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The Mandarin Code  : Politics Peeled Bare - Steve Lewis

The Mandarin Code

Politics Peeled Bare

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Politics peeled bare. The second darkly satirical thriller from the authors of The Marmalade Files.

POLITICS JUST GOT DEADLY. A body pulled from the murky waters of Lake Burley Griffin links Canberra, Beijing and Washington in a titanic struggle where war is just a mouse click away. Veteran reporter Harry Dunkley is chasing the scoop of his career, hunting for his best friend's killer. Navigating treacherous political waters where a desperate minority government edges ever closer to disaster, he delves into a cyber world where there are no secrets.

Friendship and loyalty give way to betrayal and revenge as Dunkley stumbles into the sights of the mandarins who wield real power - and who'll stop at nothing to retain it. Political insiders Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann bring biting wit and behind-the-headlines insights to this sharply observed sequel to the bestselling The Marmalade Files, once again lifting the veil on the lust and lies that stain the corridors of power.

About the Author

Steve Lewis has been reporting politics in Canberra since 1992 and has survived the near collapse of the Fairfax media group, three Prime Ministers, Mark Latham and a career switch from The Financial Review to the News Ltd tabloids.

Chris Uhlmann is one of Australia's best-known and most respected political broadcasters. He has earned a deserved reputation for his fearless pursuit of the nation's politicians as political editor and co-host of the ABC's flagship current affairs program, 7.30 Report.

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      4.0

      Close to the truth?

      By The Beneficiary

      from Brisbane Au

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      • Engaging Characters
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      • Suspenseful
      • Well Written

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        The journalistic credentials of the authors make this fictional story seem real or very close to it. It is a yarn for these troubled and secretive times and a most enjoyable read despite an unexpectedly abrupt ending.

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        4.0

        A Great Spoof (continued)

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          A continuation of the "Marmalade Files". A little more convoluted than its predecessor, but most enjoyable nevertheless. In this current age of secuirty clamp-downs the story is somewhat believable.

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          5.0

          Up to date and worth reading

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            Very useful and very up to date

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            4.0

            Can't wait for book 3

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              Had no idea that The Marmalade Files was the first book of a trilogy, until this came out. It suffers from "second book" syndrome a bit - the writing isn't as zingy and action-filled as the first novel, but it leaves you hanging for the next one. The authors, two press gallery journalists, have filled this book with insights into life among Canberra's foreign affairs cognoscienti, with outstanding results.

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              'A banquet of bastardry' Daily Telegraph

              '[A] cynical, opinionated, lively gallop through the landscape of contemporary Australian politics' Sydney Morning Herald

              'This jokey look at the goldfish bowl of Canberra politics takes the world we know, adds a spy story and feeds in some serious issues like our relations with China and the US' Jennifer Byrne, Australian Women's Weekly

              'A joy-ride through an all too recognisable federal parliament ... Lewis and Uhlmann use the familiar circus of malevolence and blunted expectations to draw the reader into the bigger story of Australia and its place on the perilously shifting ground between China and the US' Weekend Australian

              'A rollicking good story' Good Reading

              Steve Lewis

              Steve Lewis has been reporting politics in Canberra since 1992 and has survived the near collapse of the Fairfax media group, three Prime Ministers, Mark Latham and a career switch from The Financial Review to the News Ltd tabloids.

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              ISBN: 9780732294755
              ISBN-10: 0732294754
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 480
              Published: 1st August 2014
              Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
              Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 3.7
              Weight (kg): 0.63