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  • By: Robert Peston
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)

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By: Robert Peston
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Summary

THE GRIPPING DEBUT THRILLER FROM THE UK'S TOP POLITICAL JOURNALIST, ROBERT PESTON.

1997. A desperate government clings to power; a hungry opposition will do anything to win. And journalist Gil Peck watches from the sidelines, a respected commentator on the sport of power politics. He thinks he knows how things work. He thinks he knows the rules.

But when Gil's estranged sister Clare dies in a hit-and-run, he begins to believe it was no accident. Clare knew some of the most sensitive secrets in government. One of them might have got her killed.

As election day approaches, Gil follows the story into the dark web of interests that link politics, finance and the media. And the deeper he goes, the more he realises how wrong he has been.

Power isn't sport: it's war. And if Gil doesn't stop digging, he might be the next casualty.

©2021 Robert Peston (P)2021 Bonnier Books UK

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Captivating thriller

A fan of Robert Peston the journalist, now a fan of Robert Peston the novelist.

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Author's message overrides story.

Mildly entertaining, but the first half was too slow and had none of the sense of jeopardy I expect in a thriller. The central character was quite well drawn, but the other characters are caricatures of real people thinly disguised in order for the author to make political points.

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The whistleblower

Never really been a fan of Robert Peston, I always thought he was to up himself, and patronising.

But who knew, the man writes a great story with people and events the listener can recognise.

Robert if you read this, this was a dam good listen especially the bit in the car.

Well done sir!

Hurry up and write the next prequel this can run and run….

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Really enjoyable thriller

I enjoyed this book enormously. Highly recommended. Enjoyable performance by the author. Nostalgic trip to the 1990s!

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Disappointed

I admire Robert Peston as a political and economic journalist. Therefore, in a book interweaving both, I had high expectations. However, the book is laden with caricatures and the plot is barely believable. On the subject of pensions fraud, in outline, Peston is correct but in that aspect the story is derivative of the Mirror Group pensions scandal. But I knew Robert Maxwell quite well. There is nothing other than superficiality in this book to explore the contradictions and complexities of a monster who would do such a thing, the legions of professionals who turned a blind eye and enabled it. The only moment in which I found empathy with any of the characters was in the closing chapters, the occasion of a family gathering. The manifestation of angst alone is not enough - I have to like someone - but in this book I didn’t. It is set in times preceding Trump, the Referendum and the doctrine of Fake News. However, spin became a flourishing industry around the time in which this novel os set and, today, for me, it was an era which heralded manipulation of people by broadband and the assumption of risible shibboleths by politicians in raw pursuit of power. To that extent, this book hit the mark. But stereotypes, however knowledgeably drawn do not a good novel make. I stayed to the end, curious as to the denouement but probably only because of the narration of Matt Addis of whom I am a great fan. Whether this book would have been commercial absent the eminence of its author is anyone’s guess - but probably. Mr Peston, don’t give up, please, you are too good for that but for your next oeuvre I hope that you will think about the remarks I have made with humility. Good luck.

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Disappointing

Is Peston trying to rehabilitate the c word?
Ploughed through it whilst cleaning windows, kept me company but not to be repeated.

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Fact or fiction?!

A splendid ‘story’ and a real insight into the fascinating world of politics and journalism!

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Very enjoyable

The book was excellent, I listened in audiobook and for the first time in a while i was very keen to get back to it. Well done to Mr Peston on his fiction debut.

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Easier if you’re an economics graduate, but ….

An excellent tale told well and at a good pace. I’m not familiar with most of the financial stuff but managed to ride that to get the gist of the story. Lots of characters so careful listening is required.

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Decent story well told

this is a decent story that is well written and well told. Though it does get a bit lost at times and tries to do too much, it’s mostly compelling and well structured. Especially for a debut novel, it’s very good. Peston brings a lot of inside knowledge that brings this book and story together

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