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The Eleventh Commandment: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 1999


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; 1st HaperPaperbacks edition (April 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061013315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061013317
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a member of the British House of Lords and as former member of Parliament, Jeffrey Archer knows some of the most powerful people in the world. Indeed, the acknowledgements of this closely plotted thriller include current and former members of the American CIA, FBI, NSA, Secret Service, and a former U.S. attorney general. From this background, Archer weaves a tale that follows his hero, CIA assassin Connor Fitzgerald, while simultaneously shadowing his bosses in Washington.

The opening chapters feature unrelenting action as Connor tracks and kills a Colombian presidential candidate and starts a chain of events that could lead to a new Cold War. But, despite his ruthless background, Connor is not a cold and hollow plot device. He's an American Medal of Honor winner who is committed to his country, but also to his spiritual home, Ireland. Archer even pauses briefly to flesh out Connor's family life and the tensions of living with secrets that his wife and beloved daughter suspect but will never know. This character work pays off as the reader follows Connor through several nations and nearly as many identities. Gradually, Connor is caught in Russia between two power brokers: CIA director Helen Dexter and President Tom Lawrence. Dexter needs her 28-year veteran agent dead or "disappeared" in a Russian prison. But President Lawrence also needs Connor so he can finally rid himself of Dexter's tacit control of U.S. foreign policy.

In the end, Connor must rely on old friends and native intelligence if he is to make it to his retirement alive. Fans of political intrigue, James Bond, and Tom Clancy will be drawn inexorably along for the ride. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

From the first line, former British M.P. Archer (The Fourth Estate, etc.) navigates a nonstop, rocketing ride. Middle-aged Connor Fitzgerald is a happily married man, decorated veteran and devoted father; he's also an "NOC," a "non-official cover officer" for the CIA specializing in assassinations. The killing of a Colombian drug lord leaves Connor out of sync with the Democratic president's policy, so the director of the CIA, a woman, sets Connor up to take the fall in a fake assassination of the leading candidate for the Russian presidency, an unreconstructed Stalinist. Connor (aided by an ex-CIA deputy director whose life he once saved) gets out of a St. Petersburg jail and falls into the hands of the Russian Mafia. Wheels spin within wheels until the slam-bang climax during the new Russian president's visit to Washington. Some plot details, including the final twist, are a tad hokey, and Connor keeps his much-touted charisma under wraps, yet Archer sweeps us along (and even finds time to write himself into the plot as London's mayor, a position he's seeking in real life). The only boo-boo here is Archer's unwitting revivification of flamboyant Redskins owner and Northern Virginia tycoon Jack Kent Cooke (though he was a character). In any case, readers won't mind the occasional giddiness: this isn't Tolstoy, it's fun. Simultaneous Harper audio.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.



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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Imperial Topaz on January 17, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in three days and could hardly put it down. I have become interested lately in CIA and spy novels, and this book did not disappoint me in any way, in spite of what a couple reviewers below have said about it. What I loved MOST about this book is that you don't expect a CIA assassin to be a truly honorable man, as was this main character. It was really interesting how the author immediately pulls you into the assasin's mind and gets you right on his side.
The reviewers below comment on the plot being implausible--that the CIA would not go around like this assasinating world leaders. I don't think this comment is important. In any novel, we must "suspend our disbelief," and this novel is no different. The more pertinent question in this novel is "What if?" I personally thought it was one of the best plots I have ever read, and I really enjoyed how the characters were one-upping each other. I was really surprised by the twists and turns of the plot as it progressed. And I liked being surprised. An EXCELLENT read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Radka Bursikova on October 11, 2000
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I have read many of Archers books. And I must say I am a devoted reader, even though some of his pieces had already disappointed me. But this one is a hit. It starts quite slowly, by the first third of the book, you wonder whether it is going to be tricky and thrilling at all. But through the rest of the book you just fly through without a break. There are some really good points (f.e. the execution part, for those who have read..:o))). I loved this book. And thanks to the slow start, I would recommend this also to the Archers first readers. You will have time to make yourself comfortable with characters and pace of his story. And it IS a REALLY GOOD ONE with professional background and obvious knowledge of the problematics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 2, 2000
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The Eleventh Commandment was my first Archer book, and it wowwed me from start to finish. I liked Archer's style of setting up characters throughout the book, resisting the temptation of telling you the characters' entire life story in the first chapter you meet them. I found myself thinking I knew how the story would end -- and revising my thoughts several times. A quick, but challenging read for anyone who loves government-oriented plots.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nessa on August 16, 2011
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I loved this book. I bought it for the train ride to and from work (1 hr each way) and finished it in 2 days. As I've read just about everything Archer has written, I now have to find someone comparable to entertain me on the train.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Charlie A Allen on December 8, 2002
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Like most authors of this genre, Archer starts out at a high intensity but with fairly plausible characters and plot lines for the first hundred pages, but to maintain the ever-increasing tension, the characters and the plot have to move off into never-never land. By the time you get to the last fifty pages, he's off the charts. But long before that, you're hooked on the adreneline rush and you stick with it until the end. Not a great book, but a pleasant way to kill a rainy weekend at the beach or wait out a blizzard on the ski slopes. I wouldn't buy it, but I'll read a few more of Archer's books from the library to see if they are better or worse than this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thrillhouse on June 6, 2005
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Having read dozens of political/espionage thrillers, I was reluctant to pick up Archer's "Eleventh Commandment" because of the cliched title and the rather drab synopsis of the plot on the back cover. I was relieved to find that Archer's work moved at a pace much faster than the ordinary Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn. Rather than wasting pages on trivial bureaucratic details, Archer keeps the characters on a steady sequence of events whose progress rivals the best works of Robert Ludlum.

The one drawback of the story is the lack of character development, especially with the protagonist. Archer does give us adequate information on the background of Connor Fitzgerald but does little to endear us to him. While Fitzgerald is likeable, he doesn't have the panache that most literary spies regale the reader with. I suppose this is done intentionally considering most real CIA operatives/assassins are probably less demonstrative than the ones we're used to reading about.

All things considered, Archer's book is uniquely entertaining. With a plot that's unusually thoughtful and clever, the author forces us to recognize and appreciate the precarious situations of each character. Towards the end, you'll find yourself pulling tremendously for the main character.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Constan on May 6, 2012
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J Archer, is not afraid to unveil CIA's corruption, white house weakness, nor other personalities in jeopardy. It was hard to wait untill my leisure time, to continue reading this novel.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2012
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Archer weaves a suspenseful tale of a CIA hitman who ends up double-crossed by his own Agency. There is only one point in the book where I wish I was not reading on kindle, because I wanted to page back and forth to figure out a convoluted part of the tale.

All in all a great page-turner!
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