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The first novel in a groundbreaking international thriller trilogy about a deadly game that blurs the line between reality and fiction.

After a long night of partying, Henrik “HP” Pettersson, a slacker with a big ego and no impulse control, heads home on the train. Finding a mobile phone from an unknown company, HP begins receiving messages—addressed to him—inviting him to play a game by a secret and insistent master. HP doesn’t hesitate and agrees to play.

HP is the perfect contender: he is alienated from society, devoid of morals, and wants to be a star. The assignments, ranging from childish pranks to criminal acts, are all filmed and uploaded onto a protected server where viewers rate the players’ performances. Everything is coordinated by a mysterious Game Master, unknown to the players or the viewers. But before long, the game spills out into the real world and threatens innocent people.

HP’s sister, Rebecca, is a bodyguard with the Swedish Security Police. The opposite of her brother, she is haunted by traumatic memories and dark secrets from her past. As the game continues, Rebecca begins to realize that her past may not be so secret after all. HP’s assignments become increasingly risky, and he pushes beyond acceptable limits, determined to become a superstar. In the hunt for bigger risks, HP loses touch with reality and puts his own sister in danger. Will HP’s loyalty to the game win out over his love for his family? Or will he come back to reality and save his sister?

With an intriguing blend of break-neck suspense, humor, and informed commentary on social media, Game takes international crime fiction to the next level.

Review:

"De la Motte makes his U.S. debut with the exciting first in a thriller trilogy. On a commuter train from Märsta, Sweden, to Stockholm, perpetually broke Henrik 'HP' Pettersson finds an abandoned cell phone that's programmed to invite him to play 'the Game,' which will be filmed and uploaded to a protected server. He can earn lots of money according to how he is judged by the members of a secret community who view his performance. The capers escalate from stealing a red umbrella to a criminal situation that threatens national security and involves his estranged sister, Rebecca Normén, a bodyguard with the Swedish Security Police. HP thrives on the risks, especially the thrill of being watched. The danger becomes personal for HP and Rebecca when he tries to leave the game. Relentless pacing leads to a stunning finale as HP tries to be not just a player but a real hero. Agent: Federico Ambrosini, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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andlt;B andgt;Follow the rules and everybody gets hurt . . . andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;One Sunday morning after a long night of partying, Henrik and#8220;HPand#8221; Pettersson, a slacker with a lot of ego and very little impulse control, finds a cell phone of an unfamiliar make on a commuter train. Through insisting and slightly uncanny messages that refer to him by name, the phone invites him to play a game. HP accepts without hesitation. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The rules are that HP must complete tasks that range from childish pranks to criminal acts, as allocated by the mysterious Game Master. HP is the perfect contenderand#8212;alienated from society, devoid of morals, and desperate for fame. His completion of the assignments are filmed and uploaded onto a protected server where viewers rate the Playersand#8217; performances. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Game starts out innocently enough and then becomes increasingly risky, threatening the safety of someone close to HP. He is determined to become a superstar, but when the dark and tragic secrets of his familyand#8217;s past are at stake, HP must make a choice. Will he suffer the humiliation of defeat, or will the need to win push him to the limitand#8212;no matter the cost? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;First in a fast-paced and riveting trilogy, Game will leave you guessing. Follow the rules, and andlt;I andgt;everybodyandlt;/Iandgt; gets hurt . . .

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andlt;Bandgt;The first novel in a groundbreaking international thriller trilogy about a deadly game that blurs the line between reality and fiction.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;pandgt;After a long night of partying, Henrik "HP" Pettersson, a slacker with a big ego and no impulse control, heads home on the train. Finding a mobile phone from an unknown company, HP begins receiving messages--addressed to him--inviting him to play a game by a secret and insistent master. HP doesn't hesitate and agrees to play.andlt;BRandgt;

HP is the perfect contender: he is alienated from society, devoid of morals, and wants to be a star. The assignments, ranging from childish pranks to criminal acts, are all filmed and uploaded onto a protected server where viewers rate the players' performances. Everything is coordinated by a mysterious Game Master, unknown to the players or the viewers. But before long, the game spills out into the real world and threatens innocent people.

HP's sister, Rebecca, is a bodyguard with the Swedish Security Police. The opposite of her brother, she is haunted by traumatic memories and dark secrets from her past. As the game continues, Rebecca begins to realize that her past may not be so secret after all. HP's assignments become increasingly risky, and he pushes beyond acceptable limits, determined to become a superstar. In the hunt for bigger risks, HP loses touch with reality and puts his own sister in danger. Will HP's loyalty to the game win out over his love for his family? Or will he come back to reality and save his sister?

With an intriguing blend of break-neck suspense, humor, and informed commentary on social media, Game takes international crime fiction to the next level.

About the Author

Anders de la Motte has worked as a police officer and the director of security at one of the worldand#8217;s largest IT companies. He now works as an international security consultant in addition to being Swedenand#8217;s most exciting and innovative new thriller writer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781476712888
Author:
De La Motte, Anders
Publisher:
Atria Books
Author:
Anders de la Motte
Author:
de la Motte, Anders
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
three-sided stain on edges
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Contemporary Thrillers
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Suspense

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "De la Motte makes his U.S. debut with the exciting first in a thriller trilogy. On a commuter train from Märsta, Sweden, to Stockholm, perpetually broke Henrik 'HP' Pettersson finds an abandoned cell phone that's programmed to invite him to play 'the Game,' which will be filmed and uploaded to a protected server. He can earn lots of money according to how he is judged by the members of a secret community who view his performance. The capers escalate from stealing a red umbrella to a criminal situation that threatens national security and involves his estranged sister, Rebecca Normén, a bodyguard with the Swedish Security Police. HP thrives on the risks, especially the thrill of being watched. The danger becomes personal for HP and Rebecca when he tries to leave the game. Relentless pacing leads to a stunning finale as HP tries to be not just a player but a real hero. Agent: Federico Ambrosini, Salomonsson Agency (Sweden)." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;B andgt;Follow the rules and everybody gets hurt . . . andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;One Sunday morning after a long night of partying, Henrik and#8220;HPand#8221; Pettersson, a slacker with a lot of ego and very little impulse control, finds a cell phone of an unfamiliar make on a commuter train. Through insisting and slightly uncanny messages that refer to him by name, the phone invites him to play a game. HP accepts without hesitation. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The rules are that HP must complete tasks that range from childish pranks to criminal acts, as allocated by the mysterious Game Master. HP is the perfect contenderand#8212;alienated from society, devoid of morals, and desperate for fame. His completion of the assignments are filmed and uploaded onto a protected server where viewers rate the Playersand#8217; performances. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Game starts out innocently enough and then becomes increasingly risky, threatening the safety of someone close to HP. He is determined to become a superstar, but when the dark and tragic secrets of his familyand#8217;s past are at stake, HP must make a choice. Will he suffer the humiliation of defeat, or will the need to win push him to the limitand#8212;no matter the cost? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;First in a fast-paced and riveting trilogy, Game will leave you guessing. Follow the rules, and andlt;I andgt;everybodyandlt;/Iandgt; gets hurt . . .
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Bandgt;The first novel in a groundbreaking international thriller trilogy about a deadly game that blurs the line between reality and fiction.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;pandgt;After a long night of partying, Henrik "HP" Pettersson, a slacker with a big ego and no impulse control, heads home on the train. Finding a mobile phone from an unknown company, HP begins receiving messages--addressed to him--inviting him to play a game by a secret and insistent master. HP doesn't hesitate and agrees to play.andlt;BRandgt;

HP is the perfect contender: he is alienated from society, devoid of morals, and wants to be a star. The assignments, ranging from childish pranks to criminal acts, are all filmed and uploaded onto a protected server where viewers rate the players' performances. Everything is coordinated by a mysterious Game Master, unknown to the players or the viewers. But before long, the game spills out into the real world and threatens innocent people.

HP's sister, Rebecca, is a bodyguard with the Swedish Security Police. The opposite of her brother, she is haunted by traumatic memories and dark secrets from her past. As the game continues, Rebecca begins to realize that her past may not be so secret after all. HP's assignments become increasingly risky, and he pushes beyond acceptable limits, determined to become a superstar. In the hunt for bigger risks, HP loses touch with reality and puts his own sister in danger. Will HP's loyalty to the game win out over his love for his family? Or will he come back to reality and save his sister?

With an intriguing blend of break-neck suspense, humor, and informed commentary on social media, Game takes international crime fiction to the next level.

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