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Anders de la Motte
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5 Dec 2013 Game Trilogy (Book 1)

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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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Door (5 Dec 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007500270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007500277
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted to the Game? 19 Dec 2013
By Ann Fairweather TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Yes, a very addictive read! 2 paragraphs in and you want to know what happens next, as simple as that. The suspense is fantastic, the plot very smart and the two protagonists, HP and Rebecca, brother and sister, credible and interesting enough. This is not a book that will be short listed for any literary prizes, but the writing is fast, fluid, efficient as it needs to be for such an electrifying storyline. Conspiracy theories are quite sexy in thrillers and this is the Mother of all conspiracy! The Game is on and it is Everywhere! Play or be played as the trilogy tagline goes...This is again from Sweden, a brilliant and entertaining novel and having closed Game , only one thing left to do: open the second volume 'Buzz'. Then again, you could wonder sometimes if the author has not bumped onto something with his idea. It so could explain a few things, like the 'lone criminal' theory...In brief, read it before Hollywood jumps in to make the inevitable blockbuster...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So gripped I read this book in three days 14 Feb 2014
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 2 Jan 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gaming 18 Feb 2014
By Caleb
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I had gotten the sampler and then later on read it. Had to buy the first book then as I was so intrigued by it. I have to say I was not disappointed one bit. Very good story and it was as someone said, addictive. I stayed up until the wee hours just to finish it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down 18 Jan 2014
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It says on the book blurb that this author is the new Stieg Larson. This may be the case in that the author has written a brilliant book, the first in a trilogy. However, this book has it's own style and storyline and is nothing like Larson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy. This, the first book, is outstanding and has me reaching for the second book already. HP is a layabout waster, with an overwhelming sense of entitlement. He is the perfect candidate for The Game. This starts when he picks up a mobile phone he finds on a train. This starts him on a chain of events which are bigger than he, or anyone else could ever imagine. The Game quickly turns into The GAME where no one is as he or she seems and no one is safe. This is a superbly written thriller with a fast paced and ever changing plot. Initially I didn't think much to the characters, in fact I intensely disliked them. However, throughout the book I found them growing on me. It wasn't long before I was rooting for the good guys and railing against the bad guys. This is hard as you are never sure who the good guys and bad guys are. I found myself holding my breath regularly and wondering where the story was going.

The story does tend to jump between scenes with little warning and sometimes only briefly. Initially I found this somewhat disconcerting but once I got used to it, it served to ramp up the tension. There is a lot of tension. The premise of this trilogy is original and, in book one at least, riveting. I found this book to be engrossing from start to finish and I cannot wait to read book 2. This is definitely a highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your Number's Up 5 Dec 2013
You can never tell with thrillers. The premise as written in the blurb always sounds mind blowing. If every book was as good as its tagline suggested we'd never have invented TV.

Game is no exception. A secret game, played over a mobile phone. Dares for points, but are these mindless acts of mischief and violence or is there method behind the mayhem? Who is playing the Game, and what are the stakes? An enticing prospect, but would the book live up to its billing?


Game is a brilliantly exciting novel. Scandinavian crime is in a good place at the moment, but for some books (including the very popular ones) the delivery doesn't quite match the hype. No such problems with Game. There are more twists and turns in this book than you'd find in a bendy straw factory.

I often have a problem with this type of book and their reliance on convenient coincidence. It always spoils things. There are no such problems here. Indeed De La Motte goes one step further by making you think there is one, before punching you hard in the solar plexus; punishment for lack of faith. This is a well constructed house of cards, that you can only gape at in admiration.

The novel is strong from the start, and it's the illicit frisson generated by the game itself that gives the book it's appeal. A sleek high-end mobile phone found on a train. A mysterious invite, a harmless prank and some money in the bank. Add into that a leaderboard and an anonymous fan base clamouring for more, what could possibly go wrong? It turns out it's amazing what lengths fragile egos might go to in order to retain their fame. It's easy to see how almost anybody could start their way down this slipperiest of paths.
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Game is a good book. It takes a bit of time to get into - mainly due to the switching of characters in each paragraph - but at the end you are desperate to read book 2!
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The book had me really hooked from the first page and didn't let go until the end. Fast paced and very intense - this was a real "stay up and read all night" sort of book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by xenofan
5.0 out of 5 stars a great line.. do you want to play??????????
i really really couldnt put this down ,"do you want to play?" just like the line in saw the movie and a great and terrible adventure starts there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by margesimpson
5.0 out of 5 stars join the game i dare you
totally addictive. this was only supposed to be book one but amazon sent the whole trilogy thankfully, the book moves a cracking pace, plot twists and totally believable characters... Read more
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