. A bomb goes off in Washington, sending the FBI on a wild goose chase in Mumbai.

This prompts the investigators to explore the bitcoins angle and illegal transactions.

"I really enjoyed writing 'God Is A Gamer' because it tackles bitcoins which I've been fascinated with since its inception, it could completely change the way we look at money," Subramanian told PTI.

"I've also had a lot of fun with the gaming angle of the story, I've spent countless hours playing games on Facebook and my phone," he says.

Published by Penguin Books India, "God Is A Gamer" will hit the bookstores on September 5.

Says Penguin Publisher Chiki Sarkar, "No one can come up with cleverer plots than Ravi Subramanian and in 'God is a Gamer' he has introduced the ultimate accessory - bitcoin, the digital currency that may well be the money we will all be using in the future."

A career banker and financial services professional, Subramanian has worked with various multinational banks. His previous books are "If God was a Banker" (2007), "I Bought the Monks Ferrari" (2007), "Devil in Pinstripes" (2009), "The Incredible Banker" (2011), "The Bankster" (2012) and "Bankerupt" (2013).

Each of these works has been set in the backdrop of a foreign bank.

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