The second book in Jeffrey Archer's highly acclaimed The Clifton Chronicles, The Sins of the Father takes the reader on a breath-taking journey from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan.
The book opens in New York, 1939. Harry Clifton, under the new identity of Tom Bradshaw, finds himself arrested for first degree murder. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Harry has little choice but to accept his advice.
After Harry is tried, found guilty and sentenced, Jelks mysteriously disappears, and the only way for him to prove his innocence is to reveal his true identity - something that he has sworn never to do in order to protect the woman he loves.
Meanwhile Emma Barrington, the young woman in question, travels to New York. She has left their son behind in England, having decided she'll do whatever it takes to find the man she had hoped to marry - unwilling to believe that he died at sea. The only proof she has is a letter - a letter that has remained unopened and unread on a mantelpiece in Bristol for over a year, but the hand is unmistakeable.
In Jeffrey Archer's epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their very limits as secrets continue to unravel.
©2012 Jeffrey Archer (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
"A worthy sequeal"
It took me a while to reacquaint myself with the characters from the first part of these Clifton Chronicles as it's a while since I listened to, Only Time will Tell. I should strongly recommend that you listen to the first part before this one as the story simple continues with no preamble and assumes you know who Maisy and her son, Harry Clifton, are as well as and Emma, Hugo and Giles Barrington, etc., all of whom who figure in this sequel, but their back-story is in book 1. This is not a stand-alone novel. It's a good listen with excellent narrations by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox. Archer is a very good story teller of old-fashioned, and none the worse for that, tales of honourable characters pitted against dastardly ones with lots of heroics and cliff-hanger moments on the way. Historical events of the Second World War are woven into the story. I enjoyed this book and, as it ends on a cliff-hanger look forward to part three.
The story is worthy of five stars, but I've knocked one off because of the dreadfully loud music at the start of each of the two parts that are an ear-splitting volume and had me tearing my headphones off.
"Can't wait for the next one"
Another great book from Jeffrey Archer - as good as the first - listened to the whole book in 2 days.
I too was disaappointed with the change in narrator but only because he was so good in the first book. However, you soon get used to the change and drawn into another absorbing tale. Archer is such a great story-teller, and I had several "this is great!" moments out loud, as I listened.
Possibly a little slow at times, but as you'd expect, the plot thickens further still and you really feel that you're getting to know the characters.
I loved this book and, as before, waiting impatiently for the next.
"Dull and one-dimensional"
A lack-lustre tale where hard-done-by goodies take on lumpish baddies. As it grinds to its inevitable politically-correct conclusion the only thing to say is congratulations to the readers and listeners for holding out till the end.
"It just keeps getting better"
Typical Archer. Keeps you enthralled and entertained, page by page, right to the end. Just hope he can maintain this level of interest through the next 3 books. A big challenge.
"The sins of the father"
Well, if it was a normal book, it certainly would be a page turner...thank you Jeffrey Archer
"Who's story is the most compelling"
So good the only reason for me to want it to finish was to get to book 3! I loved the differing perspectives of the various characters. A really great follow on from the hooks in the first of the series. I am now listening to the next installment and to think it all started with a short trip to Weston Super Mare!
A very good read. Nicely written. Exciting.Probably better than book 1.Looking forward to book 3 now.
"Lost its way"
I was looking forward to the next chapter of the Clifton Chronicles but cannot help feeling that this was a hurried follow up with a poor plot. When I finished listening to it I felt the storyline had not really progressed much from the end of the first novel and the finale was akin to suspense program, I half expected the narrator to announce " Tune in for the next thrilling episode and find out what happens to Harry next week". Sorry I wanted to enjoy it but it was not possible.
"The Sins Of The Father"
Not the same good listen as the one before ,I feel a little let down,but I am now waiting for the next one.The story became a little weak
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