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Elegger den perfekte fasaden Hun mottar anonyme brev og stadig ringer noen hennes telefonsvarer Er det noen som leker med henne Spiller et spill Spillet får HPs og Rebeccas liv til å nærme seg hverandre og spenningen stiger ytterlige. It seemed promising but I didn't like it that muchFortunately I didn't buy the whole trilogy all at once

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Småkriminelle Henrik HP Pettersen finner en dag en smarttelefon på T banen På displayet dukker det opp et enkelt spørsmål Vil du spille et spill Merkelig nok vet telefonen det meste om livet hans HP blir etter hvert dratt med i et. I had high hopes for this one I saw a couple rave reviews go by including the Publisher's Weekly plug in the summary above and I was intrigued by the premiseBut no Right now I'm wishing there were a way I could get my 2 back from The writing style is very annoying it's a translation but I suspect that's unrelated The author has sprinkled inner monologue everywhere ranging from outdated catch phrases As if and Run Forrest run to juvenile hostility Suck my ass mofos Many paragraphs are concluded with some sort of exclamation or uestion That was so cool What the fuck WTF indeed The character HP is a egocentric asshole slacker possibly a sociopath In an early scene he's also a complete dick to his friend who is a recently converted Muslim He calls him by his former name and when the friend reminds him of the Muslim name he now prefers HP says Of course I know Mangey boy If you insist on turning yourself into a second class carpet seller that's your decision He nodded demonstratively at Farook's Middle Eastern trousers silk waistcoat and long shirtJust don't expect me to buy into that bullshit You were Mange when we started school when you used to smoke your mom's cigarettes behind the Co op and when you lost your virginity to that fat Finnish girl in a tent at Hultsfred So that's who you are to me regardless of whatever you your wife or your latest god think okayTurns out the game is ideal for egomaniacal sociopaths but how in the world am I supposed to root for this guy much less endure his assholery for 300 pagesThe other character Rebecca is sympathetic up to a point but she's also pretty much a stock character Female bodyguard with some trauma in her past memories of which of course revisit her during sparring so she accidentally incapacitates her sparring partner oops Yeah that's never happened in a thriller before I nearly bailed at the 10% mark when the phone asked the HP for the 50th time whether he was REALLY SURE he wanted to be part of The Game What is this a Windows update Get ON with it I see a lot of readers lauding the pacing but I felt annoyance not anticipation What were the odds he was not going to play And I finally bailed at the 20% mark when HP was congratulating himself during a sex scene on his incredible prowess As his partner whimpers that she's about to finish But he didn't give a damn Because he was the King of Fucking the Prince of Penetration the Ayatollah of Fuck 'n' RollaAgain the word juvenile comes to mind I am very clearly not the intended reader for this book If you're going to brave this one read the sample first I wish I had

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Virkelighetsspill hvor han får utfordringer som blir mer og mer risikofylte Til slutt gjør han hva som helst for å kunne fortsette spillet Rebecca er livvakt har stålkontroll på livet og karrieren Den siste tiden er det noe som ød. Game a competitive activity involving skill chance or endurance on the part of two or persons who play according to a set of rules usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators Courtesy of DictionarycomLLCAfter seeing someone has left a phone on the train what do you do Do you try to flag them down in an effort to return their property or do you turn it on and consider yourself lucky to have found such a treasure Before you can really figure what to do the phone buzzs Lo and behold the person on the other line is asking if you want to play a game Then suddenly without knowing how to respond the phone addresses you by name How does the person on the other end sending messages know that you've found this phone Figuring it's some funny joke you agree to play The GameHenrik Pettersson can't believe his luck when he finds a phone on the train Instead of leaving it alone he answers the call of The Game Master Because HP is unlike the average person he's the perfect candidate for The Game He's a slacker not really worried about the conseuences of his actions narcissitic and impulsive He lacks any real family or emotional connection to any one person Swedish author Anders de la Motte's Game is fast paced and takes off like a rocket He places HP into action almost immediately and never gives the reader a chance to get bored with The Game Even when the novel shifts to a woman named Rebecca Normen We don't know her connection to the progression of the story except that she's no nonsense tough smart and driven as a personal protection coordinator Because Game barely slows down for HP to catch a breath his profile is given to readers through a glimpse of his file This file is what was used to determine HP's ualifications of being a participant in The Game It's may seem like cheating but Anders de la Motte does well in developing the Rebecca Normen character She's the enjoyable of the two main characters After some time I found HP to be draining He's dense and de la Motte never showcases the intelligence that was used as a determining factor in his being asked to join The Game He's only able to get into contact with much smarter people That's his only redeeming ualitySince HP isn't the brightest crayon in the box nor does he think things through I found it especially hard to back him 100% Once he finds out the extent of what he's gotten hisself into it's not all that obvious that he appreciates it He almost takes for granted the long reach of the people he's involved with He's frustrating to no end Overall I will be reading the next novel Buzz in the Game trilogy because I did like book 1 a lot Game is engrossing and will appeal to fans of thrillers and suspense The idea of someone being idiotic enough to do whatever a phone tells them just for a short time of recognition and praise is always an interesting topic in the age of social media and our phones being the source of everything that is anything I am looking forward to finding out who wins the game Will it be HP or The Game Master Copy provided by Simon Schuster via Netgalley

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  • Geim by Anders de la Motte
  • Anders de la Motte
  • Norwegian
  • 28 September 2019
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About the Author: Anders de la Motte

Anders de la Motte b 1971 made his debut in 2010 with geim which won the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers' 'First Book Award' He is a former Police Officer and was until recently Director of Security at one of the world's largest IT companies He is currently an International Security Consultant With his blend of fast paced suspense humor and informed commentary on IT and social media A



10 thoughts on “Geim by Anders de la Motte

  1. says:

    Winning isn't everything it's the only thingSo I've read this book several years ago and I loved it so much it's definitely my favourite when it comes to WANNA PLAY A GAME? type of books or movies Last night I just had a look at my bookshelf I saw this book for some reason next to The Vampire Academy series talk about system or organisation and I felt like I needed to read this book Now here I am I flew through this book and I'm shaken While I thought that I remembered the book very well that was not really the truth I forgot so many details It was amazing However I think that my tolerance for Rebecca is even lower than it was the first time around which is the reason why this has 4 star rating and not a 5 one But now I feel a bit guilty I have so many new books to read and instead I re read one?

  2. says:

    I received a free ebook ARC copy of this book from NetGalley Thanks to the author publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this bookOkay here's the deal It took me almost two weeks to read this I'm not planning a long review because I'm honestly tired of thinking about this thing and want to wash my hands of it I feel that I owe NetGalley a review for providing the free copy so here goesThere were some good things about this book The premise conspiracy theory and a secret Game which can be accessed by specially chosen players on a special cell phone Cool idea The book starts out with a bang jumping right into the action with our protagonist HP HP is what he goes by after his initials Fine The game seems exciting at first and soon becomes dangerous and criminal The book had good pacing The action doesn't let up for long and jumps right back in Lots of twists and turns A well built Bourne type mysterythriller For that it's enjoyableHowever that's just the surface of things The deeply we get into the plot the we see just how unrealistic it is I like when coincidences get tied together but here it seems that everything is part of it And it's just hard to suspend belief and go with it By the end it's become rather silly and I kept hoping it wouldjuststopBut the important negative to this book are the characters The main characters that is Some of the supporting ones are decent enough and used well But the main two? DamnRebecca is the female lead here She's a cop with a backstory lots of stuff making her bitter and angry and out to prove that she's capable Yeah yeah Fine But she's so stupid it's not even funny She keeps getting great marks in all of her trainings and they're building her up to be the chosen one but she's dumber than a stump Especially where HP is concernedHP should stand for Huge Prick I mean this is one of the most despicable characters I've ever read about And we get most of the book through his point of view? GodI'm wondering if de la Motte meant for HP to be tongue in cheek or funny or what But he's not funny He's an amoral piece of work Suffering through all the internal dialogue this guy tells himself is pretty bad Especially after one of his sexual conuestsI mean does anyone really think of himself as the Prince of Penetration or the Ayatollah of Fuck n Rolla? And think of that as a positive uality Come on I'd wonder if even an egotistical sexist douchebag would think of himself this way But what is HP's Achilles Heal? His love for his sister Really? We're supposed to believe that the only moral compass this dude has is a woman? That he respects any female enough to change his behavior to spend 10 months in prison for instance? Not when he's the Omnipotent Pope of Pussy Crashing I'd wagerAnyway where I felt that the author was trying to make HP funny and pathetic he failed at making him sympathetic And he's not funny I was laughing but not because the character was amusing No I laughed where the writing describing the internal dialogue of this character was laughably badTwo stars and that's only because there were some good twists and turns along the way HP himself gets shyt for stars

  3. says:

    I had high hopes for this one I saw a couple rave reviews go by including the Publisher's Weekly plug in the summary above and I was intrigued by the premiseBut no Right now I'm wishing there were a way I could get my 2 back from The writing style is very annoying it's a translation but I suspect that's unrelated The author has sprinkled inner monologue everywhere ranging from outdated catch phrases As if and Run Forrest run to juvenile hostility Suck my ass mofos Many paragraphs are concluded with some sort of exclamation or uestion That was so cool What the fuck? WTF indeed The character HP is a egocentric asshole slacker possibly a sociopath In an early scene he's also a complete dick to his friend who is a recently converted Muslim He calls him by his former name and when the friend reminds him of the Muslim name he now prefers HP says Of course I know Mangey boy If you insist on turning yourself into a second class carpet seller that's your decision He nodded demonstratively at Farook's Middle Eastern trousers silk waistcoat and long shirtJust don't expect me to buy into that bullshit You were Mange when we started school when you used to smoke your mom's cigarettes behind the Co op and when you lost your virginity to that fat Finnish girl in a tent at Hultsfred So that's who you are to me regardless of whatever you your wife or your latest god think okay?Turns out the game is ideal for egomaniacal sociopaths but how in the world am I supposed to root for this guy much less endure his assholery for 300 pages?The other character Rebecca is sympathetic up to a point but she's also pretty much a stock character Female bodyguard with some trauma in her past memories of which of course revisit her during sparring so she accidentally incapacitates her sparring partner oops Yeah that's never happened in a thriller before I nearly bailed at the 10% mark when the phone asked the HP for the 50th time whether he was REALLY SURE he wanted to be part of The Game What is this a Windows update? Get ON with it I see a lot of readers lauding the pacing but I felt annoyance not anticipation What were the odds he was not going to play? And I finally bailed at the 20% mark when HP was congratulating himself during a sex scene on his incredible prowess As his partner whimpers that she's about to finish But he didn't give a damn Because he was the King of Fucking the Prince of Penetration the Ayatollah of Fuck 'n' RollaAgain the word juvenile comes to mind I am very clearly not the intended reader for this book If you're going to brave this one read the sample first I wish I had

  4. says:

    112 SwedishDanish stories are over running our screens and pages You can hardly look at a tv trailer or check out the new releases without coming across something from Denmark or Sweden Not that I'm complaining without them I would have missed out on great tv like The Bridge and The Killing or fantastic books like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Game That's right 62 pages in and I'm already calling it fantastic It's half gamertechno thriller half crime drama at least so farI like Rebecca a lot than HP at the moment because every time I read an HP scene I get the feeling that his next assignment will involve committing violence or even murder against another person and his punishment for failing to complete the assignment which is what I assume would happen at least the first time is sure to be dreadful pain and suffering of himself or someone he loves his sister Rebecca for example The scene where Rebecca is doing some personal defence training with her alpha group teammates and is caught in a suffocating headlock but manages to harness her panic into an explosive attack resulting in her 'attacking' teammate down on the floor with a broken nose gushing blood was very satisfying for one of those girls whose only weapon is her nails I was especially triumphant when the instructor praised her and basically told her teammate to suck it up It reminded me of a scene in the Buffy episode Phases the one where Oz first finds out he's a werewolf and Larry admits to Xander that he's gay There's a scene in that episode where everyone is in gym class and they are paired up in order for the girls to practice self defence Cordelia and Xander Willow and Oz and unfortunately for Buffy she's paired with Larry Willow has been warning Buffy that she has to act like a 'girly girl' who can't kick vampires over the fence and to begin with Buffy attempts to remember this Larry doesn't make this easy as he makes lewd comments and sexual innuendos out of the feeble grunts Buffy emits as she 'attempts' to flip him over her shoulder as the teacher is instructing the girls to do In the end Buffy's had enough and oops there he goes flying through the air to land flat on his back Willow gives Buffy an exasperated look but all the girls and some guys too at home I'm sure were going Take that any boy who made life difficult during school Both great scenes of girls being underestimated because of their physical size I love a strong female lead who blasts the chauvinistic opinions of her male counterparts apart by saving thembeating them in a physical competition To be continued223 I've really been looking forward to getting back to this after my forced intermission due to library due dates and fines I considered reading back over my own review to re familiarise myself with where I was up to in the plot but then I forgot It didn't matter though because as soon as I found the page I was up to it and started reading it all came rushing back I meant to say this earlier in my review but I forgot I don't like the cover image on my copy of the book The woman playing Rebecca is fine possibly model like less ass kicking security officer like than I would've imagined but HP has a slightly suave artfully mussed look that is nothing like the way he's described in the book In my head I've been seeing a cross between Seth Rogen Michael Cena and Jesse Eisenberg A bit bumbling not fit but not fat actually scruffy rather than artfully mussed just not well put together The cover model looks like what he is a model very handsome actually a cross between Ryan Reynolds and Jonny Lee Miller when he's doing the unshaved look when he should have looked a bit unkempt a few cheeseburgers away from 'dumpy' He should be wearing slightly ratty clothes grey hoodie worn black jeans scuffed white sneakers t shirt with some kind of disaffected youth slogan on it not designer jeans and leather jacket and an over priced plain black t shirt HP is not that smooth To be continued233 God HP is dense How many times and in how many ways does Erman have to say it before the truth sinks through HP's thick skull? The Game is using him He didn't choose to play The Game The Game chose him to playAlso not a big fan of the way the story cuts from HP to Rebecca and back again for no apparent reason It's not like each interjection into HP's story takes us to breaking news in Rebecca's life or that there's some immediately obvious connection between those exact moments in Rebecca and his lives The interjections seem to happen at random moments and take us to mostly irrelevant at least to what's happening to HP events Maybe the connections will become clear later but at the moment they're just confusing and disturbing to the flow of the main plot HP's To be continuedLater that night On page 215 HP says that he can believe that he was tricked into taking part in The Game and that bored rich guys were betting on him for their entertainment; but he can't believe that it's being played all around the world that jobs can be contracted out through The Game and that there are players in every walk of life that anyone might be an 'ant' sent to watch him HIs refusal in the face of good evidence to believe what's right in front of his face just screams of stupidity to me His apartment's been set on fire MangaFarook's work place was set on fire and the whole thing would have been filmed if the police hadn't coincidentally been just around the corner to respond to the emergency call and scare off the arsonists he's come to the conclusion on his own that he was set up at the bridge due to his personal belongings being planted at the scene of the crime he was hunted down by some kind of light aircraft and nearly killed out in the middle of nowhere when the only 'thing' that knew where he was going was Google Looking at that damning pile of evidence how can HP continue to shut his eyes and stick his head in the sand? The Game is a giant multi country multi million maybe even multi billion dollar business with its fingers in a lot of different pies It has people available to hire for all kinds of jobs no job is too big or too small bank robbery intimidation arson grand theft auto impersonation even assassination Whatever you need they'll handle it as long as you can pay I believe it and no one's tried to mow me down with light aircraft today To be continuedEven later that night actually really early the next morning All through the last few chapters I've been making snarky comments at HP's idiotic response to the events going on around him If I was an updater and had the laptop handy currently sitting up in bed reading which is where I do my best reading I would be sniping at that idiot with every other sentence He just saw the view spoilerreport about Erman's likely incineration on the hide spoiler

  5. says:

    On its GameGame 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 readHenrik Pettersson better known to family and friends as HP has a criminal record is bright but also uite 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 sisterRebecca 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 He again has to put himself in danger to achieve his target but what will happen next he does not know but one thing he is sure of is that he will have to get out of Sweden and live a low tech life in the hope he can stay alive He has seen already what has happened to others who have played the game and ended up losing and he doesn’t want to be the next one To find out what happens next leads us nicely into Buzz the next in the trilogy I cannot wait good job I have a copy to read

  6. says:

    Game a competitive activity involving skill chance or endurance on the part of two or persons who play according to a set of rules usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators Courtesy of DictionarycomLLCAfter seeing someone has left a phone on the train what do you do? Do you try to flag them down in an effort to return their property or do you turn it on and consider yourself lucky to have found such a treasure? Before you can really figure what to do the phone buzzs Lo and behold the person on the other line is asking if you want to play a game Then suddenly without knowing how to respond the phone addresses you by name How does the person on the other end sending messages know that you've found this phone? Figuring it's some funny joke you agree to play The GameHenrik Pettersson can't believe his luck when he finds a phone on the train Instead of leaving it alone he answers the call of The Game Master Because HP is unlike the average person he's the perfect candidate for The Game He's a slacker not really worried about the conseuences of his actions narcissitic and impulsive He lacks any real family or emotional connection to any one person Swedish author Anders de la Motte's Game is fast paced and takes off like a rocket He places HP into action almost immediately and never gives the reader a chance to get bored with The Game Even when the novel shifts to a woman named Rebecca Normen We don't know her connection to the progression of the story except that she's no nonsense tough smart and driven as a personal protection coordinator Because Game barely slows down for HP to catch a breath his profile is given to readers through a glimpse of his file This file is what was used to determine HP's ualifications of being a participant in The Game It's may seem like cheating but Anders de la Motte does well in developing the Rebecca Normen character She's the enjoyable of the two main characters After some time I found HP to be draining He's dense and de la Motte never showcases the intelligence that was used as a determining factor in his being asked to join The Game He's only able to get into contact with much smarter people That's his only redeeming ualitySince HP isn't the brightest crayon in the box nor does he think things through I found it especially hard to back him 100% Once he finds out the extent of what he's gotten hisself into it's not all that obvious that he appreciates it He almost takes for granted the long reach of the people he's involved with He's frustrating to no end Overall I will be reading the next novel Buzz in the Game trilogy because I did like book 1 a lot Game is engrossing and will appeal to fans of thrillers and suspense The idea of someone being idiotic enough to do whatever a phone tells them just for a short time of recognition and praise is always an interesting topic in the age of social media and our phones being the source of everything that is anything I am looking forward to finding out who wins the game Will it be HP or The Game Master? Copy provided by Simon Schuster via Netgalley

  7. says:

    It seemed promising but I didn't like it that muchFortunately I didn't buy the whole trilogy all at once

  8. says:

    This book is the first book in the Game Trilogy by Swedish author Anders De La Motte I got this one and the second book Buzz for free from Netgalley I've read this one I'm not sure if I want to read the second oneThe premise is interesting HP picks up a cell phone he thinks someone left on the train It's sleek shiny and state of the art so he fiddles with it before deciding to look for its owner The phone comes to life and asks HP if he wants to play a game For stealing a fellow passenger's umbrella HP will be awarded points This seemingly harmless prank soon escalates into egregious stunts placing HP and others in dangerI found it very difficult to relate to or even like HP He's an immature stoner without any likable ualities Continuing to play the Game for the money is certainly understandable given HP's existence But the author makes it clear that it's less about the money and the adrenaline rush he receives from knowing his escapades are being watched and rated He's an absolutely despicable characterUltimately I got sucked into the book Who is behind the mastering of these Games? Why are these Games important? I'm sure the seuel will move the story toward that unveiling I just don't know if I care enough about learning the answers

  9. says:

    The gamer books that I read the that there needs to be of these books I am going to search to see what other books are out there like this This needs to be its own genre These books are great Well the ones I have read thus far I have been lucky to read some good ones I had this book sitting on my shelf for uite a while Recently I have read or attempted to read and the last three to four books were not good So I was looking for something to pick me up again I grabbed this book This book starts out right away with Henrik receiving a message on a cell phone asking him if he wants to play a game Of course Henrik thinks it is a trick that a friend is playing on him and agrees Before too long Henrik is addicted to the game and becoming the best No matter how big or dangerous the task is The pacing is great and I actually felt sorry for Henrik finding himself in his situation despite the fact that during the tasks he had no regard for others The ending leaving you wanting to read the next book

  10. says:

    I received a free copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI loved this book A real edge of your seat thriller HP finds a cool looking cell phone on the train in Sweden It keeps asking him if he wants to play a game and it knows his name He eventually gets sucked into The Game earning kudos points and money for doing progressively risky and illegal assigned tasks in the real world He doesn't care why he is having too much fun feeling like he is a superstar online as the camera on the phone records his antics and his fans watch and comment on the videos The stakes get progressively higher and he finds himself in way over his head This book drew me in right from the beginning and never let me down Very well translated Fast pacedThis is the first book of a trilogy The ending wraps up the story so you could read it as a standalone book However it does add in a little twist at the end that definitely makes you want to read the next book I was not expecting it and it still has me thinking No spoilers thoughHighly recommended

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