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House of Cards [Kindle Edition]

Michael Dobbs
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Book Description

The #1 bestselling novel that inspired the hit Netflix series

A dark tale of greed, corruption, and unquenchable ambition, House of Cards reveals that no matter the country, politics, intrigue and passion reign in the corridors of power.

Francis Urquhart has his hand on every secret in politics—and is willing to betray them all to become prime minister. Mattie Storin is a tenacious young reporter who has a knack for finding the real stories hidden behind the spin. When she stumbles upon a scandalous web of intrigue and financial corruption at the very highest levels, she vows to reveal the truth. But to do so she must battle her own demons and risk everything, even her life.

House of Cards is a classic political thriller reinvented for a new generation.

"This blood and thunder tale, lifelike and thoroughly cynical, certainly carries the ring of authenticity....a great triumph." — The Independent

Editorial Reviews


'This blood-and-thunder tale, lifelike and thoroughly cynical, certainly carries the ring of authenticity... a great triumph.' Independent 'The exciting thriller that has Westminster buzzing. Here is a political thriller writer with a marvellous inside track knowledge of government. House of Cards is fast-moving, revelatory and brilliant.' Daily Express

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'This blood-and-thunder tale, lifelike and thoroughly cynical, certainly carries the ring of authenticity ... a great triumph.' - Independent

'The exciting thriller that has Westminster buzzing. Here is a political thriller writer with a marvellous inside track knowledge of government.' - Daily Express

'It has pace, a beguiling authenticity and a cast of Achilles heels.' - Daily Telegraph

'What a brilliant creation F.U. is.' - Sunday Telegraph

Product Details

  • File Size: 1000 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492606618
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (February 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best November 9, 2002
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This is the first in a trilogy that is, perhaps, the best of modern political fiction. The reader can't help but be riveted by the lead character, even hoping for his sinister plots to succeed. Even having seen the BBC television version, I loved the book. It's a great read.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Political Thriller August 25, 2010
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I recently read the authors four novels on Churchill and was bowled over. As a result I looked for additional works by Mr. Dobbs and came across this novel which I think is absolutely brilliant ! We are introduced to a devious, ruthless, and very dangerous protagonist with the most appropriate initials, F.U..

Francis Urquhart, an unknown politicians politician knows the ins and outs of Her Majesty's Government like no one else, and because he serves as Chief Whip of the party knows the foibles, vices, and secrets of his colleagues. Plans are set in motion to destroy his competition while he makes his move to become Prime Minister while the sitting Prime Minister falls to F.U.

This is a great read.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as colorful as the BBC series January 16, 2002
By Lara
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This book is drier than the wonderful BBC series starring Ian Richardson. But because Michael Dobbs spent years as a journalist covering British politics, plot points that are simplified or glossed over in the series are explained in more detail. So I feel like I understand what went on in the TV series more, but it's not as much fun. The book went through some significant changes on the way to the teleplay adaptation.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars House of cards August 1, 2013
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Story not bad but predictable. Translation to Kindle/digital format is absolutely atrocious. There could not have been any proof reading done whatsoever. The OCR process must have done the conversion with no checking whatsoever.
Amazon should be refunding the price paid
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Michael Dobbs, aka Baron Dobbs of the Conservative Party, is a member of the British House of Lords. In his various roles in government, extending over many years and in many roles (including advisor to former PM Margaret Thatcher; Conservative MP speechwriter; Government "Special Advisor"; and Conservative Party Chief of Staff) he is presumably well-placed to probe the dark corners of British politics. He also worked in advertising, lending another interesting perspective to his worldview. His fictional accounting of a Machiavellian series of maneuvers, undertaken in an effort to undermine and discredit the serving Prime Minister, is the basis for this interesting story.

Much of the book revolves around various situations that are peculiar to parliamentary government systems (and likely are unique to the UK). In it, the cynical and devious maneuvering of Chief Whip Frances Urquhart of "the Party" destroy politicians, devastate lives and ruin careers. There are also a couple of murders. One can infer that the parochial nature of the tale has been transcended: there are larger lessons to be learned (and a good story to be told).

Urquhart's malevolent nature and cunning political ambitions were apparently catalyzed into action (creating a modern day "I, Claudius" tale) by an offhand and offensive remark by PM Collingridge to "FU" in the presence of a senior party official. Revenge was relentless and remorseless. The book concludes with FU's election as PM and sets the stage for the two book sequels and the two TV series it spawned. Revenge and ruthless cynicism are universal themes. The truth and power of the axiom, "Knowledge is power" is nicely illustrated in this story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Reading this book was a delicious revelation after watching Ian Richardson bring Frances Urquhart to life in the original BBC TV series based on this novel. (The Netflix production with Kevin Spacey in the Urquhart role is a later American spin-off).

Dobbs' writing is biting and acerbic in depicting the fragile egos and hangers-on surrounding his fictional British Prime Minister and Urquhart, his sly Chief Whip, whose charge it is to quietly erase the missteps and hide the Achilles heels of some members of Parliament, who might have a small problem with drugs, money or women (I couldn't possibly comment).

First published in 1990, this novel is a breath of fresh air for American readers. It steps beyond any cultural need to be heroic or righteous in exploring aspects of political life, so Urquhart is wicked without apology and very deliciously so, as he hoards the Achilles heels of those around him like so many gold coins to be cashed-out at a later date.

Dobbs cleverly unmasks the foibles of those who seek political power unequivocally, yet who stumble from an innate lack of understanding in just how vigilant and ruthless their political enemies can be.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced and "Oh So Entertaining" March 25, 2014
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After watching the American version of "House of Cards" I HAD to read the book that was the beginning of it all. Michael Dobbs' writing is fast-paced and interesting. I couldn't put the book down but hated arriving at the last chapter knowing the book would be coming to an end. I've ordered two more books by Michael Dobbs from Amazon and can't wait for them to arrive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining potboiler June 11, 2014
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The storyline is as relevant today as it was when originally published 25 years ago. Can't wait to read the next book.
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