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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.

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Jeffrey Archer – Paths of Glory 2009

Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong—their unparalleled success has made their stories into legend. But what if one man had such a dream, and once he’d achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

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The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer (Book 2)

Well, I loved Kane and Abel and I was absolutely excited to read Prodigal Daughter – the story of Florentina, Abel’s daughter. Oh boy, the disappointment! The entire story from book 1 was rehashed with additional details for about 10 chapters. All the dialogue, all the events, all the people. The only things that were added here and there was how Florentina grew up in a rich Polish household and how she was bullied in school due to her immigrant father’s background.

These two strong wills really made the first book shine, whereas the summary retelling in this book was a bit disappointing. These two strong wills really made the first book shine, whereas the summary retelling in this book was a bit disappointing.
The latter half of the book deals with Florentyna’s life in politics. I found this to be rather dry at times, and somewhat predictable as to where Florentyna would eventually end up.

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And Thereby Hangs a Tale * Jeffrey Archer Book Review

Having recently finished Honor Among Thieves * Jeffrey Archer, I decided to pick another one of Mr. Archer’s books and decided on a collection of short stories called “And thereby hangs a tale”. Some of the stories were real, some had actually happened to him and some were probably gathered from his time in Belmarsh Security Prison.

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Honor Among Thieves * Jeffrey Archer

Another quick and fast paced failed book (in my eyes) by Jeffrey Archer. He’s written some good ones and he also took his time with some cash cows riding on his popularity.

The plot:

Spring, 1994, Washington, D.C. — While the Clinton Administration grapples with its domestic policies, a sinister plot is being masterminded six thousand miles away in Baghdad. By using $100 million as bait and spinning a deadly web of corruption, forgery, and terror, Saddam Hussein seeks to embarrass the U.S. with the ultimate revenge: to steal a treasured historical document and then destroy it before the world’s media — on July 4, 1994.

Or in short: Saddam Hussein wants to embarrass the USA by stealing the declaration of independence.

Knowing what we know now, does this story seem outlandish. The technology of the times (early 90s), makes the story seem quaint and hard to take seriously. Towards the end I chuckled on the various development scenarios. The story moves along, but the characters fell flat of proper development.

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Prison Diary * Jeffrey Archer (2003)

A Prison Diary is a series of three books of diaries written by Jeffrey Archer during his time in prisons following his convictions for perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Each volume is named after the parts of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The volumes become progressively longer due to his stay being longer and longer at each prison he went to. The UK prison system is highlighted as very petty, poor with pathetic conditions. In my view Jeffrey Archer and the likes of him should have been fined and given useful community service not banged up with murderers and rapists in rubbishy prisons. Prisons and the Police need thorough overhauls to make them fit for UK purpose.

Contents
1 Volume 1: Belmarsh: Hell
2 Volume 2: Wayland: Purgatory
3 Volume 3: North Sea Camp: Heaven

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A Matter of Honour (1986) * Jeffrey Archer

The story starts off well with a mysterious letter that was left from father to son during the reading of the last will and testament. The disgraced officer’s letter contains an original German letter informing the former prison guard that he was the proud owner of the contents of a safety deposit box found in Geneva.

The son, Captain Adam Scott, embarks on a journey to translate the letter and find the item – which takes him right in the jaws of a powerful enemy who was also after the same item – an icon of St. George and the Dragon taken from St. Petersburg during the first World War and then again by the Nazis during the Second one.

What makes things interesting is the pursuer  – a Russian KGB agent who is in fact the rightful heir to the treasure because of his paternal bloodline.

Plot gets thick when Adam’s girlfriend is killed after being kidnapped from the Geneva airport.

Adam is soon on the run when the newspaper headlines read: Englishman sought after German girl and Swiss taxi driver murdered.” The Swiss police as well as English, Russian and American agents are on his tail, after his blood.

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A Prisoner of Birth * Jeffrey Archer

WOW. Just WOW. I loved this book! I think the time Jeffrey Archer spent in jail did wonders to his insight into the way the system works and what type of characters you can expect to see in a prison.

He did writeCat o’nine tales which is a short collection of stories collected from prison but this book takes the whole lot to a new level. If you’ve read The Count of Monte Cristo, you’ll definitely see some resemblance.

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First Among Equals * Jeffrey Archer

Charles Seymour, second-born son, will never be the earl like his father, but he did inherit his mother’s strength-and the will to realize his destiny…Simon Kerslake’s father sacrificed everything to make sure his son’s dreams come true. Now it is Simon’s chance to rise as high as those dreams allow…Ray Gould was born to the back streets but raised with pride-a quality matched by a sharp intellect and the desire to attain the impossible…Andrew Fraser was raised by a soccer hero turned politician. Now it’s his turn for heroics, whatever the cost.

From strangers to rivals, four men embark on a journey for the highest stakes of all-the keys to No. 10 Downing Street. Unfolding over three decades, their honor will be tested, their loyalties betrayed, and their love of family and country challenged. But in a game where there is a first among equals, only one can triumph.

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Jeffrey Archer * The Fourth Estate Book review

This is quite an old book – imagine they still had desk phones and no mobiles! And people were buying newspapers to find out the latest news!
This is the story of two separate characters, Lubji Hoch (who renames himself Richard Armstrong) and Keith Townsend who battle to the death on the scene of big-media paper business in an attempt for world domination.
It’s the story of a self-made man who with his wits alone raises from rags to riches and opposed, his arch-nemesis, the millionaire who inherits his father’s papers and money. It shows what a good start in life can do to your future prospects and also what lack of scruples and ambition can help you achieve.
You end up hating both men in the end – based on the way they treat their friends and family, but you end up hating Armstrong more. It’s a cut-throat industrial achievement book – very similar to one of Archer’s other rise-to-fame narratives: As the crow flies.
Again, the story spans several decades and follows both men from their teenage years, all through the second World War and into the boom that followed. If you like a book that discusses mergers and board meetings and takeover bids, this is the book for you. If you find this stuff boring, then you might give it a miss. It’s a tale of tragedy and wealth and ambition – of biting more than you can chew and of letting personal preferences and adoration cost you millions.