The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles) Paperback – 13 Sep 2012
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Praise for international bestselling author""JEFFREY ARCHER "One of the top ten storytellers in the world." --"Los Angeles Times" "There isn't a better storyteller alive." --Larry King"" "Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages." --"The Boston Globe" "Cunning plots, silken style.... Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader." --"The New York Times" "Archer is a master entertainer." --"Time" "A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas...unsurpassed skill." --"Washington Post" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The master storyteller continues the Clifton saga with this, the second volumeSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Initially it took me a few chapters to reacquaint myself with the lead characters in this story, Harry Clifton the lead character begins this book charged with a murder committed by another man whose identity he has assumed. He has left England and his love Emma Barrington, a woman who could well be his half sister and whom he has fathered a child with that he is unaware of.
When you write it like this it it sounds like a story from Jeremy Kyle, truly there seems to be very little concern in the book about the potential inscestual issues this brings up for the poor child. If however you can put this aside the bones of this book are truly outstanding.
It is an amazing tale, told in turn from the perspective of many of the main characters and covering the period through the Second World War. Set equally across America and England we follow Harry as he serves a prison sentence as Tom Bradshaw and begins writing a prison diary (reflection on real life there Mr Archer?), we follow Emma as she seeks to establish whether her love did actually die aboard the Kansas Star ship and her brother Giles as he heads off to war.
The reading of this book flew past, I felt I had barely begun and it was over, the short and snappy chapters along with the switching of narrators is highly engaging and a wonderfully enjoyable writing style. With two books still to read in the series and with a clear cliffhanger to spur us into the next instalment we are promised much more intrigue and exploration of the world of Harry Clifton. I personally am looking forward to instalment number 3 and sharing more of the saga Archer has to unfold.
The mind is stretched by the number of coincidences, both fortunate and unfortunate, that happen throughout the book, which I won't go into since that would create spoilers. Suffice it to say that for me these are an integral part of the reason for the compulsive page-turning by the reader - just to see how they are convincingly explained they are (or are not, as the case may be).
There are some matters that , though not of major importance, should have been picked up at the editing stage. The fact that they remain does call into question the quality of the editing. For example, I thought after the first book in the series someone would have pointed out to the author that, when Big Ben chimes, it is the FIRST chime that denotes the hour, not the last, but he makes the same mistake here - twice over!
And for a corporal, whose country of birth is revealed by his use of the word "laddie", to be called "McCloud" rather than "Macleod" or "McLeod" just beggars belief!
It is crucial that any prospective reader has previously read "Only Time Will Tell", the first book in the series, since the author makes very few concessions by way of explaining background to anyone who has not. In view of the "cliffhanger" on which the book ends, this will be even more important for future readers of Book 3.Read more ›
Only complaint is the cost? i could buy the paper book for the same price- wish amazon made the ebooks which have no real outlay in paper costs etc would make their ebooks cheaper !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Again, I have enjoyed reading the second Chronicle and look forward to working my way through the rest.Published 10 hours ago by beporage
Was a very good read.
Enjoyed the story line, can't imagine to think what it would been like in the 1930s, but after reading this it has made it a bit clearer.
Such a poor book. This attempt should not have made it on to any bookshelf. I am so angry at the appalling story lines and the stupidity of some of the scenesPublished 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
A very good read - lots of twists and turns keeping the flow of wanting to get to the next page all the time.Published 11 days ago by Barbara
A very enjoyable and entertaining instalment but it ends on a crucial cliffhanger. Luckily the next book is available.Published 14 days ago by jules