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Be Prepared for the Unexpected
on March 12, 2017
This is the fourth in a series that I began when the third one had just come out. I've really enjoyed Jeffrey Archer over the years, so whizzed right through the three earlier ones and was eager for the rest of the series. So I'd forgotten a bit about the Clifton family as I started this one.
If you haven't read any of the Clifton Chronicles, you may want to get all seven of them and then read them pretty much back to back, as I actually had to go back to my earlier reviews and scan them to get back to speed, but I'm glad I did.
As you can guess that family saga began with the forefathers of Harry and Emma Clifton and this book starts with a fatal accident in which you believe that the Clifton's son Sebastian has died. Well, its only the first of many twists and turns in this tale that moves the family up through the 1960s. This is power, wealth and plenty of intrigue and of course a death or two.
Not only is there the accident -- that wasn't -- and a vendetta that continues, but now there are upheavals in the family business, the Barrington Shipping Company. Then there are the troubles that follow the Cliftons' adopted daughter, who is unaware of the pitfalls of her family history. The Cliftons and their enemies live large and often on the edge, so prepare to be hooked into this dramatic tale and carried along throughout the tale.
Archer can create wonderful, memorable characters -- whether good guy or villain -- and it is no different with this book. While I rarely stick to a series (especially ones in which I start to hate the main character ...), this one has got me hooked and I do believe I'll be following the entire set. Three more to go!