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The Ministry of Love [Kindle Edition]

Jason O'Mahony
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Book Description

Love. Everyone wants it.
Prime Minister Alexander Fairfax reckons he might just get a second term if he can provide the people with it.
Dr Julian Tredestrian, the most brilliant mind of his generation, reckons he has a plan how to deliver it.
International assassin The Stoat (The Jackal was already taken) has been tasked by powerful interests to stop it.
In the middle of all this, Chief Inspector Switzerland has got to catch a serial killer who keeps killing really irritating celebrities.
Love. It always gets a bit messy.

The Ministry of Love. A political satire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00589OHWA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #557,424 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jason O'Mahony has, in no particular order, been told by 94% of voters in the 1999 Dublin city council elections to go away, crashed a snowmobile in Northern Sweden, accidentally fondled a woman's backside whilst in conversation with a European justice minister, and been accused of been paid millions by the Giant Lizards that allegedly run Europe.

Based in Dublin, Ireland, he has written for media as diverse as The Irish Times, Dow Jones's MarketWatch, The Sunday Business Post, The Dubliner magazine, The Phoenix magazine, and E!Sharp magazine. He also wrote The Spoofer's Guide to the Lisbon Treaty, which really annoyed Eurosceptics during the Irish Lisbon Treaty referendum.

A political opponent once wrote to him to say that he hoped he died from
"the AIDS cancer death". Which was nice. Well, it's always nice to get a letter, isn't it?

Jason once appeared on national television to explain how Irish politics is like the plot of Superman III. He was never let on the show again, although he has appeared elsewhere on telly, often with the permission of the producers.

If he had a helmet and an axe he would resemble an extra from The Lord of The Rings.

Jasonn is now in his early forties, a fact he has difficulty accepting.

"The Ministry of Love" was his first novel.

His favourite author is Christopher Buckley, although his guilty pleasure is reading 1970s paperback thrillers with pictures of Air Force One exploding.

His second novel is "The Gemini Agenda", and he's published a few short stories too. He's currently working on a collection of short stories called (imaginatively) "Dr. Iceweather and other stories"

He blogs about international politics, writing, books, TV, movies, and stuff that really annoys him in a thinly-read blog (www.jasonomahony.org) read by lonely Norwegian fishermen (probably), Dutch grandmothers (true), and cats that accidentally hit the right key on keyboards (probably true).

He spends a lot of time Googling himself and being disappointed, although he did win Irish Political Blogger of the Year in 2013 and 2014, which was nice.

You can email him at omahony.jason@gmail.com, unless you are a)looking for money, b)wish to advise him on how to smuggle money out of Nigeria, or c)want to sell him pills to make his penis bigger.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh and funny idea, well executed 13 Feb. 2014
By Tara
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I had read some very funny, clever articles on the author's website, so I thought I'd give his novel a go. It didn't disappoint.

The idea of a government-run dating agency to bring love to the lonely masses in order to get more votes is simply brilliant. The characters were well-drawn and instantly recognisable without being overused stereotypes. I've seldom seen politics described so succinctly without being too caustic. I also enjoyed the celebrity murder plotlines as the satire here was beautiful. I didn't feel cheated out of any threads of the plot, as they were nicely worked through. This is a funny, skilfully put-together book which kept me engaged. The pacing was good, if a little too frenetic at times.

However, the editing was simply atrocious. Any book which has a glaringly awful mistake on the very first page (been instead of being - as in "the news was been taken") has no business being released on the general public! The author is a journalist so he should have known better - but if in fact he did use a professional editor, he/she needs to be either disbarred or publicly ridiculed! There were some outright mistakes in both text and plot and throughout the book the punctuation was abysmal, with missing commas and sentences which ran on so long, that plot points and painstakingly crafted one-liners - a bit heavy-handed in any case - were either lost, or just plain annoying.

With a professional edit, this book could have been really, really good - a candidate for 5 stars. The idea is there, as is the talent needed to execute it. Still, I couldn't relax into it, because editing disasters like this give self-publishing a bad name. However, if you don't care about that, you probably won't regret buying this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and well worth the money 16 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased this based on how much I enjoyed the 'Spoofers Guide to the Lisbon Treaty' - available for free on the authors website.

Its a funny, intelligent satire that neatly combines the authors irreverent sense of humor, knowledge of the murky depths of politics and (presumably) deep discontent at the state of popular culture today.

Great fun - especially for those of us grew up in the 'good old days' :-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite What It Seems 5 April 2013
By Mrs M
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I bought this because I was intrigued by the idea of the main premise, the Ministry Of Love, as the book is titled, but I was disappointed when said subject matter seemed to take a back seat to a more general story about a vigilante serial killer knocking off low ranking celebrities. In fact the actual Ministry of Love seemed to me to be a minor theme after its initial introduction and I found myself wanting to know more about this and less about the other characters tracking down the serial killer. I also felt that a lot of the comments and references, although quite valid, regarding celebrities/celebrity culture and those seeking fame, were a bit too heavy handed.

Despite all this I did enjoy the book in general but it is not one I would go back to and not one I would recommend others especially to seek out. Thankfully I only paid 99p or I would have felt much more aggrieved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amusing take on British politics and culture 27 July 2011
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I really enjoyed this - very funny at points, but there's also a strong story and some good ideas in there. It's a nice satire on British culture and politics, especially on the balance our media strikes between celebrity culture and actual news, but also ponders the deeper question of just what might happen if the British government did set out to find a way to actually make people happy, instead of just talking about it.

Definitely worth a try. It's well-written and might lead to you thinking a bit about some of the ideas that come up in there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the not-too-distant future of Britain...? 24 Mar. 2013
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This is a very funny, fast-paced novel which you won't want to put down.

With our society's obsession with reality TV and celebrity gossip these days, the world of celebrity and politics portrayed by the author is scarily close to the truth. There is a hint of "Yes, Prime Minister" about the politics, and I loved the newspaper headline stories scattered throughout the book.

Could this book be a glimpse of our future...?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter start to finish . 20 July 2011
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I purchased this download from Amazon not because of my love of politics but my love of reading, I found this book to be both full of suspense and humor.........with the added drop of gory bits in between.
It made me laugh from start to finish.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense. Humor and politics.....and the odd bit of gossip.
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