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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330419080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419086
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,345 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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Jeffrey Archer's magnificent new novel tells the story of the two most extraordinary men of our time, lives to which only 'the greatest storyteller of our age' ('Mail on Sunday') could do justice.

At first glance, Richard Armstrong and Keith Townsend seemed to have little in common. One was the son of an illiterate peasant, who emerged from the most backward corner of a Europe ravaged by a bitter war. The other was raised in a mansion on the far side of the world while the war was just another piece of news.

One was a hustler, a thief, ready to change his story, even his identity, if it would gain him a momentary advantage. The other was the scion of a well-known family, groomed for a public role from his earliest years, a rebel who didn't care if anyone approved of what he got up to.

One craved wealth, recognition, status. The other quickly discovered that real power comes from anonymity. But they did have one thing in common. Both of them were gamblers. Both were prepared to risk everything in their battle to control the biggest newspaper empire in the world.

'His most impressive achievement to date: a story with a grip of steel'
KATE SAUNDERS, 'Sunday Express'

'Classic Archer'
TONY BANKS, 'Daily Express'

'The man's a genius…the strength and excitement of the idea carries all before it'
FAY WELDON, 'Evening Standard'

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. Costello on 16 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
I should mention first of all that this is the only Archer novel I have read and I am not exactly a bookworm in any case. The best part of this book was the development of both the main characters from young kids, right through school in Australia for one and the school of hard knocks in wartime Europe for the other.
Archer goes on to tell a tale of suspense, industrial espionage and ruthless business activities in the pursuit of power, with many twists and turns along the way. It all works superbly, to a point. What really spoiled it for me was reading a review prior to finishing the book and finding out who the two main characters were based on. From that point on what should have been the final twist was predictable all the way, since it actually happened in real life in the 80s.
Archer's writing and fiction are superb, but the worst parts of the book, for me, came when he mixed fact with fiction by bringing real life events and politicians into the story.
Overall I'm very much impressed with Archer's writing, but if I do choose to read one of his novels in future I will do my best to make sure it is one which does not borrow so heavily from the headlines of fifteen or twenty years earlier.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Helen Butler on 8 Dec. 2012
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As always a very good read by Jeffrey Archer. I found it hard to put down and was full of suspense. Would certainly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By petitemlod on 31 Oct. 2013
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This book is excellent and I think I can compare who and what it refers to in real life, although it is fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lynch on 6 Jun. 2013
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As ever an excellent Archer novel which keeps you turning every page and not wanting to put it down at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Scarratt on 2 Jun. 2013
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He's done it again. The more I read his books the more I want. Simply the best storyteller of modern times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 July 2014
Format: Paperback
If you know the story of Robert Maxwell and Rupert Murdoch then you very quickly see that this book is a thinly disguised account of their lives down to Maxwell's alter ego "falling off a boat" to solve his problems and Murdoch's character coming from Australia. That said it's an enjoyable read but you would have thought that someone as literate as Jeffery Archer would have had more imagination than to merely elaborate on a well known piece of history - it could have been so much better !!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Length: 704 pages.

My first reading of this classic, was actual listening. I rented it from a school library several years ago.

I much appreciated the epic nature of this story. One of the moguls grew up in Germany during Hitler's time. His prime motive is to become loved. His psyche is to become successful in business, particularly in the news business.

The other, an Australiab bloke not unlike Rupert Murdoch, as I recall, wants to prove that he can gain the respect he craves, by beating news businessmen of Britain and Europe and even America. He is the most driven, ambitious and ruthless at the game to rule the 4th Estate.

For both men, their greatest strength also seems to be their Achilles Heel. Archer did a better job developing both characters over the story arch. Just as in a great baseball duel of pitchers, only one contestant can come out on top. You might be surprised by who is the winner.

I actually shed a tear for one of the guys, so we'll were both characters drawn.

If you liked the TV series Dallas, or Dynasty, I believe you will love this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By grampa joe on 20 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
There's no prizes for guessing who the real life characters are,the prize is a thoroughly good read.
Like a few of his books.I read this some years ago,then bought another copy and enjoyed it as much the second
time round.Although you know what the final outcome will be,the road to that conclusion is wonderful. Another reviewer
said he found the two characters so disgusting,he didn't care who won....he misses the point that the characters are so strong
in the book,that you do actually forget you're reading a book......my advice,buy it you'll love it
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