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A Matter of Honor Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2004
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“Sizzles along at a pace that would peel the paint off a spaceship.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Jeffrey Archer has written the equivalent of an Alfred Hitchcock movie.” ―Baltimore Sun
“A wild, no-hold-barred slam-bang, pell-mell international thriller.” ―Buffalo News
Top Customer Reviews
I read this book 5 years ago, and make it a point to read it at least once a year if not more. This book was one of the best fiction books ever written as far as I am concerned.
It is so easy for the fiction author to fall into a trap and write the same old news, sometimes in a tired, but different way. These books are not interesting. Any author who can offer a breath of fresh air to the genre recieves my hats off, and this is due to jeffrey Archer.
This book isn't typical at all, the plot twists are entirely tough to predict,and even though the ending should have been a forgone conclustion (the hero winning) it was done in such a way that I was still very much interested.
The basis of the story is a guy named Adam who is led through many adventures because of an archaic note he got from his fathers will. This letter to his father was written in german, and in trying to get it translated the adventure begins.
His journey and escapes follow across most of Europe, and the action never stops. Somewhat like a James Bond flick, but 100 times better, and in book form is what I would compare this exciting read to.
Read this book, and when you are done, read all the rest of Archers books, you will enjoy each and every one of them.
He opens the envelope and begins to unravel its secrets. Suddenly he's being pursued by the KGB. The defense strategy of the USA is in danger of becoming a pawn to Russia's plan to take over. An imaginative story, building suspense, surprising plot twists and lively writing make this a page-turner. If you like John Le Carre and Robert Ludlum's books, you should love this one.
Sunnye Tiedemann (aka Ruth F. Tiedemann)
a) Epic character-driven tales of lifelong ambition and struggle ('Kane And Abel', 'Prodigal Daughter', 'First Among Equals', 'As The Crow Flies', 'The Fourth Estate', 'Sons of Fortune')
b) Relatively lean and fast-paced political thrillers ('Shall We Tell The President', 'Honour Among Thieves', 'Eleventh Commandment').
'A Matter Of Honour' falls into the second category, and is yet another entertaining Archer thriller. Young ex-soldier Adam Scott is left a mysterious envelope in his father's will, and the contents soon find him being persued all over Europe by agents of the Soviet Union and the United States, as well as his own Foreign Office. What is the significance of the object Adam's father was bequeathed, and how does it relate to the Soviets' sudden propaganda campaign in the West? There is also the question of the Scott family's "disgrace", and whether Adam can use the object to finally restore his late father's honour.
This is a good book, and fans of Archer's work will find plenty to love here. The characterisation is fairly standard Archer, which means it could be seen as a little cliche'd at times. Certainly Adam is very much an "Archer hero" who can endure all manner of phyiscal and intellectual challenges while still charming the pants off any girl he meets, and Romanov is the ruthless villan who'd kill his own close friends and lovers in cold blood to get what he wants. However, there are some surprisingly well-drawn side characters, in particular the increasingly enigmatic Lawrence as the friend who may or may not have sold Adam out, and the headstrong tomboyish Robin, whose fluent lying gets Adam out of several tight spots.Read more ›
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This was another entertaining book by this author. It started slowly but only for the scene setting then things happened quickly. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Hermann
Fantastic book! A real page-turner. Very clever writing in Jeffrey Archer's usual excellent style.Published 1 month ago by nitia stace
I was so caught up in the mystery of the icon. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good spy novel.Published 1 month ago by eviejoy
Just who is Adam? Does he have any friends? Is he worth knowing? The author has his hero chased around Northern Europe by Russian assassins, shows him to be quick at adapting to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One intensely constant thriller... Well written plot within plots. Throwing in factual people and events makes the story more real... Highly recommend to everyone!Published 2 months ago by Cal
All Jeffrey Archer's books are brilliant and this one is no different.Published 2 months ago by jennifer harbord