Cometh the Hour: Book Six Of the Clifton Chronicles (The Clifton Chronicles (6)) Hardcover – Unabridged, February 16, 2016
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From Publishers Weekly
"Archer continues his storytelling magic to create characters of spellbinding substance, and readers can count on his surprising twists and shocking conclusion. Here, just when the end seems too tidy, Archer provides a killer cliffhanger."―Publishers Weekly on Cometh the Hour
“Archer packs a plot with thrills and chills enough for readers to keep turning the pages, saying, What's gonna happen next?...The conclusion's a turbo-charged cliffhanger that'll have fans screaming Arrrcherr!” ―Kirkus Reviews on Mightier Than the Sword
“[The Sins of the Father] will keep your blood pressure high and you’ll risk back injury just from being kept on the edge of your seat…I guarantee that anyone who takes this book from the shelves will not be able to put it down.” ―The Spectator (UK)
“Archer knows how to dole out tiny crumbs of suspense right up to the last page, which ends with…a really excellent cliffhanger.” ―The Washington Post
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Fisher has been a nemesis to Giles Barrington and Harry Clifton since grammar school. He was in one of their units in World War II, is a perennial Conservative candidate against Labour Party representative Giles in Bristol Docklands, foil of Fenwick and her cabal, and threat to Emma’s chairmanship at Barrington Shipping, departs at the end of Book 5 when he commits suicide. But, he leaves a note that could be critical to deciding the libel case Fenwick has brought against Emma. Sibling loyalty is tested as the letter could exonerate Emma, but could damage Giles. Letter read, Emma acquitted.
<i>Cometh the Hour</i> takes us from 1970-1978, so Harry and Giles age from 50-58, Emma from 49-57, and Sebastian from 30-38.
Giles undertakes a rescue mission to East Germany to rescue Karin, his interpreter at a previous conference there, with whom he had a tryst and fell in love. He thinks he’s reuniting her with her English born father. Is Giles the one that’s been conned? Is she a spy and for which side?
Not to be outdone by his uncle, Sebastian, who has had few relationships since his fiancé Samantha Sullivan left to return to America, falls for an Indian woman. Her father takes her back to India because she has already been promised to another. Sebastian heads to India to rescue Priya, but is tragically unsuccessful.
From book 5, Sebastian knows that Samantha is married and lives in Washington, D.C. with Sebastian’s daughter, Jessica, obviously named for Sebastian’s adopted sister, another who died a tragic death. (Actually, the older Jessica was the out-of-wedlock daughter of Giles and Emma’s father and a Jewish refugee.) The younger Jessica shares the older Jessica’s talent for art. Sebastian had visited the school, but made an agreement with the principal that she not tell Samantha and Jessica he had been there. Then, the principal informs Sebastian that Samantha’s husband had died a year and a half before. Sebastian goes to Washington to see Jessica’s art exhibition at the school and attempts to buy her paintings, including one, <i>My Father</i>, of a blank faced man, when Jessica corners Sebastian. The 10-year old has plans to get her parents back together. Will she be successful?
Sebastian is about to head for the dinner date, when he receives a call that his business partner, Hakim Bishara, who is about the become chair of the merger of Farthings and Kaufman Banks, has been arrested for trying to smuggle heroin into England from Nigeria. Sebastian doesn’t want to seem like he’s ditching Jessica and Samantha, but he must return to England. Of course, the drug smuggling is a nefarious plot of Sloane and Mellor. Another trial for the Clifton Chronicles.
As for the nefarious Fenwick, her latest scheme is to pretend she slept with a wealthy Louisiana businessman when he was in London, and then she shows up at his wedding allegedly pregnant. Considering, she’s around 50, this is not likely. No one says that. She retains a Louisiana lawyer, who gets the businessman to pay support and for the child’s education. Virginia uses the child of her butler and maid and stashes him at a boarding school. Will the ruse catch up with her and will she receive a surprise about her father’s inheritance?
Before Harry’s mother dies, she advises Emma to branch out in her interests. Emma joins the board of the hospital and becomes enamored of Margaret Thatcher, and vice-versa. Emma and Harry, despite his poor upbringing, are Conservative Party members, though, they always supported and worked for the election of Giles, who joined the Labour Party, despite his wealthy upbringing. Now, can peace reign in the family?
As for Harry, his decade long advocacy for the release of Russian writer Anatoly Babakov is realized when Babakov receives the Nobel Prize for Literature. This ends sadly. What does the final chronicle hold in store for Harry? Will he just continue writing his Detective William Warwick books or there is something else?
Yes, all kinds of story lines with the different characters, who are somehow always interconnected. Archer likes to separate the chapters by the characters and the years the narrative is to cover about that person.
The cliff hanger until Book 7, Karin is missing and what will we find out about her? Will Harry, Emma, Giles and Sebastian ever find out if they are more "closely related?"
Top international reviews
I am looking forward to reading the seventh, and final, book in the series ... but with some trepidation as quite a number of the Clifton and Barrington families are now in their twilight years and Jeffrey Archer has already proved in this sixth volume that he can write some very touching and heart-wrenching scenes.
I'll certainly be sorry to finish this wonderful saga as it has provided me with so much enjoyment over the past few weeks.
As some of the characters come to pass, I felt as if I was part of the family, I could feel their loss. Especially knowing how they have struggled to get to where they were. And when that eulogy was read, I cried.
This family saga is heart wrenching, poignant, thrilling, with a lot of political and business nerve wrecking boardroom drama, all thrown into one big plot. These are all so well researched and seemed so real.
I just can't get enough of Jeffrey Archer. He said in an interview that he is a storyteller. I guess that's what distinguish between an author and a storyteller.
Next adventure - Book 7, the finale.
'Come The Hour' continues the story of the Clifton family, with Harry embarking on a mission that gets him arrested in Russia. His wife, Emma, goes from strength to strength as Chairman of Barrington Shipping and also taking on a voluntary role at the local hospital. We share Sebastian 's love life through its ups and downs and share his shock and grief and, finally, his joy as he reunites with Samantha and his precocious daughter, Jessica.
The villains, Sloane, Mellors and the scheming Lady Virginia continue to be thorns in the sides of the family, before Karma finally catches up with them.
All together an excellent read.
Superbly written, fast paced, full of political intrigue with the occasional bombshell thrown in rates this as yet another triumph for Jeffrey Archer.
I cannot wait to get my hands on book 7, 'This was a man' .
Just occasionally I was slightly disappointed and found myself parodying a scene in my head as I read it hence four stars rather than five but bravo Mr Archer another great read.
I BOUGHT THEM SEPERATELY THEN I GOT THE NEXT ONE THEN HALF WAY THROUGH THAT I GOT THE REMAINING FOUR AS I JUST WANTED THEM IN HAND AS I KNEW I WOULD DEFINATELY HAVE TO KEEP READING THE FULL SERIES.
I DEFINATELY ENJOYED THEM & WOULD CERTAINLY RECOMMEND THEM.