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I have read everything Jeffrey Archer has written and loved them all with the exception of these past two purchases: Head's You Win and Tell Tale: Stories. The novel was a dual story with a very mediocre- if not cheap ending. The second was a compilation of short stories that I reluctantly abandoned halfway through the second story as the first two short stories were very boring. Normally I rarely abandon even some of the worst books unless my mind starts to glaze over and I find myself at the end of a page NOT knowing what I just read! That is when I give serious pause to finding another read that is far more interesting...in this case, I moved on to Lee Child's most recent release and I am happy to say the pages are flying by! What a difference to read a story that grabs your attention! Read as much as you can BEFORE making your purchase on these Jeffrey Archer works as being a super fan...I am genuinely disappointed in both!
Jeffrey Archer is my favorite author, and I'm totally biased in favor of his work. I have every one of his books. Some may think he's formulaic in his approach to his books. If so, I like the formula. If you've never read him, I'd recommend you give him a try. You might get one of his earlier books for a few dollars to see if you like him. I first read "A Matter of Honor" on a flight from Dallas to Seattle. While in the Seattle area, I found a discount book store and bought his first three or four books. I've read every one of his books since. The only disappointments were the three "prison series," books because they were just a bit above average to me.
I picked this up after reading too many non-fiction books in a month. Was a refreshing change of pace! I only had 10 mins reading time multiple times in the day but was great to read a complete sorry each time. I like the interesting twists Jeffrey Archer puts in his stories. A warning if you have read all his previous short story collections like me though - you may have gotten good at predicting the twists like me as well so won't be as engrossing as your first JA short story book. Still a good read!
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2017
Archer serves up a superbly delicious set of stories that dig into your literary tastebuds compelling the reader to read on, don’t stop just yet! And in a most of them you don’t or can’t put it down! There’s even a story that leaves the choice of Best ending up to the reader. By the way Mr. Archer, I choose A.
I enjoy short stories per se. Jeffrey writes in most fascinating and twist full manner that I keep on reading story after story. The 100 word ones in this book are incredible. The competition by readers digest is inspiring and challenging to writers in all walks of life. This book and the other short story reads - well done Jeffrey.
Jeffrey Archer won't be given a Nobel Prize for Literature anytime soon, but his short stories are charming to say the least. His latest collection has stories that bring a smile to your face. Of course one or two stories are predictable if you know his style of writing, but there was at least one story that made me really clap. So overall this is a good read if not a great one.
I had not read a collection of short stories in years, though I read them individually quite frequently. I found all of these to be compelling and entertaining. I moved through the book in just a few days. It would be a great collection to read "one a day" as well.
I love all the twists and turns Archer "comes up with. The stories were all delightful, but I enjoyed "The senior vice president" the most as the author kept you on edge throughout and the main character came out all right as the reader had hoped all along.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2018
As I was about to embark on a train journey, I wanted to read something that would withstand my people watching inclination, and the countless other interruptions which were bound to occur. I always find a short story collection fits the bill in this situation,and although I came across this Jeffrey Archer collection by chance, it was a very lucky find. The experience of reading it was like sitting around an open fire with a personal story teller.The tales sucked me in immediately,swept me up in curiosity,then galloped along to a satisfying conclusion every time. My train journey flew ,and I couldn't wait to use the return ticket.The beginning of Mr Archers following novel is in the back,and though I rarely go on to sample books like this,I did, and will now have to read it in full. Happy reading! Entertainment is guaranteed- Jeffrey Archer is a genius story teller!
1.0 out of 5 starsArcher missed the target this time.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2019
Confession time- though I am aware of its literary shortcomings, I am quite a fan of much of Jeffrey Archer's work, so I was looking forward to reading this collection of short stories; his first for some time.
Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was misplaced. The stories give the impression that they were dashed off in a hurry without being thought through. The plots are weak to the point of being risible and the denouments are unsatisfactory- you get the feeling that the author was making it up as he went along.
To continue the metaphor, these stories don't just miss the bullseye and hit the outer rim of the target- they miss the target altogether and hit the haystack in the next field. Sorry Jeff, but I will be returning this for a refund.
3.0 out of 5 starsAll of the stories had a predictable twist that you ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2018
All of the stories had a predictable twist that you didn’t need 20:20 vision to see coming from a mile away. It was also padded out by the first 4 chapters of his next book. No point reading them as you will have to wait until November 2018 to buy the book
5.0 out of 5 starsJeffrey Archer: Back in business - shot stories are really his field!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2018
After a rather disappointing Clifton Chronicles series (nothing new, reuse of old characters in nearly the same settings) the master is back for full in this collection of short stories. He is a master in changing the whole meaning of a story by "a twist of the tail». Highly recommended - the master og short stories!
all of jeffrey archer's short stories are great, but this collection begins with a challenge - he was asked if he could write a complete short story in exactly 100 words - after getting it to 98, and then 106, he finally succeded and the result alone makes this book worth the money!
3.0 out of 5 starsTypical Archer but very disappointed at the end.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2020
Another great read from Jeffrey Archer. The only disappointment was that at the end of the book, instead of including one last story, Archer inserted the first three chapters of "Heads you win", which I had already read. Anybody reading those chapters and then buying the book will have paid twice. Disappointing.