Friday, November 2

Book Review #2 : 'The Bankster' by Ravi Subramanian

  • Title : The Bankster
  • Author : Ravi Subramanian
  • Genre : Thriller
  • Length : 358 pages
~ Summary ~

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.

It begins in Angola, as a man exchanges weapons for the infamous blood diamonds of Africa.
In Kerala, the head of a family is accused of a crime he says he didn't commit.
And in Mumbai, the GB2 Bank are losing their key employees in a row ..

~  Excerpt ~

"Why blame him? You are allowing yourself to be used. While I have nothing against the protest and I am with you in this cause, you got carried away by the fact that this was making you famous in your neighborhood. "

~  My Review ~

This is one of those books that you just CAN NOT put down once you start reading it!
There are three parallel plots running together, as you read each chapter, your mind darts from here to there and back again. It is a legit page turner, which keeps you hooked.
The background is banking but the author here, manages to not use terms which would completely confuse and put a reader off. All the banking terms used are explained, and not in dumbed down, just-so-you-understand-way.

Along the story, you feel bad about Arvind and Laila, and more so, with Arvind's father Krishna.
You realize how cosmetic appearances go a LONG way, and not always for the good. You read about the insecurity and I could actually see it playing in my head as Harshita started to fall apart. I almost wanted to claw Z's face. (in a non psychopath way though.maybe)

Wherever you go, from banks to corporate offices, there always are these basic problems that arise, and they will continue to arise, because yes, we have computers, and yes, we have brilliant advanced technology, but a human operates them at the end of the day.
Greed, lust, thirst for power, jealously, betrayal .. These are but basic human emotions!

When I read the withdrawal email (page 128) , I felt so bad for him.
It reminded me of those times when I was forced to apologize, when you're not really at fault, but you just HAVE to, and it is embarrassing and humiliating, but one's gotta do what one's gotta do eh?

There are moments when you are insulted, and then there are moments when you are just numb as you realize all you ever were, is a pawn. You try and plan this mega move, but you fail, miserably, and the way the author has depicted all of this, including the wife's dialogues as she tries to console and talk to her husband, I found it very realistic and beautiful.

One of the parts I liked the best, were related to the post mortem and the tides thing. It was right there in front of everyone, but they couldn't guess it. It was very probable, and it reminded me of Hermione in DH as she said that she wasn't super intelligent, just really precise and perspective.

Not for a moment during reading of the book can you guess the ending, as i starts falling apart piece by piece, I went all, "Really?! I never would have guessed that!"
Quite honestly, the culprits were a shock to me! One of them, I detested since the start, but the way they conducted it, it was quite an interesting read!
The best part about this book is that it isn't drab for a moment, there are so many things happening simultaneously that will scream for your attention.

~ Final Verdict ~

It is an exceptionally well woven book, and if you haven't read this book, DO IT NOW!
Because once you start reading this book, these 358 pages will literally fly by!

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Wish you all a kickass weekend!

1 comment:

  1. I am a proud owner of all the banking stories of Ravi Subramanian.This is a good book and definitely better than the previous one.Yes it is for people in BFSI Sector and\or in MNC's who are more familiar with the cutthroat competition and corporate treachery.Ravi's works are for,of and by Multinational Bank setups.He ignores the Public Sector,Private Sector and Co Operative Sector in Banking totally(Something that I have posted in his FB Page).It is about this minority he has woven tales of trust,betrayal,money laundering,and what more Blood Diamonds and Koodamkulam.He has beautifully connected all these in Clive Cussler Fashion and just like Dirk Pitt(who appears in most of Cussler's novels)Karan Punjabi Saves the Greater Boston Global Bank.Ravi Subramanian Started off in John Grisham Style(Underdog Banker achieving Success),now he has redesigned his canvass in Clive Cussler fashion.This is a gripping book where story spawns across most of the continents in the world.I am not discussing the storyline here,It is definitely a very good book and for a Multi National Bank Employee like me some characters are ones whom I have seen in flesh and blood.


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