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A Prisoner of Birth

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

entertaining modernization of the Dumas classic

Danny Cartwright proposes to his beloved Beth Wilson who accepts. The pair and her brother Bernie, who is also his best friend, celebrate. Four drunks (Spencer Craig, Lawrence Davenport, Gerald Payne, and Toby Mortimer), who call themselves the Musketeers insult the t...
Danny Cartwright proposes to his beloved Beth Wilson who accepts. The pair and her brother Bernie, who is also his best friend, celebrate. Four drunks (Spencer Craig, Lawrence Davenport, Gerald Payne, and Toby Mortimer), who call themselves the Musketeers insult the trio. A fight occurs and one of the quartet stabs Bernie killing him. The four Musketeers swear they witnessed Danny kill the man though he claims otherwise. Since they are elite Cambridge University graduates and successful professionals who speak and dress like aristocratic gentlemen while he is an illiterate slum scum, he is charged with the homicide as ┬┐clothing┬┐ makes the man. His attorney the best one he can obtain with little money is slaughtered by the prosecutor. Danny is convicted to serve twenty-two years at maximum-security Belmarsh Prison. --- In prison Danny shares a cell with Nicholas Moncrieff, who teaches him to read Dumas. When someone kills Moncrieff, Danny pretends to be Nicholas and escapes his incarceration. His goals are to destroy the Musketeers and prove his innocence. --- The fun in this crime thriller is finding the numerous references to The Count of Monte Cristo as Jeffrey Archer pays homage to Alexander Dumas. The story line is fast-paced from the moment of the first confrontation and never slows down as Danny works his revenge. Although the key players including the hero are never fully developed beyond their link to the original novel, readers will enjoy this entertaining modernization of the Dumas classic. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A Prisoner of Birth

Jeffrey Archer's latest novel is essentially a modern remake of Alexandre Dumas' The Count Of Monte Cristo. While the latter's tale was set in 18th-century France at the time when a certain Napoleon Bonaparte was in exile, Prisoner Of Birth takes place in modernday Lond...
Jeffrey Archer's latest novel is essentially a modern remake of Alexandre Dumas' The Count Of Monte Cristo. While the latter's tale was set in 18th-century France at the time when a certain Napoleon Bonaparte was in exile, Prisoner Of Birth takes place in modernday London. Apart from the difference of some 200 years, the plots of the two novels barely differ. In this book, a young man by the name of Danny Cartwright, who was about to marry his childhood sweetheart, suddenly finds himself accused of a crime he did not commit. He is then put behind bars where he receives some education from a cellmate. Danny finds a way to escape. He then amasses a huge fortune, and a title to boot, and plots revenge against those who brought about his earlier downfall. The fast-moving plot and simple language make the novel a definite pageturner. But despite Archer's attempts to adapt his story to modern times, some parts of the plot might seem rather far-etched and unbelievable, especially the prison escape. Archer manages to inject some originality only towards the later part of the story, choosing to digress from Dumas' tragic end for the Count of Monte Cristo. Those who have not read the original classic may appreciate this. But fans of the original may find that this copycat modern version is just not up to par.

posted by Anonymous on May 23, 2008

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Good read

    I enjoyed reading this book. This is the first book by Jeffrey Archer that I have read, and I must say it was a wonderful ride. This book seems to be a retelling of Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo", but with a modern edge and much easier to digest. I will be picking up more of Mr. Archer's books and hope that all of them are as well written and enjoyable as this one was.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    very great book!

    This was the first book I ever read by Jeffrey Archer, and needless to say, it was not the last. Gripping, thrilling, compelling story, and very well written. What more could you ask for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    Highly recommend. Great Read

    Love all the twists and turns in a Jeffrey Archer book!

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

    5 Star for sure

    Wonderful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    Excellent - recommend

    Awesome writer. Definitely will read more of his book. This book kept me on the edge through the entire book. Surprises and couldn't figure out exactly who did what and absolutely loved all of it.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is Jeffrey Archer at some of his best. Kept my attention and I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    Very good story

    Not knowing much about the English courts and laws, I found this book to be very insightful. At times the pace is a little slow-however the story moves along. I really enjoyed it. I have read Mr Archer's other works and have never been disappointed.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Loved It!

    If you're a Jeffrey Archer fan, as I am, you will love this book. A really good read.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Excellent read! When I wasn't reading, I was trying to figure out the next move. Needless to say, mind was costantly on this book. Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2011

    Great book.

    A little predictable

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Awesome story but a bit fantastic

    Great book my bf picked for me so i could use my new gift.. this nook it was a great choice... love the story it kept me on mu feet a bit unrealistic but its a book!!

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Great read

    The modern twist on The Count of Monte Cristo. Alexandre Dumas would approve. Jeffrey Archer never disappoints.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    Little bit slow starting out, but then I could not put it down!

    Pretty good story of a man from the wrong side of town gets accused and wrongly convicted of murdering his best friend. How he copes with the injustice and then how friends work it out that he gets the chance for revenge...or does he!

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Well worth every penny!!!

    This book held my attention from page one. It is a little difficult to get through some of the dialouge (for an American) with the way the accents are portrayed in writing, but once you get used to it, it's smooth sailing. By the second half of the book, I literally couldn't put it down until I found out how Danny was going to achieve everything he was trying to do!

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

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    Loved it!

    My husband bought me this book, he is not a reader himself so I was hesitant to read it. I was shocked how fast it grabbed me and couldn't put it down. Loved the style of writing, the pace and characters.

    I am a huge fan of Harlan Coben and was reminded of him in this. Great read and recommend this to everyone.

    My husband can pick a book for me anytime!

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    jeffrey archer lost his touch

    it took me more than 2 months to finish this novel because it failed to hold my interest, from the beginning of the story i knew already what was going to happen. there was no depth amd substance to any of the characters, i do not recommend this book it's a waste of time and money. i loved the previous novels of jeffrey archer but it seems that he has lost his touch in keeping the reader spellbound. a dissapontment.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

    Modern Day Count of Monte Cristo

    This book brings you to every level of deceit, intrigue and overall character depth that makes this book impossible to put down. I discribe this book as a "Mondern Day Count of Monte Cristo" and have given it as a gift to friends. Archer's ability to weave the story with twists and turns is amazing.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

    A Good Read

    This was the only book I've read that I enjoyed in spite of its predictability. In short, an average plot, well presented.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    A Good Read

    I have become a Jeffrey Archer fan. I find all his books very captivating.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

    In need of an editor

    This was so slow and didactic in getting started. Eventually the story picks up is "Archer quality," but the first third of this book needed seious pruning.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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