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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner
Jeffrey Archer's return to thrilling fiction in FALSE IMPRESSION -- set in post-9/11 features a strong woman protagonist, who is both an art lover & Van Gogh expert, working in the acquisitions department of a finance corporation. She has learnt that her employer has a hidden agenda, that would make money-hawkers look like saints.
On the morning of that fateful...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This novel is best described as the non thinking man's trashy fare
False Impression is a very apt title for this book. It really falls way short of some of his other novels and it gives the impression of a book being rushed out to meet a deadline. The characters are poorly described, the plot is wafer thin, the ending is so obvious that it beggars belief. This novel is best described as the non thinking man's trashy fare. Not recommended...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner, 28 Mar. 2006
This review is from: False Impression (Hardcover)
Jeffrey Archer's return to thrilling fiction in FALSE IMPRESSION -- set in post-9/11 features a strong woman protagonist, who is both an art lover & Van Gogh expert, working in the acquisitions department of a finance corporation. She has learnt that her employer has a hidden agenda, that would make money-hawkers look like saints.
On the morning of that fateful day Anna is unceremoniously fired over an alleged failure in securing a Van Gogh deal, the work having been stolen & the owner murdered. Moments later American Airlines Flight 11 slams into the North Tower of the World Trade Center & in the aftermath everyone thinks Anna has perished.
Anna, however, is very much alive, & fired by thoughts of revenge & restoring the Van Gogh to its rightful owners, she sets out around the world to find the stolen treasure, with an FBI agent & an assassin dogging her footsteps, yet it is only after returning to New York that she finally unravels the mystery.
From the moment you pick this up, you will not want to put it down. Like all the best books, you just keep turning the pages until you have read the last one.
Enjoy!
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173 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressions that last, 5 April 2006
This review is from: False Impression (Hardcover)
Jeffry Archer appears to have an uncanny insight into the minds of readers. He knows what they want and has enough material to sustain their interest. And his books sell in.
He established a rapport with his very first book, Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less, which hit the stands some quarter of a century back. He then grew in reputation with Kane And Abel and acquired eminence with First Among Equals, a treatise on the British political system. The journalist fraternity in India had then reasons to appreciate The Fourth Estate, a book relevant to the prevailing atmosphere in the country then.
A former all England sprinter who turned politician, graduated to the British Cabinet and then was elevated to a Life Peer, Archer has even lived the role of one of his main characters in First Among Equals before spending time in jail for perjury. He has certainly experienced life at various levels. But it is as an author of over a dozen novels and collection of spicy, enthralling short stories that he will always be remembered. And this reputation is what he has set out to sustain and enhance in his latest offering False Impression.
False Impression has all the ingredients which make for an Archer special. It is, however, a book with a difference. It is an old-fashioned story with modern trappings. An ancestral home in England with a wealth in property but impoverished for cash, is where the story makes a beginning and fittingly it ends there too. In between, it takes the reader criss-crossing the Atlantic, with the main character Anna Petrescu even experiencing the most modern of terror attacks while trapped in the WTO towers on 9/11. Indeed Archer has arrived as it were; his gripping details of Anna's efforts to escape from the flaming inferno and the shaking, crashing towers being one of the highlights of False Impression.
The story revolves around a Vincent Van Gogh self portrait, a puzzle in itself, with the Dutch painter being shown having his right ear bandaged, though it is his left ear that he has cut off. It is a painting cherished by many, but only a banker in New York and a Japanese industrialist in Tokyo are within reach; one with a dubious past, the other an open book with an amiable philosophy of his own.
A gruesome murder in Wentworth estate sets off a string of events, with the Van Gogh making a long and eventful journey even as Anna sets out to not only make amends for her banker Chairman's dubious designs but also to ensure that Arabella Wentworth is not robbed of her inheritance. Anna has her work cut out, having not only to elude a hired assassin but also at the same time keep ahead of the FBI, which has now joined the fray.

Anna is perhaps one of Archer's most engaging heroines ever. Smuggled out of Romania to escape the brutal regime of President Ceausescu at 17, she quickly masters English language and after high school wins a scholarship to Williams University in Massachusetts to study art history, a subject she pursues for a Ph.D. even while shining as a top class athlete. In addition to her scholastic brilliance she has a photographic memory and can recall every painting she has ever seen in detail. It is, however, her fitness regimen which she follows religiously and her honesty which drives her to pulling off a remarkable coup, upsetting the calculations of her arch enemy and his gymnastic assassin.
Archer is one of the few detective writers still following the trail these days. He has one advantage though. He does not need to draw on the old Spy versus Spy, CIA versus KGB themes. His political background and his vast experience of human nature are a potential source of ideas for his books. And he does not disappoint in False Impression.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars False Impression, 3 Jun. 2006
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I have never read Archer before, but was astounded by his ability to story tell. He probably is one of the best authors I have read. The tale was accurate, enlightning and intriguing-I couldn't put it down. If you have an interest in art, this is a must read.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book leaves a lasting impression....., 13 Mar. 2006
This review is from: False Impression (Hardcover)
I could not wait to read Jeffrey Archer's new book when I heard he was releaseing his first novel in some time. I've read all of his writings and have always been entertained by his ability to capture a scene and generate a story that excites and thrills. So please do not be put off by the minority who have shunned this book and go with the majority. False Impression is a well paced, well written, well researched and highly entertaining read that does well to keep the reader turning the pages and unable to put down. Jeffey Archer is back to what he is respected for, and that is writing darn good books. I'm looking foreard to his next publication which sees him return to short stories. Until then, enjoy this book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars False Impression - jeffrey archer, 24 May 2008
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Good fast paced story that really gets you gripped early. Has the added drama of being set at the time of the 9/11 disaster. Main characters interesting and well described.
Well worth the read
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of hot action will love this one, 3 April 2006
This review is from: False Impression (Hardcover)
Another hot formula thriller from Archer. There's plenty of action, lots of characters, a dead body, and a missing painting worth more than $100-million. Could it get any wilder than this? Yes. We also have 9/11.
Anna Petrescu, our heroine, is in the North Tower of the World Trade Center when the plane hits. She is on the trail of the killer of an old woman on Sept. 10, and investigating the theft of a Van Gogh. When she's presumed dead in the WTC, it's the perfect opportunity to hide herself. The trail takes her from Toronto to Bucharest. By the time she heads back to New York, it's clear that Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear is worth more than mere money.
Archer is always at his best with lots of derring-do, and False Impression delivers. Fans of hot action will love this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This novel is best described as the non thinking man's trashy fare, 25 Aug. 2014
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False Impression is a very apt title for this book. It really falls way short of some of his other novels and it gives the impression of a book being rushed out to meet a deadline. The characters are poorly described, the plot is wafer thin, the ending is so obvious that it beggars belief. This novel is best described as the non thinking man's trashy fare. Not recommended and I can't believe that Lord Archer is proud of this particular piece. The question to be asked is why did the publishers agree for it to go to print. If you are looking for twists, suspense, a page turner or a puzzle to solve, look elsewhere. My advice would be to move straight away to the Clifton Chronicles which made for a much better read.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not great, 7 Feb. 2007
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I have been a fan of pretty much all of Jeffrey Archer's novels in a kind of nice to take on holiday for an easy read kind of way. This one follows pretty much his main theme of goodie being chased through various countries by baddie, the only problem being that in previous books it was clear to see why the goodie was bothering and where their resources came from. In this one l can't help asking myself why she would bother.....because she's honest & doesnt want anyone ripped off blah blah blah. If you got sacked from your job after suspecting your boss of fraud would you a) contact the police and make a statement or b) spend what little money you had left flying across the world to warn the 'victim' in person? This book is complete nonesense.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly Awful!, 6 July 2006
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I have to run against the general consensus here and say how utterly abysmal this book is. In its favour it's very easy to read and I thought I could probably finish it but everytime I came to picking it up my heart sank and I wanted to fling it across the room! The characters are completely unbelievable and the dialogue clunky-do people really talk like that? My advice is don't waste your hard earned cash!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Light Read, 25 Mar. 2010
This review is from: False Impression (Paperback)
I hadn't read a Jeffrey Archer book for many years but was given this as a gift and was pleasently surprised. He hasn't lost his ability to tell a good story. Ok this is no work of literary genius but the tale moves along at a fairly fast pace and the descriptions of the events around 9/11 are good. The story centers around a corrupt banker and an art dealer and involves the FBI former eastern block criminals and a Japanese steel magnet. This is one of those books that you can read in 2 days which is just as well as it is difficult to put down.
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