Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington, and Lady Virginia. Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?
Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy and can see no way out of her financial problems until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who's in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.
Sebastian Clifton is now the chief executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Nadira, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian's rivals, Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor, are still plotting to bring him and his chairman, Hakim Bishara, down, so they can take over Farthings.
Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.
Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels - all of which hit the New York Times best-seller list - showcases Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.
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This one begins and ends well, but the overall character development and motives of the antagonists didn't stack up to the other stories. Likewise, it was like on historical intertwining like the other books.
But if you're a Clifton Chronicles fan it's a must read/listen as will the next one.
Narration is good as usual. Looking forward to the next one.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
...book in the series. The ending here is just fine. This novel covers the the decade of the 1970's, so I suspect there will be more. Cometh the Hour, more than any of the prior five books in the series, stretches beyond credibility. It has been a nice ride, but enough of the Cliftons and Barringtons.
The narration was outstanding.
So, I've now listened to all of the Clifton Chronicles books with only the next and reportedly last one that will be published next year. I began this project of tackling the series because I heard it compared to work by Ken Follett. Well, not even close. That is not to say that I didn't enjoy the series. I did. But the rich detail of Follett's work is not found here. That's one of the things I like about this branch of hIstorical fiction.
Item 2: I agree with all the other reviewers who dislike the cliffhanger ending to each book. It's unnecessary and makes each ending not completely satisfying. Why resort to it? Cometh the Hour does wrap up some of the lingering storylines. I'll get the next/last installment to see how it all works out for the Cliftons and Barringtons and if poor Sir Giles will suffer more heartache. Having said that, I have spent a lot of credits on this series. I doubt I would launch into another Archer series in the future..
Bottom line: It was better than OK, but don't expect to be on your best books/series list.
One more thing: Alex Jennings did a first job on the narration.
I recommend Archer's books all the time, but not the Clifton Chronicles. I've come to terms with, but still don't like, how Archer ends his books with cliffhangers. I find it disrespectful to his readers since I believe a book should have a conclusion, satisfying or not. With this latest book, however, I have another gripe. This one, especially early on, had me wondering if all the others were this poor. Now that I have finished the book I wouldn't say the book itself was poor, but that there are some throwaway storylines within the book, ones I did not enjoy at all, and which will be forgotten when I look back at the Clifton Chronicles as a whole. Just filler to sell an extra book? Another reason for me not to recommend this series to others. Disappointing.
Not Jeffrey Archer's finest work. OK for binge listening but far from great writing or literature. After so many books in this series the characters have become cardboard cut-outs of themselves. Excellent performance, however.
I read and listen to learn, enjoy and discover.
The clifton story continues with new twists and developments. However, this book is not as gripping.
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Can't wait to see and hear another book in this series! Hope another follows soon!
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I’ve said before that you have to be in the right mood when you reach for a Jeffery Archer novel, and if you are you won’t be disappointed because you’ll get EXACTLY what you expected.
I had trouble with the start of this story (which is Book 6 in the series) because I barely remembered anything that happened in Book 5 – even the exposition just served to confuse me more than anything else!
But if there is one thing I know about Jeffery Archer’s stories, one thing I can always rely on, it's the fact that it doesn’t matter if you don’t know what’s going on because it probably won’t be crucial in the next chapter anyway! I’ve likened his books to collections of short stories with reoccurring characters, each individual snippet is interesting yet contained in its own episode.
I can say about this book the same thing I said about the previous Jeffery Archer novel I read: Don’t expect anything really new or ground breaking here, it conformed comfortably to the mould created by past novels and delivered well on all my expectations.
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