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Product Details

  • Series: The Clifton Chronicles (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st Us Edition edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125000098X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250000989
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,550 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. An artful blend of colorful characters, seething resentment, calculated revenge, and a shocking, tragic cliffhanger distinguishes Archer's third volume of The Clifton Chronicles. Picking up where The Sins of the Father left off, readers discover whether Giles Barrington or Harry Clifton will inherit the late Hugo Barrington's fortune. Harry becomes a successful novelist and marries his true love Emma Barrington; they adopt a daughter with a secret past to join their son Sebastian. Poor smitten, likeable Giles, fighting for his political life as a member of Parliament, is lovesick for the scheming, vindictive Lady Virginia, whom he marries. Sensing disaster, on her death bed Lady Elizabeth Barrington writes Lady Virginia out of the will, prompting the unpopular Lady Virginia to enlist Giles' nemesis, Major Alex Fisher, as she plots her way to the Barrington fortune. Sebastian becomes a young man, sowing his wild oats and naively getting mixed up with a school chum's nefarious father and his sketchy business. Business-savvy Emma earns a college degree, intending to join the family shipping empire. Archer provides a pitch-perfect continuation of the Clifton family saga; his shrewd twists and turns are addictive from the get-go, and he stuns with his signature series sign-off, a cliffhanger leaving readers longing for its resolution. (May)

From Booklist

Archer’s epic-sized family saga, the Clifton Chronicles, continues in this third volume (following The Sins of the Father, 2012). It’s the 1950s, and Harry Clifton and his best friend (and possibly half-brother), Giles Barrington, are battling over who will inherit the estate and title of Hugo Barrington. The outcome of the battle sparks one of the book’s main story lines, which involves a shocking revelation in Hugo’s will and what that spells for Giles’ seemingly happy marriage and perhaps his career as a member of Parliament. Meanwhile, Harry, a best-selling author, has his own problems: his son is refused admission to a tony grammar school and soon gets mixed up in some unsavory goings-on. Running underneath everything is the story that forms the spine of the saga: the relationship between Harry and Giles, boyhood friends whose mutual affection is threatened by the demands of adulthood. No family saga would be complete without a villain, and this book has a good one, a well-drawn and believable character whose motivations are understandable. This thoroughly engaging old-school, multigenerational saga harks back to the work of Malcolm Macdonald, Belva Plain, and Irwin Shaw. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Archer has backed up a long-running track record for commercial fiction with a powerful social network, including 142,000 likes on Facebook. --David Pitt

More About the Author

Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 270 million copies in 97 countries and more than 37 languages. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (eighteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

Jeffrey served five years as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons and twenty-two years as a Member of the House of Lords.

His latest novel Be Careful What You Wish For, published in March 2014, is the fourth volume in a seven book saga called The Clifton Chronicles, and spent twelve weeks in the top 10 - four of them at #1 - on the Sunday Times Best Seller list, and also went to the top of the bestseller lists in India, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa.

Jeffrey is also an art collector and amateur auctioneer, conducting around 30 charity auctions a year.



Customer Reviews

This is another page turner and keeps you waiting for the next book.
Eric Rae
I really enjoy reading books by Jeffrey Archer and couldn't wait for this, the third of the series.
Sandra Smith
Jeffrey Archer has written a great story about some truly interesting characters.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Camilla on April 7, 2013
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I found this book extremely disappointing. After the first book which was excellent, the second which was quite good - this third book in the series was not up to Mr Archer's standard at all - in my opinion. Endless pages on how the electorate works in the UK.... at times I also felt that bits of the text and definitely story-line had come from previous novels.... as an avid fan I did notice! This is not a spoiler - but I felt that the ending invited another book of the Clifton Chronicles some time in the future. I will not be buying it. Hopefully Mr Archer will return to writing stand-alone novels again and not drag out a story over three books which could have easily been written as one.....
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95 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Suncoast TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 21, 2013
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Jeffrey Archer scores again with another page-turning best-seller with the next book in the addictive Clifton Chronicles series. Archer is a consummate story teller and this series continues to display his skills in writing easy-reading and exciting family-based stories. If you have read the first books in the series this one is a must-read. If not you will still enjoy it but it would help if you are able to read the other books first.

Those of you who have read the first two books in the series will know that at the end of each one Archer leaves you with a cliff-hanger (I call them "Clifton" hangers) of an ending so you have to wait on tenterhooks for the next book in the series to be released find the answer. At the end of "Sins of the Father" a tied vote in the House of Lords on whether Harry Clifton or his best friend Giles Barrington inherits the Barrington title and property has been left to the Lord Chancellor to decide. All I can safely tell you is that the Lord Chancellor found this the most difficult decision in his career and he "would never admit, even to his closest confidant, that he changed his mind at the last moment."

Harry settles down to pursue a career as a best-selling detective novelist, while Emma goes in search of her illegitimate half-sister who was put into foster care when both her father and mother died after a fight. Giles Barrington pursues his career as Labour MP for Bristol with the slimmest of majorities.

As usual Archer adds a few baddies to spice up things. Among them are Alex Fisher, who bullied Giles and Harry at school and nearly got Giles killed at Tobruk, and Lady Virginia Fenwick - a beautiful, aristocratic, gold-digging control-freak.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Anand K. Sankaran on March 14, 2013
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I am a huge Sir.Archer fan, but this book wasn't up to his standards. The first two parts of the Clifton Chronicles were amazing. The third was really good, for the most part.

===SPOILER===

Are we supposed to believe Harry and Emma would let Seb visit Eaton Square and Martinez home on his own after everything happened? Not even warn him? I thought we were dealing with smart people until that point.

The whole Argentinian saga seems frivolous, just so that another arch villain can be created that would involve Seb.

I was very disappointed. Not the usual Sir.Archer fare, I should admit.

If you have read the first two books, you should read it anyway, for continuity. I hope things get better with #4.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Net Shopper on May 11, 2013
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I really liked the 1st two books in this series and was really excited to get the newest chronicle. This book leaves much to be desired. It is a good story as far as it goes, but it doesn't go very far. I could not believe how abruptly it ended! It was like starting a book, getting into the characters and plot only to find the last 50 pages are missing. I fear Archer is going the way of James Patterson: he used to write terrific books but now only seems to want to get them to the market. Archer needs to work on his cliff-hanger skills. I will read the next book in this series but I may not be so eager to fork out the money to pre-order.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bumptious B on May 9, 2013
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After having enjoyed the first two of the Clifton Chronicles, I have to say I'm VERY disappointed with this book. The plot was thin and lacked credibility. Save your money. I will continue to purchase any Jeffrey Archer books that were written in the past which I have not yet read but I will not buy any future books. He has really let his fans down with this one. I felt insulted. I honestly can't believe he was the author...and have to be suspect about the initial 5 star reviews....
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By beekaboo on May 10, 2013
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Ok...so I understand the plot; it's easy enough to follow...albeit unrealistic at times...only to have no closure. The fate of the villains is not addressed and the story is left up in the air.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Vikram on March 19, 2013
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Although the first two books in the Clifton Chronicles series were good, this one has a rather lame plot, is too predictable and frankly speaking doesn't really have much to say...its a shame really, as Archer is capable of putting together a much better plot
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By dh on May 15, 2013
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I thought this was a trilogy. If so the ending was terrible! Also too much government which I didn't understand, and Seb's sister was never told she was his sister. First two were great. This was advertised as a trilogy. Even if there is another book I don't think I'll be buying it.
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