In the third outing for Tom Goodfellowe, following Goodfellowe MP and The Buddha of Brewer Street, he is caught up in a national crisis as the capital is held to ransom by one angry man. In the world of power-hungry politicians, Thomas Goodfellowe is an unlikely hero, an MP (Member of Parliament) whose obstinate refusal to compromise has cost him a place in the Cabinet and left his private life in ruins. Now, for the first time in many years, Goodfellowe can see happiness within his grasp. He is with the woman he loves and has a chance to return to the top ranks of politics. But he reckons without his old schoolfriend Colonel Peter Amadeus, a disgruntled former Paratrooper who feels betrayed by the Government that has thrown him and countless other soldiers on the scrapheap. All Amadeus wants is an apology, but when his request is dismissed it becomes a matter of honor, and he and a team of former soldiers embark on a campaign of wholesale retribution. London becomes a city under siege, its lifelines cut, and the government is presented with a stark choice. Either the Prime Minister resigns, or the city will be destroyed. As the capital is gripped by growing panic and the deadline approaches, Goodfellowe must face the ultimate test: torn between ambition, honor, and love—with the fate of London in his hands.
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Michael Dobbs’ first novel, House of Cards, launched the career of the villainous Francis Urquhart, one of the most memorable fictional characters of recent years, who was immortalized by Ian Richardson in three award-winning BBC TV series. His books have foretold the downfall of Prime Ministers and the growing turmoil within the Royal Family. His recent novels, featuring Tom Goodfellowe, are Goodfellowe MP, The Buddha of Brewer Street, and Whispers of Betrayal, which with eerie prescience ahead of September 11th told of how a small group of trained and motivated people could hold an entire city to ransom.
For more than two decades Michael Dobbs has been at the right hand of political controversy. He was at Mrs Thatcher’s side as she took her first step into Downing Street as Prime Minister, and was a key aide to John Major when he was voted out. His experiences have led him to be described as ‘Westminster’s baby-faced hit man’ and ‘a man who, in Latin America, would have been shot’.
His highly acclaimed recent book, Winston’s War, was a novel about the extraordinary relationship between Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain and the young Soviet spy, Guy Burgess. It was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book of the Year Award and is to be made into a feature film.
He was both Chief of Staff and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and has a doctorate in defence studies. He has also been Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi and a regular presenter of BBC TV’s ‘Despatch Box’.From AudioFile:
Readers familiar with Dobbs's HOUSE OF CARDS trilogy will be delighted by the machinations in his most recent book--here we find the same satirical view of English politics and politicians; the prominence of idealistic, doomed mavericks; and the emphasis on sexual intrigue. Michael Kitchen, who has read Dobbs for Chivers before, clearly relishes the roles he portrays and delights in the convolutions of the plot. He makes the major characters unusually alive and believable, infusing them with the personalities obviously intended by the author. His pacing and subtle variation in tone and emphasis are the best. This is an addicting listen. R.E.K. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins, London, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Brand new. The nation on the brink of disaster. Its capital city held to ransom. With moments left to live. Colonel Peter Amadeus is an old soldier with a grievance. He wants an apology from the Prime Minister. But this Prime Minister does not believe in apologizing for anything. For Amadeus it becomes a matter of honour - and retribution. Soon London is under siege, its lifelines cut. Then his ultimatum: the Prime Minister must resign - or London will be destroyed. Only one man stands between the capital and disaster - Tom Goodfellowe, a backbench MP who can't even sort out his own life, left alone save the lives of others. He is a man torn between ambition, honour and love - with the fate of London slipping swiftly through his fingers. Bookseller Inventory # 006422
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