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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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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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Disappointment

I have read and listened to Jeffrey Archer's books. This was slow, slow and boring. Dragged out so much that I decided to quit listening.

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THE BEST EVER

One of the few I have read multiple times. Outstanding. Excellent story, narration, plot, etc.
Highly recommend.

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Not one of Archer's Best

The basic idea of this book is good, but it just drags on a lot with a lot of details and not much that is compelling between the high spots, and I did not think the ending was so good. Archer is an excellent author, but this book just does not measure up to some of the others like "Heads you Win," or "Paths of Glory," both of which I highly recommend.

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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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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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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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Interesting

Interesting, quick read by Jeffrey Archer. It tells the tale of a big time swindler who swindles those less fortunate than him, and what happens when he swindles a group of the wrong men. They form a group for pay back and from there the story goes. Normally Jeffrey Archer gets a 4 or 5 from me, but this earlier writing is not quite up to the quality of his more recent books. He is a phenomenal author and this book is worth the read, which will go quickly.

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this is one of my favorite archers

the man is clearly a genius I don't understand why he has not taken over the world

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What a great listen!

When I first started listening I had trouble following and it seemed a bit slow...but once I got past the first few minutes - wow it sucked me in! Non stop action from the start and I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters encountered while Adam was on the run.. There was one chapter that was hard to take and I did fast forward some.. As I didn't want it to end - I found the ending to be a little abrupt - JA could have written a couple more chapters to tie everything up a little better, but other than that I enjoyed every second and highly recommend! John Lee was awesome as always as the narrator!