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A real-life mountaineering mystery serves as the springboard for bestseller Archer's abysmal latest. The plot begins promisingly with the body of mountaineer George Mallory discovered on the slopes of Mt. Everest in 1999, possibly having been the first man to have reached the summit. But hopes of an adventurous yarn are soon dashed as the novel becomes a long flashback, offering stock vignettes of Mallory's childhood, Cambridge days and mountaineering adventures. These passages are hampered by phoned-in writing, clumsy attempts at verisimilitude and a notable lack of psychological depth. Along the way, Mallory marries, becomes a father, serves in WWI and finds himself pitted against Australian mountaineer George Finch as a potential leader of Britain's push to conquer Everest. Archer does eventually offer his opinion as to whether Mallory summited Everest, but by that point all but his most devoted fans will have fled the icy crags of this lifeless novel. (Mar.)
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Praise for Jeffrey Archer:

“A dynamite commercial novel … Archer brings it off with panache.”
---The Washington Post on A Prisoner of Birth

“Bestseller Archer pays homage to Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic.… The author’s firsthand knowledge of prison life and legal maneuvers help make this a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment.”
---Publishers Weekly on A Prisoner of Birth

“Like other Archer thrillers, the book is compulsively readable.”
---Library Journal on A Prisoner of Birth

“A worthy successor to the still bestselling The Da Vinci Code.”
---Liz Smith, New York Post, on False Impression

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


 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312539517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312539511
  • ASIN: B002M3SP28
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

I very much enjoyed it and believe all that like a good story would like it as well.
Colleen M. Schneider
All the characters are well drawn and have depth, making this a good novel with a very good story line.
Rick Mitchell
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read, or is interested in mountaineering.
K.Wagner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 62 people found the following review helpful By K.Wagner VINE VOICE on March 7, 2009
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The story of George Leigh Mallory, a novel based on history. I had never been drawn to read about Mr Mallory prior to this. I had never read anything by Jeffrey Archer either. For some reason, when given the opportunity to read this book, I enthusiastically took it.

The story begins when George Mallory was a child living in his fathers house. His father was a conservative clergyman of limited means who wanted to provide the best possible life for his three children. For George, this included the best education he could manage.

From a young age, Gorge showed a lack of fear, and a love of climbing. His father encouraged his sons sense of adventure, even to the point of accompanying him on ever more rigorous climbs, at least accompanying his as best he could. This trust and encouragement surely contributed to the self confident young man George became.

During his years at school, he knew that his mountain climbing had to take a backseat to his education, and so it did. TO his satisfaction, there were others who shared his interests, thus enabling him to continue with what brought joy to his life, scaling mountains.

I became so invested in the people portrayed in this book, I had a hard time putting it down. I had a vague and passing knowledge of Mallory and his Everest climbs, but nothing more than that. After reading about his life and family, as well as his dreams. I am searching for more information on this clearly incredible man.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read, or is interested in mountaineering. I will be reading more books by this author very soon, as well as more books about George Mallory and Everest. A book that inspires a new interest is the very best kind of book.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2009
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Paths Of Glory is Archer's attempt to fictionalize the story of George Mallory and his dream of being the first person to climb to the top of Mt. Everest. It covers a thirty-two year period ranging from Mallory's childhood to his third attempt to climb Everest in 1924, at age thirty-seven. In real life, it remains a mystery as to whether Mallory ever achieved his goal, as he was last seen four hundred feet from the top. Archer does a decent job in "covering all the bases" of Mallory's life. However, in trying to pack all of the major historical events in his life in just an average length book, Archer, in my opinion, doesn't provide sufficient depth in most of these areas to create a full sense of who Mallory was and what motivated him. Further, Archer provides, at best, only superficial characterizations of the key people in Mallory's life (e.g., his wife, his children, his climbing partners, etc.). Overall, Paths Of Glory is an entertaining read -- particularly if you have an interest in mountain-climbing -- but it is not one that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. Given Jeffrey Archer's successful career as a novelist it will not be surprising to find Paths Of Glory on major bestseller lists, although be forewarned that it doesn't deserve to reach the summit of these lists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stoney TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 20, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Paths of Glory" is a highly fictionalized biography of George Leigh Mallory, culminating with his attempt to Mount climb Everest in the 1920s.

KUDOS
I ordered this book by accident. I ordered what I thought was a "generic Archer novel", because I couldn't find anything else that looked interesting on the spur of the moment. I usually find sufficient flaws in Archer's sloppy writing to rate his novels at 3 or 4 stars. I dislike tales of upper class English adventure, I particularly dislike biographies, and I generally loath mountain climbing stories. So it came as a great surprise to me that I found "Paths of Glory" to be engrossing and very entertaining. The exposition is vivid. The characters are well developed and the story is nicely paced.

COMPLAINTS
Descriptions of some characters are rather fawning (Archer's relatives or relatives of his friends?). Also, the stereotyped description of Americans is a bit annoying.

VERDICT
A very pleasant surprise. An excellent story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bingo-Karen Haney VINE VOICE on March 12, 2009
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George Mallory was a good man, married to Ruth, with 3 children having graduated from college and served his nation, and would have enriched many lives had he lived a full life to teach for more years than he did as was planned. But George was a dreamer and a doer. He wanted to Climb Mount Everest "because it was there". In Jeffrey Archer's PATHS OF GLORY, he writes a historical fiction version of this tale that is almost English legend. We find out more about the man but must keep in mind that in the genre of historical fiction, not all has to be as implied. George's attempts to climb Mount Everest were true and his final climb with Sandy Irvine is also from what we know. He was, after all, an amazing climber even from childhood. To reach the summit of Mount Everest was all he could think of for so long. He tried 3 times with the first two for sure being unsuccessful but the third and final are where the mystery sets in. Does anyone know if he reached the top or did he fail to get there? Perhaps, he got there but didn't make it back down. We will never know as it remains a great mystery till this day. One thing that is factual is that if he did make it,it would have been a miracle because he wore clothing and had really inadequate equiipment. One can not tell from his body what was found if he made it or not. You will have to listen to this amazing audio book in order to figure out the answer. I think although I found the book interesting, and I like Jeffrey Archer's book, this one didn't quite grab me for some reason. Perhaps it was the topic that doesn't interest me but I just found it to be an average read.
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