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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330512935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330512930
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,483 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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"Archer is one of the most captivating storytellers writing today. His novels are dramatic, fast moving, totally entertaining--and almost impossible to put down." --"Pittsburgh Press" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From the world's biggest selling author, comes this thrilling story. The magnificent saga of Kane and Abel continues.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Femmielala on 1 May 2008
Format: Paperback
This book, the sequel to the incredible saga Kane and Abel, follows the life of Florentyna Rosnovski - daughter of self made multi-millionaire and entrepreneur Abel.

The book spans over 60 years, from her early school life then charting her marriage and career. We follow the clearly gifted Florentyna through her numerous academic achievements and her involvement with local politics. Following the death of her father, Florentyna becomes head of the Baron Group of hotels, steering it to achieve greater success year on year before returning to the political arena, something she is clearly destined to do. What is there left to do for the woman who has achieved such dizzying heights of achievement and success? Why, Leader of the Free World of course! In a world traditionally dominated by men, Florentyna faces a constant battle in this cut throat world. Can she survive and become America's first female president?

This is yet another page turner from the talented Mr Archer. Not quite as gripping as Kane and Abel, it still however keeps the reader entertained and provides fascinating insights into the world of American Politics, particularly the post Vietnam politics of the late 70s and early 80s. It also introduces the reader to the baffling electoral system and the process for selecting candidates.

Archer wrote The Prodigal Daughter at a time when Margaret Thatcher was in her first term as PM in the UK, so a woman governing a western superpower was not beyond the realms of possibility and therefore makes the book a little more feasible. Yet, as we know, this is yet to be realised in the States...we will have to wait until November to find out of fiction could become reality...

They say a week is a long time in politics...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By eastwood on 1 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
bought this book because i enjoyed kane and abel, and this is like the follow up years after abut the ongoing feud between the 2 families. it started out really well and had me hooked quite awhile, but then it went in to the american political years, and from that moment it became tedious. i still think other people would enjoy this book, but after being an archer fan sadly hes lost me now.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Imperial Topaz on 17 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
The only reason I have rated this book four stars instead of five is that the second half of the book gets really extensively into politics, to the point where it bored me. If you enjoy politics you will certainly rate this book five stars. It follows the life of Abel Rosnofski's daughter from her birth until the epitome of her success, in her 60's. I don't want to give away the ending, but will say that the ending was EXTREMELY satisfying, in spite of my having gotten a bit bogged down in the politics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ip020009@ip.pt on 6 Mar. 2000
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I cant understand how can someone hate this book... It was my second or third Archer book i read and I can just say that it is my favorite. I have all his books and this is just amazing, an easy ride, soft and smooth aoo the way, you got to love Florentyna and all the plot. Anyone who doesnt stand this kind of reading, doesnt know how to read a book and cant quite get the pleasure of reading... my opinion... Buy it, read it, re-read it...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "thebigroweth" on 12 Aug. 2003
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This was my first Jeffrey Archer novel. The reason I wanted to start reading Archer novels was because he is known to be a good story teller and this is what I felt I needed in a book at the time. Once I started reading this book I became gripped... I have no massive interest in politics but this isn't a factor when reading such a great story. You become involved with Florentyna's life and although there was no time where I was in suspense or anything like that I couldn't put the thing down. If you're looking for a great story without having to really concentrate on loads of things then is is an excellent book. The most important thing that this book did for me was a) it kept me reading and b) it made me want to read more Archer novels. What more could you want? An excellent read and I reccommend it to everybody. The Prodigal Daughter is a fine book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I A D McBride on 15 Feb. 2014
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This is a good read, another of Jeffrey Archer's better books. However the quality of the writing and story telling was massively undermined by the atrocious proof reading. Kindle owes its customers, and its authors, a much higher standard than that which nearly ruined this book for me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 1999
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The way he writes is so exciting that you just want to carry on. Many times when he wants to say something he hints the opposite and the way he reveals it is just masterful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By robertrooney999@hotmail.com on 1 May 2000
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This is a well written Archer, which displays some sound research and understanding of the system and of Poland, from where the main character hails. Archer seems obsessed with first sexual experiances, and in commmon with "As the crow flies" and "First among Equals"
However the plot takes two spheres, the ploitical and Socail life of Floyrentina. It ties the plot of Kane and Abel togehter.
Worth a read, but not a classic.
Robert
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