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A Matter of Honor Mass Market Paperback – 25 Feb 2014

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reissue edition (25 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250053005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250053008
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 609,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The man's a genius' Evening Standard 'A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas' Washington Post --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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this book restored my faith in reading. it has everything that you would want from a book. every page has a new thing happening. it;s mainly about a guy whose father dies and in his will leaves his son a letter that was the cause of his unrespectful death. he is not allowed to open but does anyway.the letter is written in german. in search of answers he comes across people who want what's in the letter. this book has everything. murder, adventure and most of all a thrilling chase.
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Cold War adventure set in the 1960s in which the KGB and the CIA are after a religious icon, once the property of the Tsar, which contains a secret treaty concerning the Alaska Purchase which, it turns out, was actually a 99-year lease (hence the time setting) - meaning that if the Russians can get their hands on it, they get Alaska back. At the same time, a former British Army officer has been bequeathed an item that's deposited in a Swiss bank under a false name. There are no prizes for guessing what the item is, and it's not long before said officer becomes embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse with the CIA and the KGB, both of whom are desperate to get hold of the icon for the reasons outlined above.

Personally, I think Jeffrey Archer does better at short stories, and of his various books this isn't, in my view, one of his best. It's all rather predictable (the exact nature of the officer's flatmate's job, for example, was not a great surprise when finally revealed) although it does at times it takes a turn for the macabre (if you have ever wondered how a KGB agent would go about disposing of a body in Zurich, the answer can be found here).

Archer's take on the Alaska Purchase bears a resemblance to the British 99-year lease on the New Territories, which formed the basis for the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration that guaranteed that all of Hong Kong would be handed over to China in 1997. Given that this novel was published two years later, it's hard not to think that he had this in mind while he was writing this novel.
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Having read the last review i have to say that i'm a girl and i really enjoyed this book! Ok so it's not Jeffery Archer's best but this was the first one of his i ever read & i was certainly encouraged ater reading this to read more of his & i'm now a big Archer fan.
This book is very easy to read, good for a summer read maybe, nothing deep or heavy. Fast-paced and entertaining. Good fun.
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A Matter of Honour is the first book I have read by Jeffrey Archer and it certainly won't be the last. Finally, I have found a type of fiction which interests me, and compels me to keep reading. At times, I could hardly bear to put the book down. It's the type of story that wouldn't look out of place in a James Bond film, it's a shame Ian Fleming hadn't written it himself. Rather than retell the whole novel, I'll just recommend it to anyone who appreciates a really good mystery/crime fiction. Absolutely brilliant, the novel centres around the activities of Adam Scott, who follows up a historical event after his father's death. His mission takes him all over Europe and he is chased by Russian spies. And all for the sake of a Tsar's icon, though there's a lot more to the novel. Trust me, just read it and you won't be disappointed.
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On receiving an inheritance from his father, Adam Scott is also left a secret letter which leads him to pursue an interest in the original of a famous painting which in turn contains yet more important secrets which are of the utmost importance to the Soviet KGB.
The search leads Adam, an ex-military man, into a stark conflict with the interests of the Russian secret service who are themselves, to understate, not genteel in their approach towards Adam or his loved ones. The conflict provides the engine for the murder and mayhem and so, what might be called, the thrill.
As usual for Jeffrey Archer there is a plethora of action scenes with the unwitting being bumped off and even Adam's girlfriend meeting her maker prematurely, but what for Adam could have been a matter of honour is an end which, I thought, didn't always justify the means, bearing in mind the number of corpses, including that of his girlfriend, which ensue for the sake of the action and the 'thrill'.
Even so, again, the yarn is cunningly woven.
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The story was gripping and thrilling with plenty of twists and turns and kept me reading it late into the night - or until my battery ran out! However the numerous grammatical errors and typos were really distracting. For example when Alex was driving a car in pursuit of the taxi in which his girlfriend had been abducted it suddenly said Alex had not yet woken up! That made no sense. Later Aldershot appears as Aider-shot. There are plenty of others too.
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I have never read a Jeffrey Archer book before. This is completely down to my judging to conclusions; I was concerned that it would suggest that I might be a Tory and, unfortunately, I associate Mr Archer with his time spent at Her Majesty's Pleasure and the fact he was a member of a political cabinet of which I was not a fan. Anyway, enough of that, it is irrelevant to the book. As ever, I selected a 'starter' because it was on a special for a kindle download and I really enjoyed it. Extremely well researched, beautifully written, entertaining, at a good pace and a great read. I'll have to decide which is the next Archer book I'll read.
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