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Game (The Game Trilogy, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anders de la Motte
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Book Description

Play or be played in book one of the Game Trilogy , the Swedish thriller series taking the world by storm.

Are you ready to play?

When Henrik “HP” Pettersson picks up a mobile phone on a Stockholm train one morning, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever.

The phone’s invitation to play “The Game” is too tempting to resist and he soon finds himself embarking on a series of dangerous missions. The more daring the task, the greater his thrill and reward.

But fun soon turns to fear as his Police Detective sister is dragged into the action. As their lives spiral out of control, HP faces a challenge he never expected. Can he outwit The Game before it’s too late, or will The Game play him?



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‘A truly remarkable debut’ Evening Standard

‘Destined to be an international success’ Chi (Italy)

‘Put aside Mankell and Larsson’ Polska Dziennik Lodzki (Poland)

‘A trilogy you shouldn’t miss’ Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)

‘If you thought Swedish crime fiction was only populated by melancholic policemen and sharp, female journalists, you were wrong … The plot is so well crafted and effective that it keeps you enthralled until the very last page’ Politiken (Denmark)

‘This game knows no boundaries’ Men’s Health (Netherlands)

About the Author

Anders de la Motte was formerly a police officer and then director of security at one of the world’s largest IT companies. He is currently freelancing as an international security consultant. The first part of the Game Trilogy, GAME, received the First Book Award from the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy and has sold over 100,000 copies in Sweden alone.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1291 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007500270
  • Publisher: Blue Door (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3MB87I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, furious and fun 20 Feb. 2014
By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a Swedish thriller that's not to be compared in literary terms with the better-known Scandinavian crime fiction of the past decade, although it has its own identity and its own attractions.

The lead character Henrik Pettersson, known as HP, is a thirty-something juvenile delinquent, intelligent but lazy, impulsive if not compulsive. When he finds a smartphone which carries an invitation to participate in a game, he can't resist. His first task is quite a simple one, but things inevitably get a lot more challenging as the story develops. It's also something of an inevitability to find a tale such as this rather hard to find credible, but it is nevertheless good escapist entertainment, with some concepts that reminded me of the film also called The Game (with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn).

There is rarely a dull moment, and for those who like conspiracy thrillers that weigh more heavily on action rather than character development or literary flair, this makes for good reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So gripped I read this book in three days 14 Feb. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Though this is a Swedish book, I could imagine it being set in any modern city. The beginning gripped me with an interesting idea of 'the game'. The plot is clever to turn this into more than just the initial scenario just at the right moment. I loved all the characters and am intrigued to know what happens in the next two books.... having said this, this book is a excellently concluded story that means you don't have to trawl through another two books to finish this plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good and exciting thriller novel 5 Feb. 2014
Format:Paperback
Anders de la Motte's Game is the first part of The Game Trilogy. It's a well written and interesting thriller that offers plenty of entertainment for its readers.

Scandinavian crime fiction seems to be doing well nowadays, because it has become increasingly popular among the readers. I have friends who are fond of Scandinavian crime fiction and read new crime and thriller novels as soon as they're published (my friends have said that Scandinavian crime and thriller novels are excellent entertainment). I don't have much experience about these novels, because I seldom read crime novels and thrillers, but I can mention that it was interesting to read Anders de la Motte's Game, because it was good and fast-paced entertainment.

Game is a thriller novel, but it can be recommended to readers who read speculative fiction, because there are certain elements in it which may be of interest to speculative fiction readers. I think that several readers will enjoy reading about the ruthless Alternative Reality Game, the mysterious cell phone and the conspiracy.

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HP (Henrik Pettersson) finds a cell phone on the commuter train. The phone displays a text "Wanna play a Game?" with icons "Yes" and "No". HP is surprised to find his name on the screen with the message and thinks that somebody's playing with him. After a while he decides to press "Yes" and gets his first assignment. As the Game continues, HP's assignments become increasingly dangerous and risky...

There are two main characters in this novel: HP and his sister, Rebecca. Both of them have their own lives and they differ from each other (they're almost like total opposites of each other).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut Crime Novel 5 Dec. 2013
By atticusfinch1048 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Game is the first book in the Game Trilogy by Swedish author Anders De La Motte and wow what an introduction to the series. The whole premise of the book a game seems that brings in all sections of society that is a secret but with public ramifications, it seems like a crazy plot that could actually happen in a computer game, the problem is this is no computer game that just gives the instructions. It may sound a bit out of the box but enough to be real and happening as we read.

Henrik Pettersson better known to family and friends as HP has a criminal record is bright but also quite lazy, and is on the train home with a hangover when he notices that a phone has been left behind. The game starts when he picks up the phone and answers the message that has given him an easy challenge. He completes that task and it gives him a buzz, little does he know how far he will fall and how much his life could be in danger. As he goes he does not know who the Game Master is and who are the worker Ants, but who can he trust but at least he has his sister.

Rebecca is a police officer and is working the body guard unit and is often bailing her brother HP out of all his scrapes but she does owe him. It is not until that their paths cross during the game does she realise how much trouble her brother is in. Once again as the big sister she tries to help him out, but that will cost her. At least she knows of all his friends he can trust Farook and he will tell her what is going on with HP.

HP goes after the Game Master and has to enter his layer or so HP thinks, but there will be a cost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 2 Jan. 2014
By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
HP (or Henrik Pettersson to those who don't know him well) finds an expensive smartphone left behind on a train. To him it means money, an easy sell to make more cash to drink or smoke away. HP is a drifter, a man with a hangover, and a criminal record, not close to family but reliant on friends. The phone, though, has other ideas. It sends HP a message, asking him if he wants to play a game. Bored, he cannot resist. When he completes his first simple task HP's mischievous streak is tickled, not least because he discovers that his mission has been filmed and broadcast by other players. He has stepped onto the first ladder of the game, run by a master who knows exactly who HP is. Having agreed to keep the game a secret, HP is soon caught up in a series of tasks of increasing risk, with growing repercussions. There comes a time, after one narrow escape too many, when HP realises that if this game has a player it might not be him.

Game is the first part of a trilogy (completed by Buzz and Bubble - also published this December and all now translated into English from its original Swedish) which has a hook that catches the reader instantly. HP's spiral descent into the game and its rules along with his increasing curiosity into the purpose and identity of his fellow players and their master is told in a fast, immediate style interspersed with interjections, emails, text messages and reports. We're put right into HP's head, witness to his private thoughts as he gets off on the thrill of the game, his voyeurism and his confusion.

Alongside the story of HP is that of police detective and bodyguard Rebecca Normén, HP's estranged sister who has issues of her own.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Flash Trash
Just terrible. If like me you love Scandinavian and Nordic thrillers you'll at least be used to a decent literary standard. Read more
Published 3 months ago by yeah
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and believable
Thoroughly engrossing thriller. The idea of 'the game' is believable enough to make this absolutely gripping from start to finish. Read more
Published 4 months ago by judy appleby
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It is ok,
Published 5 months ago by Topsy
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVEEEEE
Great story line bought the book as a hard copy then a digital copy. Took me a while to get into the book but once you get into it hard to put down finished the last 40% in one day... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MikeLowry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The item arrived in time and as expected.
Published 8 months ago by leonardo
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book!
Excellent!! Very nice book by Anders de la Motte. It's a page turner.
Published 9 months ago by Cesar Rafael
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good item as described
Published 9 months ago by Mr H I Williams
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Can't wait to read it !
Published 9 months ago by Yvonne J. Yeoell
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping and additive
This book was really good, if you like thrillers but you find they can tend to get repetative this is the book for you. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I stumbled across these books and thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

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