- File Size: 997 KB
- Print Length: 376 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: E J Greenway (October 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00O75RIZ4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,653,228 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Interestingly, the action takes place in the opposition party, and all eyes are upon who is going to be the next leader of the opposition, without a view being taken of the ultimate prize: being the prime minister. This frees up the characters more in fact, since their goal is to get an influential role within their own party, with a view to then winning the next election. Since it would date it for future readers of this review (and the fictitious opposition party is a Tory one), it would be wrong to liken this to the current (Sept 2015) fight amongst four contenders to be leader of the labour party, but at the moment the comparison are irresistible – another good reason to buy this excellent book.
For US readers who like politics they might well like to compare the way the White House conducts its business with the way the British parliament works. I'm sure the same jealousies and petty rivalries exist, and Ms Greenway's writing explains the 'Britishness' so that all is clear.
Again, the dialogue cracks along, and the terrible Colin Scott behaves appallingly, but this books starts with a bang and goes on keeping you entertained. Nasty conniving journalists, backstabbing politicians, romantic tension between the eminently likable Tristan and the lovely Anthea, and scandal that threatens everybody.
The story starts with opposition leader Rodney Richmond having been shot and in a coma in hospital. While he hovers between life and death everyone starts jockeying for position to take his place, while Anthea, who still holds a candle for him, mourns him, facing the fact that he’s effectively dead. However, the reader wonders whether he will eventually survive? Does he? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
The action keeps you guessing, and all the time you’re rooting for one character whilst hating another, and there are dichotomies and decisions, all dependent ultimately on each character’s decency and integrity, or lack of these.
If you like gripping ‘what if’ books this one is for you, and for me it certainly lifted the lid on politics by someone who obviously knows first-hand what goes on.
And if you read this book during a break, I warn you, your coffee break will go on and on. And if you read it on a train journey you’re likely to miss your stop!
This is an excellent book with lively characters, from someone who has a unique ‘behind the scenes’ perspective.