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The Ghost by Robert Harris

The Ghost (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Robert Harris

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Title:The Ghost
Authors:Robert Harris
Info:Hutchinson (2007), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Authors, Politicians, Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Martha's Vineyard, 21st Century, Crime, Murder, Ghost Writers, Thriller, CIA, Britain

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The Ghost by Robert Harris (2007)

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I love the page turning quality of this book. Some of the plot unfolds as expected and just as you are getting comfortable with the ride, you take an unexpected turn.(I love the use of the SatNav to take the character on his journey).

Although the film does come close to the book, I felt the ending of the book was better. I didn't see the ending, although I was quite certain where we were going - in the end I was wrong.

Robert Harris was asked if he had had any difficult with getting the legal team at the publishers to agree to the text, at the Oxford Literary Festival - he said that know he could and would be successfully sued if any politician took it to court, however he didn't think that would happen - it didn't.

Lovely flowing prose. ( )
1 vote C.R.Harris | Jan 14, 2014 |
Retired Prime Minister of Britain's writing assistant to his memoire/autobiography washes up dead on the shores of Martha's Vineyard - he is replaced by a non political ghost writer. Secrets unfold and the accidental drowning now appears more like foul play. The Race is on to discover who had something big enough to hide that murder was the answer? Amidst a front page political scandal, the ghost tries to unravel the truth. ( )
  booklovers2 | Sep 17, 2013 |
I enjoyed Harris's first novel, Fatherland, and adored his second, Enigma; I can't quite work out why it's taken me so long to read another. Whatever, the wait was worth it.

Our nameless protagonist/narrator is called in as ghostwriter for the memoirs of a recently retired British Prime Minister who is Not Tony Bliar: you know he's Not Tony Bliar because his name is Adam Lang. However, this PM is widely loathed in the UK, not least because he was craven poodle to a war-criminal US Administration that invaded a Middle Eastern country for corrupt reasons; bells might be ringing, no? Because the Brits have come to hate his guts, Adam Lang and his wife Ruth (who is Not Cherie), plus entourage, are holed up in Martha's Vineyard. Our hero flies across to join them and prepares to do his stuff; but then he stumbles across the notes and documentation used by his predecessor in the job, who was mysteriously drowned. There are conniptions galore and lots of wonderfully catty observations from our narrator until it becomes evident to all that Adam Lang was a CIA plant, the most successful of all such moles placed into the UK political structure by the shady organization. It's a great conspiracy theory, but, evident or not, is it in fact the final truth? Our narrator discovers that, no, it isn't . . .

Gotta confess I found the conspiracy theory pretty convincing.

This is a spiffy book at every level: it functions well as a page-turning thriller, you bet; and it's a wonderfully biting, often laugh-out-loud funny piece of social/political satire. ( )
1 vote JohnGrant1 | Aug 11, 2013 |
I can’t help but think I should have enjoyed this book more than I did. Don’t get me wrong – it was a good read, but there were one or two things that hold me back from giving this higher praise than I’m about to.

What I’m about to reveal is a bit of a spoiler. It won’t necessarily ruin you reading the book, but I need to reveal it in order to explain my... discomfort whilst reading this book. So here we go...

To read the rest of this review please click here: http://stevenscaffardi.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/the-ghost-by-robert-harris-book-re... ( )
  StevenScaffardi | Jun 8, 2013 |
The Ghost Writer by Robert Harris was a a very entertaining story. Although it received only moderate reviews, I was drawn in by the descriptive language of the author and by the high quality of the actor that read the book. I felt as if I knew the frustrations, challenges and sorrows of the ghost came through in the story.

It is true that the people in out lives who are quietly behind the scenes supporting and working toward others success do not get the recognition or acknowledgement they deserve, and never is it more true than in ghost writing. I enjoyed this b0ok and recommend it for others who love the descriptive nature of pictures painted with words, especially is a mysterious political setting. I give it a rating of 4. ( )
  WeeziesBooks | May 1, 2013 |
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Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. And now that he’s left office, he’s accepted one of history’s largest cash advances to compose a tell-all (or at least, tell-some) memoir of his life and years of power.

As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this magnum opus, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.

Tense, gripping, and savvy, The Ghost Writer puts forth all the author’s long-term know-how about high stakes politics, journalism, and governmental deception. Set in America, on Martha’s Vineyard,
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Britain's former prime minister is holed up in a remote, ocean-front house in America, struggling to finish his memoirs, when his long-term assistant drowns. A professional ghostwriter is sent out to rescue the project - a man more used to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities than ex-world leaders. The ghost soon discovers that his distinguished new client has secrets in his past that are returning to haunt him - secrets with the power to kill. Robert Harris is once again at his gripping best with the most controversial new thriller of the decade.

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"Dashing, captivating Adam Lang was Britain's longest serving - and most controversial - prime minister of the last half century, whose career ended in tatters after he sided with America in an unpopular war on terror. Now, after stepping down in disgrace, Lang is hiding out in wintry Martha's Vineyard to finish his much sought-after, potentially explosive memoir, for which he accepted one of history's largest cash advances. But the project runs aground when his ghostwriter suddenly and mysteriously disappears and later washes up, dead, on the island's deserted shore.""Enter our hero - Lang's new ghostwriter - cynical, mercenary, and quick with a line of deadpan humor. Accustomed to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities, he jumps at the chance to be the new ghost of Adam Lang's memoirs, especially as it means a big payday. At once he flies to Lang's remote location in America to finish the book in the seclusion of a luxurious estate, but it doesn't take him long to realize he has made a fatal error in judgment. The state of affairs is grim enough when the ghost begins to unearth the bone-chilling circumstances of his predecessor's death. And before long, he discovers that the ex-prime minister is not just a charismatic politician who made a few mistakes. He's a dark, tortured man with haunting secrets in his past - secrets with the power to alter world politics. Secrets with the power to kill."--BOOK JACKET.General Adult. Having served as Great Britains 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 leaders term. 250,000 first printing.… (more)

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