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Open Arms

By (author) Vince Cable
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Atlantic Books, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Corvus
Published: 1st Mar 2018
Dimensions: w 134mm h 195mm d 30mm
Weight: 245g
ISBN-10: 1786491737
ISBN-13: 9781786491732
Barcode No: 9781786491732
Synopsis
Kate Thompson - glamorous housewife-turned-MP - surprises everyone with her meteoric rise at Westminster. When Kate is sent as a trade minister to India, she hopes it will be her moment to shine. But, embroiled in a personal scandal, she gets drawn into a dangerous world of corruption and political intrigue... Deepak Parrikar - billionaire head of an Indian arms technology company - is magnetically drawn to the beautiful British minister. But while their relationship deepens, India's hostilities with Pakistan reach boiling point, causing more than just business and politics to collide. In the race to prevent disaster, can their conflicting loyalties survive being tested to the limit? Open Arms is an explosive thriller which circles from Whitehall to the slums of Mumbai. Cable's sweeping tale combines unrivalled political detail with international intrigue, desire, and the quest for power. An electrifying debut.

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Apr 29th, 22:21
Works as a holiday read, but not much more
Average - 5 out of 10
I wasn't sure what to expect from a political thriller written by a politician. But I'd expect a bit more thrills. I kept reading in the hopes that the pace would pick up and pull me into the story. But it didn't happen. Cable seems knowledgeable about Westminster, as you'd expect. But that bogs down the story at times with unnecessary exposition. And his party affiliation is clear with the negative slant given to the majority parties, who two of the naive main characters are thrust into positions in. His world is one in which everyone is corrupt or naive, which doesn't really give you anyone to root for. I suppose the naive characters are the ones you're supposed to support, but they're both bogged down with potentially personally destructive infatuations that seem to be focused on interest in captivating foreigners who happen to be connected to advancing the plot. I prefer stories with a bit more character depth and pacing. This story seems like one that is destined to be a holiday read. A way to kill some time while being utterly forgettable.