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The Swedish crime trilogy begun in Game (2013) and continued in Buzz (2014) wraps up with this exciting and surprising novel. HP Pettersson, living off the grid after cleaning out the bank account of the people who operate the deadly Game, a role-playing exercise with very real human consequences, is shocked to begin receiving text messages from someone asking him if he wants to play one last time. Meanwhile, his sister, on leave from her government job as a bodyguard, discovers she’s a key-holder of a safe-deposit box she never knew existed—and that HP is the other key-holder. What secrets lie in the box? What does an old friend of HP’s deceased father have to do with the Game? Will the mysterious operators of the Game finally be revealed? The author builds on the events of the first two books, generating tremendous suspense, and the writing here is more fluid, more nuanced than in the earlier volumes. Overall a very good trilogy. --David Pitt

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'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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Game
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Reprint edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476712948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476712949
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Write Edge on February 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
A young man’s efforts to escape the alternative reality game that entrapped him become strained; no matter where he goes or what he does, the game faces him. He finally realizes that only the most extreme measures will get him out, but those extreme measures might mean his own demise. Author Anders de la Motte brings his “Game Trilogy” to an exciting, nail-biting end in Bubble.

Henrik “HP” Pettersson has spent months trying to stay clear of the Game. At one time a major rush, now he just wants to stay out of trouble. But the police bring him into the station on suspicion of conspiracy and planning an act of terrorism. When the police eventually let him go, HP knows it isn’t the last of them or the Game.

Someone has put HP in the sights of the police by submitting evidence that may or may not identify him as an attacker. He knows that he needs to keep the police at bay, but certain questionable events in his past make that hard. In order to prove his innocence, HP fears he may just have to get back into the very Game he worked so hard to leave. But as time goes on, he begins to realize that he may not really have ever gotten out in the first place.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Normen, HP’s sister, has taken a leave of absence from the Security Police and begun her new job at PayTag after some coaxing by her boyfriend. The work situation hasn’t exactly plugged the holes in the relationship, however, and when Rebecca gets called to the station after the police bring in HP she realizes that her personal life may still be on the near side of a chasm of challenges.

The one steady influence in Rebecca’s life comes in the form of an old friend of her father’s. He quickly moves into the role of mentor for Rebecca, and she feels grateful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lee Watson on March 15, 2014
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This is one of THE BEST techno thrillers ever! I'm not much into them - not smart enough to understand a lot of the techie stuff. I downloaded The Game sample on a whim, I was totally hooked! I felt like I was totally running with the characters, I laughed out loud - great humor, and was stumped on "who done it" till the end. Start at the beginning with The Game, read them all. This is an author to keep an eye on!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Book Vacation on March 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In this final installment in The Game Trilogy, many questions are answered as HP embarks on his final task while trying to find the Game Master in order to put an end to it once and for all. But, nothing is as it seems, and no one is who they say they are… making this another intense read as both HP and his sister and thrown for a loop as events materialize that shake them to their core. Who is the Game Master? I was shocked by the revelation within the text—it bowled me over and left me piecing together all the evidence. Luckily, Anders presents the truth in vivid detail, making it the perfect fit, and bringing a smile to my face—especially because it isn’t necessarily over, even though this is the last novel in the series.

HP has grown a lot over the course of the series. While he’s still not my favorite person in the world, he has put his vindictive, childish ways of the first novel behind him, focusing more on stopping the Game and keeping his sister safe than on being let into the Game one last time.

Likewise, HP’s sister’s involvement and the back and forth nature of the novel, focusing first on HP, and then on Rebecca, flows much better in this third installment. Whereas I wasn’t a fan of this writing style at all in book one, I now really enjoy it, especially as the events all intertwine and have much more meaning to me than they did when I first picked up this series.

Overall, this is a great read, a great series, that ultimately swept me up in its intrigue and betrayal. And, while I wish that HP and his sister could have seen eye to eye and had a more open relationship, which would in turn have prevented much of the disasters within the novel, the story just wouldn’t have been as intense had they been on the same page throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
"We create our own realities," Tage tells Rebecca, "small spheres where we imagine we control what happens." Living inside a bubble has been an ongoing theme of the Game trilogy. The final novel makes the point explicitly: "In actual fact the feeling of control is just an illusion, and those spheres are nothing more than bubbles." But all bubbles eventually burst, along with the illusions they contain.

Having escaped it for a time in Buzz, HP is back in the Game. As you would expect in the last novel of a thriller/conspiracy trilogy, the purpose of the Game is finally revealed. The reveal is not shocking or even particularly surprising, but it is more plausible than most conspiracies in thriller fiction. Of course, some of the characters the reader meets in the first two novels play different roles than they first appeared to play, but -- like the conspiracy -- those revelations won't cause most readers to gasp with surprise.

The novels turn out to have a serious point, which has something to do with how easily governments can be persuaded to act against the interests of individuals and in favor of corporate interests when paid noisemakers make disturbing noises about national security and terrorist threats. It's a familiar point but Bubble gives it an interesting twist involving cybersecurity. On a level that's probably more fun, the novels are about how easily individuals can be manipulated, particularly insecure individuals who crave attention and fame, or at least acceptance.
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