When Harry Clifton visits his publisher in New York, he learns that he has been elected as the new president of English PEN, and immediately launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who’s imprisoned in Siberia. Babakov’s crime? Writing a book called Uncle Joe, a devastating insight into what it was like to work for Stalin. So determined is Harry to see Babakov released and the book published, that he puts his own life in danger.
His wife Emma, chairman of Barrington Shipping, is facing the repercussions of the IRA attack on the Buckingham. Some board members feel she should resign, and Lady Virginia Fenwick will stop at nothing to cause Emma’s downfall.
Sir Giles Barrington is now a minister of the Crown, and looks set for even higher office, until an official trip to Berlin does not end as a diplomatic success. Once again, Giles’s political career is thrown off balance by none other than his old adversary, Major Alex Fisher, who once again stands against him at the election. But who wins this time?
In London, Harry and Emma’s son, Sebastian, is quickly making a name for himself at Farthing’s Bank in London, and has proposed to the beautiful young American, Samantha. But the despicable Adrian Sloane, a man interested only in his own advancement and the ruin of Sebastian, will stop at nothing to remove his rival.
My thoughts: While I was in college, a senior of mine gave me a book to read, and the moment I statrted reading the book I was hooked to it. I stayed awake overnight and finished the book, not bothering about the classes next day. The book was “Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer”. That very day I became Jeffrey Archer’s fan, I have read almost all his books. Whenever a new book comes up in market I try to grab the first copy and to do so most of the time, I pre-order the books. Well, this time it couldn’t happen.
Till now I have loved all the books written by Jeffrey Archer, except just one. I won’t be talking about that book here as I have immensely loved Clifton Chronicles and have no complaint against the book.
Jeffrey Archer is a master story teller, he knows how to keep his readers hooked to the books. Once you start reading the book you are under his spell. You will be in the world created by Jeffrey and this world where you are living in would be completely forgotten. Such is Jeffrey’s hold on the story that all the characters would come to life and when Harry is walking on the streets of Russia, you would feel like walking next to him. When Sebastian is making plans to bring Soalne down, you would also feel the adrenaline rush. You would hate Alex Fisher and Virginia as much as Emma hates them. While reading this book you would feel each and every emotion that the characters would feel.
Like any of Jeffrey’s books, this book is marvellous, and I am sure you’re are going to love it. The book has all the special ingredients of Jeffrey’s books which make them so interesting and special.
I was hoping this to be the last book in the series, not because that I have got tired of it but it’s because I want Harry and Giles families to be happy and seeing them in pain make me cry which I completely hate.
Like all Jeffrey’s fans I am eagerly waiting for the next book in series. The wait is going to be long but I am sure the book would be worthy of the wait.