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From Publishers Weekly

Newly minted CIA and Mossad agents work to undo damage wrought by a Mafia/Iraqi conspiracy in English author Archer's ( As the Crow Flies ; Kane and Abel ) witty, action-filled--if improbable--thriller. Some readers, we suppose, might find quite plausible the idea that the mob has arranged for a ringer to impersonate President Clinton during his first months in office. But here the actor who plays Clinton assumes the role only long enough to swipe the Declaration of Independence. The chase is on as mobsters spirit the manuscript-turned-macguffin off to Iraq, where Saddam has plans to barbeque it for the Fourth of July, live on CNN. Meanwhile, Yale Law professor Scott Bradley goes undercover for the CIA, tracking lovely young Mossad operative Hannah Kopec, likewise on assignment in Paris. It's only a matter of time before the two agents are caught up in each other's arms and, of course, in the race to recapture the Declaration. Beyond the thrills and surprises that Archer's masterful narrative provides, readers will remain aware of the extreme unlikelihood that a scam such as Saddam's could succeed, and that two such neophytes would be thrown in to stop it. This deficit in verisimilitude doesn't detract too much from the novel's entertainment value, however, and some will be amused that Archer himself good-naturedly joins in the criticism by ironically making the accuracy of the spelling of "Brittish" (sic) in the Declaration and its copies central to his plot. 50,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-It is spring, 1993. Saddam Hussein, in his ongoing desire to humiliate the U.S., arranges for the theft of the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives. His aim is to destroy the document in front of CNN cameras on July 4th for all the world to see, and so destroy the credibility of his arch-enemy. This is the basis of Archer's fast-paced novel. His cast of characters is right out of today's headlines: President Bill Clinton and Saddam Hussein; American CIA agents and agents from Israel's Mossad; the Mafia; and an Irish expert forger. The setting of the novel is equally broad, practically encompassing the globe. The highly improbable plot may strain credibility, but the author more than makes up for this by creating an entertaining adventure.
Pamela B. Rearden, Centreville Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312933533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312933531
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.



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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1998
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This being Archer's first 'action thriller', I was skeptical when I picked up this book as I am used to reading his 'sagas'. However, I must say that all the doubts I had about the book were banished once I had read the first chapter. The book's villain is the inevitable Saddam Hussein, who, hiring an professional, plans to steal the American Declaration of Independence and burn it on international television, thus humilating the American people. The book's hero is the unlikely teacher at college, who teams up with a former agent of some sort who is bent on killing Saddam. Though not his most memorable or realistic novels, it still is a very entertaining ride. Perhaps if the plots had been made more plausible (eg.getting into the National Archives during a film shot), the book would make a more lasting impression on the minds of readers. However, despite the flawed storytelling, the book is one juicy slab of entertainment!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
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This book is the worst Archer book I've ever read. Unlike his other novels, with relatively unpredictable endings, this one was obvious from the start. Archer tried to make an action book and failed. The author should stick with plots involving rivalries (see First Among Equals, The Fourth Estate) with fewer characters. With so many characters, none could be developed fully, and Archer only attempts to make two of them more than one-dimensional. Yes, there was action, and lots of death, but little substance. While this book won't prevent me from reading more Archer, it won't be a book I'll ever read again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Bull on August 11, 2003
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This was our first exposure to Jeff Archer, who's skill with complex international plot development reminds one a little of Tom Clancy without the high tech stuff. The main theme is that shortly after Clinton replaces Bush, Saddam Hussein pays $100M to a mob-related group to steal the American Declaration of Independence. A Yale professor (and our hero) Scott Bradley, gets his desire for a field assignment with the CIA to get it back. Thereafter, most of the action is in Iraq, and before it's over Bradley teams up with an Israeli female spook (and falls in love while he's at it!), as well as some other American diehards from the CIA, who build a complex plan to steal back the precious parchment and avoid Hussein's planned humiliation of a Fourth of July burning on national TV. Does he succeed in time?
We suspect Archer stayed up nights scheming his double and triple crosses -- we totally lost track of the real document long before the whole story unfolded. Much of the horror of Suddam's regime is spelled out in gory detail, and not all the good guys escape horrid fates. Meanwhile, some decent Iraqi people risk their lives to help the American's cause.
Modest suspense, a few characters we wanted to win, good against evil, and even some humor along the way kept us entertained throughout. Archer's writing may not captivate everyone, but we were impressed enough to try another of his stories some day. This one trips the meter at "good but not great"!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thrillhouse on June 17, 2005
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After reading Archer's "The Eleventh Commandment," I was anxious to get to this one. I really didn't think I'd enjoy "The Eleventh Commmandment" after reading the summary but I was very happy with how it turned out. So, I was anxious to get to my second Archer book. Unfortunately, this one didn't live up to the same quality as the other. It starts out well enough but as the story goes on, I found myself losing interest in almost every aspect of the plot. The one redeeming quality about this one was the caliber of the main character. He was very likeable and the only reason I finished the book. I wanted to see how things turned out with him. Ironically, the lack of development for the main character, was the only thing I found fault with in "The Eleventh Commandment." Hmmm....If only Archer could have fused these two together.

The reasons for my not liking this book are many but I'll try to stick with the important ones. First, I thought that there were too many characters Archer introduced that he wanted us to remember. Almost all of the characters that I thought were unnecessary were part of the group of AMERICANS(believe that if you can) who were hired to steal the Declaration of Independence. Archer says that they went along with the theft because most of them did time in prison and have nothing but bad things to say about the American government. Still, the only real motivation that they have to go along with the scam is the payment they'll receive. Yet, most of them are well-off if not downright wealthy. I didn't think that a couple million dollars was motivation enough for them to betray their country. Sorry for that digression.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Madden on June 29, 2000
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Jeffrey Archer is by far the best storyteller I have read in this generation, but this book is sub-par in comparison to his other novels. A Matter of Honor blows it away in comparison of action thrillers. If someone is interested in reading a story with a comprable plot, they should read Tom Clancy's Debt of Honor, in which the American government and economy plays victim to a non-violent and yet devastating form of terrorism. Clancy, contrary to Archer in this specific novel, gives a story of economic sabotage that is so detailed and original, it will leave you in awe, especially as Clancy connects the various characters in an intrinsic web. Back to Archer and Honor Among Thieves, it was an enjoyable read, but as far as this being great for first time readers, NO WAY! Pick up Cane and Abel, or A Twist in the Tale, his collection of short stories, so you can first see what a marvelous storyteller he is. I especially recommend A Matter of Honor for the action/thriller genre. As for Archer fans, you'll know it's not his best but an enjoyable quick read none the less!
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