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Acts of Omission

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In 1998 the gilt is starting to come off a new era.

Mark Lucas, the recently appointed foreign minister, is in a dilemma. A disk containing the names of British informants to the Stasi has ended up in the hands of the government. Elected on a platform of transparency, he faces resistance from the diplomatic service who don't want him to return it to the Germans, despite the
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 17th 2014 by John Murray
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May 28, 2014 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of 'The Human Factor'/'The Newsroom'
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Review: 'Acts of Omission' by Terry Stiastny

This debut novel is a firework whose fuse fizzes and crackles quietly for half the story and then explodes at it's midpoint.

If you enjoyed reading Graham Greene's 'The Human Factor', and watching TV's 'The Newsroom', I would recommend this novel.

'Acts of Omission' is one of the first few novels I picked up after a long hiatus from reading fiction (10 years), and it happily brought back the same feelings I got when reading 'The Human Factor' at universi
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Feb 09, 2016 Sid Nuncius rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it was very well written with well-drawn and believable characters and a thorough and fascinating insight into the world of politics and the media when a "scandal" arises.

The first thing to say is that this isn't really a thriller, so don't expect a fast-paced espionage nail-biter. It is a study of the effects of a security leak (the now familiar "lost disc") and subsequent scandal on those involved. This includes the civil servant who was responsible fo
Jul 05, 2016 Chris rated it did not like it
The author of this was a political journalist and it shows. It mostly reads like a fly-on-the-wall, documentary account of a particular period of someone's time in government, right down to boring details about a visit an old Embassy in Berlin. That particular section goes on for a few pages and has nothing to do with plot; it's sole purpose is to give background to the political state of affairs in East Berlin at the end of the Cold War and therefore paints a picture. However, it could've been ...more
Jun 02, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it
Received this book from First Reads and read at first opportunity.
Finished in under a week (I am a fast reader though) yet it has taken me a week to come up with the words with which to review the book which is very unlike me.
Lets start with the positive (and it is a huge positive) it is a good read. I enjoyed the book in the main and liked the characters. I thought the story was well plotted (ever decreasing circles) and the voices worked for the characters. If you like political intrigue book
May 09, 2015 John rated it liked it
I finished this book just as final results were coming in from the UK general election and senior politicians were resigning, just as they do in Terry Stiastny's first novel. It starts slowly but builds into a plausible drama centred both around Westminster and Berlin, with a nice contrast between modern power-politics and the communist past in Eastern Germany. Stiastny has the experience to write about the inside of the Westminster/Whitehall machinery and we can look forward to more books in ...more
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Nov 04, 2015 Fleur Smithwick rated it it was amazing
This is a pacy and very enjoyable thriller with well-rounded characters and plenty of heart. I felt for every single one of the protagonists - the ambitious young female journalist, the promising civil servant at the beginning of his career, the politician and his family, the elderly academic who turns out to be so much more than he seems. Their lives collide when a top secret disc goes missing and secrets begin to come out. It is intelligently written and exciting. I loved it.
Jun 19, 2016 Tim rated it liked it
This is a good book. If you were a fan of the TV show Spooks you will certainly like the story. I loved the descriptions of London. It did take a while for the story to get going but once it did it was gripping. The ending could have been stronger. Well worth a read though.
Apr 16, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it
A really taut political spy thriller here. The combination of journalism, new labour politics and a nice dash of cold war espionage reminded me of the original State of Play tv series. It's extremely well done and holds together right to the final page.
Wilde Sky
Mar 19, 2016 Wilde Sky rated it liked it
A disk containing sensitive data is mislaid.

I found the story slim and the characters / plot were flat / didn't grab me – it read like a long newspaper article.

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