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The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2 | [Jeffrey Archer]

The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Silvia 06-16-12
    Silvia 06-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Archer has done it again!"

    Archer has done it again. I have read several books and Jeffrey Archer always delivers a good read. Whether it’s a stand-alone or book in a series, Jeffrey Archer keeps the reader’s attention. This book could stand on its own; although it is the second in a series. It has unusual twists and turns throughout the plot and keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. I found myself always cheering for Harry and Emma, regardless of whatever plight they were in.

    As always with his books, I have already looked up the expected date for the next book to be out and all I can say is … please, Mr. Archer, HURRY!!!

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    Lakisha 06-15-12
    Lakisha 06-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Compelling!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sins of the Father the most enjoyable?

    I loved how the book told the stories of each of the main characters individually. the parallel timelines are so much fun to listen to. Having two narrators take the male/ female roles also made it pleasant to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maisie Clifton. I really like this woman. She never gives up, and her perseverance is an inspiration to the characters in the book, but also to the listener. Wow!


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox – was your favorite?

    Maisie Clifton.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was. I listen to audiobooks in the car and at the gym, and this book kept me on that elliptical machine much longer than I usually am, and when I got home, I would actually sit in my car in the garage to listen to "just a few minutes more".


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know how I am going to wait for the next one. archer left us quite the cliffhanger at the end of this book, and I am impatiently waiting for the next book to come out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Toland Cushing, OK 06-10-12
    L. Toland Cushing, OK 06-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very engaging trillogy"
    What did you love best about The Sins of the Father?

    Engaging characters with a story that has a lot of twists and turns that takes place in an important period of our history. I also love the fact that good seems to always prevail in the end.


    What other book might you compare The Sins of the Father to and why?

    Glass Castle was actually a memroir instead of fiction. However, like Glass Castle the main character struggles against overwhelming odds & difficulties. It has you rooting for them to rise up and persevere in the end, which they do.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Emma confronted Jelks and won! Emma was an admirably strong woman. In real life she probably wouldn't have been able to accomplish what she did in a fictitious life. But that's what's great about fiction, it can be anything you want it to be.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried, chuckled and couldn't turn it off when I got to work. I would sit out in the parking lot and listen until I HAD to go in.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the final installment of The Clifton Chronicles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Boulder, CO, United States 06-03-12
    Leslie Boulder, CO, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Great story teller"
    Any additional comments?

    I can't understand the negative comments about this series. It is a great listen. It's in a series, so naturally, one is left wondering what is coming next. The writer is great at building and keeping the suspense going!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Magee Boulder Co 06-03-12
    L. Magee Boulder Co 06-03-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Great story teller"
    Any additional comments?

    I can't understand the negative comments about this series. It is a great listen. It's in a series, so naturally, one is left wondering what is coming next. The writer is great at building and keeping the suspense going!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    oskiek 06-01-12
    oskiek 06-01-12
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    "Weak follow up"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This was very disappointing. After finishing the first book, I could not wait for the next installment, but this was not what I expected from Archer. No character development, weak story line. I was disappointed. I hope the 3rd book in this series is better!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen RYE, NY, United States 05-30-12
    Karen RYE, NY, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sins was a winner."
    If you could sum up The Sins of the Father in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent, engaging, fabulous


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Maisey. It all started with her. I also think all the characters are so interesting and well developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Harry convincing the Germans to surrender.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Sins of the Father and why?

    Emma. She never gave up on finding Harry.


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    Aron Patent Plymouth Meeting, PA 05-23-12
    Aron Patent Plymouth Meeting, PA 05-23-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Story....Lousy Ending!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Usual Jeffrey Archer fare, howeverthe ending simply sets up the next book!


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    Kindle Customer Buford, GA, United States 05-18-12
    Kindle Customer Buford, GA, United States 05-18-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Good, but not great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Given the theme and setting, one can't help but compare this to Ken Follet's Century trilogy, and this book comes out lacking in the comparison.

    The characters are likeable and the story is good. It reminds me of a historical soap opera: entertaining but far-fetched. In other Archer books I've read, the history was woven into the story. This book, the history was added in like an afterthought. The story could have taken place at most any period of time.

    I normally enjoy books that skip between different points of view, but in this case, it was often redundant. Rather than advance the story line, the different view points seemed to just rehash the same events, with a he said/she said perspective. I often found myself double checking to make sure that I had not skipped back; it felt like I was listening to the same chapter over again.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Even though this is part of a series, I still expect a book to have some closure at the end. Just like the first book, this story just abruptly ends, leaving a cliffhanger for the next book in the series.


    Do you think The Sins of the Father needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It's obviously written as part of a series. I'll probably listen to the remaining books to find out what happens to the characters.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A Serious Reader Houston, TX United States 05-23-12
    A Serious Reader Houston, TX United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Blatant Commercialism!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I understand trilogies. I understand sequels. I even understand prequels. I do not understand serials. I thought more of Jeffrey Archer before this abomination. The series of what I assume will be three books should have been one book. I held my tongue on the first one but I can't after listening to Book 2. Shame, shame!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeffrey Archer again?

    I will have to to find out what happened to the characters in this most unsatisfying listening experience.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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