Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?
When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.
Back in London, Harry and Emma's adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted - until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica's future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.
Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle's first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
©2014 Jeffrey Archer (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
I used to LOVE Jeffrey Archer's books. Sure, not literature, but FUN, FUN, FUN. Surprising twists that MADE SENSE. Interesting characters. Could not wait for his next novel...
That author is simply gone. Replaced by one who must be writing as fast as he can to make a quick million bucks. (I think I am done contributing to this particular fund.)
The previous one in this series was mediocre. This one is even worse. Absolutely meaningless plot twists (not just hard-to-believe...MEANINGLESS. The story doesn't go anywhere.) The reviewer who said, "Where is this series going?" is totally right.
There is also an annoying "love fest" with the upper class (save a handful of stereotypical Cruella Deville female characters that even the "upper class" knows to disdain). The narrator MIGHT be contributing to make their conversations DEADLY boring with his nasal inflections, but I don't think so--I think it is just ghaaastly writing.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Among the Clifton Chronicles, I would say this was one of the best so far. I really enjoyed it and it kept me riveted.
I have nothing to compare this to as the Clifton Chronicles are unique to themselves.
I love Alex Jennings and his performance was a welcome addition to my enjoyment of this book.
I found myself hating Pedro Martinez and what he stood for. There is a real "good guy bad guy" element to this story... There is the Emma Clifton and at the other end of the spectrum, you have an evil scumbag who has no scruples and no humanity.
The ending of this book was as sudden and unexpected as that of The Best Kept Secret and leaves no doubt that Mr. Archer is already working on Book 5 of the Clifton Chronicles. Bring it on!!!
Very long winded, without an ending? Very strange. It's as if the author decided to write every detail that ever existed in the world, but then suddenly got tired and ended the story.
many were very long winded with way too much detail
huh? shaggy dog tail.
Yes, but it needs to be much better then this book was. What has happened to a very talented writer? This is more like a daytime soap, then an intelligently written book. This dribble seems to be a money grab by the author using his past successes to entice his readers to purchase more of his books.
Mr. Jennings is a wonderful narrator. There should better material for him to narrate! He tries very hard to give life to these wooden character.
I would not have cut, but instead added a recap of The Clifton Chronicles to refresh the reader. It's a year between each book. Does the author really believe one remembers who is who, details, character motivation or what transpired in the last books? I certainly did not. I think most readers do not. There should have been some refresher information included. For example, Mr. Archer never recounts why Martinez hates the Clifton family so vehemently. Thus, I never knew what motivated the villain in this book.
The ending is terrible.....one has to wait a year for the next installment, to find out what happens. I think I shall not bother!!!! It's just down hill dribble!!
I always enjoy Jeffery archer's books and liked this series very much but not the ending of
The third book shocking!
I thought he did a very good job I would like to hear him again
I'm a big Jeffery Archer fan, but I must say that I don't like books with no ending! This one had no ending. If Mr. Archer wanted to set up a sequel, he should have given us some kind of closure. He did nothing of the sort this time.
I did like the storyline and the narrator.
His inability to finish a story without making it a dreadful serial.
Yes narration was good.
Unfortunate that Mr. Archer has fallen into what appears to be a common trait with writers these days of putting monetary values over literary ones. A cheap trick to lure others to continue paying for his horrid work.
I'm such an Archer fan that you should know there's no objectivity in this review. Archer continues his wonderful story line. Just gets better and better. Love his writing; love his characters. Already I cannot wait for the next...stay healthy Jeffrey.
Better story line and writing.
This book was not of the same quality of the first three Clifton Chronicles. It almost reads as if it were written by someone else. This story needs an ending.
I started this series with the first because I LOVE Jeffery Archer books. The first installment clearly stated that this would be a trilogy. It seems that he has decided to stretch it out to five(?) books. All the plots twists and cliffhangers worked previously but this one... Hmm. Overall, I liked it, but not as much as the previous installments. In the past books, I was really surprised were things went; the story worked well. This one, I saw exactly where the story was going to end, not too many surprises. I hope the next one comes out sooner and that it is the end of the series.
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