On the heels of the international best seller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles….
Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.
But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York. Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.
©2012 Jeffrey Archer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
Oh my goodness, this is the best book series ever! And I found it by accident! I'm a detail oriented person and the way Jeffrey Archer details the accounts of the main seven characters answers every last question I have. I was shocked at the ending and literally wanted to cry. I could not believe that he would end the book with a big fat question mark to the future of Harry's life when he had so many details previously. Man was I surprised and thrilled as I sat there in shock end the audio kept going to discover it's the 1st of a series. I immediately bought 3 credits and purchased the next book.
If the book would have stood on its own with an end.
It is like a soap with each book not finishing the story to get you to buy the rest. I bought the first one at a discount, but it isn't worth six buys to get the story.
Should sell all six for two credits.
Jeffrey Archer is an amazing story teller. The second installment in the series did not disappoint. The narration if first rate and the use of two narrators keeps it interesting. I found myself sitting in the driveway listening until my husband peaked out the window wondering if I was going to come in. Highly recommended.
This almost seems to have been written by a different author. It was so predictable and average. The first in the series was exciting and surprising. I won't be reading the third book. I even predicted the cliff hanger at the very end and don't even care if I find out what happens. Disappointing.
Say something about yourself!
I agree that the author is a very talented story teller. so much so that I finished this book in two days. I'll begin book 3 tonight, partially because the ending of "The Sins of the Father" ends with an even bigger cliff hanger than did "Only Time Will Tell".
I had an aversion the female narrators voice as she spoke for some of the minor male characters; too high pitched IMHO.
Not at this time. This one dragged on and on to a very disappointing cliff- hanger ending.
"Chickamauga" by Blair Howard
Young Harry convincing the German commander to surrender.
The hearing at the end.
I am a firm believer that each book in any series should be able to stand on its own. This one does not. I am finished with the Clifton Chronicles.
I am a retired psychologist with lots of time on my hands, thus I listen to a lot of books.
Reader beware. This is the second book of the series. And so far neither of them has an ending. You have to listen to the next book to know what happens. So plan on listening to all or don't even start. These books chronicle the life of Harry Clifton from about 1920 through 1970's by the end of book 6 (so I have read). They have a compelling storyline and I plan to read the rest. They are told in the voice and viewpoint of several of the main characters. Characters are developed in depth regarding personalities. The reader's voice who talked for Emma didn't really do very well when she read a male character's line but overall the readers did well.
the first book, set up the foundation. I get that. this book picked up the beat some and I like how you left us hanging!
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