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Mightier than the Sword [Format Kindle]

Jeffrey Archer
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Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage across the Atlantic - but how many passengers lose their lives?



When Harry Clifton visits his publisher in New York, he learns that he has been elected as the new president of English PEN, and immediately launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who's imprisoned in Siberia. Babakov's crime? Writing a book called Uncle Joe, a devastating insight into what it was like to work for Stalin. So determined is Harry to see Babakov released and the book published, that he puts his own life in danger.



His wife Emma, chairman of Barrington Shipping, is facing the repercussions of the IRA attack on the Buckingham. Some board members feel she should resign, and Lady Virginia Fenwick will stop at nothing to cause Emma's downfall.



Sir Giles Barrington is now a minister of the Crown, and looks set for even higher office, until an official trip to Berlin does not end as a diplomatic success. Once again, Giles's political career is thrown off balance by none other than his old adversary, Major Alex Fisher, who once again stands against him at the election. But who wins this time?



In London, Harry and Emma's son, Sebastian, is quickly making a name for himself at Farthing's Bank in London, and has proposed to the beautiful young American, Samantha. But the despicable Adrian Sloane, a man interested only in his own advancement and the ruin of Sebastian, will stop at nothing to remove his rival.



Jeffrey Archer's compelling Clifton Chronicles continue in this spellbinding story with all the trademark twists and turns that have made him one of the world's most popular authors.


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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Le filon s'épuise 21 avril 2015
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Il est temps de conclure cette saga : Jeffrey Archer est passé en "pilote automatique" et les constants rebondissements de son histoire séduisent de moins en moins le lecteur. Ça ce lit, parce que l'auteur "sait y faire", mais on n'attendra pas avec impatience le prochain et - espérons-le - le dernier opus de cette série.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I am disappointed 10 juillet 2015
Par Bellator
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have read a lot of Jeffrey Archer and enjoyed many of his books in the past (Kane and Able etc.). But since I have started on Clifton's Chronicles I become more and more disillusioned. Jeffrey should brush up on his grammar (who-whom, he-him) and stop throwing names at us at every opportunity. Also his preferences for corn flakes and numerous other fads do not really interest this reader. I doubt if I will continue with this series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A moving story 3 mars 2015
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“Mightier than the Sword” is a well-written book with a fascinating setting and captivating story line that Archer did a good job building up succinctly. His writing portrays not only the reality of the world the characters found themselves in, but also their inner battles. It also hinges on many of the concepts found in “Disciples of Fortune’. Family, loyalty, friendship and love hold strong here.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un des meilleurs Archer 5 juillet 2015
Par Andreea
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Les personnages sont plus profonds que dans les livres précédents, la période historique traitée avec humour et bien documentée: j'adore!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 It was good for answering some previous questions 24 février 2015
Par Ionia Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a difficult one to review. Whilst I love Jeffrey Archer's books and I came away from this happy that I took the time to read it, I honestly thought it was a bit predictable and not the best in the series.

This book, in my opinion, was more of a fill in than anything else. We find out some interesting things that were previously unmentioned, but I didn't really feel like this story was anything all that new or impressive. I suppose in the course of the series you have to have a book or two that just explain and tie things together, and I think this was it.

The writing was still solid and the characters as realistic and well thought as always, but I just didn't love this one.

It wasn't bad and if you have read the rest of the series then you will undoubtedly want to read this one too, but do yourself a favour and don't start with this book. Definitely not a standalone novel.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyed it but was HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED that this series didn't ... 28 février 2015
Par Fredda C. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Enjoyed it but was HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED that this series didn't end. And we have to wait another year. Really a bad concept these continuing drawn out sagas are. A year in between each is unacceptable. Suggest no one read until all seven are out.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good but not a classic Archer: Engaging but a little predictable and repetitive at times! 1 mars 2015
Par Ray Kelly - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mightier Than The Sword by Jeffrey Archer is the fifth book in the interesting Clifton Chronicles Series. Archer is a terrific story teller and master of intrigue, and this book is again an interesting read. As with the other books in the series, the book ends on a cliff hanger, which I found disappointing as this book was originally supposed to be the final book in the series. We’ve since found out that there will be another two books. With that said, it is well written, fast paced with well-developed realistic characters and several twists in the tale. Although not as impressive or as creative as his earlier works, it’s still an engaging tale of good vs evil with constant power struggles, betrayals and political maneuvers. Again the lives of Harry, Emma, Giles and now Sebastian are explored and their relationships with the reader tested. As the story develops, Archer provides a masterful display of shifting sympathies within the Clifton and Barrington families as we start to wonder whether are all still Protagonists. The book begins where the fourth book in the series left off, and the first five chapters resolve the issues surrounding the bombing of the Buckingham. The sixth chapter opens an entirely new area of interest with a fascinating reminder of the Cold War and the developments in the Communist bloc, and the action moves swiftly between continents. Although I found this volume to be a bit more predictable and repetitive than the others, this is a must read for any fan of Jeffrey Archer. If you haven’t read any of the Clifton Chronicles than I suggest you start with A Time To Tell.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ARCHER SUPERBLY BUILDS UP THE MOMENTUM! 19 février 2015
Par Amazon Book Reviewer - Publié sur Amazon.com
When a bomb timed to detonate at three in the morning was discovered just eight minutes and thirty-nine seconds before hand aboard MV Buckingham on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic, there is a frenetic scramble as Harry Clifton, Giles Barrington, Colonel Scott-Hopkins and Sergeant Roberts raced against time to avert a massive disaster.

The Clifton Chronicles, a saga that criss-crosses continents, and one in which the lives and loves of Harry, Emma and Giles are tried and tested through friendship, betrayal, secrecy and manoeuvring continues with all the trademark twists and turns that have made the compelling and spellbinding story of the Clifton and the Barrington families Jeffrey Archer's most ambitious work to date in the fifth volume of the series, Mightier Than The Sword.

Originally planned to be the fifth and final book in The Clifton Chronicles series, Mightier Than The Sword, which is to be followed by two more volumes, is an adrenaline-fueled read with plenty of surprises dealing with the business side of the story, boardroom power struggles, politics and terrorism. True to Archer's style, it is a superb read and begins where the fourth book in the series, Be Careful What You Wish For, left off by resolving the issues surrounding the bombing of the ocean-liner. Archer also takes a look at the IRA, the Cold War and the developments in the Communist bloc, particularly in East Germany and Soviet Union, focusing on dissidents.

The courtroom drama unfolding in England and Russia are superbly portrayed. Most of the action moves between New York, Russia and England. The characters are as engaging as ever with new issues and challenges. Harry and Emma's son, Sebastian, seems to have come of age and is making his presence felt. I think most readers who have followed the series will truly enjoy Mightier Than the Sword. There are some truly fascinating and endearing characters like Robert Bingham, Maurice Swann and Cedric Hardcastle. Lady Virginia Fenwick and her conniving friends Major Alex Fisher, Desmond Mellor and others proved to be worthy adversaries for Harry, Sebastian, Emma, and Giles. The commitment of Yelena to her incarcerated husband Anatoly Babakov is truly admirable. And the romance between Sebastian and Samantha Sullivan is something out of this world.

Simply put, the book begins with a bang and ends with a....! The best book in The Clifton Chronicles saga so far!

#I received an uncorrected advanced reading copy of MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD from the publisher in exchange for honest review.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Archer paints a total picture with his characters; new fans will eagerly ease into the series. 2 mars 2015
Par Bookreporter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Acclaimed author Jeffrey Archer returns with MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD, the fifth novel in his internationally bestselling series, The Clifton Chronicles. He opens with a two-page family tree detailing the Clifton and Barrington chronologies. Here, we are reminded that Harry Clifton has married Emma Barrington. In this latest installment, Sir Giles Barrington, Emma’s brother; his ex-wife, Lady Virginia Fenwick; and Harry and Emma’s son, Sebastian, play major roles in the story’s development.

By 1964, Emma is now Chairman of Barrington Shipping while Harry is elected president of English PEN, with an opportunity to aid a fellow writer, Anatoly Babakov, who is imprisoned in a Russian gulag. The prologue finds the Cliftons at sea on the maiden voyage of the MV Buckingham, Barrington Shipping’s newest ocean liner, from Bristol to New York. Emma receives a vase of flowers from HRH The Queen Mother as a “bon voyage” gift and is grateful for the attention.

Harry cannot sleep and finally realizes that the card’s signature is flawed. He immediately springs into action with Giles and the ship’s captain. An IRA plot is foiled when Harry and Giles grab the vase, race to the ship’s deck and throw it overboard as a bomb inside it detonates. Emma calls her Board together, explains the situation, and makes clear that none of them will reveal the near-disaster. Thus, Archer sets the stage for his major plot line: Lady Virginia Fenwick’s quest to embarrass and destroy Emma, her company and her family’s good name.

In British stories, bankers most often play significant roles as the plot unfolds. Sebastian Clifton is young, enthusiastic and upwardly motivated. He admires Cedric Hardcastle, the aging chairman of Farthing’s Bank and hopes to advance his career there with the old man’s blessing. But Adrian Sloane, Sebastian’s immediate superior at the bank, loathes him and plays his hand under the table. When Cedric dies unexpectedly, Adrian skips the funeral and instead calls a directors’ meeting in London, with the purpose of electing himself Chairman of Farthing’s. Consequently, Sebastian is now out of a job.

Meanwhile, Emma has publicly accused Lady Virginia of undermining her leadership at Barrington Shipping by manipulating shares to place her own choices on the Board. Lady Virginia, who shows her colors as the real villain, files a lawsuit against Emma for slander and libel. The pot percolates throughout both major and minor side stories before erupting in court in the final chapter.

Harry battles demons of his own, in the form of a Russian Communist government that imprisons authors who write books outside the Party line. He travels there to locate and bring back to his New York publisher the Babakov manuscript titled Uncle Joe, a personal exposé about Joseph Stalin. When Emma’s trial begins, Harry is nowhere to be found.

MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD describes how the British dealt with Russia during the days when East and West Berlin were divided by a wall, when Checkpoint Charlie offered a gateway to western freedoms. The story in The Clifton Chronicles is told within a short timeframe in the 1960s, but across a wide panorama of conflicting ideologies. Labour vs. Conservative politics, gentry vs. commoners, and freedom vs. imprisonment all become important aspects of the novel, the themes of which are skillfully played out in the words penned here.

Although previously familiar with just one book in the series, I eased into the total picture that Archer paints with his characters and look forward to catching up on the earlier stories as soon as possible.

Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.
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