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A Matter of Honor [Format Kindle]

Jeffrey Archer
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In 1966, Adam Scott, an unemployed British ex-army officer with an uncertain future, attends the reading of his disgraced father's will. Part of his inheritance is a letter detailing the events of Hermann Goering's suicide and two unopened letters from the Nazi general giving him access to a Swiss bank vault and the valuable Russian icon it contains. However, a veritable state secret is concealed in the painting and the KGB and the CIA both want it before the expiry of a crucial deadline. Scott's perilous journey across Europe to the questionable safety of England is by plane, car, foot, bus, ambulance, van, and ferry as he stays one step ahead of death with the assistance of farmers, salesmen, racing cyclists, hoodlums, and an entire orchestra. An epic chase thriller tidily concluded with a series of neat twists. Highly recommended. Literary Guild main selection. John North, L.R.C., Ryerson Polytechnical Inst., Toronto
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


In the included author interview Archer says he can imagine the voices as he writes the dialogue for his books. Martin Jarvis must have tapped into this imagination. The listener is immediately drawn into a son's quest to clear his father's name (did Dad slip Goering pre-execution cyanide?) and to keep a Russian icon with a stunning document inside it out of the hands of the KGB. Jarvis's voices are spot-on, whether that of a Russian interrogator, the American president, or those of British intelligence agents. Archer's exciting plot suffers a bit in abridgment, particularly at the end, which seems rushed. If Jarvis does an uncut version, go for it. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 909 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 372 pages
  • Editeur : St. Martin's Paperbacks (28 décembre 2004)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002L4QP0M
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Suspens jusqu'au bout ... 30 octobre 2002
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C'est un roman très facile à lire qui vous emmène en voyage à travers l'Europe avec beaucoup de suspens et des événements auxquels vous ne vous attendez jamais.
Il est très passionnant et ce lit d'un seul coup.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Haletant 29 août 2012
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Une course poursuite haletante sur fond géopolitique avec tous les ingrédients habituels de la Guerre Froide : KGB, CIA et naturellement traitre dans les services secrets britanniques... Facile à lire et distrayant : un très bon livre dans le genre !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 un suspense à couper le souffle 27 mai 2002
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De la première page à la dernière ce livre est un chef d'oeuvre. Du suspense, de l'espionnage et un personnage hors du commun...à lire absolument!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 waouh ! 27 janvier 2010
Un roman d'aventure que l'on ne lache plus dès l'instant où on y a posé l'oeil.
Totalement invraissemblable mais très distrayant et palpitant.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A can't stop page turner with mounting suspense 6 septembre 1999
Par William E Hiller - Publié sur
This is the first Jeffrey Archer book that I have read. I can assure you that it won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure-suspense nov el. From the time that Adam Scott opens a letter which was given to him as part of a bequest from his deceased father's will, he is placed on a perilous path between life and death with many unpredictable twists and turns along the way. His search for the Russian icon of St. George and the Dragon coincides with similar searches by the Russian KGB and the Americans. How he manages to locate the icon and to eventually outwit his adversaries makes for an exciting story. I found this book hard to put down once I started it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the Greatest 16 juin 2000
Par Craig Daniels - Publié sur
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I have read extensively out of Jeffrey Archers repetoire and have found all of the books not only palatiable, but also intriguing reads.
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.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Spy novel reprises US fears of Russian domination 28 juin 2002
Par R. Tiedemann - Publié sur
When his father dies, Capt. Adam Scott inherits an envelope. According to the terms of his father's will, he may choose not to open it but "should he decide to open the envelope, it must be on the condition that he will never divulge its contents to any other living person." Adam realizes that the envelope must contain the secret that led his WWII hero father into public disgrace and dishonor.
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)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Typically good Archer thriller 24 mai 2010
Par H. Jin - Publié sur
There are basically two distinct types of Jeffrey Archer books:

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.

In typical Archer fashion, he blends fact with fiction, incorporating real people and events into the narrative to give it a genuine believability. Archer always came up with intruging plots for his thrillers, and the basis for this book is quite clever; a way to potentially humiliate and humble the United States without resorting to thriller cliches like bombs, disasters, or super weapons. And as with some of his other works, parts of the ending are left open, with not every question answered or secret revealed.

If you enjoyed Archer's other thrillers, you'll like this book. A good and fairly easy read. Four stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Read 2 janvier 2007
Par Steven Sabin - Publié sur
Although the details of Mr. Archer's personal life rival the plots of his novels - from near bankruptcy, to Britain's political inner circles, to prison cell - none of it gets in the way of his well-deserved reputation as an outstanding storyteller.

Next to "Kane & Abel" and "As the Crow Flies" this book is among my three favorites from Archer and I highly recommend it.

Set in the summer of 1966 with Lyndon Johnson in the White House, Harold Wilson at #10 Downing, and Leonid Brezhnev in the Kremlin, "A Matter of Honor" pits a most resourceful but unlikely British protagonist, Adam Scott, against an equally resourceful Soviet antagonist, Alexander Romanov.

When Adam's father, a disgraced military officer, dies, he leaves to his only son the princely sum of 500 pounds and two letters. The first is a missive from Adam's father, explaining the events that led to his resignation from the military, the circumstances that led to his possession of the second letter, and an expression of confidence that his son would conduct himself honorably should he decide to open the second letter and pursue whatever secrets it might contain. When Scott's curiosity gets the best of him, he opens the second letter and finds that it is from a now-dead elite member of Hitler's Third Reich - a man that Scott's father had been assigned to guard during the Nuremberg trials.

As one might guess, it is this second letter that proves to be the crux of the story. It leads Scott to a bank vault, deep beneath the streets of Zurich, containing an obscure work of Russian art - an icon - smuggled out of the country during the downfall of Czar Nikolai II. At the same time, the Kremlin has learned that this painting contains a secret that could forever shift the balance of power from West to East at the height of the cold war. Romanov, a rising KGB star, is tasked with finding the icon and returning it to the Motherland so its embedded secret can be unveiled to the world. While Romanov is not told the nature of the secret, he knows only that its contents must be acted on within 30 days and the clock is ticking.

The ensuing chase reveals that Mr. Scott's will to survive and ability to think on his feet are indeed a match for the best the KGB has to offer. It also presents an opportunity for Scott to restore his father's - and his family's - honor. Hence, the name of the book.

Archer gives us an outstanding plot that is authentically placed amidst the political tensions of the mid-1960s. I enjoyed every moment of this book. The characters are nicely developed, the cheetah-like pace kept me turning the pages until well into the night, and the story had an ending that while rather predictable, was highly satisfying nonetheless.

If you enjoy a good political thriller from the world as it was 40 years ago, along with a healthy dose of Mr. Archer's formidable imagination, don't pass up this book.
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