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Nothing Ventured

Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Summary

Nothing Ventured is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best-selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer.

This is not a detective story; this is a story about the making of a detective....

William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective and decides, much to his father’s dismay, that rather than become a barrister like his father, Sir Julian Warwick QC, and his sister Grace, he will join London’s Metropolitan Police Force.

After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life: from his early months on the beat under the watchful eye of his first mentor, Constable Fred Yates, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard’s arts and antiquities squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery whom he falls hopelessly in love with, even as Beth guards a secret of her own that she’s terrified will come to light.

While William follows the trail of the missing masterpiece, he comes up against suave art collector Miles Faulkner and his brilliant lawyer, Booth Watson QC, who are willing to bend the law to breaking point to stay one step ahead of William. Meanwhile, Miles Faulkner’s wife, Christina, befriends William, but whose side is she really on?

Nothing Ventured heralds the start of a brand-new series in the style of Jeffrey Archer’s number one Sunday Times best-selling The Clifton Chronicles: telling the story of the life of William Warwick - as a family man and a detective who will battle throughout his career against a powerful criminal nemesis. Through twists, triumph and tragedy, this series will show that William Warwick is destined to become one of Jeffrey Archer’s most enduring legacies.

©2019 Jeffrey Archer (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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Cracking start to the new series

I really enjoyed the author's Clifton Chronicles series and so was delighted to learn of this new one. It certainly doesn't disappoint. Two compelling stories captured my attention and kept me engrossed. Stories that combine topics that Mr Archer knows about: art, court cases and prisons. The book ends with a cliff-hanger so I hope that the author is hard at work on book 2.
The narrator is excellent. One tend to not notice when a narrator is good yet a poor one can ruin and otherwise good book.

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Still the Master

Say what you like about him, Archer is a rollicking good read. Keeps you hooked from start to finish and always a parting sting in the tail. Fans of the Clifton Chronicles will love reading the book that Harry really would have written. Sheer genius.

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The master storyteller strikes again

I remember being captivated by the Clifton Chronicles culminating in some unmanly snivelling at the end of the last book. Nothing ventured took me on a fast paced journey with enough twists and variety to keep me fully entertained throughout. If there was a criticism I felt that some descriptions were somewhat abridged. Overall I am very much looking forward to part 2

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Another brilliant Book

yet another great book with an interesting story line and a refreshing change for a 'detective' novel to focus more on the characters than the crime. can't wait for the next go the series

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brill

cant wait for next one. brilliant introduction to a new character and family. this could be the start of a whole new series

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More. More. More!

Love Archer's style of writing and I've listened to all of his books! Can't wait for Warwick's return - loved that you've given this character the chance to be known!

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Always the best stories

In my opinion Jeffrey Archer is one of the best storytellers of our time. Yet again he doesn’t disappoint with another fantastic story. This one is based around the fictional detective William Warwick, that Harry Clifton writes about in his Clifton Chronicles. Was so disappointed when it finished!

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Disappointing I’m such a fan but this was boring

I’ve read/listened and loved every book JA has written but this was predictable and boring. The narration was flat and uninspired which didn’t help, it was so dreary I just fell asleep

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Another great listen

Jeffrey Archer never fails to hold the reader's/listener's from the first page to the last.

I've read all of his books and can often guess where a plot is going and sometimes even the final twist. However, this never spoils my enjoyment. Looking forward to the others in the series.

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  • Yvonne Bekker
  • 13-09-19

Disappointing

I was very disappointed. I have read all Jeffrey Archers books and this was by far the worst. Boring story line and so predictable. Not worth the listen.

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  • Judith Coulson
  • 07-09-19

Story was good until the last third of the book

How can anyone seriously believe that the crown did not cross examine Faulkner with all the evidence they had from the private detective and Scottland Yard or check his phone calls, bank statements or travels arrangements etc. to disproof his story?
The end was not believable even for as long ago as 1984.