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Paths of Glory [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Archer
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Book Description

This is the story of a man who loved two women, and one of them killed him.



Some people have dreams that are so outrageous that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Percy Fawcett, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hillary and Neil Armstrong are among such individuals. But what if one man had such a dream, and when he'd fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?



Paths of Glory is the story of such a man. But not until you've turned the last page of Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary novel, will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to this list of legends, because if he were, another name would have to be removed.



'Archer at the peak of his imaginative powers' The Times



'Paths of Glory will lead Archer to fans he has never before conquered' The Independent



'The plain storytelling is unimprovable. Few literary writers could do his job better' Sunday Times



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Praise for Jeffrey Archer: "A dynamite commercial novel ... Archer brings it off with panache."---"The Washington Post" on "A Prisoner of Birth" "Bestseller Archer pays homage to Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic.... The author's firsthand knowledge of prison life and legal maneuvers help make this a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment."---"Publishers Weekly" on "A Prisoner of Birth" "Like other Archer thrillers, the book is compulsively readable."---"Library Journal" on "A Prisoner of Birth" "A worthy successor to the still bestselling The Da Vinci Code."---Liz Smith, "New York Post," on "False Impression" "One of the top ten storytellers in the world."---"Los Angeles Times"

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Praise for Jeffrey Archer:
"A dynamite commercial novel ... Archer brings it off with panache."
---"The Washington Post" on "A Prisoner of Birth"
"Bestseller Archer pays homage to Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic.... The author's firsthand knowledge of prison life and legal maneuvers help make this a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment."
---"Publishers Weekly" on "A Prisoner of Birth"
"Like other Archer thrillers, the book is compulsively readable."
---"Library Journal" on "A Prisoner of Birth"
"A worthy successor to the still bestselling The Da Vinci Code."
---Liz Smith, "New York Post," on "False Impression"
"One of the top ten storytellers in the world."
---"Los Angeles Times"



Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 816 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Reprints edition (11 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK223E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,275 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Masterly Storytelling 5 Oct. 2009
By Dr. R. Brandon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This gripping book based on the life of the Alpine and Everest climber George Mallory is an excellent read. We are reminded in the first chapter of the tragic outcome of the June 1924 attempt to scale Everest, however, Archer is still able to build and hold the tension right up to the final dénouement. The life of Mallory is told in a masterly fashion, with pace, a lucid style and very good characterisation. The dialogue is well handled and the descriptions of the Everest Committee meetings at the Royal Geographical Society capture the tensions between the competing interest groups superbly well. As far as I can tell from reading a biography of Mallory (The Wildest Dream by Peter & Leni Gillman) the book stays largely with the known facts, although one or two side-tracks in Mallory's life are ignored, possibly to maintain the magnificent pace and focus on the main story. A short section at the end of the book provides thumbnail sketches of the later careers of the real-life characters who appear in the story. I have no hesitation in recommending this excellent book which, in the old phrase, once picked-up, readers will find hard to put down.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great biographical story 11 April 2009
By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Having greatly enjoyed Jeffrey Archer's A Prisoner of Birth I had no hesitation over getting this book. I wasn't disappointed. Paths of Glory is very different from the former, except in-so far as it is a book about one man's quest, in this case, George Mallory's goal of climbing the highest mountain in the World. The book could have been a dry catalogue of achievements and set-backs, but Archer is a consummate story-teller and here he has woven fact with fiction and created an epic tale of one man's obsession.
It's a testament to Archer's skill that I was engrossed by the story, considering that I cannot fathom the enjoyment of rock-climbing.
I had a vague knowledge about Mallory, and his attempt on Everest, and that there was a question-mark over whether he actually made it to the top. Archer has illuminated Mallory's character through his loving letters to his wife and his principles and actions through his contacts with other climbers and various committees on which he served. It's a gripping "What If?" book of what might have happened.
The book is also a toe-curling reminder of the snobbery, chauvinism and favouritism exhibited by the upper classes in England well into the 20th century.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by a Great Author 21 Sept. 2010
Format:Paperback
I have read all of Jeffrey Archer's books except "First Among Equals", which I could not get into. But it is based on politics and that is just not my cup of tea. I have enjoyed all of Jeffrey Archers books, and this one "Paths of Glory" is my favorite. What a great story teller Archer is and on this book he could not have done better. It will keep you turning pages and wondering what is coming at you next. You find yourself wrapped up in George Mallory's quest to be the first to the top of Mt.Everest and what it took to make it happen. We all can only hope that Jeffrey Archer continues to write books as good as this one, for all of us readers to journey into his world and enjoy his stories. I understand that he won a French award for this book, and it is well deserved. I only hope that I can read more from this great author.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everest, blockbuster style 9 Aug. 2010
Format:Paperback
Reading "Paths of Glory" is rather like watching the film "Titanic". You know that it will all end in tears and that dramatic licence will have been applied liberally, massaging historical facts into a more commercial story. But despite it all, you find yourself wound up in the drama and read on.

It is would be easy to be critical of this book, both in terms of the liberties taken with the historical facts and the writing style itself. The 1921 reconnaissance expedition to Everest is missed out completely and not even referred to, which seems odd. Many of George's exploits as a boy and a young man - climbing this, scaling that - certainly have to be taken with a pinch of salt and push credibility somewhat. The writing style is littered with "and then" and "suddenly", reading almost like a children's book from the 1950s at times.

And yet, I enjoyed "Paths of Glory". It is a rattling good yarn which never purports to be anything other than "inspired by a true story". There is a certain charm in the way that Archer has breathed new life into Mallory's story and made it accessible to many people with no interest in mountains or climbing. And I wanted to read on, despite knowing the conclusion.

For anyone who wants to discover more about the depth and complexity of the real George Mallory, a film has been released this year - "The Wildest Dream" - which features George and Ruth's letters. The book of the same name by Peter Gillman is well-worth reading as is Charles Lind's extraordinary work, "An Afterclap of Fate: Mallory on Everest"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative & compelling 19 July 2010
Format:Paperback
Being an Archer fan, I have read all of his previous books. I wasn't sure about reading this one though, as the mountain climbing aspect along with the idea of it being based on historical fact made me think it might be a little tedious and not my cup of tea. How wrong I was! I picked the book up and read the prologue and was compelled to read more. It's informative, historical, compelling and moving all at the same time. One knows the outcome of the main character from the prologue but the book leads the reader on a journey by the end of which you feel you know the characters personally. It provides food for thought and leaves you to draw your own conclusions regarding an historical event. Written in good old Archer style, I definitely recommend you give this one a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My usual holiday read
Published 2 days ago by MS DIANA TERRY
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow route up
Very slow storyline, especially as you knew the ending!
Published 10 days ago by M.A. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
superb
Published 25 days ago by A. Praunsmandel
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A moving account of a true story. Not in in Archer's normal style but nevertheless a great read
Published 1 month ago by Zaffy Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Fact or Fiction
Certainly a very readable biography of George Mallory the alpine climber. I was about 75% through the book when I used Wikipedia to find factual evidence of the life of George. Read more
Published 1 month ago by upwarduk
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
What a fantastic story. The determination and emotion of George and support of Ruth. I feel sure he was the first. A brilliant written version as always by Geoffrey Archer.
Published 1 month ago by Kimjane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As always a very good read from Jeffrey Archer, would highly recommend
Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
2.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Tales for Boys! This is my first and ...
Ripping Tales for Boys!
This is my first and last book by Jeffrey Archer. Unfortunately the author has no respect for the truth and invents episodes just to spice the story up... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Superb read don't like the author as a person but he sure can write very good
Published 1 month ago by cazrobinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story and I didn't know it was true till the end
Published 1 month ago by Golfrus49
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