Published: 28/03/2016
ISBN: 9781785890819
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Alan Hunt is a former British diplomat, who served in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and East Asia. He was for seven years Director of the Oxford University Foreign Service Programme and is no... read more

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A Game That Must Be Lost
by Alan Hunt

This thrilling second novel by the author of No Immunity will keep readers guessing until the very end.

It is 2005, and the eve of the Chinese New Year in Singapore. There is violence in Indonesia, a confrontation between Japan and North Korea, and mounting tension between Iran and the West. The British High Commissioner’s daughter, Marina Singleton, vanishes with a consignment of smuggled heroin, leaving an innocent man to face the death penalty. Andrew Singleton himself then disappears from a nearby Indonesian island, following a clandestine assignation with his mistress. A demand is received for the release of terrorists detained in Singapore, but is there more to Singleton’s disappearance? Where is Marina? And how did the kidnappers know where to find Singleton?

Adam White, Head of Chancery at the High Commission, embarks on a perilous path to try to solve these mysteries. Meanwhile, Singleton, confronting the past he has been avoiding, learns of a sinister plot to plunge the world into nuclear conflict. Will he be able to get a warning to those concerned in time?

A Game That Must Be Lost will draw fans of high-octane thrillers into a story that twists and turns until the final pages, in which the interlocking pieces of a complex and terrifying game fall into place.

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Once again Hunt has achieved the seemingly impossible, making the world of diplomacy as exciting as anything featuring spies, police or the usual suspects. This story would make a terrific movie!

by Greg Davis


Favourite book this year, kept me up all night.
If you like thrillers you'll love it.

by Dale


A page-turner with authentic characters and vivid sense of place.

by Amazon Customer


I eagerly anticipated this new novel and it didn't disappoint - I'd say it's superior to his debut No Immunity. I devoured this in less than a week (I was missing my thriller fix between episodes of Le Carre's "The Night Manager" on the BBC).

Hunt's style feels to me like he's taken a dollop of Ian McEwan and stirred it into a Graham Greene novel updated by John Le Carre. It's a novel twist on the standard thriller fare with insight and detail from an ex-diplomat, plus his local knowledge, lend place and characters more depth than others in the genre.

by Mister Happy


Alan Hunt has really moved up a gear - or three - and has given us a fast moving and fascinating tale. This complex plot would make an excellent movie.

by Tokai


I really enjoyed this book.The author is familiar with the terrain,the layout,the career structure
and the emotions. It is a wonderful page turner,almost impossible to put it down. I can recommend it as a superb read.

by Dr Peter Meisner


What a great story- its a 'need to know what happens' book, full of action, suspense, twists and turns and more than a few surprises. Loved it!! I hope there's a sequel - left me wanting more.

by Mrs Eileen Goulding


This exciting novel is the second of which I hope will be at least a trilogy. Set in immaculate political, geographical and bureaucratic contexts by an expert; redolent with colourful and fascinating characters; a gripping story that strains credulity very little, so well is the story told; I read it in one sitting - partly so as not to forget any names in this multiply complex story, and partly for sheer enjoyment. The atmosphere of Singapore, Malaysia and part of the Indonesian archipelago are superbly well created and maintained. There are some excellent cameos. The main characters are mostly only too believable: the remaining few are accepted because of the quality of the writing. 'Action-packed', as is Alan Hunt's first novel, 'No Immunity', there are elements of escapism only too easy to enjoy. The deaths rival those of a Shakespearean tragedy, and help the astonishing resolution. A fine read.

by C J Rufus


Even better that No Immunity, Alan Hunt's debut novel. Singapore is beautifully depicted. Let's hope there will be a third book.

by Amazon Customer


What an awesome book this is! It kept me guessing at every point and I was totally hooked all the way through! I can't wait to see what Hunt comes up with for the 3rd instalment!

by Gabriella Townsend


Even better than No Immunity, Alan Hunt's debut novel. Singapore is beautifully depicted. Let's hope there will be a third book.

by Amazon Customer


Great book. Takes place somewhere that I have visited and that made it fascinating but so was the story. A good interesting "Who done it" that was well written.

by Bunnie


5 out of 5 stars

I do like a good spy thriller and this story takes place in and around Singapore during Chinese New Year. It is mainly with the British. There is an affair and a kidnapping involved. Then it is not a good idea to be dealing in drugs no matter who you are or who you are related to in government. Lots of twists and turns to keep you wondering what will happen next.

by Nancy Witt


5 out of 5 stars

I've published nine novels set in Singapore and Southeast Asia and I've lived in the region for nearly thirty years so I fancy I know a little something about the territory. Mr. Hunt has crafted a layered plot which would be engrossing no matter where he chose to set his tale and yet the real magic is the way he mixes in the unique flavor of a part of the world seldom featured in mainstream contemporary fiction. This is a fine piece of work. I hope a lot of people discover it.

by Jake Needham


3 out of 5 stars

I do like a good spy thriller and this story takes place in and around Singapore during Chinese New Year. It is mainly with the British. There is an affair and a kidnapping involved. Then it is not a good idea to be dealing in drugs no matter who you are or who you are related to in government. Lots of twists and turns to keep you wondering what will happen next.

by Jean Varble


3 out of 5 stars

You'll love this book if you're interested in diplomatic thrillers. It's a real page turner!

by Ipek Amdahl


A thoroughly gripping read that is nearly impossible to put down from the first page. Hunt creates authentic characters, each of whom is motivated by the spectrum of human emotions - as well as liberal portions of good and evil. The sense of place is so real that you can feel the heat of the Malaysian sun, the sultriness of a Singapore evening. The story is compelling and masterfully written, with a plot that accelerates until the final pages. When is the next one coming out?

by James R


Great book! All the more relevant as I know Singapore and Malaysia well! So exciting - so well written

by Mrs C Ruth B Rollitt


Didn't guess the 'culprit ' at all - once I got into it, didn't want to put it down.

by Allyb


Totally can’t-put-downable! An absolutely brilliant story. In fact, there were so many strings and threads all the way through that I’m having to read it again to pick up on the hints along the way! That’s the mark of a very good book. A sequel to No Immunity by the same author, and if anything even better. Can't recommend it highly enough.

by Amazon Customer


A well-written, exciting thriller with a strong sense of place and a cast of authentic, compelling characters. The plot moves quickly and keeps you in suspense until the last page. If life in the Foreign Office is this exciting where do I join??

by James


This is the second novel by former British Diplomat Alan Hunt. Set mostly in South East Asia and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, it reflects Alan's inside knowledge of the British Diplomatic Service, using this as the backdrop to a fascinating and gripping thriller. The individual characters are believable and all too human, and the plot is full of unexpected twists. Altogether the book maintains the promise of Alan's first novel, No Immunity, and if anything surpasses it. Highly recommended.

by Amazon Customer


I enjoyed Alan Hunt's first novel : ' No immunity' so I was looking forward to this one and I certainly wasnt disappointed, in fact it was even more captivating. It's the sort of book you don't want to put down which keeps you guessing right to the end and even then the outcome is a surprise.
I loved his coverage of Singapore and the characters he created, his style of writing, the colourful narrative and look forward to the next novel.
A great read at any time.

by Gaby (England)


It is a gripping read. Totally unexpected and terrifying twists and turn. I had no idea that life at a British High commission was anything like this!

by An Amazon customer


 

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