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review 2017-09-24 00:00
Ultimatum - Anders de la Motte

As a new year begins, the Stockholm police force is reeling after a shootout between cops & several rival gangs in Skarpö, a forested area east of the city. It ended with 9 dead including 2 of their own. Among the injured was DI David Sarac, a legend within the Intelligence Unit. In the days that followed, the incident was quickly hushed up & David disappeared.


In a high security hospital far from the city, David’s only goal is accumulating a big enough stash of sleeping pills to put a permanent end to his nightmares. His broken body may be healing but the PTSD has done a number on his head. Then someone slips him a letter. It’s short & to the point: my secret for yours.


David relives Skarpö every night. He feels responsible for what happened but he also knows that one of his colleagues stitched him up. The letter writer claims to know who & will reveal the name if David answers one question. It’s a chance for revenge he can’t pass up & with pills in hand, he escapes from the hospital.


A couple of months later, DI Julia Gabrielsson is attending one of the most gruesome autopsies of her career. The body was dismembered & under water for weeks before being found. Identifying the victim is just one of her problems. The other is babysitting her new partner Omar Amante, a civilian investigator foisted on her by her waste-of-a-uniform boss. He’s a man of few words & no one seems to know how he ended up assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit. Lab tests on the body provide just 1 result but it’s a whopper. DNA matches a sample taken from Skarpö.


That’s it for the story outline, folks. The thought of trying to summarize any more is, quite frankly, exhausting. This is one of the most complex, labyrinthine plots I’ve ever read & I say that with a big smile. It could easily have ended up leaving readers in head-scratching confusion. Instead it’s a clever, multi-layered story that keeps you gripped & guessing right up to the final page.


The roots of the story began in “MemoRandom” which was more of a police procedural. This devotes equal time to Julia’s investigation & political corruption in the Swedish government. There is a large cast of returning characters, many of whom remain unburdened by trivial things like ethics. With few exceptions, these are people who take self-preservation to new heights. Lies, secret agendas, old debts & shifting alliances are gradually revealed as the story lines intersect. Think you’ve got it figured out? Ha! Just wait ’til you turn the next page.


The crew of despicables are offset by several characters you’ll cheer & fear for. Julia is a smart, perceptive woman who slowly realizes she has no idea who to trust. Amante is a man tortured by what he saw on Lampedusa while working for the EU & remains somewhat of an enigma. Atif is a part time gangster with dangerous ties who just wants to save a little girl he loves more than life. And David remains the damaged hero, a man who realized too late the ramifications of his actions. None of them are lily-white & some have done terrible things. But all have a moral line in the sand that is sadly lacking in people they’re forced to deal with.


It’s an intelligent, fast paced read that is hard to put down & you may be surprised by the time you get all the answers. No doubt this can be enjoyed as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading “MemoRandom” first to fully grasp all the intricate connections between the characters. There are a couple in particular I’ve become quite fond of & here’s hoping they pop up again in another book.



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text 2017-03-25 01:15
Reading progress update: I've read 149 out of 368 pages.
Game (Game, #1) - Anders de la Motte

just amazing. the twists and surprises are brilliant. so pleased!

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text 2017-03-24 01:40
Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 368 pages.
Game (Game, #1) - Anders de la Motte

oh my, this seems like it is absolutely my nasty cup of tea. normally I'd be into a Spy novel by now, but I looked this over and felt it would be a great alternative, with some of the same sorts of thrills. heck, its secrets may even be secrets that actually turn it into some bizarre Spy variant. I dunno; a feckless kid has found a phone that has dared him to play a game, and the first "stunt" he has performed as an initiation into the game--supposedly he has a choice at this point to back away after the try-out--has fed into his natural lust for shit-disturbing...with maybe a cash reward later. so, he's hooked. I glanced at some reader reactions to this book, and it seems some people didn't take to it due to the "unlikable" main character. my feeling on this is, the personality type seems to be the only one that really fits the premise, as opposed to someone like me who would ignore the phone while thinking "nothing good can come of this"; he seems almost guaranteed to keep me entertained, as a reckless fool who will do anything this mystery-phone (and the "Game Master") dares him to do. until someone loses an eye. well, you know what I mean; and when this turns awful, will his natural wiliness serve to get him out of the mess he is obviously going to get himself into. I hate cellphones, so I'm just going to sit back and enjoy how extra horrible this one is, if that's conceivable.

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text 2017-03-23 01:38
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 368 pages.
Game (Game, #1) - Anders de la Motte

first, a graphic novel, and then straight on to this. and this sounds marvellous. a slacker finds a cellphone on a train, strange messages start coming through on it, and apparently nothing but madness and mayhem ensue. 

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review 2016-03-05 17:27
MemoRandom: A Thriller - Anders de la Motte

A posh lawyer with criminal ties who becomes Minister of Justice.

An Iraqi cop who comes to Sweden to bury his half brother.

A scam artist desperate to get her life back.

And a detective with profound memory loss after surviving a car crash.


These are a few of the characters that populate this spooky, intricate police procedural. Although they initially appear in separate plot lines, they are gradually brought together by a common goal. Each is searching for a man known as Janus.


David Sarac is a legend in the Intelligence Unit of the Stockholm police department. He's a handler, recruiting informants to get the jump on local criminal gangs. The star of his stable of snitches is Janus. His high level intel has resulted in numerous arrests while propelling David to rockstar status in the department. He's a golden goose & no one else knows who he is or even what he looks like.

Unfortunately, after waking in hospital, David has no memory of him or anyone else for that matter. This is a problem. David's colleagues want Janus for their own reasons & rival gangs have joined forces to identify the rat who is ruining business.


Everyone is watching as David starts to search, not just for Janus but for himself. Eventually fragmented memories of people & places begin to surface & he's not sure he likes what he sees. Worse, he feels like he's not getting the whole truth from friends & colleagues. And then there's the hooded figure who lurks in the shadows. Why does no one else see him? Is he even real?


This is a twisty & complex story that will mess with your head. Everyone has an agenda & their own version of the truth. We travel with David as it all unfolds but we're not even sure if we can trust his memories & neither is he. The result is the reader becomes just as paranoid as the "hero", trusting no one & dreading what might pop up on the next page.

The author has created a likeable MC who is easy to empathize with & does an effective job of making us feel his fear & growing isolation. You genuinely get a sense of what it might be like to suspect everyone you "know" & it's an awful way to live. But it also explores the theme of identity. Who are you if you remember nothing about yourself.....your favourite movie, how you got that scar, who you love.


The tension begins as a whisper, then slowly builds as plot lines converge & it all comes to a head. The fact some of these characters will not be finding their HEA is hardly a surprise but the author reserves the biggest "Holy Crap" moment for the final pages.

If you saw & enjoyed the movie "Memento", give this a try. It's quite a ride.





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