A Matter of Honor Mass Market Paperback – 25 Feb 2014
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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.
This book is very easy to read, good for a summer read maybe, nothing deep or heavy. Fast-paced and entertaining. Good fun.
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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I prefer not to write reviews. Star ratings speak fpr themselves.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Mr Archer is a brilliant story teller. This thriller set in the cold war of the 60's take us through a Europe that has emerged from the post war years. Read morePublished 14 days ago by helenaudeonze
I was expecting a huge 'Dan Brown' size tome, but this tale is quite modest in size - though no less engaging for that. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Andrew Poole
Its a book and when I buy 10 I can't review just want to clear these review requests.Published 18 days ago by David
A good story set at a frantic pace which never flags.Archer writes about intelligence services and the world of high finance with conviction,as one in the know. Read morePublished 23 days ago by andy moore