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A body pulled from the murky waters of Lake Burley Griffin links Canberra, Beijing and Washington in a titanic struggle where war is just a mouse click away.Veteran reporter Harry Dunkley is chasing the scoop of his career, hunting for his best friend’s killer. Navigating treacherous political waters where a desperate minority government edges ever closer to disaster, he dA body pulled from the murky waters of Lake Burley Griffin links Canberra, Beijing and Washington in a titanic struggle where war is just a mouse click away.Veteran reporter Harry Dunkley is chasing the scoop of his career, hunting for his best friend’s killer. Navigating treacherous political waters where a desperate minority government edges ever closer to disaster, he delves into a cyber world where there are no secrets.Friendship and loyalty give way to betrayal and revenge as Dunkley stumbles into the sights of the mandarins who wield real power – and who’ll stop at nothing to retain it.Political insiders Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann bring biting wit and behind-the-headlines insights to this sharply observed sequel to the bestselling The Marmalade Files, once again lifting the veil on the lust and lies that stain the corridors of power....

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ISBN : 9780732294755
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Number of Pages : 463 Pages
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The Mandarin Code Reviews

  • Jenny
    2019-03-10 11:45

    The Mandarin Code is book two of the political thriller by Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann. Mandarin Code continues the Harry Dunkley quest to find who kill his best friend entwine with finding out who was the young Chinese man who was found dead in Lake Burley Griffin. The readers of Mandarin Code will follow the twist and turns of political shenanigans and scandals of politics. I enjoy the way Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann describes their characters, and this allows the readers of Mandarin Code to learn a lot about the way journalist and politicians work together in Canberra. The ending of Mandarin Code was a surprise to me, and a fantastic twist to an enjoyable book. I recommend this book.

  • Karen
    2019-02-26 12:20

    Reading the first book in this series - THE MARMALADE FILES - was a laugh out loud experience, what with scheming Foreign Ministers, dumped Prime Ministers scheming revenge and ... well you name scheming in recent Federal Politics and there will be a version of that in these books.A series that might work best for followers of Australian Federal Politics, THE MANDARIN CODE continues dredging the depths of the ridiculousness laid bare in that first book. Because of that much of the humour is slightly more subdued here - unless you've not read the first book of course. Mind you, it won't require a close following of the Canberra goings on to realise that this Foreign Minister is recognisable, even with locked in syndrome. Despite only being able to communicate by blinking, electronic messaging therefore, that's not going to stop her, rising Lazarus-like, controlling and generally being a pain in the rear for a Prime Minister under pressure from all sides. Many of the reasons why this Prime Minister is under pressure are of his own making - the sense of desperation and craziness is palpable and the schemes dreamed up sufficiently insane as to be utterly believable. The interference of foreign powers, the likelihood of foreign spies, even the building of embassies with foreign labour, and obviously nefarious intent, well it's funny in one way and rather sobering in another. In fact, that's probably the whole point of these books. Whilst we're giggling away at the sheer lunacy of politics, the idiocy of politician's behaviour and the insanity of their beliefs and missions, we really should also be squirming - a lot.If you are a follower of politics then there's a strong chance you'll have a lot of success working out who is who and what real-life scenario they're actually talking about. Even with that keen interest, a bit of search engine exercising might be required to double check - some of these events are just crazy enough to make you wonder if you're imagining remembering. Given that all of the elements this reader checked, there wasn't one that the real-life parallel wasn't identifiable really makes you sit back and think a bit. Could it really be that real-life can be turned into a thriller, with events that just seem straight out of the pages of a comic spy novel? Yep. Seems so. Having said that there are connections to real life everywhere, if you wanted to read this as purely fictional, as one of those mad, crazy political thrillers there's a great sense of humour, of the absurd and ridiculous - it would work as fun fiction as well. Sadly.Combine the reality of no matter how bizarre you think politics can get, they can do more; with the insidiousness of cyber threats; and it came as no surprise that THE MANDARIN CODE wasn't as laugh out loud funny as the first book. It's certainly as ironic, telling and sharp. Maybe it's because the world it's sending up is a much more sobering place that there's enough here to make you laugh, but more to make you think, squirm and put your head in your hands and sigh a lot.

  • Annette Chidzey
    2019-03-12 11:17

    The Mandarin Code was an engaging and compelling read. Quite a page turner. I enjoyed the authors' familiarity with the political machinations that typify the modern political stage. Clear parallels with individuals and events that reflect the Australian political scene that would be so familiar to Uhlmann. Keen to read The Mandarin Files now.

  • Sarah King
    2019-02-21 09:47

    Lewis and Uhlmann do it again! This book was a serious page turner for me. Even though this book was written five years ago or so, it still rings true today (the 45th US President for example). Dunkley is a well thought out character as well as Dancer and the new spook who was looking after Kimberley when she died.

  • Andrew Highfield
    2019-03-12 09:23

    A page turner, full of political intrigue, and teasing connections to reality, including political movements in the US that seem prescient reading today.

  • Jillwilson
    2019-03-10 13:25

    OK, so who does this remind you of? The character was Prime Minister of Australia until cruelly deposed by a colleague. Often described as narcissistic, publicity-hungry and controlling. Has, for the last two years, been a victim of ‘Locked-in Syndrome’ (unable to move) but manages to communicate through blinking; and has maintained a furious rate of Twitter feeds and therefore a political presence during this enforced absence from Parliament.The writers of this novel have had quite a lot of fun with this character, Catriona Bailey, Foreign Minister, AKA Kevin Rudd, with the hapless actual Prime Minister (in the novel a male Labor figure) with a majority on a knife-edge, falling polls and internal party sabotage at every turn. And then there’s the Leader of the Opposition; a character with some interesting sexual tastes. The novel centres on Australia’s precarious balancing act in terms of relationships with China and the USA. I was reading it last week during Clive Palmer’s outburst about the Chinese and wishing that Clive had an alter-ego in the novel but I think a fictional version of Clive would not be credible. I enjoyed Googling aspects of the plot to see if that had in fact happened (it is true that Kevin Rudd installed at 35 million dollar ‘War’ Room with $3000 chairs.) In the book the embassy's use of imported labour prompts local union outrage. Co-writer Lewis was the journalist who “broke the story in real life thanks to a colleague who was chasing Darth Vader in early 2013."(News Ltd photographer) Gary Ramage sent up in a balloon to chase the Darth Vader balloon and by chance he happened to float over the Chinese embassy," Lewis said."He took about 40 photos. They showed workers clearly in breach of Australian building laws."Darth Vader did not make it into the book, perhaps proving – even in the case of The Mandarin Code with its treachery, sin and satire – that the truth is eternally stranger than fiction.” (’s not the best-written book and there’s too many unnecessary characters But I enjoyed reading this insider’s view of Canberra and of political and international intrigue. Uhlman said “he and Lewis wanted to portray Canberra as a multi-layered city stacked with intriguing people, even though outsiders might see the national capital as a tad dry.”

  • Tracey
    2019-02-27 12:20

    A body is pulled from Lake Burley Griffin and what would appear to be a suicide turns into an international conspiracy that could result in war between China and the United States of America with Australia trying to find a safe middle ground. Harry Dunkley a veteran news reporter is given some juicy leaks that lead him on the story of a life time and possibly uncovering his best friend’s killer. The Australian Government is in turmoil and seems to be heading from one disaster to another. The Mandarin Code is the second book in the Harry Dunkley series and I can honestly say I did not know there was a first book. This book can be read as a standalone without any knowledge of the first book. There are layers upon layers of conspiracy, dodgy political deals, backstabbing and numerous grabs for power. While Dunkley is the character that the story hangs off there are several other players who you learn about. The problem for me was that each chapter seemed to introduce a new character and at times it was hard to figure out who was who. For a while I kept getting the Opposition Leader and Foreign Minister names confused. The characters on the whole were well crafted, the story was fun with twists and an enjoyable read. If you are an Australian political junkie then this book is truly for you. Lewis and Uhlmann have taken some current well known Australian political figures given them a good twist and had some fun.

  • Jane
    2019-03-22 09:37

    Not having read the first Harry Dunkley book, The Marmalade Files, did not make a difference to the enjoyment of this book but I would like to now read it too. It all seemed to hit a bit close to home and I can't stop thinking about how scarily this could really be what Australian and world politics is really like - the under the table deals and manipulations, the innocence of the Australian public, the objectives of those outside our isolated little country and the ignorance of some of those with power and how their decisions can affect the world. Funnily this was published in 2014 and the US President who has just taken power is a businessman without political experience, who came from behind and won the Presidency. Very worryingly Donald Trump is pictured in this character and now Pauline Hanson and her rising profile in Australia is of huge concern too. Oh dear! After several trips to Canberra over the past couple of years, it was great to actually picture where certain events were taking place. Always fun to read a locally based story. This will definitely be a book I'll be passing around for others to read.

  • S P
    2019-03-05 09:27

    Loved it. The plot is complex and the myriad of characters requires one to pay close attention but the book is a fascinating read. Big questions are raised about Australia in the Asian century, and you get a real glimpse of what it must have been like in the final days of the Gillard government (though, given the concurrent international events in the book, perhaps on steroids). The glimpse into the murky back dealings of Australia's intelligence community, while of course purely fictional, is also fascinating and seems plausible enough.While the book leaves you hanging and has some annoying loose ends, it is a solid and thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • Elina
    2019-03-03 14:28

    A fantastic follow-up to The Marmalade Files that goes even deeper into the darkness of politics behind closed doors. The suspense is really kicked up a notch and the stakes are raised in frightening ways. I wish I could say that the events are so serious they verge on unbelievable, but they really function to highlight the diplomatic tightrope on which we walk, and how seriously we should take the threat of cyberwar. These books are such fantastic political thrillers, I could not put them down.

  • Andrew
    2019-02-20 14:38

    This book is a sequel and I haven't yet read the preceding novel, which possibly affected my perceptions of it. It's an easy to read, fast paced and mostly entertaining tale. Some of the political characters are fairly thinly disguised, which is a bit distracting and perhaps a bit lacking in imagination - although one could also say that adds to the fun.The story weaves a tangled web and both journalists and politicians (and spies) all have some flaws on display. Some of the twists in the tale are a bit over the top, but as long as you don't take it too seriously, it's a good read.

  • Mark
    2019-03-01 10:26

    With an interest in Australian politics and the machinations of Canberra, this book really appealed to me. It's quite a complex political thriller, with many characters and subplots, that requires some concentration to follow, buts it's well worth the effort. The central plot is about diplomacy and intrigue throughout a global security threat from China. The subplots are the best though, with scenes and people which will be familiar to anyone who follows politics, especially the dysfunction of the past five years. Cynical, entertaining and revealing. A great read!

  • Andrew Carr
    2019-03-16 15:31

    This book is a quick read, which is about the best that can be said for it. The plot doesn't make much sense (and it's finishes half done, be warned), and the deliberate use of real people as their characters quickly loses its charm.Still, good to see some more Australian based political fiction coming in. With Paul Daley's 'Challenge', and Peter Cotton's 'Dead Cat Bounce', and of course ABC's The Code, it's good to see authors mining the rich potential of Australian politics.

  • Kristine
    2019-03-14 16:27

    A fun light read with crime, politics, wit and humour. I enjoyed working out who was who in Australian politics and all the local Canberra references. It was worth reading for the insights into the world of journalism in Australia alone. An easy read that kept me turning the pages, although the plot line became rather stretched towards the end.

  • Sam
    2019-03-17 13:22

    Australian readers will easily identify the characters here and even though it is a work of fiction, there are many truths in this book. However, best to take it at face value and enjoy the twists and turns. Life in politics is never dull, it seems. Or life as a political journo. Lots of interesting moral questions too, if you want to go deeper.

  • Thebroadgrumps
    2019-03-20 12:22

    Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann have a great story line here. What a pity that neither is capable of writing - I now understand why Uhlmann is a television journalist rather than a print one. Basically written in poor journalese.

  • Jacq
    2019-03-06 11:42

    Great read, especially as it's set in a rather familiar landscape... Although I have to admit I did spend three quarters of the book trying to figure out who was who, and probably didn't give the story the attention it deserved.

  • Jill
    2019-02-27 12:34

    A disappointing sequel to the Marmalade Files which became more and more implausible as the joint authors struggled with their convoluted plot. The unresolved conclusion promises another sequel which I won't be reading despite the pleasures of reading a book set in Canberra.

  • Russell
    2019-03-05 16:21

    Another interesting, fun read. Second in the series. Think "The Manchurian Candidate" written by Evelyn Waugh, and set in Australia.

  • Ruth
    2019-02-26 17:44

    An absolutely ripping yarn, some bits believable, some bits not, but all thoroughly entertaining. A must read if you live in Canberra and/or work around politics and foreign policy.

  • Peter Lees
    2019-03-09 13:47

    A great read, especially for Canberra.ites!!! I know all the places and can see the characters.

  • Cherie Glanville
    2019-03-08 10:24

    Thought provokingHas inspired a much greater interest in Australia's foreign policy and the workings of domestic policy than any news article! Bravo!