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As the Crow Flies Kindle Edition
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|Length: 740 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||
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Top Customer Reviews
Considering that i'm not always a fan of Archer, this book was stunningly good. There's no way you'll be able to put this down from beginning to end. It's filled with twists, wit, hatred, joy and truly tragic moments that will make you want the book to go on for ever. Trumper is a fascinating character who comes across as an ambitious, enthusiastic and genuinely decent bloke.
I would recommend this to anyone, it does at times remind you of Kane and Abel but that should by no means put you off. Wonderful!
Whoever proof-read this needs their eyes examining and their language skills thoroughly checked - there are many instances of typographical errors, a distinct lack of correct paragraphing and several places where "cut and paste" have been used with abandon. It also appears that a predictive text program has been used as there are some very odd words popping up which bear no resemblance to the actual one required. These are the errors I have spotted having only read 35% of the book!
The story itself is very good, hence why I wanted to read it again but the very poor presentation of the Kindle edition is making this extremely hard work.
Many time individual sentences are completely missed out - comparison to my old paperback edition shows that on various occasions the bottom line from a page on the paperback version had been lost in translation to Kindle!
Missing paragraphs - for example the paperback has newspaper articles, letters, etc which are printed in a different
format in the paperback to distinguish them within the text. Some of these are completely missing in the Kindle version.
This is a real shame as it really does spoil the reading experience. I was planning to download some more Archer stories, but am now having second thoughts in case they are of the same poor quality.
The novel is based around Charlie Trumper and his family during the course of the 20th century and his journey from Whitechapel Market to Chelsea Terrace. During this time he repeatedly experiences turmoil from his enemy, the Trentham family, a group of characters you can’t really help but absolutely hate. Some of the twists in the book were particularly unexpected but wonderfully written.
I particularly liked the way the original style in which the book was written… the book comprises a series of periods during the course of the book from the perspective of various major characters, each of which started with a first person narrative of what you had just read – it sounds a bit weird but works brilliantly
All in all, I can’t recommend this book enough. If you’re an Archer fan, then you’ll find this book superb, and if you’re not… why not?
You wouldn't be blamed for thinking the storyline of an Eastend barrow boy going on to build the 'biggest barrow in the world' with a chain of shops couldn't be that interesting and exciting. However, as the book is full of the usual Archer twists and turns and you would be mistaken as in typical Archer fashion the story grabs your imagination and leaves you unable to stop reading.
As I said in the Kane and Abel review, the man truly is a master storyteller.
Why this has never been made into a mini-series like Kane and Abel was is beyond me!
The narrative starts during Charlie's adolescence, through army service in the First World War, to his rise in the business world. Throughout, the story is enriched by the details of his personal life. The book is divided into sections where the passage of his life is chronicled through his own voice and through those of his family, friends, business associates and enemies. Each section not only moves time on, but also gives a different perspective of the story as experienced by the different characters and at the same time helps the reader to imagine and empathize (or not) with them.
In addition to the rags to riches element of the story there's a cracking good mystery over the identity of Cathy's parents that leads the plot to and from Australia onto nail-biting scenes in lawyer's offices. Great stuff!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A hearty tale, and the advertised edition for those that mind.Published 12 days ago by Giles Clifton
A great holiday read with all the usual Jeffrey Archer ingredientsPublished 29 days ago by David James Colom
Not one of his best in my opinion and clearly the Clifton Chronicles prototype.
Charlie Trumper is a fruit and veg barrow boy in the early 1900's. Read more
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