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...Billionaire Deepak Parrikar - head of an Indian arms technologyKate 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...Billionaire Deepak Parrikar - 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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Open Arms Reviews
Try as I might I just couldn't really get into this book. The story sounds promising - the meteoric rise of a female MP, a sinister plot involving "defence" weapons with a bit of romance thrown in - but, for me, the writing style was a bit dry and plodding so I found I could only manage a couple of chapters at a time before becoming bored with it.It did give an interesting insight into the world of British and International politics but you definitely come away with the feeling that most of the people who are in positions to serve the country are mostly just serving themselves!The bottom line for me was that this book just didn't grab me - even the terrorist event seemed like a bit of a damp squib - a shame really as, given the storyline and how relevant it is at the present time, this could have been a real thriller!
Meh. I'm not really a fan of this book, to be honest. The summary sounded really good and I was excited to read it, but it was far more political than I was expecting, and this made it incredibly hard to read.For me, this novel never really got going. It was just a clear political statement from start to finish, and to be perfectly honest, it was dull. The only exciting parts of the story were the interactions between Kate and Deepak, but even these were few and far between. They were also completely unrealistic. Kate announces that she's in love with Deepak after meeting him what, once? Maybe twice?It was well written, don't get me wrong, and I think it had the potential to be a really interesting story, but it there was just too much 'filler' stuff. I don't know, maybe it's just because I'm not really into political fiction, but this really didn't do it for me.
Open Arms sets out to be a political thriller but fails to excite and presents a depressing view of the workings of government. It also shows the danger of predicting events in the near future – but then the author was not the only one who expected a crushing election defeat of the opposition by a female Conservative Prime Minister following the Brexit vote.The plot had some interesting potential, but the heavy narrative style read more like a report of events so there was little feeling of suspense. The characters came over as types not people and even in intimate situations sounded as if they were summarising their position rather than conversing.I would have liked much more of an insider’s feel for Westminster politics and characters I could connect with so that I cared about their triumphs and disasters.
Mr Cable knows politics at local and government level. He know the arms business and quite a lot about India.He does not know how to write a thriller.This book has no drama, no humour.The characters are from a dusty shelf in an old Woolworths. Hackneyed phrases abound:"They got in under the radar. They must have an inside source."The bad guys are "unsavoury small fry" and are "at the bottom of criminal food chain."And my favourite:"The political wind blowing in the wrong direction."I will struggle on.Finished it. terrible book.(Is 'hackneyed phrase' a 'hackneyed phrase'?)
Political Thrillers are not really my cup of tea if I am being honest but I enjoyed the majority of the book. There are an awful lot of disparate characters and in the early stages it is a little confusing as to who is who and what they have to do with the story but it soon begins to gel. I was impressed with how well Vince Cable brought all the various strands and characters together at the end of the book. About halfway through I did start to lose heart and think that it was just going to be a jumble at then end but it has been brought together very well and ties up, moderately well.From a personal enjoyment perspective this was only a 3 Star read however I felt compelled to give an extra star for the craftmanship in dealing with this complex tale and bringing it to a logical conclusion.From the initial description of the book and the front cover you may think that this book centres strongly on the female protagonist of the novel, Kate Thompson. However, in my opinion, the main thrust of the book deals with the Indian side of the story particularly Deepak Parrikar and his family. There is also quite a lot of attention given to Steve Grant and Shaida Khan and family at the UK end of the deal. So much so that it appears that the character of Kate has only been picked on for the attract to try and woo a certain sub-set of readers in. Whilst she is an integral part of the story she is not the main focus.Set in the near future of 2019 Open Arms is set in a post-Brexit Britain and deals with the necessity for opening up new export links with emerging nations, particularly India. In particular it examines the putative deal in defensive weapons technology between Parrikar Aviation and the British based Pulsar. Along the way the book deals with racial tension between India and Pakistan, the internecine warfare of the British Political System, religious and racial hatred in Britain. I have been careful in this review not to discuss any specific plot points as it would be nigh on impossible to do so without introducing spoilers to the mix.I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM READERS FIRST IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
A first novel from a man with much experience of the worlds he portrays. A political thriller taking in arms dealers, local and national politics in Britain, India and Pakistan, islamism and a bit of business skullduggery on the way. In some ways it is a typical first novel. Cable tells a good story: there needs to be less telling and more showing. Characters are reasonably drawn, but not sufficiently differentiated in dialogue; and his writing reflects the detached bonhomie of his public persona – the moments of tension and high dram barely feel tense or dramatic at all.There is great plausibility in much of the story. The protrait of a fictional local party association will have activists all over the country thinking it must be modelled on them. And it goes along at a decent pace. If Mr Cable did not have a day job, he could well earn a decent crust writing more novels like this.