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The Sins of the Father

The Clifton Chronicles, Volume 2

by Jeffrey Archer

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
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  • Published in USA  May 2012
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.

On landing in America, however, Bradshaw quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting him in New York. Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.

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"Although the plot twists and cliff-hangers seem sensational in spots, Archer's panache and sharp repartee maintain the excitement and sheer fun of reading this literary master." - Library Journal

"An excellent sequel to an ambitious novel and a definite indicator that this series could be destined for big things." - Booklist

"An amusement suitable for airplane or beach reading." - Kirkus Reviews

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This book came highly recommended to me and it's high praise made me anxious to read it. It began quite well. With strong characters of all colors, shapes and sizes and a protagonist of whom you were excited to follow in his endeavors. Every point of view brought on a new details which filled in the blanks of the other characters narratives. With schoolboy fun, high stakes and a dash of mystery, the book was off to an incredibly amazing start. But almost halfway through it went from being an intriguing intellectual novel to a bad soap opera. One event after another occurred, each more cliched then the last. The novel became boring, cliched and predictable. The further I read on the cheaper the plot twists and characters became. I would NOT recommend this book. It is a good read if you have access to nothing else. But, this book is a lame, predictable story wrapped in delinquent writing and famous name.

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Jeffrey Archer Author Biography

Jeffrey Archer was born in London and brought up in Somerset. He was educated at Wellington School, and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966.

After leaving Oxford he was elected to the Greater London Council, and three years later at the age of 29, he became Member of Parliament for Louth. After five years in the Commons and a promising political career ahead of him, he invested heavily in a Canadian company called Aquablast, on the advice of the Bank of Boston. The company went into liquidation, and three directors were later sent to jail for fraud. Left with debts of £427,727, and on the brink of bankruptcy, he resigned from the House of Commons.

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