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The Bankster - Review

Book Name: The Bankster        
Author: Ravi Subramanian
Cost: Rs.250
Rating: 3.5/5


Bankers build their careers on trust, or so everyone thinks, till a series of murders threaten to destroy the reputation that the Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) has built over the years. Who is behind these killings, and what is their motive?

When Karan Panjabi, press reporter and ex-banker, digs deeper, he realizes that he has stumbled upon a global conspiracy with far reaching ramifications a secret that could not only destroy the bank but also cast a shadow on the entire nation. With only thirty-six hours at his disposal, he must fight the clock and trust no one if he is to stay alive and uncover the truth.

About the Author
Ravi Subramanian an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, has spent two decades working his way up the ladder of power in the amazingly exciting and adrenaline-pumping world of global banks in India. It is but natural that his stories are set against the backdrop of the financial services industry. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Dharini and daughter Anusha. In 2008, he won the Golden Quill Readers Choice award for his debut novel, If God was a Banker.

My Review:
Well, when I first saw this book up for review, the thing that pulled me was the book cover. It looked batman-ish and the dark shaded thing just impressed me. When I read the title, I thought it was something related to banking, and as I'm a commerce student I thought I could review it, but then I read the synopsis and found out that it was something really different. I really wanted to read this book and jumped in joy when I actually received it.
By the time the book reached me, the name and fame of the book was spread far and wide.

The beginning had me hooked, Everything seemed so mysterious. But as I read on and on, the book got a bit boring. It seemed as if the author had just ranted out something really boring, but after those few pages, the story took up a high end again. 

The plot begins in the African country of Angola and with Joseph Bragnanza, a CIA covert agent involved in blood diamonds and arms dealing. From there it switches to a small town in Kerala, Devikullam and a 75-year-old man fighting the government in Gandhian way for clarity in the nuclear program being commissioned in his area and then we have our GB2 where the banking rigour, manipulations and power struggle brings out the various shades of the bankers.

Even though the book is addictive and can get you hooked, the only lack is the the pace at which the story moves. It seems as if everything is rushed. The story moves so fast that if you are not concentrating well enough you might have to go back and read again. It can get a bit confusing as people wouldn't really bother reading those 15-20pages in the middle.

All in all, its a good story. I'm reading his book for the first time, and I am really happy with his work. I am thinking about reading his other books as well now. A very well job done by Mr. Ravi Subramanian.

Once again, thank you so much Blogadda for giving me another opportunity to review an awesome book. 

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