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
This portion of the tale is no less intriguing than the first and takes place during and shortly after WWII. When it comes to the British line of inheritance, we begin to see just how skewed the thinking was back in the day. Again, the story is presented from several points of view. We see more “bad” guys with a smattering of “good” guys, heartbreak and hope. Now onto #3. 5 stars.
The author does such a great job of building the characters. We are now on the 3rd book and plan on listening to each one so we know just how everyone's storylines play out. You will find yourself cheering for Harry and Emma and loathing Hugo. There is also humor and intrigue. Five stars for both the first two books!!!
The reading of this book in the different voices was unnerving.
Also the story was weak and predictable - Jeffrey archer should have stopped being a novelist when he went to prison- where he got bumped in the head one too many times and started writing horrible drivel.
This was a great book , hard to put down, but I preferred the narrator from book one, The Clifton Chronicles. Left hanging by the ending, as in book one.
I have changed my tune, this particular collection of historical fiction drew me in more than I cared to admit when I wrote the review of the first book in the series. The combination of interesting character and strong plot, with interesting twists and turns, has brought me back to buy the next book. I find I want to listen to the next installment as soon as I finish one.
A very good book to listen to with your friends and family. Very well written and captivating.
The narrators wonderful repetoire of difference accents...especially Hugo's snobby accent which made the listener dislike him even more. Very well done
I would have concentrated more on war experiences for Harry and Giles and skipped the last chapter of book which waffled on and on about a rather, at the moment, unimportant part of the story. I was disappointed by this part of the book as it really was a bit tedious after the rest of the story which was riveting
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