The author lacks literary constraint, she thinks she is writing for “West Wing” or the Canadian version of Da Vinci Code. How much can go wrong in a year and how much danger and intrigue can be squeezed into the lives of the life of the GG? Despite the media reviews, there is not a great deal of humour unless hyperbolic Conservative policy is funny. The Prime Minister in the novel is a wife abusing demagogue. The plot continually touches on some real events,[prorogation; disaster in the GG’s home country; involvement in Afghanistan] and controversial legislation passed recently in parliament which, in my mind, makes the book a political horror story. I was scared, but I was not laughing.

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