Friday, 16 November 2012

The Bankster - A Book Review

The Bankster

Title : The Bankster
Author : Ravi Subramanian
Language : English
No of pages : 364

Thanks to Blogadda, I had a chance of reading Ravi Subramanian for the very first time. One thing I can say for sure, is that The Bankster has left me quite enlightened about how the banking industry functions. Two pages down the book I completely lost interest and somehow didn't want to go ahead. However, I managed to convince myself to continue reading and let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed. 

A fast paced modern thriller, The Bankster begins in Angola and moves on to shuttle between Mumbai, Kerala and Venice. And towards the end all locations connect together under the same story line  It is a tale that is enveloped around the issue of money laundering and corrupt practices within the banking industry, a series of mysterious murders, and the efforts of an old man in Kerala  to fulfill the promise made to his dying son.

What I liked about the book is that the author successfully manages to maintain the suspense till the very end. However, there is a certain lack in the depth of character description caused perhaps because of the presence of too many characters in the book which leaves you confused at times. At times the story moves fast while at other times its drags along. Nevertheless, the suspense keeps building. Also the stereo typed depiction of the modern day career oriented women is uncalled for as much as the occasional banter between colleagues.

Overall, The Bankster is an interesting read. The language is quite simple and is deplete of complicated banking terminology, which makes it easy to understand and follow. 

About the author: 
Ravi Subramanian is the award winning author of four bestselling books : If God was a Banker (2007), I Bought the Monks Ferrari (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009) and The Incredible Banker (2011). Ravi’s maiden fiction venture, If God Was a Banker was published in 2007, establishing itself as a National Bestseller. The book has sold over 200,000 copies and has been widely appreciated by readers across genres and age groups. The book also won the prestigious Golden Quill Award for Readers Choice in the year 2008. (
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  1. Total agreement! It is a nice book to read, but to reach John Grisham level, more effort was needed.

  2. It sure is a wonderful read! I am keen to read the author's other 3 books on banking now!


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