If you're looking for real literature, this is not it. If you're looking for a guiltily entertaining book, go for it. This is typical Archer. In fact,..Show More » some people might find it too typical -- a repeat of Kane and Abel, for example. While that might indeed be true, I read Kane and Abel a million years ago so getting to read a variation of it now was a ton of fun. Sometimes, it's just nice to read something light where the good guys are the good guys and the bad guys are the bad guys.I look forward to the next installment.
Archer carries a narrative strongly and this ripping yarn is no exception. However he presents his characters descriptively -- we see their actions a..Show More »nd hear their words rather than clearly picture them or understand their (repressed) emotions. This is underscored by allowing different protagonists to take up various threads of the story. His women are somewhat cliched nineteenth / early twentieth heroines as they play their roles as martyr, lover, upholder of what is Strong and True. But that works ok -- and, after all, it is is set in the first half of last century. Archer does make us care what happens to his characters and of course he creates compelling twists and turns in the plot. The sequel will be eagerly awaited. The readers were first rate.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book..........in fact when this one came out I went back and reread the first one before starting the second..........and wa..Show More »s glad I did. The first one was just as enjoyable the second time around.
Do not understand all of the negative reviews from people who object to being left hanging at the end. The author stated from the start that this work was a series that would be produced over a period of years so if you don't like that format then don't buy the first one!!!
The reader was excellent...........there were just a few voices that grated on me (Alistair!) but for the most part they were delightful.
Highly recommend these books to anyone who likes this genre.
This is the second installment in the Clifton Chronicles. As the first one, Only Time Will Tell, it is a true page-turner – if you can say that about ..Show More »an audiobook? It’s a fast-paced read, the plot is full of twists and turns, and ends with a massive cliff hanger, and the characters are neatly divided into good guys and bad guys. And that can be very nice. It was a bit unrealistic from time to time – I won’t say how as it will reveal too much. But if you’re just looking for some good entertainment without making an effort yourself, this is the book for you.
I love Archer's books. Thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the Clifton Chronicles series....couldn't stop listening. But this one just didn't ..Show More »draw me in as much. Seemed "forced", like he was trying to make things happen when he really didn't have a good story. The cliff hanger didn't annoy me as much as some of the reviewers, because I expected it after the second book. I feel like it's easy to guess how it will turn out in the next book though. I'm not sure if I will buy the next two though as this one disappointed. Maybe he rushed it too much to get the next one in the series out?
I'm so conflicted on Mightier Than the Sword. After loving the first two novels in the Clifton Chronicles I felt there was a major drop off in books t..Show More »hree and four. To keep things as simple as possible I didn't understand why this was such a long series. Harry and Emma have always been the draw for me into these novels and as the cast expanded and contracted I just began to lose interest. However since I'm already four books invested I felt like I had to continue my trek into this series.
The good news is, Mightier Than the Sword is a much better novel then books three and four and yet it still isn't anywhere near the drama of the first two. The big issue I have had with this book and the last two are the conflicts. They feel forced. Characters in The Clifton Chronicles are far either good or evil. There's no room for nuance. No grey areas. You have characters you're told to like and others that are the epitome of evil. This makes the story feel a little too clean.
I've also gotten to the point where I wonder if Harry and Emma are just too good for their own good? There's a scene where Harry follows his conscious to help another and I kept wondering what person would ever do this? And yet for all of its faults, and there are many, I still really enjoyed Mightier Than the Sword. The pacing was much better in this one then the previous two. More happens and what happens seems at least slightly more plausible then the last two books.
I will continue down the windy road that is The Clifton Chronicles. Although I think reading all this Jeffrey Archer makes me excited for what he writes after this series as its starting to get long in the tooth.
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..Show More » 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.
What a fabulous ending To this great series. I've enjoyed it immensely. I do wonder though why it was that so many people were willing to be friends w..Show More »ith the Lady Feneck when she was such a bitch to everyone.... In particular Boffy.
...at least two novels shorter. I was prepared to hate This Was a Man, but try as I may doing so was impossible. The highlight of the novel, indeed ..Show More »the highlight of the series, is Giles Barrington's eulogy to his lifelong friend Harry Clifton, the last 15 minutes of this novel. The best quote of many excellent ones from the eulogy, "He fell in love with my sister Emma. I thought he could do better."
The other books in this series all end in cliffhanger situations, so they must be read in order. The Clifton Chronicles are historical fiction starting in the 1920s and ending 7 decades later. It is a tribute to author Jeffrey Archer that t is easy to forget that Lady Emma Barrington Clifton and Harry Clifton are fictional characters.