In the new novel of treachery at the highest levels from the bestselling author of House of Cards, backbench MP Tom Goodfellowe is caught up in a national crisis as the capital is held to ransom by one angry man. Colonel Peter Amadeus is an old soldier with a grievance. He wants an apology from the Prime Minister. But this Prime Minister does not believe in apologizing for anything. For Amadeus it becomes a matter of honour - and retribution. Soon London is a city under siege, its lifelines cut. Then comes his ultimatum: the Prime Minister must resign - or London will be destroyed. Only one man stands between the capital and disaster - Tom Goodfellowe, a backbench MP who can't even sort out his own life, let alone save the lives of others. He is a man torn between ambition, honour and love - with the fate of London slipping swiftly through his fingers.
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Thomas Goodfellowe MP, Michael Dobbs's maverick politico, returns for another adventure in which he finds, yet again, that despite unquashable stirrings of ambition for high office, he cannot be a team-player on the side of his even more power-hungry, and certainly more ruthless, party bosses. Dobbs has married a convincingly cynical insider's view of the byzantine ways of Westminster power-broking and spin-doctoring to a dramatic plot involving terrorist-style direct action by a group of disgruntled ex-sevice personnel, with the charismatically flawed but fundamentally decent Goodfellowe at the centre. As the terrorist band wreaks a series of highly imaginative stunts on the capital and the image-obsessed prime minister fears for his position if they are not apprehended, Goodfellowe struggles to save the city and the PM's reputation from a climactic armageddon, while still finding time to pursue his passionate relationship with his sexy restaurateur girlfriend and attempt a reconciliation with his troubled daughter, and still entertain fantasies about exchanging his backbencher's bicycle for a ministerial limo. A page-turning read to the cliffhanger ending, with some excellent fun at the expense of politics and politicians along the way. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Michael Dobbs
Michael Dobbs was at Mrs Thatcher's side as she took her first step into Downing Street as Prime Minister, and was a key aide to John Major when he was voted out. In between times he was bombed in Brighton, banished from Chequers and blamed for failing to secure a Blair-Major television debate. He is now one of the country's leading political commentators and a BBC TV presenter of current affairs.