Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Clifton Chronicles- Jeffrey Archer

I started reading this particular bestseller series this vacation and liked it a lot. Jeffrey Archer is a well known story teller and can keep his readers gripped into his story. Three of the five-novel series have been released as of 2013 and I have read all 3..! :)

The series tells the story of one family across generations,across oceans, from heartbreaks to triumphs.

The 1st volume- Only Time Will Tell (released in 2011)

The Tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in 1920 with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from
his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.

The 2nd volume- The Sins of The Father (released in 2012)

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy.  But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew.  An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.  When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes Tom's identity only to end up with problems which could be far worse than the ones he hoped to escape.

The 3rd volume- Best Kept Secret (released in 2013)

1945, London. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor's deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. 
From this Volume the story of Harry Clifton's son Sebastian Clifton begins and he faces new challenges and problems from different enemies (or is the enemy same? )

I loved the first two volume but the 3rd volume did not much match up to my expectations...maybe because i do not like politics. But whatever may be my reason it is rated as an International Bestseller and you can decide whether you want to read the whole story or just stop in the middle...Well , I want to know the entire story.. :) 


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