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  • Mass Market Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Mti edition (March 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439130477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439130476
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 11.2 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #418,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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An extremely well written book. The plot keeps your attention right to the end but the climax is a letdown.
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the former PM and his entourage, his political adventures and disasters, and so on and so forth. But the way Harris narrates his story is enticing and thrilling, issuing suspense right and left with a skilled hand: the ambience is right, the dialogue fits, the main characters tally, the spinning is familiar and the cynicism is sharp. I enjoyed the book in a single reading, and I think I'll go back to it with more attention to detail, since it seems to me this is a super parody of Blair and his retinue, and of the publishing world from which the author extracts true images surely derived from real experience. Also, if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's masterpiece--The Fates, go and read it. I'm reading it at a rapid pace because it's so addictive. There is something about his books that bring you in and get you hooked. and I'm loving this one. Highly Recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 15 2008
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After a number of historic-fiction masterpieces, ROBERT HARRIS came back with a novel that, although a work of fiction, cuts too close to the bone for comfort. In a thinly veiled reference to the Prime Ministry of Tony Blair, a number of troublesome issues are raised.

For fear of spoiling the story one can only ask: why do democratically elected leaders take one after the other unpopular decisions? Who are they trying to please if (clearly) not the people that put them into office? Why even socialist/democratic/leftist parties once elected follow in the footsteps of the right-wing hawks they overthrew by popular demand?

As a piece of word-craft I found it not at par with HARRIS' previous work. As a novel of political possibility though I found it brilliant! It happens all the time in third world countries, why not in the central republics? After all, greed and ambitions are universal.

RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bernie Koenig TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 9 2009
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I don't have too much to add to the other reviews but since I enjoyed the book so much I wanted to add my two cents worth.

Yes, it is obvious the Prime Minister is based on Tony Blair, the right wing labor man. But, for me, that was not the heart of the story, for it could have been any recent world leader who got caught up in the sphere of American foreign policy.

The British ex PM is on an island off New England in the winter where he has complete solitude. The security is also strong. The long time aide of the pm, who was writing the book, is found dead and so a new ghost writer has to be hired. This death leads to an interesting development later in the book.

We learn a lot about this writer, his girl friend, his life in London, and his pushy agent who gets him the job. The money is fantastic, and though even contemplating working for this ex pm leads to his girl breaking up with him, he flies off to the States to get to work.

The memoirs themselves are not important, but in researching background, especially in the dead man's files, interesting things come up, which contradict the story the ex pm is telling. But as a ghost writer, he knows that the details may not be important, the story that the author wants to tell is what is important.

And then the bombshell hits. A former cabinet minister and friend of the ex pm lets out very damaging information that could lead to criminal prosecution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 5 2008
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Ghost has multiple meanings in this story to the point of becoming obvious and overdone. Nevertheless, Mr. Harris provides an excellent read that never becomes obvious or over-written. Ghost is a reference to the occupation of the main character, a ghost-writer hired to complete the work of another ghost-writer who had been ghosting a memoir of the ex-Prime Minister of Britain, Adam Lang just retired after leading his country into a losing war in a mid-east country with, the United States and, like Tony Blair, no one knows his motivation. And so, may I introduce Robert Harris whose novel provides an explanation that makes more sense than real life.
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