The second book in Jeffrey Archer’s highly acclaimedThe Clifton Chronicles, The Sins of the Fathertakes the reader on a breath-taking journey from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan.
The book opens in New York, 1939. Harry Clifton, under the new identity of Tom Bradshaw, finds himself arrested for first degree murder. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Harry has little choice but to accept his advice.
After Harry is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks mysteriously disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence is to reveal his true identity – something that he has sworn never to do in order to protect the woman he loves.
Meanwhile Emma Barrington, the young woman in question, travels to New York. She has left their son behind in England, having decided she’ll do whatever it takes to find the man she had hoped to marry – unwilling to believe that he died at sea. The only proof she has is a letter - a letter that has remained unopened and unread on a mantelpiece in Bristol for over a year, but the hand is unmistakeable.
In Jeffrey Archer’s epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their very limits as secrets continue to unravel.
©2012 Jeffrey Archer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
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"Even More Predictable Than Book 1!"
A more original and believable storyline
The "soap opera" way it has been written. I knew every storyline and every recurring character who turned up from Bk 1 before it happened.
The narrator did well - but I was disappointed Roger Allam did not continue the series. Neither can do a proper Bristolian accent though!
Disappointment. The first book in this series kept me wanting to know more, even though that storyline was a somewhat predictable, too, which is why I wanted to continue with the series. But this book is just awful. It is so corny in places, and there are so many times when it is obvious that Archer could not even be bothered to do some proper research, that I just could not go beyond the first part.
Too predictable, inaccurate, unbelievable and ridiculous story lines. Not a book that I would recommend to anyone.
Storytelling at it's best. Archer really captivates from the outset, taking the reader through the docklands of Bristol to the executive Lawyer boardrooms of New York City.
This portrays the very essence of family life; full of complications, lies, deceit, loyalties constantly being stretched but ultimately an abundance of love and friendship which in the end prevails. The plot centres around Emma in her hope to find Harry, with an introduction of new characters and obstacles that really are fun to listen to.
A fine second instalment to the wonderful Clifton chronicles collection, this book will definitely have you entertained and wanting for more in the end. A must read.
I haven't read the print version so can't comment, but I do love being able to listen whilst driving to and from work and whilst doing the house work, something you can't do with the printed version.
If you enjoyed the 1st book of the series this is a must read as it is if you have enjoyed anything by Mr Archer. I'd say this series is his best work yet.
"Keep them Coming"
This set of books is fabulous (although you could listen to them as stand alones I would recommend buying the set and start with the first.) They are a true saga that spancs generations of the same families and see's excellent charecter development and good attention to detail. It is easy to ampathise with the charecters and you will develop firm favourites!
"The plot is well and truly lost"
I loved the first book in these "chronicles", but this one lost me in the early stages. I never give up on a book, so I trudged on through to the end. However, it didn't really improve. I have since read the third book and that is a slight, though not huge improvement. I thought originally it was to be a triligy, but it now appears that there will be more as the end of the third book is also something of a predictable cliff-hanger. Not sure I will bother with any sequal to this.
love it totally I never knew I would have been so incapsulated
I am shocked I neber realised I loved this genre !!! engrossed ...
"So well written"
Vintage Jeffrey Archer. Well written entertainingly written and a great escape from 21st century.
"Dull and one-dimensional"
A lack-lustre tale where hard-done-by goodies take on lumpish baddies. As it grinds to its inevitable politically-correct conclusion the only thing to say is congratulations to the readers and listeners for holding out till the end.
If you like Jeffrey Archer you will love this it is very Archer style. not bad at all onto the next book
"Best audiobook I have listened to"
An excellent audiobook, both in terms of the content and the way it is presented - the narrator does some outstanding accents without going "over the top" and make this compulsive listening!
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