From Publishers Weekly
Displaying enviable versatility, Harris, who first achieved acclaim with his alternative history, Fatherland, and who more recently showed his mastery of the historical novel in Pompeii, hits one out of the park with this dark paranoid thriller. Former British prime minister Adam Lang (clearly modelled on Tony Blair) is up against a firm deadline to submit his memoirs to his publisher, and the project is dangerously derailed when his aide and collaborator, Michael McAra, perishes in a ferry accident off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. To salvage the book, a professional ghostwriter is hired to whip the manuscript into shape, but the unnamed writer soon finds that separating truth from fiction in Lang’s recollections a challenge. The stakes rise when Lang is accused of war crimes for authorizing the abduction of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in Pakistan, who then ended up in the CIA’s merciless hands. As the new writer probes deeper, he uncovers evidence that his predecessor’s death may have been a homicide. Harris nicely leavens his cynical tale with gallows humor, and even readers who anticipate the plot’s final twist will admire the author’s artistry in creating an intelligent page-turner that tackles serious issues. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I’m losing it. I thought I posted this review back in June when I finished it but I fail to find it so here goes.
This was an audiobook read by Roger Rees and he does a superb job because the English accents brings the characters to life. I wanted to read/listen to this before seeing the movie so I could compare the two and about a month ago watched the DVD from Netflix and loved it, although I like the book’s ending much better but can understand why it was changed for Hollywood.
Since listening to this the first time I have listened to it again and enjoyed it even more.
Even if you’ve seen the movie, try the book. You won’t be disappointed!