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Kane and Abel [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Archer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 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: #10,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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149 of 152 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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93 of 97 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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21 of 22 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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10 of 10 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love the historical fiction
Great story intertwined historical events and people in background. Also makes one think of our own petty squabbles. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Char
I enjoyed this book very much. It was the kind of book I could not put down. I have read a lot of Jeffrey Archer books and this one was the best.
Published 2 days ago by Cindy Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed reading
I enjoyed reading this book. It was my first Jeffry Archer book and I do plan to read more of his in the future.
Published 2 days ago by LFS365
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical
First novel I've read that included historical banking in America, starting with poor guy going to have his hand cut off.
Published 2 days ago by Rural Gal
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of twists and turns
For me this was a 4star book.It keeps one expecting another twist and you are not disappointed. It reminds one of importan t aspects of history that is not boring. Read more
Published 3 days ago by cornelius
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost the plot!
I guess I was expecting too much-having heard that this was a great read. It wasn't! It was abit pedantic and slogging at times and quite a few times I wanted to give up on it but... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mrs F. Turner
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Kept me wanting to read more. I think it is a book that is an easy read and enjoyable. Thanks JA
Published 4 days ago by Marion Henton
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit lengthy
Based loosely on the biblical story of Adam's sons, Kain and Abel. There were a ton of 5 star ratings on this book, that was why I purchased it and it was also the read in my Book... Read more
Published 7 days ago by niftyamlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A real page turner. It was difficult to put it down. Would recommend it to anyone who likes a good book.
Published 9 days ago by molly sandridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It weaves 2 separate lives' stories together, and the characters all seem real; sometimes like able and sympathetic- sometimes not. Read more
Published 10 days ago by C. Nelson
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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 of his eighteen novels,six collections of short stories, three plays, three children's books, three volumes of his prison diaries and a Gospel. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (sixteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

He gained a Blue in Athletics at Oxford, was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966. Jeffrey has served five years 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. All four books (book 1, Only Time Will Tell, book 2, The Sins of the Father and book 3, Best Kept Secret) went to No.1 in hardback on the Sunday Times Bestsellers list and around the world.

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

Jeffrey has been married to Dame Mary Archer for 48 years, and they have two sons.
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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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