The Bankster: Book Review

Hey Guys,
Writing a story with a main plot along with many sub plots is like a cooking a biryani, its an art ( being a foodie, that’s the best example I could come up with πŸ˜‰ )…either the end result is really great or its an absolute disaster. Unfortunately for Ravi Subramanian’s The Bankster, its the latter . 

When I had read the first novel by the author, If God was a Banker, I was really impressed by his writing style as well as the fact that even though his book had a financial industry backdrop it never made the reader uncomfortable.So when I was selected to review this book by Blogadda I was quite excited to read it.
The story begins with trading of diamonds in Angola, then talks about a man in Kerala and his stand on the nuclear reactor that is being built in his area and finally moves towards the Great Boston Global Bank (GB2) which a very reputed bank in Mumbai whose reputation is suddenly threatened when some of the employees get murdered. It is not till you have read the first 100 pages of the book that you realize that the story is actually revolving around GB2 and other chapters are just sub plots.
There are alot of instances in the book that involve long description of events and characters that are not such a big part of the story. Doing this the author has actually compromised on describing the main characters of the book. It is only at the end of the book that you realize how weak the character development is in the book as you know almost nothing about almost everyone who is involved in the climax.
The first half of the book as I mentioned before is really slow. On the other hand during the second part of the book, there is quite an overdose of information as the author tries to link all the different plots to the main plot. The end is definitely not too convincing either as the whole case is solved by two people sitting in a room.
So overall this book was a bit disappointing. The only good thing about this book which I have already mentioned is that even though Ravi Subramanian’s book are based on the banking industry, the terminology  used  is very reader friendly.

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  • manjulika

    Seems u dint like the book, well I too agree with the point that the end did not come out too well but otherwise I found the book nice and good. Every reader has his/her own say. πŸ™‚

    I reviewed it too.
    http://manjulikapramod.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/banker-and-gangster-makes-it-the-bankster/

  • Aparajita

    I liked some parts of the book too…but i was left a little unconvinced by the whole pace of the story and how the various plots were linked