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The Missing Activist: A Gripping British Political Thriller ( Karen Andersen Thriller Series Book 1): Party Secrets Must Be Kept At All Costs (Karen Andersen Series) Kindle Edition
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Explosive Expose. A no-holds barred expose of dirty tricks in the Tory party, set against a background of violent Islamist jihad and major social change in contemporary Britain. With her personal experience of political campaigning and her involvement in an anti-bullying and other mental health charities, Burfitt-Dons writes with knowledge and conviction.
A fast-paced, racy thriller which keeps up the suspense until the final denouement, this is far more than just a page-turner: it is a warning to all of us about just what is at stake, politically, economically and socially, in Brexit Britain. Amazon
...This book is stunningly different from many thrillers I've read recently. There are several murders and a big finish. But using examples like the Kurdaitcha practices in aboriginal culture and other research into group behaviour, it is also a compassionate tale which grips to the very end.
There are some truly original great characters in this book. Haruto, the half Scottish half Japanese love interest of Karen Andersen, Bea Harrison who trains women wannabe politicians and turns a blind eye to her husband's shortcomings, the long-winded Quacker, the runaway Filipino maids, the charismatic Zinah Al-Rashid who once worked in Harrods, Robin Miller the star-struck twenty one year old with a heart of gold who is wedded to the party which shafts him, Tammy Kell, the cool as ice female Tory candidate, and Andersen herself, the highly sensitive off the wall private investigator who is fighting her own demons with a second-hand foil off the internet. ......
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- ASIN : B07D7DZFX1
- Publisher : New Century Digibooks (5 June 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 2044 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
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Given the author’s background and experiences her story presents insights into a mix of current problems in modern, western society and for the individuals inhabiting it.
The book starts with a careful, thorough build-up of each character, complete with their individual foibles, idiosyncrasies and family circumstances. Each one is unleashed into the story and we watch as they interact, and the drama builds to it’s climax. We get to follow the actions from inside each person’s head as well as their outward personas.
Several threads weave and intertwine as we try to work out the alter-ego of the woman in the burqa; why do the teenage girls romanticize the ISIS soldiers; and whatever did happen to the missing activist, Robin Miller… It’s a dark and bloody world the characters inhabit and along the way we learn a lot about political party machinations and how these clash with evolving societal mores and changing tribal boundaries.
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I really enjoyed reading this British conspiracy thriller. It was not just about Karen’s job to find missing Robin but stacks of other things too. This novel fully explored the problems of bullying, not just face to face but cyber-bullying online too. Also we have the issue of Jihadi brides being recruited and sent to Syria. Plus we have fun and games within the Conservative Party as teams of unpaid volunteers compete with each other to grapple with the greasy pole of British politics.
I loved how Louise wove real events into her story to add perspective and realism. Early on in this novel, Alesha Parkhurst, a campaigning feminist is found hanged in a Cardiff hotel. On 28th March 2019, British Red Cross worker Dr Deborah Lamont, 44 was found hanged at Cardiff’s Village Hotel. The problems of bullying within the Conservative Party is not just in this novel but currently raging back and forth in the media concerning the Conservative MP Priti Patel.
I found this novel lovely and up to date. It really has the zeitgeist and mentions things like Brexit. There is the threat of terrorism and previous terrorist incidents like the vehicle-ramming into pedestrians at Westminster are mentioned. This all leads to an entertaining and realistic great read surrounding a great plot.
I found the characterisation very good and each character had an authentic ring to them. It was easy to identify with each of the characters, good guys and bad guys, who seemed like the normal people we meet everyday. I enjoyed the realistic dialogue between the characters and when I read the way Fatima and Mia were talking, I immediately thought of Amira and Amani from the successful Channel 4 television series Gogglebox. Louise pitched the members within the Conservative Party and their attitudes really, really well. This is because Louise is one of them, remember the old adage, write about what you know. Louise stood for election in 2015 in the Nottingham North constituency and got 7,423 votes against the standing MP Graham Allen who held his seat for Labour with 19,283 votes. Louise has brought her experience and understanding of the Conservative Party with it’s funny little ways into her novel so that the reader can understand the darkness within the Tory Party.
I think The Missing Activist is a thrilling read and whilst the general public gets bored with politics, remember Brexit, this story is a great conspiracy that gets the top score of 5 stars from me. My lasting impression, what if Teresa May’s little dance onto the stage ended very differently. Shudder, shudder, remember Brighton.
With interesting characters and several sub-plots cleverly knitted together, "The Missing Activist" is an entertaining read that grips you right to the dramatic end.
As I write these words, the British prime minister has just condoned the bullying of civil servants by one of his ministers, an act that will ensure he will be condemned as one of the ‘bad guys’ by future historians. In no aspect of life is bullying acceptable and for a prime minister to say it is is beyond the pale.
The above is highly relevant to The Missing Activist because the central themes of the story are bullying, corruption and abuse. Politics is a dirty game and that is reflected in this novel and in the people who have back-stabbed their way to the top.
This is a contemporary novel taken from today’s headlines. How much is truth, how much is fiction? The author blends the boundaries to great effect to produce a gripping read.
Karen Anderson is a private investigator who due to previous experience with bullying becomes involved with the mysterious death of a feminist activist after claims she committed suicide because of political intimidation. Has Robin Miller, a Tory activist also fallen foul of this cruelty, or is there another explanation for his disappearance? Through her investigations, Karen becomes embroiled in a British Parliamentary system which is rife with corruption, bullying and abuse. Where the selection process is coloured by peoples personal needs in holding their positions or climbing the ladder.
This is an intriguing and thrilling read. It starts out with many threads which are expertly woven into the final very clear and shocking picture. I enjoyed all the political wranglings, and the insights into various characters thought processes and complex motivations. This is a thought-provoking read and something entirely different.
Zina al-Rashid aka Tammy Kelly ---- as she is known in the Tory party circles --- is extremely clever at portraying two people, but not clever enough to pull the wool over the eyes of Karen Andersen --- a private investigator. Zena has successfully recruited five teenagers and sent them to Syria to become brides for Isis. Now she is looking for a sixth.
Realising her plans were caving in --- thanks to Karen ---- she decides to take drastic measures by committing mass murder, and the best place to do this is at the Tory Conference. She felt ecstatic at the thought of being a suicide bomber; at last she would go to heaven as a martyr. Will she succeed? --- no spoilers.
All the way through this story, Robin Miller is always on Karen's mind. A decent young man but terribly naïve, goes missing. An activist for the Tories, becomes a target for bullies ---- not from outsiders, but from within his own party. Is he in hiding? Or has something dreadful happened to him? Buy this book to discover the answers. You won't be disappointed.