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The Ghost de Robert Harris
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The Ghost (2007)

de Robert Harris

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Having served as Great Britain's longest-enduring prime minister, Adam Lang accepts a large cash advance to write a tell-all memoir of his life and controversial political career, an effort for which he hires a ghostwriter who uncovers dangerous secrets about the former leader's term.
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Título:The Ghost
Autores:Robert Harris
Informação:Publisher Unknown, Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:2017, from-the-library, kindle, Goodreads

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The Ghost de Robert Harris (2007)

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Fairly enjoyable. Sort of a mystery drama, but without a super powered main character. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
I don't read many thrillers, and frankly I didn't know there was such a thing as a "British thriller," but you can blame Nick Hornby for this. It was gripping, and well-plotted - as these things go, anyway - and kept me interested throughout. It comes off a tiny bit whiny, at least to this American, but then we again we made The Patriot so we probably had it coming. ( )
  kaitwallas | May 21, 2021 |
Adam Lang, ex-Prime Minister, is writing his memoirs. Or to be more honest, he needs a ghostwriter. Someone to do some research, to rewrite Lang’s memories into a story. Enter our unnamed-narrator1. More used to celebrity biographies our narrator is keen to enter the world of politics. It means a huge amount of money, although he only has four weeks to churn out the book.

It should be too hard, his agent assures him that the memoir is pretty much already written, it just needs a bit of polishing after the death of the original ghostwriter.

But such an east job wouldn’t make for a very entertaining novel, would it?

It turns out the Prime Minister has secrets. Secrets that are starting to come to the fore. The War on Terror is ongoing, what role did Land play in landing the British in the middle of it. And what about torture and rendition. Was he involved? Did McAra, the previous writer, uncover a secret he really shouldn’t have? and did it get him killed?

Reading this book it is fairly obvious that Land is a fictionalised Tony Blair. I never liked him, that evil smirk put me off, and I’m getting the impressions that Harris doesn’t like him much either. And he really doesn’t like Cherie Blair. But the questions the book raises are serious ones, and yet I don’t think that the book ever actually took them seriously, apart from how they ratcheted up the tension.

The whole idea of torture as being of use in this so-called “war on terror”, that’s a big issue. Here is just the secret to be hidden. It isn’t an issue at all.

So that aspect is a little disappointing.

Also, I don’t think much of his portrayal of women. Of course no one gets much development here, not even our unnamed narrator. Sure he changes, but only because of the fear of death. He never really looks at his life or how anything like that. He is a bit of a nobody, and yet he has all the women interested in him, of course!

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by Harris before. This was well written in that I was entertained and kept interested all through it. I wouldn’t say no to another, but I wouldn’t be rushing out to pick up another by him. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
8/10 ( )
  mark_read | Aug 13, 2020 |
This book was different from anything I've read before, I'm not usually into thrillers. But this one surprised me and I think I will read more in the genre because of it. It was an enjoyable read, and it was very quick off the ground, but then slowed towards the end. The twists and turns really keep you gripped to the pages and wanting more, and I loved that. I couldn't wait to finish and get the answers to all of the questions that were being proposed. I enjoyed the moments where I could tell the narrator was a writer because of the way he sees the world, especially at the beginning of the book. Sadly, the characters all fall a little flat. It serves its purpose with 'the Ghost' but all of the other characters don't really come to life. They are just pieces to the puzzle. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, but it is not one that I would go back and read again and again. ( )
  hopebarton2014 | Jun 15, 2020 |
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Having served as Great Britain's longest-enduring prime minister, Adam Lang accepts a large cash advance to write a tell-all memoir of his life and controversial political career, an effort for which he hires a ghostwriter who uncovers dangerous secrets about the former leader's term.

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