The Lords' Day (Harry Jones) Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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A political thriller unique in concept, built on an examination of the most fundamental relationship of all - the parent and child--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michael Dobbs - Baron Dobbs of Wylye - is an active member of the House of Lords and an internationally bestselling author who has never been far from controversy. He has worked at the centre of British politics for Margaret Thatcher, John Major and now David Cameron, and was once described as 'Westminster's baby-faced hit man'. He is the author of 17 thrillers, including House of Cards which became a hugely successful television drama, and three previous Harry Jones thrillers, The Lords' Day, The Edge of Madness and The Reluctant Hero. He tries to live quietly near a pub and a church in Wiltshire. For more information, go to www.michaeldobbs.com.
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The weaknesses are that it is awfully cheesy in places. The two thinly drawn young men are like something by Enid Blyton and the clichéd American colonel is laughable. The whole special relationship stuff is embarrassing.
As another reviewer has pointed out, the Americanisms in the British context are bizarre, too, and can only come from a grovelling desire to please the American market. Ironical.
One small point which I am surprised nobody picked up in the editing - Marjorie Antrobus is/was the name of one of the characters in The Archers. It's an uncommon name that Dobbs, being of a certain age and social level, must have thought sounded plausible because he had unknowingly heard it on the radio.
Well written with lots of extreme tension as terrorists hold the UK government to ransom to secure the release of one of their own. There are sub-plots and power struggles plus the threat of precipitate and dangerous actions by our overbearing American "allies".
There's even a surprise ending when the chief puppeteer is unmasked.
This is a very clver book, well written, a great twists and turns story and well researched.
His attention to detail is excellent and it is a book you will not really want to put down.
It mixes contemporary news and events and puts them in one of our most recognised historical contexts. Very very good indeed.
That was a jolly good story, intertwining large-scale political ideas and personal histories. I particularly enjoyed the un-p.c. statements that living politicans would hardly dare to say. I could have lived without the soul-searching between the Queen and Charles and, while praying during the siege was mentioned, it was the U.S. President doing it, not the Supreme Governor of the C of E. (odd?)
Praise for the correct use of the conditional tense (if ...were) which is extremely rare, English vocabulary, spellings and references - mention of Danegeld, quotes from Shakespear tucked into the conversations, phrases like `to do a Maggie', reference to Russians and soccer, dressing gown/ being brassed off/ clobber (as in `clothes')/ gaol/ doughnuts (not donuts!) and ... feet and miles.
However ... the book was not English all the way through.
Why the scattering of American vocabulary? Just a scattering. If American readers can cope with the above-mentioned English references, surely they can cope with a whole book written in English. I could live very happily without closet, fall guy, airplane, get lucky, on the line, tranportation and john in a book that celebrates Englishness. Would a parallel novel about the U.S. Senate contain U.K. English vocabulary?
`Headed' as in `where it was headed' is extremely popular but neither past continuous or simple past and simply wrong. And ...
`He raised his flag, yet no-one seemed to keen to salute.' is not what Brits do at a COBRA crisis meeting.
Can we have all future books written in English please? Thank you. Regards, Rita.
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