Monday, November 12, 2012

The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian

When I saw that this book was up on Blog Adda for a review I was instantly excited not for the name, not even for the story plot but for the cover. The cover was so super hero like that I knew this book would be pretty good, so I went ahead and applied for it even though I am not a 'bank' or a 'finance' book sort of a reader. I've heard about Ravi from quite a few people but never actually read his books so I was delighted to read this one. 

Book:The Bankster by Ravi Subramanian
Publisher: Rupa publications 
ISBN: 978-81-291-2048-9
Pages: 358
Price: Rs 250
Genre: Thriller




About the author: 
Ravi Subramanian an alumnus of IIM Bangalore is known for his book: If God was a Banker which won him a Golden Quill Readers Choice Award. His stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry because he has spent about two decades working his way up the ladder in the world of global banks in India. 

Talk to him: www.theravisubramanian.in or email him at info@ravisubramanian.in
Tweet him: @subramanianravi

Blurb excerpt:

In Angola: a covert CIA agent is about to exchange weapons for blood diamonds
In Kerala: an elderly man will do whatever it takes to fulfill a promise made to a dying son
In Mumbai: an international bank is stunned by the mysterious deaths of its key employees

The Verdict:

The book started off with a nice mysterious background and kept me hooked on to it: a CIA agent in Angola exchanging weapons for blood diamonds of Africa exactly as the blurb states, but soon this plot sort of faded for me. After which the plot heads to Kerala wherein a man is being accused of a murder he didn't commit, And then there's the story in Mumbai about the civil life issues and problems that arise in corporate atmospheres everywhere: jealousy, love, hatred, complications et all... Along with protests at a nuclear plant and a couple of deaths; this is how the novel takes off. Here it got a bit slow and morbid for me but the second half became supremely interesting and I just read at maniacal speed because I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

The best part for me is how the mystery was unwrapped slowly through the book, like opening a gift package you just received. Also, the exotic locations that the book takes you through is another amazing thing! 

I literally couldn't put it down because the author's style of writing grips you and has you wanting to know more, definitely a thriller. Now there are multiple story lines happening at once and that's what made it interesting for me. Though the base line of the book was related to banking, I was glad to see that the author did not even give you a moment to think and realize that you are reading a book about banking, for me it was all about the suspense. 

Another thing about the style of writing is how it is pretty casual, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for me, so with hinglish references from time to time, the author actually reaches out the the 'Indian folk' even more. About the characters, I think all of them have been well plotted and thought out before he started writing, and there's a certain quality and image you tend to associate with them so that's again a good thing! 

Usually, the multi/parallel plotted books I've read turn out to be rather spaced out and vague from each other which makes it boring, but The Bankster had me gone when the suspense was revealed and you will be shocked just as I was as the Bankster is uncovered. The author deserves a kudos and a salute for weaving all the plots together and putting forth a brilliant master plan of a book to us. 

I'm not that much of a thriller person, but this book is one that you cannot put down as it progresses. I would definitely say it had some morbid points which I wanted to flip through but the majority portions are absolutely fantastic to read and the language makes it all the more simpler as he doesn't use 'technical bank terms' as I had expected. The book is fast paced yet so easy to grasp! Makes it easy for common (wo)man to read too. You must definitely catch this if you want a good thriller this week. 

You can buy this:
Flipkart (Rs 250 Rs 175)
Amazon ($21.75) 

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Sonshu