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Mightier than the Sword (Clifton Chronicles Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Archer
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Book Description

Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage across the Atlantic - but how many passengers lose their lives?

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.

Jeffrey Archer's compelling Clifton Chronicles continue in this, his most accomplished novel to date. With all the trademark twists and turns that have made him one of the world's most popular authors, the spellbinding story of the Clifton and the Barrington families continues.

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    The conclusion's a turbo-charged cliffhanger that'll have fans screaming Arrrcherr! (Kirkus Reviews)

    Book Description

    The fifth novel in the epic Clifton Chronicles series

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1660 KB
    • Print Length: 428 pages
    • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (26 Feb. 2015)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,443 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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    I've ignored Jeffrey Archer for years. Before this brilliant series of books I think the last one I read was First Among Equals, so you can see how long I am talking about. I got part one of the Cliftons for free on my iPhone and I have been gripped ever since. I couldn't wait for part five to come out, thinking this was the concluding chapter. So what happens - I get to the end of the book only to find there is to be another part but not until 2016! Grrrr and double grrrrrrrr!

    I'm not really complaining because I don't want to say goodbye to these characters yet and, after all, it is still 1970 in the story so plenty more to come I reckon. In short these have been terrific to read. I'm one of those readers who hates books where you have to read the same page several times to understand what it was all about. I'm not stupid, honest! It's just that there are novels that are too complicated to waste your life reading. Archer's novels fit into a much easier reading category though, and I am grateful for that. I like to rattle through a story for pure pleasure, not to have my intellectual taste buds tickled (I know that makes no sense, but never mind!)

    I will look forward with keen interest for the next part and hope that the standard is maintained. I am sure it will be.
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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars another masterpiece 9 Mar. 2015
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    Jeffrey Archer has again succeeded in writing a superb novel, I was unable to put it down for a second. I fell in love with Harry and the entire Clifton family from the very beginning and continue to be absorbed into their lives and adventures. How will I manage to wait until 2016 for the next wonderful instalment.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 1 Mar. 2015
    By Susie
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    Another brilliant read in the Clifton chronicles ending as ever on a cliff hanger albeit an obvious one. My main complaint is that it is too short why couldn't it have been a bit longer? Now we have to wait a whole year not fair but brilliant marketing!! Having said that the story continues to enthrall.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best of the Series, But Still Worth Reading 19 April 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Jeffrey Archer is one of my favourite authors and I had been waiting in eager anticipation for this next instalment of The Clifton Chronicles. Having read it I find that I have mixed feelings about it. Some parts of the book I loved, and others just didn't grip me. In some parts it felt as if we were having repeats of events that had happened before, and in others completely new storylines and characters were coming into play. At points I felt that there wasn't enough focus on the Clifton and Barrington families. At other points I felt that we were being presented with too much text from Harry's latest book. However, I did reach the end and feel rather gutted that I'm going to have to wait another year before I can find out what happens next! Sir Jeffrey has left us on a cliff-hanger as usual, albeit a slightly less dramatic one than last time. There are also a couple of characters with major storylines which need to be unfolded and concluded, which has a way of making a reader eager for the next book.

    I don't know whether it was just that I reread the rest of the series immediately before starting Mightier Than The Sword, and that, as those books are familiar, it was like visiting old friends, but I just didn't enjoy this instalment as much as the others. Having said that, it is definitely worth reading, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of the story unfolds.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    Part 5 of the 'Clifton Chronicles' opens with a restaging of the final cliffhanging moments from part 4. Archer continues to keep this wonderful series fizzing along with a sure hand. He obviously enjoys writing these characters, especially flawed hero and socialist Sir Giles Barrington,as well as making many of the villians tories....Archer is plainly having fun turning assumptions about his own life and career on its head and using his undoubted knowledge of court procedure and boardroom dealing to the fore.The young conservative MP for Louth even asks a question in the commons in this book,,,,,now I wonder who he might have been in 1970? This is Archer doing what he does best...writing entertaining, page turning fiction with another cliff hanger ending.
    Originally muted as a five novel series spanning the 20th century, 'Mightier than the Sword' only takes in the years 1964-1970, so it looks like there is still plenty more intrigue and double dealing to come,,,GOOD!!
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another year to wait! 9 Mar. 2015
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    I patiently wait for the next instalments of the Clifton Chronicles knowing that I will read it all too quickly. Jeffrey Archer is a writer that always grabs my attention from page 1. Thank you.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute masterpiece 8 Mar. 2015
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    Even more so that I had no idea there was to be a 6th (and 7th) volume in this saga before I finished it. He is by far my favourite author and never fails to get me hooked. Roll on 2016!!!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Good but not as well written as the first three chronicles of Harry Clifton. The start was poor and unbelievable and the ending a lot to be desired. Boring in parts and not up to the usual standard for Jeffrey Archer. Hope book 6 will be better in 2016.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Jeffrey on form again
    These are just too good. The pace stays at 'page turner' and they end on a cliffhanger! How does he do it? Feel like I know the characters personally. Roll on 2016.
    Published 5 hours ago by Mary Collin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Pity about the wait for the follow on
    Published 6 hours ago by Mr. Leslie Parry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Read all the books and now cannot ...
    Excellent read. Read all the books and now cannot wait for the next book to see what happens next.
    Published 7 hours ago by margaret mcpherson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This is a fantastic series
    Published 1 day ago by Peter J Waterman
    5.0 out of 5 stars love it
    Brilliant. Jeffrey Archer continues to keep his reader wanting more. Can't wait for the next instalment.
    Published 1 day ago by SusanP
    5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more!
    I have really enjoyed all the Clifton chronicles from Jeffrey archer who is not an author I have read before,only problem is having now to wait for the next book to continue the... Read more
    Published 1 day ago by artlady
    5.0 out of 5 stars Clifton Chronicles. Read and enjoy.
    Riveting , looking forward to the next book in 2016 . Such a good story teller.
    Published 1 day ago by dorothy wharton
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good book but gets embroiled in politics of business
    Published 1 day ago by Esther Massey
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Another great book
    Published 1 day ago by Christopher Batty
    1.0 out of 5 stars Complete nonsense
    what a disappointment, absolute drivel with silly unbelievable storylines, also didn't realise it was going to be a short story, complete waste of money, don't bother!
    Published 2 days ago by Londongirl
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