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To Play the King

House of Cards, Book 2
Narrated by: Samuel West
Series: House of Cards, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs
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Summary

Newly elected Prime Minister Francis Urquhart takes on the new King in the controversial number one best-selling second volume in the Francis Urquhart trilogy - now reissued in audio.

After scheming his way to power in House of Cards, Francis Urquhart made a triumphant return in To Play the King - a Sunday Times number one best-seller that became a BBC TV series, with Ian Richardson resuming his award-winning role as Francis Urquhart, and a hugely successful Netflix series.

Its highly controversial and uncannily topical storyline - in which the role of the monarchy in modern Britain comes under scrutiny as Prime Minister Francis Urquhart threatens to expose Royal secrets when his plans are blocked by the idealistic new King - coincided with a huge increase in public interest in the future of the Royal Family following a series of Royal scandals.

©2013 Michael Dobbs (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"This thriller will delight anybody who relishes political intrigue...a model of its kind and impeccably timed." (Daily Mail)

"With a friend like Michael Dobbs, who on earth needs enemies? His timing is again impeccable. A good romp, and gloriously cheeky. Dobbs’ books grab because of their authenticity - the man knows his stuff." (The Times)

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Ok but nowhere near as good as "House of Cards"

Looked interesting, especially introduction of King as a key character, but no real new ideas. Sad to see that sex and revealing photos still run the country. Entertaining but in a low key way.

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Not a Patch on Book 1

Dobbs picks up where the odious Urquart left at the end of Book 1, now a new PM. Except he doesn’t. Not really. He marches along with what is instantly a formula with no psychological continuity from the previous shock finale. I finished it, more or less enjoyed the plotting, but all along knew that I could not quite believe it,

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  • peter
  • 25-09-19

Pretty Good

But I preferred the first in this series: it was more interesting despite the exotically royal flavor of this one. I think the first was better because the leading character was more than two dimensional. After the success of the first novel and the TV series I think Dobbs decided that he had a winning formula and left out the extraneous, although the extraneous gave dimension that now seems lacking. Wont try number three. Enough is enough.