The Buddha of Brewer Street (Thomas Goodfellowe Series #2)

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A new Dalai Lama is born. The infant god-king of Tibet. And around the child explodes an international conspiracy that will carve a trail of death from the slopes of Mount Everest right to the heart of London's Chinatown. It is an unlikely battleground for a backbench Member of Parliament—but then Tom Goodfellowe is the unlikeliest of heroes. His career is going nowhere and his main concerns are his overdraft and his unrequited love life—until a mysterious Tibetan monk walks into his chaotic world and draws him ...

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Overview

A new Dalai Lama is born. The infant god-king of Tibet. And around the child explodes an international conspiracy that will carve a trail of death from the slopes of Mount Everest right to the heart of London's Chinatown. It is an unlikely battleground for a backbench Member of Parliament—but then Tom Goodfellowe is the unlikeliest of heroes. His career is going nowhere and his main concerns are his overdraft and his unrequited love life—until a mysterious Tibetan monk walks into his chaotic world and draws him into a murderous race against time. On the outcome of this race will hang the fate of millions of people and one of the world's great religions. The odds are hopeless but he is a born fighter. And the best of Tom Goodfellowe is yet to come.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For fans of the Machiavellian Prime Minister Francis Urquhart, the antiheroic protagonist of Dobbs's previous trilogy (adapted for TV as House of Cards, starring Ian Richardson), Thomas Goodfellowe, a decent, down-on-his-political-luck backbencher, is an unenticing replacement. Likewise, few readers will be tempted by the second installment's ludicrous intrigue involving the Chinese government's attempts to find and kidnap the newly reincarnated, British-born Dalai Lama. A former political adviser to Margaret Thatcher and John Major, Dobbs seems to have gone soft since New Labour took power, if Goodfellowe's soap-operatic midlife crisis is an indicator. With his wife hospitalized for depression, his teenage daughter hiding family planning and pregnancy leaflets and his junior ministerial career over, Goodfellowe is totally unprepared to be enlisted by Buddhist monks in the search for the next Dalai Lama. Dobbs delivers plenty of international cat-and-mouse episodes, stretching from London's Chinatown to Tibet, along with scenes of Chinese human rights abuses that would alarm Amnesty International, but none of this adds up to much of a read. Although there are good guys to cheer for and baddies to boo in the race to find the special child in England's Tibetan refugee community, this featherweight entertainment has no punch. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780006497981
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 4/11/2002
  • Series: Thomas Goodfellowe Series , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Dobbs, former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party of England, is the author of House of Cards and Winston’s War as well as two other novels featuring Tom Goodfellowe—Goodfellowe MP and Whispers of Betrayal.

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