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on January 16, 2014
False Impression is a fun romp that reads like a movie, so it won't surprise me if the screenplay and a movie on the small or big screen follows. It's just enough fun that I would watch it, even though I know what happens. The characters and subplots are fairly predictable: young, attractive and smart Sandra-Bullock-type professional art broker meets up with young, attractive and smart FBI agent to expose a heartless banker/investor who hires ex-cons and a very evil James Bond-type villainess. The main subject is fairly fresh and interesting in that it involves fine art theft and forgery (a nice detour from countless new books and movie releases that seem buried in the rut of post-end-of-world survival, dysfunctional sex, violence, and relationships). The research this author did on the art world and great artists is not deep, but seems enough to make things just believable for an entertaining escape, and at times you learn something new about how fine art is handled by collectors and sellers. Don't expect a fine mystery, but the thrills are fun, and the point-of-view and scenes are fascinating at times, when told through the eyes of Anna, the main character, who lives through and describes (while moving the plot along!) the collapse of the North Twin Tower on 9/11. This part alone might have snagged me.
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on May 4, 2013
Can you believe it? I didn't know of this book until I saw it listed in the author's books, when I picked up 'The Best Kept Secret'. This and Gospel of Judas. The book starts with the backdrop of 9/11 but moves on to the world of art- giving a glimpse of the esoteric language of paintings. It has the signs of Lord Jeffrey Archer's work, with good twists, and the triumph of natural justice. Besides the protagonist Anna-who comes across credibly as a true professional, I loved Nakamura the Japanese connoisseur's character very much, he comes very close to a rich Japanese (one of the world's top thirty richest men) whom I had the occasion to interact with a few years ago. He was more fond of his art possessions than his sprawling business empire. But then, all crazy billionaire art lovers could be expected to be similar, no? However, the icing on the cake was the listing of the top-grossing paintings. Super nuggets of knowledge to impress folks at parties, ahem! Amidst it all a humble realisation that my trips to art museums in Amsterdam were a wasted opportunity. Have to go there again!

However, every book of JA's gets compared with his first bestsellers, which can be unfair to the younger siblings. Maybe it is just that I have read most of his books, particularly Kane and Abel, Prodigal Daughter, NPMNPL, etc., when I was in the teens, or that I am now used to his style and can foresee the twists, the 'Wow!' seems to be missing in the later reads. But then, it could even be my own senility and an atrophying of the excitement and surprise emotions in me. With that qualification, benchmarking with K & A which I'd give a straight 5, this one will be a 4 star.
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on March 3, 2016
I have now read everything Jeffrey has ever published. This book was so absorbing, I read it in one day. It was fast reading because it definitely kept my interest; it was exciting; at times heartbreaking; at times humorous. In all, it was a wonderful read. Not the Great American Novel, maybe, but I loved it.
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on March 20, 2017
The story captures one interest and moves very quickly. Some of the character interactions seem undeveloped and forced, but the action keeps the story moving.
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on August 18, 2017
Reading this book heightened my knowledge about the beauty of fine art and its value. Much more interesting than picking up a book only about art. The ever fascinating story is interesting & I was enlightened to learn so muck about the "great masters"' This book is one of his best. IG
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on July 31, 2017
I love the way Jeffrey Archer writes, in this novel is not exception, the story abut a famous painting is very good and entertaining. I really loved it.
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on October 2, 2013
This is typical Jeffrey Archer but not one of his best. The plot moves along with the usual twists and turns and the reader will be gripped and looking forward to knowing the final outcome but it is all too fantastic to believe except for lovers of fantasy who do not expect the characters to be realistic and capable of doing all the things they do here.

Jeffrey Archer's novels are always worth reading but, while some are really gripping and almost believable like Prisoner of Birth and the earlier Kane and Abel, others are not of the same standard although they may still be money-spinner.

However if you are looking for a light holiday read this may be for you.
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on July 18, 2017
Such a great storyteller Well written every time. Can never put his books down for too long. Just have to get back to finish the story
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on December 30, 2014
This juicy mystery is worthy to join the library of Archer's successes. You have intrigue, a love story, a murder , and a well known painting, not to mention the author's clear, concise writing. What's not to love? The story moves along at lightning speed to a satisfying conclusion. By Nancy Anne
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on August 1, 2016
As a Jeffrey Archer fan, I was a bit disappointed in this book. While he weaves the story of Florentyna and the earlier story of Kane and Abel together quite well, I felt there was more repetition than necessary.There were instances in the book when I felt there was too much repetitive description. the author is a master story teller, and I do recommend this book.
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