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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Eleventh Commandment: A Novel

¿A brilliant thriller, that will greatly shock you, with it¿s cunning deception, betrayal, and lies.¿ This fictional thriller novel is about the ordinary life of a respectful American father, husband, and to-be Father-in-law, named Connor Fitzgerald. He is known, and...
¿A brilliant thriller, that will greatly shock you, with it¿s cunning deception, betrayal, and lies.¿ This fictional thriller novel is about the ordinary life of a respectful American father, husband, and to-be Father-in-law, named Connor Fitzgerald. He is known, and respected by many. The only twist to his ¿ordinary¿ life is that Connor has secretly been serving the CIA for more than twenty years! However, his boss, Helen Dexter, has held the position of director of the CIA for so many years, by abusing the CIA¿s power. Now, when the new American president is threatening Helen¿s authority over the CIA, Helen will do anything, including sacrificing something, to cover herself up, after committing numerous crimes, while abusing the CIA. Nearby, a crooked, Russian president emerges from the recent Russian election, trying to bring Russia back into its former glory. But when this new president¿s insanity kicks in, Connor must save the world from a nuclear war, while trying to save his family and his very own life. Being a novel written by Jeffery Archer, it is very appealing to many people, because Jeffery Archer is well known for his brilliant thriller novels. Jeffery Archer is known as one of England¿s leading authors and in my opinion, ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ is another excellent piece of his writing. Personally, I enjoyed ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ for two reasons in particular. The first is that the magnificent character, and the interesting plot are well developed. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat on every page. In fact, the story is so interesting, that after reading each page, you will be surprised to learn about something that will help you solve the complex puzzle of the evil genius, Helen Dexter¿s plan to corrupt the CIA, and the new Russian president, Victor Zermiski¿s plan of taking over the world. The second reason that I really enjoyed this book is because the ending is very shocking and surprising. In my opinion, it¿s so good, that no one would ever be able to predict what will happen. I really enjoyed reading ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ because it is a very shocking, surprising and amazing book. I recommend that the book is good for adults and young adults. So in short, ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ is a book with a great plot, great characters, and an amazing story overall. I would recommend this book to almost anybody, so I suggest that if you enjoy reading action-thriller books that you go and buy this book!

posted by Anonymous on April 4, 2005

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Not a good book!

I have to disagree with the other reviewers. I was really looking forward to this book after reading Jeffrey Archer's accolades on the cover, but I was sorely disappointed. I hope this isn't his best work, because it's not good. Sure, the plot is okay, and a couple o...
I have to disagree with the other reviewers. I was really looking forward to this book after reading Jeffrey Archer's accolades on the cover, but I was sorely disappointed. I hope this isn't his best work, because it's not good. Sure, the plot is okay, and a couple of twists were unexpected, and yes, it's easy to read. Unfortunately, that's about the best I can say about it. The characters are one-dimensional. Connor Fitzgerald, the 'professional's professional,' fails to see several obvious pitfalls until he falls into them. This is an expert with 30 years of experience? The ex-CIA agent who follows Fitzgerald to Russia enlists the help of a street kid with ties to the Mafia. The kid persistently drives the agent crazy, but when the man's about to die he suddenly wishes he could leave the boy everything in his will. Where did that come from? A small error, sure, but it's just one of many similar flaws. Archer's writing style leaves much to be desired, too. The overuse of hackneyed phrases, like the stock of a rifle 'resting like an old friend against his shoulder,' shows an utter lack of imagination. Why is it that every time he mentions the President's pet piece of legislation he has to call it by it's full (and extremely long) name: The Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, and Conventional Arms Reduction Act? Once you've introduced it, what's wrong with The Arms Reduction Act? Getting paid by the word? Sorry, but this is not good writing.

posted by Anonymous on March 30, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    Eleventh Commandment: A Novel

    ¿A brilliant thriller, that will greatly shock you, with it¿s cunning deception, betrayal, and lies.¿ This fictional thriller novel is about the ordinary life of a respectful American father, husband, and to-be Father-in-law, named Connor Fitzgerald. He is known, and respected by many. The only twist to his ¿ordinary¿ life is that Connor has secretly been serving the CIA for more than twenty years! However, his boss, Helen Dexter, has held the position of director of the CIA for so many years, by abusing the CIA¿s power. Now, when the new American president is threatening Helen¿s authority over the CIA, Helen will do anything, including sacrificing something, to cover herself up, after committing numerous crimes, while abusing the CIA. Nearby, a crooked, Russian president emerges from the recent Russian election, trying to bring Russia back into its former glory. But when this new president¿s insanity kicks in, Connor must save the world from a nuclear war, while trying to save his family and his very own life. Being a novel written by Jeffery Archer, it is very appealing to many people, because Jeffery Archer is well known for his brilliant thriller novels. Jeffery Archer is known as one of England¿s leading authors and in my opinion, ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ is another excellent piece of his writing. Personally, I enjoyed ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ for two reasons in particular. The first is that the magnificent character, and the interesting plot are well developed. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat on every page. In fact, the story is so interesting, that after reading each page, you will be surprised to learn about something that will help you solve the complex puzzle of the evil genius, Helen Dexter¿s plan to corrupt the CIA, and the new Russian president, Victor Zermiski¿s plan of taking over the world. The second reason that I really enjoyed this book is because the ending is very shocking and surprising. In my opinion, it¿s so good, that no one would ever be able to predict what will happen. I really enjoyed reading ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ because it is a very shocking, surprising and amazing book. I recommend that the book is good for adults and young adults. So in short, ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ is a book with a great plot, great characters, and an amazing story overall. I would recommend this book to almost anybody, so I suggest that if you enjoy reading action-thriller books that you go and buy this book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    Eleventh Commandment: A Novel

    ¿A brilliant thriller, that will greatly shock you, with it¿s cunning deception, betrayal, and lies.¿ This fictional thriller novel is about the ordinary life of a respectful American father, husband, and to-be Father-in-law, named Connor Fitzgerald. He is known, and respected by many. The only twist to his ¿ordinary¿ life is that Connor has secretly been serving the CIA for more than twenty years! However, his boss, Helen Dexter, has held the position of director of the CIA for so many years, by abusing the CIA¿s power. Now, when the new American president is threatening Helen¿s authority over the CIA, Helen will do anything, including sacrificing something, to cover herself up, after committing numerous crimes, while abusing the CIA. Nearby, a crooked, Russian president emerges from the recent Russian election, trying to bring Russia back into its former glory. But when this new president¿s insanity kicks in, Connor must save the world from a nuclear war, while trying to save his family and his very own life. Being a novel written by Jeffery Archer, it is very appealing to many people, because Jeffery Archer is well known for his brilliant thriller novels. Jeffery Archer is known as one of England¿s leading authors and in my opinion, ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ is another excellent piece of his writing. Personally, I enjoyed ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ for two reasons in particular. The first is that the magnificent character, and the interesting plot are well developed. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat on every page. In fact, the story is so interesting, that after reading each page, you will be surprised to learn about something that will help you solve the complex puzzle of the evil genius, Helen Dexter¿s plan to corrupt the CIA, and the new Russian president, Victor Zermiski¿s plan of taking over the world. The second reason that I really enjoyed this book is because the ending is very shocking and surprising. In my opinion, it¿s so good, that no one would ever be able to predict what will happen. I really enjoyed reading ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ because it is a very shocking, surprising and amazing book. I recommend that the book is good for adults and young adults. So in short, ¿The Eleventh Commandment¿ is a book with a great plot, great characters, and an amazing story overall. I would recommend this book to almost anybody, so I suggest that if you enjoy reading action-thriller books that you go and buy this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    Top notch!!!

    This is probably on of the best action thrillers you will ever come across.From the very outset Connor Fitzgerald is a very likable guy.And as you keep turning the pages this feeling grows on you.Besides Connor, Helen Dexter and agent Jackson are very well sketched chracters who spice up the book's content.But the the real bombshell is the ending where as usual Archer comes up with a trump that is in one word 'brilliant'. All in all a smashing effort at story telling.And by the way I got pretty bad grades because i was glued to this book during the time that I should have been studying. So to all of you who haven't read this book prepare to leave everything else aside!!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2001

    Another Great Archer

    Jeffry Archer is one of th easiest novelists to read. The plot of this book may be a little stale, a lone agent avoiding the enemy. Some of whom are are on his own side. Connor Fitzgerald is a CIA hitman who obeys his director without question. Problem is she is not keeping to the rules and has set him up to protect herself from the wrath of the president. As you will gather this very English author has again set his work in the US system.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2004

    Not a good book!

    I have to disagree with the other reviewers. I was really looking forward to this book after reading Jeffrey Archer's accolades on the cover, but I was sorely disappointed. I hope this isn't his best work, because it's not good. Sure, the plot is okay, and a couple of twists were unexpected, and yes, it's easy to read. Unfortunately, that's about the best I can say about it. The characters are one-dimensional. Connor Fitzgerald, the 'professional's professional,' fails to see several obvious pitfalls until he falls into them. This is an expert with 30 years of experience? The ex-CIA agent who follows Fitzgerald to Russia enlists the help of a street kid with ties to the Mafia. The kid persistently drives the agent crazy, but when the man's about to die he suddenly wishes he could leave the boy everything in his will. Where did that come from? A small error, sure, but it's just one of many similar flaws. Archer's writing style leaves much to be desired, too. The overuse of hackneyed phrases, like the stock of a rifle 'resting like an old friend against his shoulder,' shows an utter lack of imagination. Why is it that every time he mentions the President's pet piece of legislation he has to call it by it's full (and extremely long) name: The Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, and Conventional Arms Reduction Act? Once you've introduced it, what's wrong with The Arms Reduction Act? Getting paid by the word? Sorry, but this is not good writing.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    A Good Cold War Novel

    The opening chapters feature unrelenting action as Connor tracks and kills a Colombian presidential candidate and starts a chain of events that could lead to a new Cold War. But, despite his ruthless background, Connor is not a cold and hollow plot device. He's an American Medal of Honor winner who is committed to his country, but also to his spiritual home, Ireland. Archer even pauses briefly to flesh out Connor's family life and the tensions of living with secrets that his wife and beloved daughter suspect but will never know. This character work pays off as the reader follows Connor through several nations and nearly as many identities. Gradually, Connor is caught in Russia between two power brokers: CIA director Helen Dexter and President Tom Lawrence. Dexter needs her 28-year veteran agent dead or 'disappeared' in a Russian prison. But President Lawrence also needs Connor so he can finally rid himself of Dexter's tacit control of U.S. foreign policy.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Writing has likness to Grisham

    This book was wonderful.It was fairly easy to follow and just left you reading chapter after chapter. I couldn't put it down!I believe that this book is similar to many of Grisham's works.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2004

    OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!

    This book had me reading from airport bookstore in Paris all the way back home in Houston...I was reading through it so fast I stopped for a few hours so I'd have something left on my second flight...top shelf story...would make a solid movie!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Outstanding

    This is one of the most captivating novels that I have ever read. It holds your interest. The book is outstanding and fulfills what I want it to...entertainment. Is it real? Who cares...a real fun read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2001

    The best 'Hold on to your seat Book' ever!

    The best book I have ever read. Archer's mix of political and personal conflicts was amazing. I recommend everyone to read this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2000

    Real Good!! Writes as good as Churchill.

    Simply the best fiction writer on Universe.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2014

    Medicinde den

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Jeffery Archer has managed to once again make me draw a breathe and not allow me to exhale until I had read the last word! He is one of 4 author's who have the honor of making me hold my breathe during a great read. None of his books have ever disappointed me. The Eleventh Commandment held my concentration and interest throughout each word. My rath hit each person who dared to interrupt my reading session! Lock yourself in a room when you start this and don't come out until it is finished.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Barnes and Noble misleads again

    B and N touts the 11th Commandment as a NEW release published in 2013 ITS 15 YEARS OLD This is perfect example of why consumers are switching to Kindle and Amazon or books on Apple devices

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Excellent!

    This was my first Jeffrey Archer novel. I know, I'm behind the times. Very good story - I'll start reading more of this author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Intracle plot...

    I enjoyed The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer. It had an interesting plot. Lots of action. And a good ending. I recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Exciting

    From the first page you are completely into this book. I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    His Best

    This book leaves me speachless! It is his best since Kane & Abel. Do not pick it up if you plan on sleeping because it is not going to happen. It really is WOW!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Good book, you will enjoy it.

    As always Jeffrey Archer is at the top of his game. Great page turner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000

    Best book ever read!

    I loved this book. Have recommended it to everyone I know. Jeffery Archer can write like no other.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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