Before starting the review, let me take a moment and thank Mr. Nirav Sanghavi, the CEO of BlogAdda for giving this amazing opportunity.
BlogAdda had this books Review program open and signed copies of “The Bankster” by Ravi Subramanian were up for a giveaway. The synopsis of the book totally made me all excited since it was a thriller. I signed up for it without much hope since it was my first try at such giveaways. The e-mail that I’d been selected was a surprise and brought a huge smile on my face. Since I was out of town, I started reading this book just few days back and here I am with a review.
The story revolves around 3 plots, each of which is different & unrelated from each other & there is a thrill with each one. The first one being in Ankola, where a cover CIA agent is about to exchange weapons for blood diamonds. The second one in Kerela, where an elderly man will do whatever it takes to fulfill a promise made to a dying son. The third one and the central one in Mumbai, where an international bank calls GB2 (Greater Boston Global Bank) is stunned by the mysterious deaths of its key employees. In between all of them, a reporter and an ex-banker Karan Punjabi makes an entry who digs into the matter and tries to unravel the conspiracy.
Subramanian has brought in light the corporate culture in banks, the jealousy and tactics associated with the industry. The book also expressed how the top-level management manipulates the working of the whole system of the bank. It throws light on how charm can work over experience and how influence works in banks. The author has well captured the working culture of most corporates and presented the real picture in the book.
The language used by the author is pretty simple. There is a usage of Hinglish (Hindi+ English) words but it all makes an interesting read, especially for people with a good understanding of the language. The book unravels the mystery and suspense in due course of time. This is the reason you cannot keep the book down until you finish it. The writing style is pretty interesting and the book gets a bit slow only at some parts, which is manageable. Another interesting thing about the book is it’s Title- Bankster which is a combination of Bank + Gangster, which does make it a hot seller.
I’d definitely recommend this book if you like reading a simple book with lots of suspense and mystery. This book is an honest effort by the author, which comes across while you’re reading the book. The mannerism in which the author writes about 3 plots, totally unrelated, yet in parallel is commendable.
Overall, a good read. A hot read if you’re going on a long journey.