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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,729 - Total Helpful Votes: 188 of 234
Best Kept Secret: Book Three of the Clifton Chroni&hellip by Jeffrey Archer
The cliff hanger from the previous "The Sins Of The Father", is swiftly dealt with in the prologue to this the third book in the series, it's almost an anti-climax.

After this the book settles down into telling the story of Harry's developing career as an author, Giles as politician and Emma's progression into the business world.

Along the way there are elements that are again straight out of a 1980's US soap with Giles falling for the scheming Virginia, who pushes him into contesting Elizabeth's will. As Giles mother, Elizabeth sees through Virginia's façade and by the end of the court case so does Giles thanks to a clever trick Elizabeth entrusted Harry with for use… Read more
The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles) by Jeffrey Archer
The second book in the Clifton Chronicles sees Harry adopting the identity of Tom Bradshaw, which seems on the face of it quite probable given the circumstances surrounding his non-marriage to Emma Barrington. Firstly however Tom is an American and secondly it turns out he is wanted for murder, but gets convicted for desertion. So we are starting to go down a path that seems to be improbable.

During the course of World War 2 both Harry and Giles Barrington seem to survive some experiences which virtually leaves them dead.

However this is all sub-plots to the main point - Is Harry the son of Hugo Barrington and the heir to the Barrington empire?

So we go to… Read more
Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles) by Jeffrey Archer
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The first Jeffrey Archer novel I've read and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

Set between World War 1 and 2, the book tells the tale of the early life of Harry Clifton. The son of a dock worker who dies in mysterious circumstances, with a thirst for knowledge and blessed with a good choral voice, Harry finds himself through scholarships mixing with the upper classes and in particular with the Barrington family who were his fathers employers.

The story unfolds by relating events from the point of view of the main characters involved, so each character's viewpoint reveals a little more insight into the events. This is the clever part of the writing, which kept me… Read more