New York Times best seller Jeffrey Archer continues his beloved Clifton Chronicle series as Harry and Emma finally begin building a happy life - but a dangerous family enemy is about to resurface....
Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage. And Sebastian, though he is bright, isn't quite the hard worker that his father was at school, and finds a hard time resisting the temptations that his somewhat unsavory friends provide.
It all comes to a head when a new villain is uncovered, a face from the past with grudges against both Harry and Giles - Fisher, who tortured Harry at school and later took credit for Giles' heroics during the war. Fisher teams up with Giles' now ex-wife to wreak havoc on Giles' latest election as well as meddle with affairs inside Barringtons, while Harry and Emma must deal with a new scheme that Sebastian has unwittingly fallen into with a supposed friend. The drama continues for Harry Clifton and his family, bringing this mesmerizing saga into the 1960s.
©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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.
This book is more entertaining than #2 in the series. Some day British authors will realize how different California is from New York or Washington D.C. However, anyone in the U.S. Knows that Stanford University is not in Los Angeles, and the idea of an extended learning degree in the 1950's is laughable. The list of huge mistakes goes on and on. It is a fun series if you can grit your teeth for the "American" accents. The narrator is great otherwise.
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