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Kane and Abel [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Archer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (567 customer reviews)

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Book Description

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred. Over sixty years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph that only one man can have...

Editorial Reviews


"One of the top ten storytellers in the world." -Los Angeles Times

"A master at mixing power, politics, and profit into fiction." -Entertainment Weekly

"Archer is a master entertainer." -Time

"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

"A storyteller in the class of alexandre dumas...unsurpassed skill...making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next." -The Washington Post

"There isn't a better storyteller alive." -Larry King


"'Archer has a gift for plot that can only be described as genius' Daily Telegraph"

Product Details

  • File Size: 851 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Anv edition (March 13, 2004)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JMF4FC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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155 of 159 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am so glad to have discovered this "oldie" originally published in 1979 because it is one of the best books I have ever read. It has drama, suspense, romance, and enough plot twists to keep the most savvy reader breathlessly reading until the heart-wrenching conclusion.
William Kane and Abel Rosnovski both enter the world in 1906. One is born to a wealthy, socially prominent Boston family. The other is born in poverty in Poland to an unwed woman who dies during childbirth. They each have a remarkable life story that makes for spellbinding reading until the finale in 1963.
Abel is rescued from the woods beside the body of his dead mother by a hunter and taken into a peasant family. The Russian occupation of Poland, his fearful and solitary escape to Turkey and later America, will have you cheering this tough young boy.
Meanwhile, young William Kane is growing up in the lap of luxury, attending the finest schools, and winning every honor his father before him achieved.
You will be fascinated by Archer's storytelling and the vivid characters he portrays. You will root for Abel and take him to your heart. You will be fascinated with William and wish only the best for him. Unfortunately, when the two characters cross paths as young men, a fierce hatred erupts and they become life-long enemies, as Abel swears to destroy William Kane.
The author has made each of his main characters so endearing that the reader is torn and loyalties falter. Do you root for Abel? Do you root for William? Dare you hope they will work this out? Whatever you are thinking, you will be surprised. This is not one of those novels where you will see the ending coming, but you will be stunned, sad, and uplifted as a gamut of emotions play with your mind and heart.
I finished this late last night and have been thinking about Abel and William all day. I can hardly wait to start on the sequel, "The Prodigal Daughter."
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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites July 31, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The main reason I am writing this is to warn you against reading Matt Hetling's review because he gives away the whole secret/climax of the book. I can't believe it got past Amazon. Don't reviewers know not to give away the ending and secrets? Sometimes I'm afraid to read reviews for that very reason.

I won't give a description of the book since so many others have, but I will say it's one of my all time favorites. I thought it was outstanding.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kane & Abel - Polish nobleman versus American banker April 28, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is realy woderfull. I could not put this book away while reading. Jeffrey Archer put the action in the real world with a knowledge of the reality of Poland before the second war and the post war era. This is what I like about it. Since I am Polish I can say that the fact from the begining of Abel's life are set in the reality of those time. The Russian soldiers were shown in the actual reality what I know from the facts that my father was telling me about them. Anyway the characters of Abel and Kane are drawn nicely to shaw thedrive to success. Kane is driven by the financial purpooses to get rich by all means, while Abel's success is driven by his stubborness to destroy Kane who was gilty of dead of Abel's former boss. The action of this book is swift, and is very characteriscal to all books of Jeffrey Archer. Second part of this book "The Prodigal Daugther" is in the same style. I highly recomend to everyone this book, and of course when you read "Kane & Abel" do not forget to read "The prodigal daughter" to have the full picture of Kane's family.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explore The Human Condition August 19, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the things that I love about reading a novel is that it is a chance to visit another community, or life, without actually going there.
"Kane & Able" is a story that captures the dramatic lives of 2 men who were born on the same day, in 1906, from 2 completely different socioeconomics.
William Kane was born into wealth. He was stubborn, haughty and all the "attributes" associated with someone who is born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Baron Able Rosnovski, an immigrant from Poland, was determined, creative and willing to do whatever it takes to never live the impoverished life that he was born into.
Both of these men eventually and repeatedly crossed paths, in business. And they desperately try to outwit one another, at a heavy expense to all around them.
As I read this book, I kept wanting to say, "Look in your heart," because each man was so busy trying to outdo the other that they loss sight of what matters, until the end.
Although this book has 477 pages, you will read it faster than a book that is one third its size, because Mr. Archer has developed the characters so well --- you will feel like you are looking at an IMAX movie.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping throughout, with a final priceless irony June 24, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Quite possibly Jeffrey Archer's most accomplished work. In "Kane & Abel" he employed the literary device of a looking at his protagonists and antagonists' lives through a wide-angle lens, a device he was again to employ to great effect in "As the Crow Flies" and, more recently, in "The Fourth Estate". Where many writers show us only a few years or even a few weeks in their characters' lives (and often that is quite enough), Archer is the master of fictionalizing entire lifetimes, and making them interesting enough that we are happy to be a part of them.
"Kane and Abel" tells the story of two men born on the same day yet in vastly differing circumstances. William Kane is born to wealthy New York parents at the dawn of what has been called The American Century, a life full of privilege and promise stretching before him. A world away, little Wladek Koskiewicz, bastard son of a Polish baron and one of the baron's peasants, has none of Kane's early advantages; no advantages at all in fact. Wladek's family is killed in the Great War and he sets sail for America with nothing more than the scantest of birthrights, a bracelet belonging to the dead Baron through the inscriptions of which the american Immigration official incorrectly documents him as Baron Abel Rosnovski.
Kane is stubborn, Abel determined; the two men cross paths repeatedly in business, each seeking to outmanoeuvre the other. Archer writes Abel as the more sympathetic character: his conscientious effort to become a better sexual partner and his later humiliation of Melanie Leroy, the daughter of his onetime business partner, are but two actions through which Archer shows us that Abel is endowed with the methodical focus and vindictiveness traditionally associated with those driven to rise above their current station in life. Kane has an early head start in the race and is portrayed more coldly. But both are men you'll never forget once you've read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story, well written. Enough suspense to make it interesting and a page turner.
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there is nothing bad about this book.from beginning to end it was nothing less than an masterpiece. this is a must read
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Great Story Excellent Writing Keeps my interest at all times
Published 1 day ago by Betty Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars really great book
What a great book! I'm sorry its taken me this long to read Mr. Archers books. Great story telling everyone should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. One of my favorite books of all time
Excellent. One of my favorite books of all time.
Published 3 days ago by J. Carroll
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
The author created wonderfully strong characters with great stories only to have them act completely out of character for the sake of a predictable conflict and resolution.
Published 4 days ago by Tom Magill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great writing - a little history sprnkled in - great read. Can't wait for Prodigal Daughter!
Published 5 days ago by Mark Reardon
5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor and read this book
One of my favorite books of all time. I have lost count of the number of times I have read this, and it is just as enthralling each time.
Published 7 days ago by LPetrie
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fun and exciting read.
Published 11 days ago by wayne n hunt
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Awesome book - have read it 3 times over the years and it still is a fascinating read.
Published 11 days ago by Dianne Mayson
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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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Is there another book as good as Kane and Abel out there?
I have not read Kane & Abel but definately will after reading these reviews. You might want to try a Sidney Sheldon novel such as Master of the Game.
Jun 15, 2007 by A. Dowling |  See all 18 posts
US version is different from UK one?
Are they both the "new" (reworked" 30th anniversary) addition? For some reason, completely unfathomable to me, Archer has decided to go back and "update" this book. Maybe this is one of the changes.
Aug 23, 2011 by albertagirl |  See all 2 posts
A book like this one
How bout "The Good Earth" by Pearl Buck
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