“Archer delivers another page-turning, heart-stopping saga, with delightful twists, and a surprise ending… readers will surely wait for the next with bated breath.” ―Publishers Weekly
“General readers as well as Archer fans will enjoy this unforgettable tale, which abounds with cliff-hangers that propel its intriguing and intricate plot.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“What appears at the outset to be a straightforward coming-of-age tale becomes, by the end, a saga of power, betrayal, and bitter hatred. The novel ends on a deliberately dark note, setting the stage for the sequel…An outstanding effort from a reliable veteran.” ―Booklist (starred Review)
“I was utterly hooked. It was an absurdly enjoyable read.” ―Anthony Horowitz, Daily Telegraph (London)
“A dynamite commercial novel…Archer brings it off with panache.” ―The Washington Post on A Prisoner of Birth
“A compelling read…The pace never flags.” ―Newsday (New York) on A Prisoner of Birth
“A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas.” ―The Washington Post on A Twist in the Tale
“Kane and Abel…that classic of modern literature.” ―The Times (London)
From the Back Cover
The first novel in the Clifton Chronicles, an ambitious new series that tells the story of a family across generations and oceans, from heartbreak to triumph, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Archer
The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war." A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father and expects to continue on at the shipyard, until a remarkable gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again...
"If there were a nobel prize for storytelling, Archer would win."―Daily Telegraph (London)
As Harry enters into adulthood, he finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question: Was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? From the ravages of the Great War and the docks of working-class England to the streets of 1940 New York City and the outbreak of the Second World War, this is a powerful journey that will bring to life one hundred years of history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.
"Archer is a master entertainer."―Time--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.