The fourth spellbinding book in the epic Clifton Chronicles series
Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife, Emma, rushing to 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 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
We all know that Archer is a master story teller. However, in this - the fourth in the Clifton Chronicle Series - one has the feeling that he is writing to a pre-ordained master plan and is manipulating plot development to create the outcome that he wants.And so, while there are pleasant twists and turns, this is not a novel that will be talked about in the future as a noteworthy example of the "saga" genre. It is not in the same class as, say, Ken Follett's Century Trilogy.But don't mistake my assessment as intending to dissuade you from listening to the book. It's a great tale, written by an author whose skill is top tier, and will entertain you. It won't - nor is it intended to I think - tax you though. You'll be able to listen to it, and stop listening when it's time to go to bed. In other words, it won't keep you up all night as a compelling must read!
Started off well but deteriorated
Given it a different ending. The first time I've been disappointed in an Archer book
First part of being on board ship
Not read the book again
Seemed that Archer couldn't think of any other way of ending than to kill off the most attractive main characters so the title was given to cover this
This is the third part of the the author's Clifton Chronicles. I advise listening to the two earlier parts first as you'll get more from this book knowing the backs-stories of the characters. There are a few allusions to events in the previous books but I don't think I would have understood the significance if I hadn't listened to them, though it did take me a few chapters to get into the swing of things as it's been a while since the last book was published.
Jeffrey Archer certainly knows how to write a gripping story as I couldn't stop listening to this good old-fashioned tale of bad versus good people. Set in the late 50s and early 60s it evokes the era as real people are intermingled with the fictional characters. The upper classes and working-class men who have made good are portrayed as the heroes and the baddies are criminals from Argentina or ex-Nazis. Bankers are portrayed as exemplars of probity: ah, those were the days! It reminded me of John Buchan's style of daring-do with fine up-right British men pitted against wicked foreigners.
The author's experience gives realism to how government was run and the political figures of the day. There are lots of factual details about life in those times that add pleasure, especially for those of us who remember those days. However, the main thing is that this is a great story with many cliff-hanger moments as the two sides battle for supremacy. I guess that it will have a sequel: I can't wait.
Alex Jennings is one of my favourite actors and he's a terrific narrator with a vocal range that includes foreign and regional accents, different genders and ages so that I felt I was listening to the characters as the story unfolded.
"Excellent - BUT!"
I have been really drawn into this series, but I find that I have to take constant breaks from listening - not because I am bored - but because Jeffrey Archer has so many cliff hangers, and one can see the disasters unfolding. I tend to start feeling uncomfortable as there is so much hatred and spite shown in the stories.
Once again - he has left us hanging on a thread - waiting for the next instalment which will no doubt be in another years time.
To sum up, I have found this to be riveting listening, and the story is gripping with its twists and turns, BUT I find myself getting quite stressed as the story unfolds. Thank god there will only be one more!! (unless there is something I don't know about!)
"Cracking story - Classic Archer"
Starts with a cliff hanger from book two and ends with a cliff hanger. Classic "Archer", lots of twists and turns, bad baddies, trusting goodies and then then a master plan to sock it to the chief baddy. Listen to find out whether the plan works or is scuppered at the last minute! Compulsive listening. Bring on book four!
"A very disappointing ending to the story."
A more satisfactory ending
This is obviously what the author intended rather than thinking of his readers.
My husband and I felt that we had been left annoyed by the inconclusive ending.
"THE PIED PIPER OF STORY TELLING"
Jeffrey Archer takes us on the latest journey of ups and downs within the lives of the Clifton's/Barrington families. Crafted to his usual high standards, this is Archer at his best and for regular readers who have followed the previous novels in the series, it is unmissable. My advice, if you haven't read the three earlier novels then do so before you embark on this one. It will be worth the wait.
"Best of the Clifton works so far"
The best! Gripping tale.. Interesting and captivating I couldn't stop listening.
I enjoyed it all
The grip waiting for the explosion
absolutely, loved the plot line, twists and turns
to many to specify
the scenes that involved Sebastian's character, and his development and achievements
can't what for the next one!
Alex Jennings's narration - excellent as it has been in the previous books of the series.
Bits made me laugh, one bit made me cry but I won't say what as it might spoil it for others.
How am I going to be able to wait til the next installment let alone all 3 installments still to come? Please get a move on Mr Archer I need to know what happens next.
"great listen but now I need to wait for five !!!!"
as with all archers books easy but exciting
I loved the yorkshire banker and the fish paste millionaire fantastic
I only listen to books now but his reading ? was great
how many more ?? I think 4 was enough not sure I can live long enough to finish this story
"Another excellent..... installment :("
This was another excellent continuation of the story of this family. JA definitely knows how to spin at tale and keep you enthralled, right up to the very last word..... and beyond!
One of the best narrators. I was concerned he might not have come back for this one as his name didn't appear next to the download in iTunes, but I was pleased to see his name when I came back to Audible to check!
All I can say is that if you haven't begun this series, then you have a treat in store for you, which I highly recommend you take.
If you have read the previous books, then you wont be disappointed in this one.
The only other thing I can add is that I hope that JA doesn't take as long to bring us the next (or even last?!) book in this series as I'm already on tenterhooks to know what happens on Page 1. :)
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