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Jeffrey Archer is at his captivating best in this, his first novel, an intricate tale of deceit, dishonor, and sweet revenge. What can an Oxford don, a respected society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord have in common? Very little, except they've all been swindled out of every cent they had by Harvey Metcalfe, the man who wrote the book on international stock fraud. They haven't a prayer of ever seeing their money again. Or have they?

©1976 Jeffrey Archer (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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  • Evert
  • Burtonsville, MD, United States
  • 03-12-15

So so.

Not a terrible book. It's main problem is that it is dated. The revenge plots could have only worked in the 1970s and in today's information age, it is no wonder that readers not familiar with the 70s find them convoluted and improbable. Poor narration doesn't help the story either. Finally, there is a great plot twist at the end of the book but the author chooses to do absolutely nothing with it. On the plus side, the book did fill some time but that is about as enthusiastic as I can get.

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Convoluted schemes and name brand dropping

I like revenge stories and had particularly enjoyed Archer's A Prisoner of Birth, but this was very disappointing. So much of it was just name brand dropping in a way that had little or nothing to do with the plot. Some of the Amazon reviews said that the plot was "unbelievable" or "too coincidental" but I expected that, since typically a revenge novel is meant to be a bit over the top. However, nobody hit on the right description: "unnecessarily convoluted;" full of complicated schemes that would make sense in a caper movie but not when you are listening to them, particularly because of the great deal of padding. Not completely awful, some fun parts, but you might want a hard copy for a skim- through beach read instead of an audible version.

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Never read a Jeffrey Archer book I didn’t like

Clever plot as usual. Informative as to how some scams work.
I thought the character were interesting and the plot held my attention. I would recommend it to young adults to grandparents!

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  • 11-28-18

What a Story

The thorough research and the details are as fascinating as the story it self. The audio performance is understated and just right.

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The best

Best book I've listened to, and reader was supherb . the author kept me enthralled all the time. Couldn't quit listening

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Another good listen, by Jeffrey Archer

Okay, so this is not the Clifton Chronicles. However, a good listen and much fun due to the engaging characters (most of whom we do not meet until some time in) and clever plot. For me, a bit slow going in the beginning but worth hanging in for a few chapters. Recommended.

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Fantastic story

I can see why he is so well regarded. My second book by the author and it was a joy to read. The character descriptions are always great, something that Archer excels at. Pace great. Just long enough.

Narration was great too.

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A terrific story

Another wonderful story with all the twists and turns one has come to expect from Jeffrey Archer.

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Tripe

Looking for a popular author, I thought it time to try Jeffrey Archer. I realise this was his first novel and I'm sure his writing skills improved with experience, but I have to say I could this banal and pretentious. I was happy to drift a long with the plot until I realised that the actions of the protagonists began to tell me more about the character of the author than the quality of the writing. I could go on, but I don't want to add any spoilers. I won't be reading or listening to any more novels by this author. No problems with the narrator - can't blame the cast for a terrible script.

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liked it very much thanks kept my interest. love

liked the plot and it kept my interest. I would like to see this story as a movie