Jeffrey Archer is one of the world's great storytellers. This book is third in the series of the Clifton Chronicles. I enjoyed very much the first two books. This one was a waste of time. Had Sir Jeffrey read this book after he wrote it, I think he would have rewritten "Best Kept Secret." This reads/sounds like some sort formula book. It is definitely way beneath his standards. I will definitely read/listen to the fourth book in the series. I presume it will be much better. If it isn't, then it will be the last I will listen to in the grouping as I feel I will not be missing anything.
Absolutely wonderful and creative. I highly recommend this series.. The author has created an amazing series.
I'm not one to stick with series, but Archer has a knack for pulling you into the next book and keeping you there. I was determined I was going to listen to another author when I finished Best Kept Secret yet found myself starting number four after yet another cliff-hanger. An amazing storyteller augmented by a first-rate narrator.
At some point the soldiers who survived the charge on the German bunkers during WW2 would have come forward and identified Giles Barrington as the one who lead the charge, and that Major Alex Fisher gave the egregious command, putting the men under his command at virtually unsurvivable odds. This would especially have been likely to come out at the time Giles was running against Major Fisher. His team would have put that dirt out there in the media along with the insider trading and Fisher would have been forever blacklisted and never seen again. This kind of shallow nonsense does not happen in Follet's Century Trilogy and is why I will not read any more of this soap opera drivel.The major characters from the previous novels just poof, disappear, except for superficial mention.
I struggled to finish this one. The smuggling and the exaggerated evil gangster family was unbelievable. What parent, after finding out his son had been kidnapped by a criminal gangster smuggling 27 million into the country would let him complete the job? Any normal parent would have insisted Sebastian fly back with him to England. Of course Seb had to complete the job in order for the horrific plot to play out. His adolescent sexual encounters seemed to be thrown in just because it was expected - oh, I guess it's time for 17 year old Seb to have some sex, so he has the most superficial gratuitous sex ever written- so bad, it would have been better left out. Author needs to read the Outlander series if he wants to write about sex, or leave it out.
His performance was very good with the exception of some of the titled ladies, who were irritating to listen to, too affected.
Oh my Gawd NO!
I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.
This is the third or fourth book in the series. The plot was kind of predictable but character development was in depth. I liked it but Ian starting to get bored with the series. Not much in the way of mystery or twists in plot. And again an end in which leads into the next book to keep people reading.
Keeps me on the edge of my seat. I have enjoyed the first 3 books I hope the next series are as good.