eBook The Ghost epub

by Robert Harris

eBook The Ghost epub
  • ISBN: 1416551824
  • Author: Robert Harris
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (August 19, 2008)
  • ePUB size: 1215 kb
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Home Robert Harris The Ghost. The ghost will also be under pressure from the publishers to dig up something controversial that they can use to sell serial rights and to generate publicity at the time of publication.

Home Robert Harris The Ghost. IT WAS MY old friend the deaf taxi driver who picked me up from the hotel later that morning. Because I’d been booked into a hotel in Edgartown, I’d naturally assumed that Rhinehart’s property must be somewhere in the port itself. We need to book space in the stores. So the end of February – that’s it, period. What I like about your résumé,’ he said, consulting a sheet of paper on which I could see all my titles listed, ‘is that you’re obviously experienced and above all you’re fast.

The Ghost is a contemporary political thriller by the best-selling English novelist and journalist Robert Harris. In 2010, the novel was adapted into a film, The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski and starring Pierce Brosnan, for which Polanski and Harris co-wrote the screenplay. In 2007 British prime minister Tony Blair resigned.

Robert Harris is the author of Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and Lustrum, all of which were international bestsellers. He is married to Gill Hornby and they live with their four children in a village near Hungerford. Also by Robert Harris.

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Robert Harris's The Ghost comes to bury Blair not to praise him in an outlandish but entertaining roman a clef, says .

Robert Harris's The Ghost comes to bury Blair not to praise him in an outlandish but entertaining roman a clef, says Anthony Holden. If you believe the hype for this book - that the novelist Robert Harris, sometime friend of Tony Blair, has interrupted his Roman trilogy to dash off a thinly veiled, possibly vengeful, novel about the former Prime Minister - then you also have to believe that Blair got up to all manner of nefarious things that we knew nothing about.

After five books set firmly in the past, Robert Harris returns with a contemporary novel that brings the reader face to face with some of the biggest issues of our time - the result is a gripping and genuinely thrilling read.

In Robert Harris’s amusingly acerbic new novel, a scribe for hire follows a ghost named Michael James McAra to. .The first part of The Ghost skewers the publishing business for creating and coddling hack memoirists

In Robert Harris’s amusingly acerbic new novel, a scribe for hire follows a ghost named Michael James McAra to Martha’s Vineyard. McAra is a ghost for one obvious reason - he fell off the Vineyard ferry and drowned - and also for another. He had been cobbling together the memoir of a former British prime minister. The first part of The Ghost skewers the publishing business for creating and coddling hack memoirists. When the narrator is summoned to his publisher’s offices in London, he finds a steel and glass structure nestled among the pebble-dash housing estates like an abandoned spacecraft after a fruitless mission to find intelligent life.

It is one of the best books I have read in months

Robert Harris is known the world over as a master of his trade. The Ghost is yet another signature, brilliant tour de force that will compel, captivate, and excite readers to the very last shocking page. It is one of the best books I have read in months. similar to Graham Greene's style.

From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Imperium comes The Ghost, an extraordinarily auspicious thriller of power, politics, corruption, and murder. Dashing, captivating Adam Lang was Britain's longest serving -- and most controversial -- prime minister of the last half century, whose career ended in tatters after he sided with America in an unpopular war on terror. Now, after stepping down in disgrace, Lang is hiding out in wintry Martha's Vineyard to finish his much sought-after, potentially explosive memoir, for which he accepted one of history's largest cash advances. But the project runs aground when his ghostwriter suddenly and mysteriously disappears and later washes up, dead, on the island's deserted shore. Enter our hero -- Lang's new ghostwriter -- cynical, mercenary, and quick with a line of deadpan humor. Accustomed to working with fading rock stars and minor celebrities, he jumps at the chance to be the new ghost of Adam Lang's memoirs, especially as it means a big payday. At once he flies to Lang's remote location in America to finish the book in the seclusion of a luxurious estate, but it doesn't take him long to realize he has made a fatal error in judgment. The state of affairs is grim enough when the ghost begins to unearth the bone-chilling circumstances of his predecessor's death. And before long, he discovers that the ex-prime minister is not just a charismatic politician who made a few mistakes. He's a dark, tortured man with haunting secrets in his past -- secrets with the power to alter world politics. Secrets with the power to kill. Robert Harris is known the world over as a master of his trade. The Ghost is yet another signature, brilliant tour de force that will compel, captivate, and excite readers to the very last shocking page.
Comments: (7)
There are lots of great things in this book - things that really warrant a 4 or possibly 5 star rating. Unfortunately, the book is plotted very much as a "gotcha" so I could only rate it 3 stars.

Most people who are interested in buying this book probably know that the character of the former British Prime Minister is a very thinly disguised Tony Blair. The author had been a close friend of Mr. Blair's and became so disenchanted that he felt compelled to write a book where the Tony Blair character "got what he deserved". Mr. Harris imagined a future where Blair's actions caused immense problems for him, his country and the people around him. He was so extreme that the book suffers for it. If he had just made the former PM more generic, the book would have been excellent.

Some of the 1 and 2 star reviews complain about the way the narrator expresses himself and compare it unfavorably to Mr. Harris' other books. I'm afraid I have to respectfully disagree. I think Mr. Harris was just as careful in writing this narrator's "voice" as he was in his other books and that this is actually one of the book's strengths. The narrator is a man who doesn't bother thinking very deeply about anything. He is employed as a ghost writer and is perfectly happy to accept his subject's views about what happened and to not ask hard questions about whether events really happened the way the subject wants to believe they did. So the narrator's "voice" is a perfect fit for a man who doesn't think too long or too hard about anything.

I think readers who enjoy literate suspense novels would enjoy this book. And they would probably rate it more highly than I did.

As a side note, I found Mr. Harris' view of the CIA very interesting. He portrayed it as an extremely ruthless organization that sets a goal and always achieves it, even if that goal requires killing citizens of our allies. It made me realize that non-Americans may generally believe this. As an American, I don't think the CIA is that ruthless and I certainly don't believe it's that successful in achieving its goals.
This was a strange book in my opinion. I have waited to write this review so I could put thought into exactly what rating I wanted to give it. The book is superbly well written and has a wonderfully thought out story line and flowing prose. It is paced differently from most books. At times it is a total page-turner, then it slows down and is easy to put down for whatever reason I had to do something else. A ghost writer is given the contract to rewrite a former England PM's memoirs. As he gets involved in the book, he finds more and more contradictions. As it is not a ghost's job to track down the truth, but to put forth the subjects lies in a believable fashion, he knows he is over-stepping his job description. Somehow the book left me as being a book that I will long remember. It is one where the ending did catch me totally unprepared for the last paragraph, which I should have foreseen. Others may not like this book, but as for me, it is one that has made a very memorable impression and I truly did enjoy it.
Robert Harris may have written a fiction novel, but it is so close to the truth that it is quite frightening. Such a superb writer Mr. Harris is. I felt his intense feelings for the wrongs committed during the Prime Minister's tenure as well as some pity. He graciously humanized him and yet had the tenacity and courage to bring forth the lame excuses that a Government and with the aid of the Then Prime Minister, have since given as to why they boldly initiated war with Iraq aand all that entailed. The writer keeps one so esconced in this book with all of the horrible lies and deceits perpetuated on the English and Amercan people as to be inconceivable as well as horrifing. This author has brought forth and made clearer all that one has imagined but did not want to believe. All of this done in an incredibly well researched way that makes the reader eager to read into the wee hours and never put the book down until finished. I must say, "bravo," to this fantastic writer, Mr. Robert Harris.
"...by the end of a successful collaboration, I am more them than they are."

Wow. This is a hard book for me to review because I am such a fan of the earlier Harris book, Enigma, and its subsequent movie, which profiled (beautifully) the cracking of the Enigma cipher by the British boffins at Bletchley Park during World War II.

By comparison, The Ghost was an interesting opportunity to be a voyeur in the life of a ghostwriter but, for me, it lacked characters I could really relate to and care about. Adam Lang is supposed to be the fictional stand-in for Tony Blair but instead of hiding in a billionaire's compound on Martha's Vineyard, Blair is actually back out in the world trying to resolve what is left of his legacy. The conceit is that Adam Lang has his feet to the fire because of a contract to write his memoirs but since when has one of the great leaders of the free world been cowed by the likes of Rupert Murdoch into a desperate sequestration on a clearly miserable winter-bound island? And we get that Martha's Vineyard is tough in the winter. Many lines are spent on this.

On the good side, it is one of those "you don't know who you can trust" books with lots of twists and turns and a ghostwriter protagonist who takes some amazing chances in who he is going to trust. Turns out that he isn't all that wise.

The good news is that the last paragraph of the book very nearly redeems the whole thing - really! It's nicely done and one of the few moments in the book that really gave this reader pause.
Found the book well written. Always anxious to read the next page to see how the mystery would resolve itself. This is second Robert Harris I have read and will definitely read more of his books after enjoying this book. A clever writer who is easy to read while providing a message worth receiving.
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