"With Eight Months, Montelius proves that the success of his debut novel was no coincidence." -BTJ
Eight months is a thriller about power and the people who are prepared to do anything to conquer it. A story about modern influence operations and their impact on politics, media and the moral choices of the people they are targeting.
After a tip off from a source, journalist Nina Wedén publishes the scoop of the year, exposing Sweden’s Foreign Minister as a sex client. When the minister resigns the charismatic but inexperienced Jacob Weiss is appointed as his successor. To her astonishment, Nina Wedén is offered the position of press secretary to Weiss. Now she has to use all her investigative talents to protect the new minister. But who is really in charge in the corridors of power? Nina begins to question everything, even her own scoop.
At the same time, political consultant Max Boije suddenly has all his assignments cancelled, and messages to his influential contacts are left unreturned. Is it because of the eight-month gap he discovered when researching Jacob Weiss’s past? When one of his sources is found murdered, Max realizes that he has stumbled on a secret that someone finds worth killing for.
Max Boije now has to search for the truth at the very top of the political hierarchy.
And Nina dials the number she has been instructed to use only in case of absolute emergency.
“It is an incessantly intriguing story, with loads of unexpected twists and turns, all of which author Magnus Montelius skillfully masters. He build interesting characters where power merely is one of the propelling forces – although often the main one – but in his fed up Prime Minister and corrupt consultant there is also room for self doubt, dreams, and visions.”
“This is thrilling at the very top of the political ladder with strong connections to pressing topics such as Russian intrusion and Swedish homeland security.
It is a true page-turner and one is lead to believe that there might be a sequel. I am keeping my fingers crossed for it to be so. And for not having to wait eight years this time.”
“It’s a rare gift, being able to make politics breathtakingly thrilling. Magnus Montelius shows that he has that gift in EIGHT MONTHS.
It is incredibly smartly told, with tiny, almost invisible events that turns up the tension until it borders unbearable. This is a second book well worth the wait.”
“A novel can turn into fluorescent word art when well written. In this case, it’s about power, moral and money, what it does to a person’s life and conscience and it’s terrifically well depicted.”
“An ambitious spy novel with a strong sense of now”
“The environmental advisor Magnus Montelius had his big breakthrough in 2011 with the critically acclaimed debut novel The Man from Albania. Now he is back with a political thriller.
The freelancing and largely unsuccessful journalist Nina Wedén exposes the Foreign Minister as a sex client. No one is more surprised than her when she is offered the job of press secretary to the new Foreign Minister. At the same time, one of political consultant Max Boije’s sources is murdered. He appears to have come a little too close to the truth. What is really going on in the corridors of power?
With Eight Months, Montelius proves that the success of his debut novel was no coincidence. This novel, too, is a well-written and entertaining political thriller. The plot is refreshingly unpredictable, which makes reading a pleasure. Eight Months is a brilliant novel in its genre. It simply cannot get any better than this. Overall rating: 5 out of 5.”
“Another author who has raised my spirits recently is Magnus Montelius. [Eight Months] is a political thriller about the most impenetrable and maze-like corridors of power. It is the story of an extraordinarily charming psychopath with delusions of grandeur, surrounded by all the usual sycophantic men and women, and who, just in case, has also engaged Russian operatives in order to realize his political ambitions.
[It is] deftly composed and ceaselessly suspenseful while also provoking a thought or two, at least in my mind. Unlike Montelius, I have actually spent a number of years in Rosenbad [Swedish Government HQ], so how accurate is his description of the Swedish political establishment? Not particularly, I would say, which nonetheless is completely irrelevant in view of the fictitious description that he offers. Literary entertainment at its best.”
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4 March 2019