The Final Cut
In a few months, Francis Urquhart will take his place in the history books as the longest-serving Prime Minister this century.
And yet . . . the country appears to he tiring of him. The movement to force him from power is gathering...more
Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this last book in the series. It felt like the author had lost his way and was just trying to fill in the pages so he could get to the end - which, in truth, is not a bad ending.
Maybe one too many novels in the series??? For this reader, the answer is a resounding "YES"!!
Like in the first two books you can't help ...more
My review is 4.8 stars for the complete series.
Yeah, you read it completely right that this book is the highest ever rating I have given to any Fiction book ...more
This was the longest book of the trilogy and unlike the prev. 2, it was predictable. The use of war and military to gain political advantage is an evergreen tactic especially known to us developing country citizens. Secondly, the use of police machinery and news media to stop opposition ...more
The character of Elizabeth is a mixed success. She is an intelligent force to be reckoned with in this book, far more like her counterpart in the Netflix series than in the previous two books. However, therein lies the rub - the previous books firmly established her as a bit of a silly, shallow socialite. It's hard to take the change ...more
I changed my star rating for this book several times during my progress through the final part of Michael Dobbs' House of Cards trilogy. After working my way through the first 120 pages or so it was a mere two star snooze fest. The first book and name sake of the trilogy House of Cards captivated me from start to finish while To Play the King although lacking the end to end thrill was a highly enjoyable read. Surely it could not be ...more
Everyone wants his head and his place as Prime Minister, but Francis Urquhart won't go down without a fight.
International pressure, traitors everywhere, enemies inside his country and hiding in the shadows, Francis has a lot on his plate to deal with.
And maybe he's too old to deal with them like he would have done a few years before.
But Francis has a strategy for everything, for every aspect ...more
Plus, the plot is weak and often takes awkward turns.
This novel really impressed me. It's surely unfathomable to feel for Urquhart, after the previous titles, and yet I did. The cocktail of melancholy versus drive, of age pushing ambition, of journalism abutting discretion, and seeing cultural upheaval writ amidst beautifully-depicted landscapes even if they are arid and dry was a powerful censorious mix ...more
Honestly, after the first two novels, I thought 'The Final Cut' was going to be another dull read, extolling the sins of politics without getting into it properly.
But, 'The Final Cut' impressed me. It was what a political thriller should be: absolute power, a shaky edifice and lots of sacrifices. Lots of them.
Tom Makepeace was too principled for the book. It made ...more
He is the son of nurseryman Eric and his wife Eileen Dobbs and was educated at Hertford Grammar School and Christ Church, Oxford University. After graduating in 1971 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 ...more