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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (23 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001047663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001047662
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffrey Archer's writing career has spanned over 30 years. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was an immediate bestseller in 1975. He went on to publish a string of international market-leading bestsellers including Kane & Abel, A Matter of Honour, First Among Equals and most recently A Prisoner of Birth and Paths of Glory, both of which were number one bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada and India. His volumes of short stories, such at Quiver Full of Arrows, Twelve Red Herrings and Cat O'Nine Tales have made him arguably the bestselling short story writer in the English language. Now published in 97 countries and more than 33 languages, Jeffrey Archer remains firmly established as one of the biggest authors of his generation with continuing global international sales surpassing 135 million copies. He is married with two children and lives in London and Granchester.

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"Sizzles along at a pace that would peel the paint off a spaceship." --The New York Times Book Review"Jeffrey Archer has written the equivalent of an Alfred Hitchcock movie." --"Baltimore Sun""A wild, no-hold-barred slam-bang, pell-mell international thriller." --"Buffalo News"

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Adam Scott listens to the reading of his father's will, aware that the financial benefit can only be pitiful. The Colonel, after all, had nothing to leave – except a letter he had never opened himself, a letter Adam fears can only bring further disgrace to the family name.

Against his mother's wishes, Adam opens the letter, and immediately realises his life can never be the same again. The contents leave him with no choice but to follow a course his father would have described to him as 'A Matter of Honour'


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
this book restored my faith in reading. it has everything that you would want from a book. every page has a new thing happening. it;s mainly about a guy whose father dies and in his will leaves his son a letter that was the cause of his unrespectful death. he is not allowed to open but does anyway.the letter is written in german. in search of answers he comes across people who want what's in the letter. this book has everything. murder, adventure and most of all a thrilling chase.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By crwood@berwickshirehs.org.uk on 21 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
A Matter of Honour is the first book I have read by Jeffrey Archer and it certainly won't be the last. Finally, I have found a type of fiction which interests me, and compels me to keep reading. At times, I could hardly bear to put the book down. It's the type of story that wouldn't look out of place in a James Bond film, it's a shame Ian Fleming hadn't written it himself. Rather than retell the whole novel, I'll just recommend it to anyone who appreciates a really good mystery/crime fiction. Absolutely brilliant, the novel centres around the activities of Adam Scott, who follows up a historical event after his father's death. His mission takes him all over Europe and he is chased by Russian spies. And all for the sake of a Tsar's icon, though there's a lot more to the novel. Trust me, just read it and you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By elspeth on 2 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Having read the last review i have to say that i'm a girl and i really enjoyed this book! Ok so it's not Jeffery Archer's best but this was the first one of his i ever read & i was certainly encouraged ater reading this to read more of his & i'm now a big Archer fan.
This book is very easy to read, good for a summer read maybe, nothing deep or heavy. Fast-paced and entertaining. Good fun.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By krishna on 16 July 2003
Format: Paperback
i have read all jeffrey archers including his latest sons of fortune. basically archer writes two kinds of novels -- one the bildungsroman like kane and abel, first among equals and as the crow flies, or else he writes edge of the seat thrillers like eleventh commandment. of course, being a bestselling novelist there arent sharp demarcations. this novel is of the second kind. it is one of the best thrillers that i've ever read. the protagonist is depicted in a manner that would do a nobel winning author proud. however, the depiction of the other characters leaves something to be desired. this along with the plot being slightly confusing at times led me to take away a star. if u like thrillers or if like me u cant sleep this is a must read. u wouldnt regret, and also u wouldnt know it is, morning by the time u have completed reading it.
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By N. Young on 3 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
Cold War adventure set in the 1960s in which the KGB and the CIA are after a religious icon, once the property of the Tsar, which contains a secret treaty concerning the Alaska Purchase which, it turns out, was actually a 99-year lease (hence the time setting) - meaning that if the Russians can get their hands on it, they get Alaska back. At the same time, a former British Army officer has been bequeathed an item that's deposited in a Swiss bank under a false name. There are no prizes for guessing what the item is, and it's not long before said officer becomes embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse with the CIA and the KGB, both of whom are desperate to get hold of the icon for the reasons outlined above.

Personally, I think Jeffrey Archer does better at short stories, and of his various books this isn't, in my view, one of his best. It's all rather predictable (the exact nature of the officer's flatmate's job, for example, was not a great surprise when finally revealed) although it does at times it takes a turn for the macabre (if you have ever wondered how a KGB agent would go about disposing of a body in Zurich, the answer can be found here).

Archer's take on the Alaska Purchase bears a resemblance to the British 99-year lease on the New Territories, which formed the basis for the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration that guaranteed that all of Hong Kong would be handed over to China in 1997. Given that this novel was published two years later, it's hard not to think that he had this in mind while he was writing this novel.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jan Erik Frantsvåg on 14 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
The Soviet authorities have come to realise that a famous painting is only a copy, and that the original probably holds a document of the utmost importance to them.
At the same time, Adam Scott inherits a pitiful sum of money and a sealed letter from his father.
Soon the KGB and Adam hunt each other through Europe, wanting to possess the original painting and its contents. The KGB is ruthless from the start; Adam becomes ruthless as the KGB hurts him and those near and dear to him. Despite Adam's military background and MC, his ruthlessness is quite out of character with how he is portrayed initially and outside the action scenes.
While the general plot is intriguing (what if?) the characters are on the whole quite unbelievable, which makes the book too much of a boy's book - all action and no depth. Adam wastes little feeling on his dead girlfriend, and has no qualms about risking the lives of innocent bystanders. The Russians are quite the standard stereotype of KGB super-agents, near James Bond standard, but with no morals nor ideals.
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