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on 6 April 2017
Ingeniously plotted, and with an insight in high level politics, this masterpiece is a delight to read. A ghost writer is hired to complete a former Prime Minister's biography and in doing so he will step into the shoes of his predecessor. But with a magnificent twist, nothing turns out the expected way. Unlike other reviewers, I certainly can see the plot here and the intriguing story is deeper than you might think at first. Harris point out which road to follow and leave us on our own to find the answers. We, as readers, can not always expect to be served with all the given answer on a plate, sometimes we have to think for ourselves, and that, is half the pleasure.
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on 20 May 2017
Another excellent thriller from Robert Harris. A writer agrees to become a ghost writer for a former UK Prime Minister following the mysterious death of the previous ghost writer. Things seem to be going well until certain revelations come to light. A very readable and well written and I enjoyed it.
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on 9 May 2015
One of the best novels I have ever read - difficult to put down. A very surprising climax and no doubt about which person the main character is, in real life. Bear with the early chapters which set the scene and the tale accelerates towards the climax, but continues on for another chapter or two, which seems odd, but is essential, as you will discover. I did actually cry at the end. The DVD, however, is too far removed from the book and I didn't like it, though well acted. My daughter read it straight after me, and loved it, though she is over 40 years younger, so it covers all age ranges.
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on 16 July 2009
'The Ghost' by Robert Harris is an excellent read. Exciting and thought provoking - *a political thriller without having politics rammed down your throat. There are some humourous touches in the narrative. Even without previously knowing of the relationship and fall out of the the author, with Tony Blair, the similarities in the characters are patently obvious, as is the posturing, mannerisms, self promotion and self delusioning of the former P.M. The characters are for the most part well defined, though one wonders what the P.M.'s wife is upto, bedding the ghost writer. The setting in Martha's Vineyard, gloomy, damp and cold suits the subject matter. The 'ghost writer' is not identified and one is left wondering what happens to him after the closing paragraphs.
There is a temptation here, to name the characters and hint at their fate/s, but that would spoil the enjoyment for anyone who likes to open a book without being given too many facts, beforehand.
* For non British readers who don't know Tony Blair for what he was and is (!) the book might be an eye opener, especially if they see him in the same blinkered light as do many of our friends from across the pond!
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on 23 April 2017
I found the Ghost by Robert Harris unputdownable. It was well written and spellbinding with cliffhanging chapter endings. The thinly disguised characters and plot mirrored real historical events.
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on 3 February 2011
"The Ghost" is a ghostwriter. A ghostwriter who stumbles across many secrets while working on a project: finishing up the memoirs of Britain's former Prime Minister, Adam Lang. Someone else had previously embarked in this task, but his body washed up dead on a deserted beach in an exclusive holiday retreat in the US, Martha's Vineyard.

This book is a very good political thriller, starting off a bit slowly, but it picks up speed as you read on, becoming a page-turner. Certainly a well-tailored book, which will keep you glued to the pages. The end is so surprising it will make you stare into space.

Well done to the author, good, solid entertainment, a plausible and clever story which will make you ponder over the (at times) self-complacent stance of power in the political world. My true vote: 4.5 stars.
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on 21 May 2014
The book is well written in many ways -plot, characters, twists, suspense etc but its special quality is the reverberation of reality. The story is a fictional extension (through the creation of Prime Minister Lang) of Tony Blair's close adherence to the USA over the time of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. For those who have been disturbed by Mr Blair's apocalyptic visions, and willingness to manipulate truth around them, this book provides a political explanation which may not be believable in detail but is plausible enough to provoke serious thought. It can be read not just as a thriller but also as a satire. This makes it a satisfying and thought-provoking read.
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on 23 October 2016
Brilliantly written. Robert Harris's descriptions, so easy to read, were excellent. In a few words I could see what he was seeing. Robert Harris can't be faulted as a writer, but the Ghost was a little slower than his other books. And I didn't like his lead character, which was nothing to do with the way Harris portrayed him. It's personal.
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on 1 September 2016
Having greatly enjoyed Robert Harris thrillers based on Adolf Hitler and Stalin, I thougth I should give this a go. The narrative starts off at a good pace, easy reading, characters introduced and a build-up of threads and pointing to a complex conspiracy. All the making of a good yarn and some meaty action to come ... Then it ended.
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on 5 October 2015
Harris's best book by far,great story,well paced and the end is a killer,what a pity the movie didn't do the same! lots of media insider digs
and describes the New England scene very well,obviously the Blair connection runs trough it and thought the main character never had a name also loved the ambiguous Amelia Bligh(was she Lang's Mistress?)
Highly recommended as his best novel to date
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