Friday, July 10, 2015

It's Still a Mighty Tale

Book Review

Mightier Than the Sword: THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES 5 by Jeffrey Archer

Rating: ✪✪✪✪ out of 5 Stars

Release Date:                      March 2014
Author’s Website:              http://www.jeffreyarcher.co.uk/site/
Purchase in Australia:          QBD Bookstore & other good book stores
Purchase Book U.S.:          Amazon
Publisher’s Website:          PanMacMillan

My thoughts:

   Since Not A Penny More, Not a Penny Less, I’ve idolized Jeffrey Archer as an author. He is the master of characterization and suspense. Somehow he commands that you care about the results of a high school exam, the vote for a board Chairman, or whether a cruise-ship will meet its construction deadline. None of these challenges are exciting mysteries. Yet we must know the answer. 
   At age 74, after 35 years as a best-selling author, and over 270 million copies of books sold, Lord Archer has brought us a great series: The Clifton Chronicles, which follows the life and story of Harry Clifton and his heirs. We meet Harry in 1919 Bristol and follow him and his friends through to the 1940’s and the Second World War, and in Mightier Than The Sword, the fifth volume begins where the fourth volume had left us, with an IRA bomb ticking aboard the BUCKINGHAM cruise liner.
   This story is now moving onto the next generation with Harry's son Sebastian losing the girl he loves through foolishness. Harry becomes embroiled in bringing a banned manuscript to publication and Emma Clifton (nee Barrington) is facing a legal challenge of slander from her ex-sister-in-law. 
   There is much hi-jink and, of course, we are left hanging on the last page. AGAIN!!! Mr. Archer you keep doing this to us and it's no fair, but at least there is something to look forward to next year when the sixth volume will be released. 
  I still enjoyed this book and five books in, this is still a wonderful series. 

Thank you Pan MacMillan for my review copy of this great book.

Book Blurb:

The Clifton Chronicles Series
Mightier Than The Sword
   A bomb goes off, but how many passengers on the MV Buckingham have lost their lives? You will find out only if you read the opening chapter of Mightier than the Sword.
   When Harry arrives in New York, his publisher Harold Guinzberg tells him he has been elected as the next president of English PEN, which will give him the opportunity to launch a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who is languishing in a Russian Gulag in Siberia. His crime, writing a book Uncle Joe, which gives an insight into what it was like to work for Josef Stalin. So determined is he to see Babakov released, Harry puts his own life in danger.

   Emma Clifton, now Chairman of Barrington Shipping, is having to face the repercussions of the IRA bombing her ship. Some board members feel she should resign while others, including Sebastian Clifton, newly elected to the board, are determined to see she remains as Chairman.
   Giles Barrington is now a Minister of the Crown, and looks set for high office, but a trip to East Germany does not end as a diplomatic success, and once again Giles' political career is thrown off balance by none other than Major Alex Fisher. Fisher decides to stand against Giles at the forthcoming general election. But this time who wins?
   Sebastian Clifton asks his girlfriend Samantha to marry him. She happily accepts, but then later changes her mind after she discovers what Seb has been up to behind her back.
   Thus continues book five of the Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer's most accomplished work to date, with all the trademark twists and turns that have made him one of the most successful authors in the world.


Only Time Will Tell: THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES 1            Released 2011
The Sins of the Father: THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES 2      Released 2012
The Best Kept Secret: THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES 3       Released 2013
What You Wish For: THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES 4          Released 2014
Mightier Than the Sword: THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES 5  Released March 2015
About the author:


Jeffrey Archer, whose novels and short stories include Kane and Abel, A Prisoner of Birth and Cat O' Nine Tales, has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 270 million copies. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (seventeen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries). The author is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge. www.jeffreyarcher.com


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