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The way they were built, full of secrets and dark desires, was perfect for a political thriller. The sacrifice of others, of course So Even if you don't overly follow politics you will get enjoyment out of this book, the background is explained without needing vast knowledge El Primer Ministro es reelegido. This was a highly entertaining political thriller.

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I have yet to see the BBC series and will once the trilogy is complete. That said, the two different forms of government parliamentary versus presidential is not the only means by which this book and that series differ. The intrinsic nature of the British parliamentary system is a perfect backdrop for the book and will certainly come to play an even greater role and the second and third books present more information and drama.

Anyone with a passion for politics and especially a love of the parliamentary system will thoroughly enjoy this political drama. Dobbs is to be applauded for his work and I cannot wait to see what he has in store next. Dobbs… you have the golden touch. Keep it up and dazzle us readers some more! Aug 13, Jemidar rated it really liked it Shelves: I've long been a fan of the original BBC series based on this book and have always meant to read it, so with my son nagging me to hurry up and watch the new US series I thought it was time to finally get around to reading the book that started it all.

Very glad I did. Well worth the read. Also makes me appreciate the full extent of what Andrew Davies so cleverly did with the original series. Am now eagerly awaiting the next two books in the trilogy: Mar 11, Jennifer Boyce rated it it was ok Shelves: I will start right out by saying that while I have seen advertisements for the show "House of Cards", I have never actually seen the show.

This is an honest review of the book , not a comparison between the book and the show. Now that is out of the way, let's talk about the book. I found this book to be extremely dull and uneventful. The plot is slow from the start. While there are some interesting parts dealing in political sabotage, there isn't much excitement throughout the entire story.

The story is slow moving, dealing more in the interactions of characters than in any excitement or action. While I am normally a fan of strong character-driven plots, that style just didn't work for this book. The characters in this book were part of the reason why I felt that the character-driven plot didn't work. All of the characters in this book seemed incredibly unlikable and difficult to relate to. Even the characters that it seemed like the reader was supposed to like, weren't easy to like and were much easier to dislike.

I found all the characters acted in an extremely superficial and fake manner, making them difficult to enjoy and believe in. The writing in this book was also insufferable. The author writes in a manner that, while seemingly sophisticated, is confusing and challenging to follow. I had a hard time keeping everything straight in this book- who all the characters were, who had done what, etc.

Normally I don't have a problem following even the most confusing of story-lines, but this book posed a serious challenge to me. I also found that the author wasn't very descriptive; he writes in a manner that is almost too straightforward and factual for a fiction book.

The final issue that I had with this book is the understanding of politics. I live in the United States and while I feel that I have a solid grasp on the way our political system works, the political system of England is another matter entirely.

This book is completely about the government, so if you don't have a solid political understanding, this book is a challenge to follow and read. Honestly, I had been hoping that after reading this book I would want to watch and enjoy the show. In reality, after reading this book I will definitely not be watching the show for fear that it will be as bad as the book.

I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley. Dec 09, Tom Marcinko rated it it was ok. Basis for the BBC trilogy. Not to mention the ending. Still … an interesting look at how a work can change from one medium to another. I liked it enough to probably read the rest of the trilogy. You say you are afraid of commitment. But commitment is what it is all about, Mattie. After sitting down and watching the adaptations of this novel on Netflix with Kevin Spacey in the lead role, I was hooked.

I decided to read the original novels, and I was fascinated at how the character of Francis Urquhart came about. Set in the late 80's, FU is the Chief Whip for the majority party, and after the Prime Minister manages to hang onto his job, FU is expecting a sweet plum of a Cabinet position to fall into his lap.

But he is passed over and FU vows a bloody revenge on the Prime M After sitting down and watching the adaptations of this novel on Netflix with Kevin Spacey in the lead role, I was hooked.

But he is passed over and FU vows a bloody revenge on the Prime Minister -- and this novel reveals the convoluted tail of ambition, power and sheer wickedness. If you've only seen the Netflix series and if you haven't, you should rest assured that this won't ruin anything. I found it to be an intriguing intersection with the series, and only whetted my appetite to read the rest of the series, and hoped that there will be a third season on Netflix to come.

Four and a half stars, and very much recommended. For the longer review, please go here: View all 5 comments. Una storia per certi versi simile a quella di Frank Underwood ambizione, assenza di scrupoli, certi punti in comune nelle vicende dei due ma per altri parecchio diversa.

Si sente profondamente ferito quando, dopo le elezioni, non ottiene il ruolo cui aspirava e quasi si umilia con il Primo Ministro. Stupendosi di esserci riuscito. Jan 09, Maria rated it it was amazing. Jul 30, Tanja Berg rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a highly entertaining political thriller.

I loved following the journalist Mattie as she tries to understand what is going on. I also enjoyed "chief whip" Francis Urquhart machinations to get to power.

Makes me wonder about real life politics! Mar 12, Samra Muslim rated it really liked it. One of the best political thrillers I have read The games, the characters and the intrigue - all just perfectly weaved to make it a fast and gripping read!! I really enjoyed this book but it left me feeling somewhat depressed as it hammers home that the Government is an absolute shambles, full of self serving power hungry wankers. Nothing in this story is unbelievable and it bloody well should be!

But it wouldn't surprise me if something like this came out of Parliament. We almost expect politicians to act like this now, that it's hardly shocking when a scandal rears its ugly head.

I wish they'd just put their differences aside and get on with the I really enjoyed this book but it left me feeling somewhat depressed as it hammers home that the Government is an absolute shambles, full of self serving power hungry wankers. I wish they'd just put their differences aside and get on with the job of running the country. It is a fast paced novel of backstabbing and corruption. A political thriller you are sure to like. I am confused by the ending though as it suggests Francis is dead?

But there are two more books about him? Me entretuvo bastante, aunque no tanto, como la serie. Para quienes no conocen la trama: El Primer Ministro es reelegido. El Whip de su parti Me entretuvo bastante, aunque no tanto, como la serie.

Por lo tanto decide vengarse, y nada menos que derrocando al Primer Ministro y ocupar su lugar. Algunos de los escenarios son poco creibles, y hay otros brillantes. I thought it was okay. I don't think I was totally enamored with it, but it was something nice to read and since I watched 4 seasons of the Netflix series, it was interesting to see parallels. I can definitely see the basis for some of the Netflix characters. All in all, not bad, it had the appropriate amount of backstabbing, runaround, and general politickiness new word!

Mar 18, Iordana rated it it was amazing. Sep 29, Mrs. Midnight Reader rated it it was amazing. Dal libro al telefilm: House of Cards 1 15 Aug 07, House of Cards di Michael Dobbs 1 14 Apr 18, Videos About This Book. Michael Dobbs was born on the same day, in the same hour as Prince Charles in After graduating in he moved to the United States. In the USA he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, which he funded by a job as feature writer for the Boston Globe, where he worked as an editorial assistant and political feature writer from to He graduated in with an M.

In he returned to Tufts where he gave the Alumni Salutation. He was an advisor to the then leader of the Opposition, Margaret Thatcher, from to and from to he was a Conservative MP speechwriter. He was the Conservative Party Chief of Staff from to In the John Major government, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from to , after which he retired from politics.

He became Deputy Chairman, working directly under Maurice Saatchi from to From to he was a columnist for The Mail on Sunday and also wrote column for the Daily Express. From to he hosted the current affairs program Despatch Box on BBC television and has also been a radio presenter.

Nowadays he is best known as the bestselling author of 17 novels up to , such as 'The Turning Point', about Winston Churchill and Guy Burgess, and 'A Family Affair', about the last days of Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, and also a number of non-fiction works. His writing career began in with the publication of 'House of Cards', the first in what would become a trilogy of political thrillers with Francis Urquhart as the central character.

He was the winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for best historical novel in and in was shortlisted for the C4 Political Novel of the Year.

He has also been a judge of the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and lectures at dozens of literary and fundraising events each year. Shakespeare, Walter Scott, even Tolstoy, all used historical events as the framework for their writings. And, unlike some of their distinguished works, Dobbs's novel is, in fact, astonishingly historically accurate.

He is married with four children. Gerry Wolstenholme October He is sometimes confused with American author Michael Dobbs , who is a distant relative of his and also an author of historical books e. Other books in the series. Francis Urquhart 3 books. Books by Michael Dobbs. Francis Urquhart has his hand on every secret in politics — and is willing to betray them all to become prime minister.

Mattie Storin is a tenacious young reporter who has a knack for finding the real stories hidden behind the spin. When she stumbles upon a scandalous web of intrigue and financial corruption at the very highest levels, she vows to reveal the truth.

But to do so she must battle her own demons and risk everything, even her life. 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.

Their differences of opinion quickly degenerate into open hostility. The battlefield ranges from architecture to the underprivileged; the battle is fought with rigged opinion polls, manipulated newspaper headlines, sexual scandal and economic brinkmanship as Urquhart sets out to destroy not only the King's family and friends but even the King himself.

Yet it seems the public is tiring of him at last, and the movement to force him from power is growing. But Urquhart is not yet ready to be driven from office. If the public demands new blood, that is precisely what he will give them This is a different Francis Urquhart — more vulnerable, more loving, and more ruthless than ever. He will risk everything, but one thing is certain:


The USA Today Bestseller from the Executive Producer of the hit Netflix series House of Cards. A dark tale of greed, corruption, and unquenchable ambition, House of Cards reveals that no matter the country, politics, intrigue and passion reign in /5(). House of Cards is fast-moving, revelatory and brilliant." Daily Express Michael Dobbs has wowed readers with his bestselling House of Cards trilogy, . Victoria Brownworth: House of Cards is a superb novel. More than just a standard formula lesbian romance novel, Burns' story takes the reader through the sometimes comforting, sometimes perilous claustrophobia of small-town life, while also telling the tale of a middle-aged woman's sexual and romantic awakening.