Sons of Fortune – Jeffrey Archer

United in their rivalry, Sons of Fortune is the classic tale of two brothers engaged in a power struggle from international bestselling author, Jeffrey Archer.


In the late 1940s in Hartford, Connecticut a set of twins is parted at birth. Nat Cartwright goes home with his parents, a schoolteacher and an insurance salesman. But his twin brother is to begin his days as Fletcher Andrew Davenport, the only son of a multi-millionaire and his society wife.

During the years that follow, the two brothers grow up unaware of each other’s existence. Nat leaves college at the University of Connecticut to serve in Vietnam. He returns a war hero, he finishes school and becomes a successful banker. Fletcher, meanwhile, has graduated from Yale University and distinguishes himself as a criminal defence lawyer before he is elected to the Senate.

Even when Nat and Fletcher fall in love with the same girl they still don’t meet. They continue on their separate paths until one has to defend the other for a murder he did not commit. But the final confrontation comes when Nat and Fletcher are selected to stand against each other for governor of the state.

  • Format Paperback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions 130 x 197 x 39mm | 424g
  • Publication date 14 Mar 2013
  • Language English
  • ISBN10 1447221834
  • ISBN13 9781447221838

 

o-POLITICS-FIGHT-facebook.jpgThis book is another classic from Jeffrey Archer. The issue I had with it was that it was pretty predictable. And it bored me to tears in parts:

  • takeover bids
  • banking
  • meetings
  • insolvency
  • running for governor
  • campaign ruling
  • dirty mysteries
  • more campaign talk
  • political bashing
  • Bush and Clinton references by the truckload
  • Committee meetings

“Doesn’t ability to do the job come into the equation?”
“Of course not, you fool,” said Jimmy. “This is politics.”

The book was pretty dry and very similar to First Among Equals

“The popularity of an individual in life often only manifests itself in death.”

What I did like was the last 10 chapters of this mega book where the two contenders for the governor position go to a televised debate. One of them makes dirt on the other available on live TV (his wife’s mother was a prostitute in her youth) and that causes their son to commit suicide (out of guilt?).

Enraged by the loss of a family member and their dirty laundry being exposed in public, Nat goes to his adversary’s home, beats him up and when he draws a gun and shoots at the ceiling, he leaves.

Next day, he is arrested on suspicion of murder as his adversary had been found dead, shot in the stomach.

That’s when the interesting part of the book begins – with the trial to prove Nat’s innocence. Fletcher is the one to defend him in court and I must say this could have made an amazing stand-alone book.

The end is pretty lame – They both run for governor and both Nat and his twin end up in a draw. They flip a coin to find out who will be a governor and then they switch places during the award ceremony so we don’t actually know who became Governor (I didn’t even care at this point anymore).

3/5 (only for the trial bit which was good)

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