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A Sentimental Traitor [Kindle Edition]

Michael Dobbs
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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A missile tears a passenger plane from the skies over London. Everyone on board is killed, including thirty-seven special children. As terror turns to international chaos, can the government survive...?
Who would have killed them? And why? When Harry Jones starts searching for answers, he stumbles into the middle of a plot that stretches from Russia to the Islamic revolution in Egypt, from the shores of the Caspian Sea to an ancient church in rural Wiltshire. Yet every lead he pursues finds its way back to the secret corners of Brussels and a British woman named Patricia Vaine.
She and Harry are doomed to fight their battle to the death. Their own lives, and the future of an entire continent, are at stake in what develops into the greatest political power game since the end of the Second World War. For this is a plot not just to take over one country but the whole of Europe. And in this deadly game, the victors will claim total victory - unless Harry Jones can stop them...

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"This book is not just a thriller but also a kind of political commentary...Fans of the Harry Jones series will want to get their hands on this one ASAP." -- Booklist Online



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X739FC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read from start to finish 2 April 2012
By scc
Dobbs has delivered another effortless page turner. I took it as a short weekend away read to fill the odd moment of spare time but it found it so engaging I read it straight through. I have read two of his previous Harry Jones stories (Old Enemies and Reluctant Hero) and the same high standards of detail and plot manipulation can be found here. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Where Michael Dobbs blends fact and fiction, as in his Chruchill novels, the results are good, but this reads as if it was dashed off on the back of a particularly pungent Daily Mail editorial about the machinations of "Brussels". The swirl of different interests in the EU institutions provides promising material for a great thriller but this is not it. The very basis on which a renegade EU securocrat emabarks on a vendetta against the hero, Harry Jones MP, is absurdly thin, even granting the usual stretching of reality allowed to thriller writers, so although the story does crack along, the denouement is very unsatisfying as the explanation for the pursuit of Jones is so lacking in any credibility. Apart from the implausibility of underlying plot, Harry Jones does not elicit much sympathy from the reader in his fall from grace; for an ex-SAS officer turned MP and confidant of the PM, he is astonishingly naive and careless. You know good will triumph in the end, but will you care?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, a page-turner, Michael. 21 Nov. 2014
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You have written a great story.
I like the twists and turns, and layers that are uncovered (more or less) completely at the end. That is what a thriller is about. You have picked up lots of topical subjects - EU regulations, Health and Safety retulations, Russian gas supplies, phone hacking etc. - which definitely places the story in the here-and-now and makes it easy to relate to.
The characters are somewhat larger than life and most difficulties evaporate as the story rattles on. I can easily forgive you all of this for the enjoyable story.

However, I am mystified by your scattered use of Americanisms. I thought you were English!
You use `airplane' throughout. At least you are consistent. `Bath' and `bathtub' appear on the same page. Why `drapes' instead of `curtains'? The use of `fix' is simply primitive and very suprising. You culled at least half a dozen verbs to plonk this one in their place. Why adjectives with no noun (e.g. flat-bed) ? And ... `were headed' , while popular, is incorrect. The past continuous is `were heading' (ask anyone learning English). Similarly `I owe you' is popular but doesn't `I am in your debt' sound better, especially when spoken by a soldier, an ex-soldier or an MP?

There are times when I feel you are almost afraid to use proper English, which is quite a contrast to some beautifully constructed sentences and well-chosen vocabulary in the book.
By the way - the Tudors didn't build castles. They built palaces. What you wrote about COBRA is rubbish - look it up in Wikipedia. And ... I'm not sure that I like your product placement.

Get your English sorted out, will you, and then I'll gladly give your five stars. Regards, Rita.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read if you don't think about it 2 Jun. 2013
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I have enjoyed previous Michael Dobbs novels and was beginning to like Harry Jones but this novel is spoilt by weaknesses in the story. With his background, knowledge and experience including in the SAS, would you expect the central character to make the obvious mistakes that the story pivots on? Not once but several times. If you don't know about police procedures, you wouldn't have spotted another. Was this written in a hurry to meet deadlines? It's still readable and otherwise has a good plot but don't think deeply about it.
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Bizarre, outrageous and downright illegal acts by foreign powers on UK soil has provided the backdrop to Dobbs’ latest book. Given that an ex-Soviet agent actually has been poisoned by radiation, it is not too far a step to believe that the same agents of darkness might ‘take out’ a passenger plane using a ship launched missile. An MP then asking an innocent question results in him becoming the latest target for an out of control EU agency hell-bent on protecting the future it believes in. This is a book about official manipulation and almost the destruction of an individual for no greater purpose than that 'they' can. A fast moving and enjoyable read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always 13 Mar. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Micheal Dobbs has produced another masterpiece It arrived just before the holiday and was the first book to be read. Amazon had the book with us before the launch date as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality stuff 29 Oct. 2012
Never read a Michael Dobbs book before. I was a little concerned as it appeared to be described as a political thriller and not the sort of thing I would normally go for.
However whilst the political aspect was evident throughout the story ss told was engrossing. And there is so much more within to keep you reading.
I dont really like to review a storyline if I am recommending a book and I do recommend you pick this one up.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, Taut and Enjoyable 9 Mar. 2012
A smart, taut and enjoyable thriller. Michael Dobbs marries politics and espionage together in a plot which is both original and believable. It would be nice if the EU could use some of its gargantuan budget to buy copies for its key officials, but I fear it's unlikely.
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