I've been hooked on Archer's book since First Among Equals. Prisoner is even more absorbing. I've been so glued to the book that I have frequently driven right buy turns without knowing it.Listening to this book in your car can result in higher gasoline (petrol)consumption. The narration is outstanding. The reader effortlessly slips from cockney to Scottish to American accents. I will not soon forget Danny Cartwright, Big Al, Fraser Monroe and the Barristers Redmane.
As an attorney, I usually believe courtroom scenes are not accurately portrayed. Those in Prisoner absorbed me.
Regardless of how you feel about the justice of Archer's conviction, He certainly could have not been as effective in letting us live through Bellmarsh without that experience. I think his prison description is even better than in the book he wrote about his own incarceration.
I read(listen) to books for information, entertainment and not to be talked down to from a speaker's podium when an author inserts character diatribes as a means of pushing his own political agenda. Especially when the author makes motive transparent by inserting a gratuitous ad hominam attack on President George W. Bush totally irrelevant to the time of and the plot of the book while preening through his acknowledgements at the end of the book. London during the Blitz and the characters were absorbing. At times, however it seems the author created more characters than he could control. Several chapters would be devoted to a story line and suddenly the author would move to another group of characters. This is common in this type of writing but in the end I was left feeling that the author had forgotten the story of the bypassed characters and made up for it in a concluding summary of what happened to .... Other than these flaws I enjoyed the book because I treated the author's political posturing as just that. His shopworn socialist comments in the supposed utterances of H G Wells and his communist rantings in the words of a Jewish detainee are understood for what the were -not needed to advancement of the story and empty words to be ignored
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