- 59,00 kr
2016. The world is on the brink of crisis. Who could have predicted how events would play out? In this satirical thriller, Stanley Johnson, former MEP and father to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, just might have.
In Britain, the British Prime Minister Jeremy Hartley is fighting a referendum he thought couldn’t be lost.
In the USA, brash showman, Ronald Craig is fighting a Presidential Election nobody thought he could win.
In the USSR, Igor Popov, the Russian President, is using both events as part of his plan to destabilise the West.
This thriller has the makings of a gleeful romp through geopolitical skullduggery, but Johnson (The Commissioner) has laid out something that looks more like an alternative history for our grim and disrupted times. The hyperkinetic action starts off with Russian president Igor Popov shooting a putative Republican presidential candidate in the buttocks with a tranquilizer dart in a cleverly contrived Siberian setup, but it keeps returning to efforts to jump-start, then fan the flames of, a Brexit-style campaign for the United Kingdom. Johnson, a longtime figure on the British political scene, aims for satire as he sketches out Operation Tectonic Plate, Popov's nefarious scheme to destabilize his country's opponents and place a friendly face in the White House, but the ripped-from-the-headlines plot is too close to actual (or easily imagined) fact to provoke real laughter. The reader will find no sympathetic characters, and the corridors of power from Berlin to Beijing to Washington all convey the same sense of grasping self-interest and greedy fear that confirms the worst suspicions of how politics really work.