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A Friend in Deed

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Britain: a few years from now...

A new populist political party has won the recent general election.

Duncan Jones, freelance political journalist and blogger, loses his weekly column at a national newspaper and turns to investigative reporting. The chance remark of a friend leads him to suspect that the Russians are directing the new British government’s policies and
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 28th 2019 by Matador
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Billy Buttons
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: A Friend in Deed
Author: G D Harper

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 17
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 10/10
Cover: 8/10
Of the 17 readers:
16 would read another book by this author.
14 thought the cover was good or excellent.
17 felt it was easy to follow.
17 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
Of the 17 readers, 12 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
Jane Hunt
‘A Friend In Deed’, moves forward to the near future, when Britain is in political turmoil, and a reactionary new political force is running the government. Duncan, who we first met in ‘Love’s Long Road’ is in his sixties, a political blogger and journalist, he is still suffering from the fallout of his first novel and its real-life implications, for himself, Bobbie and Michael, two characters featured in earlier books.

This is a topical political thriller, which could easily be fact rather than
Misfits farm
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Duncan is a freelance investigative journalist. Twenty years ago he wrote a story that culminated in an innocent man going to jail and his close friend being hounded. When his reliable contract is let go along with several others at a newspaper he decides he has to do more to keep the wolf from the door. He finds an IT contact and through an innocent meeting with Tanya, a Ukranian, he begins to uncover a story. I’m not normally into political thrillers (I read this one having read Silent Money ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a tense read, with the reader never really knowing what will happen to Duncan if he uncovers too many uncomfortable truths. The world of politics seems to have gone crazy lately, with Trump and Brexit throwing up so many notions of impending world doom and uncertainty that secret political unions and betrayal seem quite possible, if not probable. The scary stories going on on Russian soil in the book seemed overly dramatic - I found it hard to believe that such things still go on in this ...more
Off the Record
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: A Friend in Deed by G.D. Harper

So hopefully you’ll be familiar with this intro by now, but I was asked by the awesome Rachel’s Random Resources (who you should reach out to if you are an author, who wants help to connect with a wider audience of dedicated reviewers and bloggers) to review A Friend in Deed by G.D Harper (the author you might recognise from two of my previous reviews which you can check out here and here). This isn’t the first time I’ve taken part in a blog tour, and
Entrada Book Review
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Friend in Deed focuses on the main character Duncan and his journalism talent in a world of political chaos. The reader joins Duncan in the not so distant future where the parts of Europe have fallen to the governing hands of Act Now! But he soon finds out that not everything is just how the government portrays it to be.

Readers will find themselves hooked within the first few pages. It takes a talented writer like GD Harper to delve into the world of politics without falling into the trap of
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read a couple of books by this author now and I have really enjoyed reading them. I read the synopsis for 'A Friend In Deed' and it certainly did sound like my kind of read- a political and psychological thriller with a hint of conspiracy. It's a scary insight into an all too possible future. Anyway I grabbed a cup of tea and settled down to read. It was most certainly an interesting read, which I thoroughly enjoyed but more about that in a bit.
It didn't take me long at all to get into
A Friend in Deed is set "a few years from now" but it's eerily close to what we see happening in both the U.S. and the U.K. with the shifts in politics and the way the media is being manipulated.

In this novel, Duncan Jones, aka political blogger Richard Foxe, and novelist Mark Jackson is a middle-aged journalist finding himself a victim of the fading of print media when two things happen at once: his paper downsizes him, basically requiring that every story be a "scoop," and he meets Tanya, a
Jo Barton
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Friend in Deed is set sometime in our near future when the political arena is just as complicated as it is today. A new political party, aptly named, Act Now!, has emerged and is currently occupying the seat of power in Whitehall. Duncan Jones is a freelance reporter who is finding it increasingly difficult to eke out a living as an investigative journalist as newspapers, already in decline, are only interested in hard hitting stories.

When Duncan gets insider knowledge about the possible
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of A Friend in Deed from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I was drawn to this novel because of the allure of spies. (Though the politics did not interest me as much, I found that the political parts were necessary and really did not detract from my reading experience.) I enjoyed the revelation of a betrayal, as well as a minor character stepping up to become pivotal to the progress of the plot. Quite the conspiracy theory novel!
Amy Shannon
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

Harper pens a thrilling story in A Friend in Deed. This is the first book of Harper's that I've read, but it won't be the last. It's one of those thrillers that contains country versus country, filled with scandal and dark forces. Duncan is the main character, and one of those characters with a lot of depth and background. He is on a journey of more than just investigative journalism. Harper writes well, and I've enjoyed this writing style. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Billy Buttons
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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TITLE: A Friend In Deed
AUTHOR: G D Harper
Star Rating: 4

‘A suspense-filled thriller, packed full of twists and turns. Not only is it a gripping story, it is also very relevant in a world of popularist politics and political interference. Highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf

I do enjoy a good thriller. I like them fast-paced, populated by strong, interesting characters, and, of course, it must have a twisting plot and a killer of an ending. I’m
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