Be Careful What You Wish For (Clifton Chronicles Series #4)

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Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in ...

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Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

Back in London, Harry and Emma’s adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica’s future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.

Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle’s first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Be Careful What You Wish For showcases the master storyteller’s talent as never before – when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.

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Complications abound in this welcome addition to the Clifton Chronicles. Chief protagonists Harry and his wife Emma must confront crises including a fatal car crash involving their son; a "perfect match" for their adopted daughter that turns out to be not quite ideal; would-be coups and counter-coups at the Barrington family firm; and other assorted calamities. All of which added up to be a top-seller on both sides of the Atlantic that now reemerges in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book. (P.S. Archer is renowned for reworking and reworking his materials: This novel went through fourteen drafts.)

Kirkus Reviews
The fourth volume of Archer's (Best Kept Secret, 2013, etc.) Clifton Chronicles finds the Barrington-Clifton family ensnared in financial conspiracies over a make-or-break Barrington Shipping project. As Archer covers the family drama from 1957 to '64, Harry Clifton—a married-into-money war hero and best-selling crime writer—is relegated to supporting player while his wife, Emma Barrington Clifton, steps to center stage. Emma becomes chairman of her family shipping company when the former leader's pet project—the construction of a luxury liner—runs aground; it was sabotaged during construction in Belfast by family enemy and Nazi-sympathizing Argentinian gangster Don Pedro Martinez in alliance with the IRA. Martinez hates the Barrington-Cliftons since they disrupted his plans to dispose of millions in Nazi counterfeit money, as recounted in Volume 3. Here, in the prologue, it's revealed that Martinez's attempt to kill Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma's son, in revenge for that loss resulted in the death of his own son. As Emma assumes leadership of Barrington Shipping, Martinez secures a significant stake and begins a scheme to sink the company. A minor storyline follows Sir Giles, Emma's brother, and his Labor Party political ambitions. Archer introduces two new supporting players: Cedric Hardcastle, a banker who takes a shine to Sebastian, and Robert—"No one calls me Mr. Bingham except the taxman"—Bingham, a heart-of-gold fish paste–manufacturing millionaire. Hardcastle and Bingham join a complex scheme to manipulate the Barrington stock price in order to bankrupt the Argentinian. Archer cranks up the melodrama with an unexpected suicide and shows an insider's flare for great food, wine, art and architecture. It's only Sebastian who's the subject of any character development, growing from indifferent student to Hardcastle's trusted assistant, all while meeting an ambassador's daughter who becomes his bride-to-be. Archer's unremarkable prose but tight plotting make for a page-turning rich man's soap opera. He concludes with a Perils of Pauline supercliffhanger certain to frustrate—and create clamor for Clifton-Barrington No. 5. Lightweight, entertaining beach reading.
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Praise for international bestselling author


"One of the top ten storytellers in the world." —Los Angeles Times

"There isn’t a better storyteller alive." —Larry King

"Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages." —The Boston Globe

"Cunning plots, silken style…. Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader." —The New York Times

"Archer is a master entertainer." —Time

"A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas…unsurpassed skill." —Washington Post


And for the novels in his Clifton Chronicle series



"No family saga would be complete without a villain, and this book has a good one, a well-drawn and believable character whose motivations are understandable. This thoroughly engaging old-school, multigenerational saga harks back to the work of Malcolm Macdonald, Belva Plain, and Irwin Shaw."—Booklist

"Archer knows how to dole out tiny crumbs of suspense right up to the last page, which ends with…a really excellent cliffhanger."—Washington Post

"The most gripping of the Clifton Chronicles yet. The tension and the build-up are terrific, and kept this reader on the edge of his seat."—The Observer (UK)

Best kept secret

"An artful blend of colorful characters, seething resentment, calculated revenge, and a shocking, tragic cliff-hanger…Archer provides a pitch-perfect continuation of the Clifton family saga; his shrewd twists and turns are addictive from the get-go, and he stuns with his signature series sign-off…leaving readers longing for its resolution."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Archer spins sufficient narrative threads for six novels, complete with ample money, old-boy connections, intrigue, and a deus ex machina. What-will-happen-next reading."—Kirkus Reviews


"Archer delivers another page-turning, heart-stopping saga, with delightful twists, and a surprise ending… readers will surely wait for the next with bated breath."—Publishers Weekly

"You’ll risk back injury just from being kept on the edge of your seat…. I guarantee that anyone who takes this book from the shelves will not be able to put it down."—The Spectator (UK)

"A master of fiction…[Jeffrey Archer] can tell a story, and he does so with such conviction, such appealing naïveté, that you suspend disbelief, and read happily on."—The Scotsman


"General readers as well as Archer fans will enjoy this unforgettable tale, which abounds with cliff-hangers that propel its intriguing and intricate plot."—Library Journal (starred review)

"The drama of Harry Clifton’s young life takes the reader to the edge of the cliff, where they must hang until the next Clifton Chronicle..." —Sunday Telegraph

"What appears at the outset to be a straightforward coming-of-age tale becomes, by the end, a saga of power, betrayal, and bitter hatred. The novel ends on a deliberately dark note, setting the stage for the sequel…An outstanding effort from a reliable veteran."—Booklist (starred review)





Library Journal
There are so many complications in this fourth volume in Archer's New York Times best-selling "Clifton Chronicles" series it makes your head spin. With Ross Buchanan out as chair of the Barrington Shipping Company, Don Pedro Martinez pushes his own candidate for evil purposes. Jessica Clifton becomes engaged, but her mother-in-law wreaks havoc. And the entire narrative starts with the statement, "Sebastian is dead." Goodreads and Facebook promotion; a four-week interactive promotion; distribution at hotels, movie theaters, and malls; library marketing—you name it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250034489
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Series: Clifton Chronicles Series , #4
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 37,588
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and nineteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections—including Best Kept Secret, The Sins of the Father, Kane and Abel, and False Impression—have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.


Few contemporary writers can lay claim to as many career highs and lows as Jeffrey Archer -- bestselling novelist, disgraced politician, British peer, convicted perjurer, and former jailbird. And whether you view his misfortunes as bad luck or well-deserved comeuppance depends largely on how you feel about this gregarious, fast-talking force of nature.

Born in London and raised in Somerset, Archer attended Wellington School and worked at a succession of jobs before being hired to teach Physical Education at Dover College. He gained admission to Brasenose College at Oxford, where he distinguished himself as a first-class sprinter and a tireless promoter, famously inveigling the Beatles into supporting a fundraising drive he spearheaded on behalf of the then-obscure charity Oxfam.

After leaving Oxford, Archer continued work as a fundraiser and ran successfully for political office. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1969 but was forced to step down in 1974 when he lost his fortune in a fraudulent investment scheme. He turned to writing in order to stave off bankruptcy. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was published in 1976 and became an instant hit. It was followed, in quick succession, by a string of bestsellers, including his most famous novel, Kane and Abel (1979), which was subsequently turned into a blockbuster CBS-TV miniseries.

On the strength of his literary celebrity, Archer revived his political career in 1985, serving as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The following year he was forced to resign over a scandal involving payment to a London prostitute. (He admitted paying the money, but denied vehemently that it was for sex.) In 1987, he sued a British tabloid for libel and was awarded damages in the amount of 500,000 pounds.

Despite the adverse publicity, Queen Elizabeth (acting on the advice of Prime Minister John Major) awarded Archer a life peerage in 1992. The Conservative Party selected him to run for Mayor of London in the 2000 election, but he withdrew from the race when perjury charges were brought against him in the matter of the 1987 libel trial. In 2001, he was convicted and served half of a four-year prison term. (He turned the experience into three bestselling volumes of memoir!) Since his release, Lord Archer has expressed no interest in returning to public office, choosing instead to concentrate on charity work and on his writing career.

Controversy has dogged Archer most of his adult life. Claims still circulate that he falsified his paperwork to gain entrance to Oxford; and, at various other times, he has been accused of shoplifting, padding expenses, insider trading, misappropriation of funds, and financing a failed coup d'état against a foreign government. Needless to say, all this has kept him squarely in the sights of the British tabloids.

Yet, for all the salacious headlines and in spite of lukewarm reviews, Archer remains one of Britain's most popular novelists. His books will never be classified as great literature, but his writing is workmanlike and he has never lost his flair for storytelling. In addition to his novels, he has also written short stories and plays. Clearly, in "art," as in life, Jeffrey Archer has proved himself an affable survivor.

Good To Know

Archer was once a competitive runner and represented Great Britain in international competition.

Regarding the sex scandal that ultimately landed her husband in prison, Lady Mary Archer, the author's wife of 35 years, told reporters that she was "cross" with her husband but that "we are all human and Jeffrey manages to be more human than most. I believe his virtues and talents are also on a larger scale."

The prison where Archer was transferred for carrying out his perjury sentence in October 2001 is a "low security" jail on the Lincolnshire coast, a facility known for raising high-quality pork. According to one authority, "It is considered to be a cushy little place."

After his "fall from grace," Archer counted former Conservative PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major among his many loyal supporters.

In the 1980s, Archer and his wife, Mary, purchased the Old Vicarage, Grantchester, a house associated with the poet Rupert Brooke.
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    1. Hometown:
      London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 15, 1940
    1. Education:
      Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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HARRY CLIFTON WAS woken by the sound of a phone ringing.

He was in the middle of a dream, but couldn’t remember what it was about. Perhaps the insistent metallic sound was just part of his dream. He reluctantly turned over and blinked at the little phosphorescent green hands on the bedside clock: 6:43 a.m. He smiled. Only one person would consider calling him at that time in the morning. He picked up the phone and murmured in an exaggeratedly sleepy voice, “Good morning, my darling.” There was no immediate response, and for a moment Harry wondered if the hotel operator had put the call through to the wrong room. He was about to replace the receiver when he heard sobbing. “Is that you, Emma?”

“Yes,” came the reply.

“What’s the matter?” he asked soothingly.

“Sebastian is dead.”

Harry didn’t reply immediately, because he now wanted to believe he was still dreaming. “How can that be possible?” he eventually said. “I spoke to him only yesterday.”

“He was killed this morning,” said Emma, clearly only able to manage a few words at a time.

Harry sat bolt upright, suddenly wide awake.

“In a car accident,” continued Emma between sobs.

Harry tried to remain calm as he waited for her to tell him exactly what had happened.

“They were traveling up to Cambridge together.”

“They?” repeated Harry.

“Sebastian and Bruno.”

“Is Bruno still alive?”

“Yes. But he’s in a hospital in Harlow, and they’re not sure if he’ll make it through the night.”

Harry threw back the blanket and placed his feet on the carpet. He was freezing, and felt sick. “I’ll take a taxi to the airport immediately and catch the first flight back to London.”

“I’m going straight to the hospital,” said Emma. She didn’t add anything else, and Harry wondered for a moment if the line had gone dead. Then he heard her whisper, “They need someone to identify his body.”

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Emma replaced the receiver, but it was some time before she could gather enough strength to stand up. She eventually made her way unsteadily across the room, clinging on to several pieces of furniture, like a sailor in a storm. She opened the drawing room door to find Marsden standing in the hall, his head bowed. She had never known their old retainer to show the slightest emotion in front of a member of the family, and hardly recognized the shrunken figure now clutching on to the mantelpiece for support; the usual mask of self-composure had been replaced with the cruel reality of death.

“Mabel has packed an overnight case for you, madam,” he stammered, “and if you’ll allow me, I’ll drive you to the hospital.”

“Thank you, Marsden, that’s most considerate of you,” Emma said as he opened the front door for her.

Marsden took her arm as they made their way down the steps toward the car; the first time he’d ever touched the mistress. He opened the door, and she climbed in and sank into the leather upholstery, as if she was an old lady. Marsden switched on the ignition, shifted the gear lever into first and set out on the long journey from the Manor House to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

Emma suddenly realized she hadn’t rung her brother or sister to let them know what had happened. She would call Grace and Giles this evening, when they were more likely to be alone. This was not something she wanted to share when strangers might be present. And then she felt a piercing pain in her stomach, as if she’d been stabbed. Who was going to tell Jessica that she would never see her brother again? Would she ever be the same cheerful little girl who ran around Seb like an obedient puppy, tail wagging with unbridled adoration? Jessica must not hear the news from someone else’s lips, which meant that Emma would have to return to the Manor House as quickly as possible.

Marsden pulled into the forecourt of the local garage, where he usually filled up on a Friday afternoon. When the petrol pump attendant spotted Mrs. Clifton sitting in the back seat of the green Austin A30, he touched the rim of his cap. She didn’t acknowledge him, and the young man wondered if he’d done something wrong. He filled the tank and then lifted the bonnet to check the oil. Once he’d slammed the bonnet back down he touched the rim of his hat again, but Marsden drove off without a word, not parting with the usual sixpence.

“What’s got into them?” murmured the young man as the car disappeared.

Once they were back on the road, Emma tried to recall the exact words the Peterhouse college admissions tutor had used when he haltingly told her the news. I’m sorry to have to tell you, Mrs. Clifton, that your son has been killed in a motor car accident. Beyond the stark statement, Mr. Padgett seemed to know very little—but then, as he explained, he was no more than the messenger.

Questions kept colliding in Emma’s mind. Why had her son been traveling to Cambridge by car, when she’d bought him a train ticket only a couple of days before? Who had been driving, Sebastian or Bruno? Were they going too fast? Had a tire burst? Had another car been involved? So many questions, but she doubted if anyone knew all the answers.

A few minutes after the tutor had called, the police had rung to ask if Mr. Clifton would be able to visit the hospital to identify the body. Emma explained that her husband was in New York on a book tour. She might not have agreed to take his place if she’d realized that he would be back in England the following day. Thank God he was coming by plane and wouldn’t have to spend five days crossing the Atlantic, mourning alone.

As Marsden drove through unfamiliar towns, Chippenham, Newbury, Slough, Don Pedro Martinez interrupted Emma’s thoughts more than once. Was it possible that he could have been seeking revenge for what had taken place in Southampton just a few weeks ago? But if the other person in the car was Martinez’s son Bruno, that didn’t make any sense. Emma’s thoughts returned to Sebastian as Marsden left the Great West Road and turned north in the direction of the A1; the road Sebastian had been traveling on only hours before. Emma had once read that in times of personal tragedy, all anyone wanted to do was turn the clock back. She was no different.

The journey passed quickly, as Sebastian was rarely out of her mind. She recalled his birth, when Harry was in prison on the other side of the world, his first steps at the age of eight months and four days, his first word, “More,” and his first day at school, when he jumped out of the car even before Harry had had time to put on the brakes, then later at Beechcroft Abbey, when the headmaster had wanted to expel him but granted Seb a reprieve when he won a scholarship to Cambridge. So much to look forward to, so much to achieve, all made history in a moment. And finally, her dreadful mistake when she’d allowed the cabinet secretary to persuade her that Seb should become involved with the government’s plans to bring Don Pedro Martinez to justice. If she’d refused Sir Alan Redmayne’s request, her only son would still be alive. If, if …

As they reached the outskirts of Harlow, Emma glanced out of the side window to see a signpost directing them to the Princess Alexandra Hospital. She tried to concentrate on what would be expected of her. A few minutes later Marsden drove through a set of wrought-iron gates that never closed, before drawing up outside the main entrance of the hospital. Emma got out of the car and began walking toward the front door while Marsden went in search of a parking space.

She gave the young receptionist her name, and the cheerful smile on the girl’s face was replaced with a look of pity. “Would you be kind enough to wait for a moment, Mrs. Clifton,” she said as she picked up a phone. “I’ll let Mr. Owen know you’re here.”

“Mr. Owen?”

“He was the consultant on duty when your son was admitted this morning.”

Emma nodded and began pacing restlessly up and down the corridor, jumbled thoughts replacing jumbled memories. Who, why, when … She only stopped pacing when a starched-collared, smartly dressed nurse inquired, “Are you Mrs. Clifton?” Emma nodded. “Please come with me.”

The nurse led Emma along a green-walled corridor. No words were spoken. But then, what could either of them say? They came to a halt outside a door which displayed the name Mr. William Owen FRCS. The nurse knocked, opened the door and stood aside to allow Emma to enter.

A tall, thin, balding man with an undertaker’s doleful visage rose from behind his desk. Emma wondered if that face ever smiled. “Good afternoon, Mrs. Clifton,” he said, before ushering her into the only comfortable chair in the room. “I’m so sorry we have to meet in such sad circumstances,” he added.

Emma felt sorry for the poor man. How many times a day did he have to deliver those same words? From the look on his face, it didn’t get any easier.

“I’m afraid there’s rather a lot of paperwork to be completed, but I fear the coroner will require a formal identification before we can think about that.”

Emma bowed her head and burst into tears, wishing, as Harry had suggested, that she’d allowed him to carry out the unbearable task. Mr. Owen leaped up from behind his desk, crouched down beside her and said, “I’m so sorry, Mrs. Clifton.”

*   *   *

Harold Guinzburg couldn’t have been more considerate and helpful.

Harry’s publisher had booked him on to the first available flight to London, first class. At least he would be comfortable, Harold thought, although he didn’t imagine the poor man would be able to sleep. He decided this was not the time to tell him the good news, but simply asked Harry to pass on his heartfelt condolences to Emma.

When Harry checked out of the Pierre Hotel forty minutes later, he found Harold’s chauffeur standing on the sidewalk waiting to drive him to Idlewild airport. Harry climbed into the back of the limousine, as he had no desire to speak to anyone. Instinctively, his thoughts turned to Emma, and what she must be going through. He didn’t like the idea of her having to identify their son’s body. Perhaps the hospital staff would suggest she waited until he returned.

Harry didn’t give a thought to the fact he would be among the first passengers to cross the Atlantic non-stop, as he could only think about his son, and how much he’d been looking forward to going up to Cambridge to begin his first year at university. And after that … he’d assumed that with Seb’s natural gift for languages, he’d want to join the Foreign Office, or become a translator, or possibly even teach, or …

After the Comet had taken off, Harry rejected the glass of champagne offered by a smiling air hostess, but then how could she know he had nothing to smile about? He didn’t explain why he wouldn’t be eating or sleeping. During the war, when he was behind enemy lines, Harry had trained himself to stay awake for thirty-six hours, only surviving on the adrenaline of fear. He knew he wouldn’t be able to sleep until he’d seen his son for the last time, and he suspected not for some considerable time after that: the adrenaline of despair.

*   *   *

The consultant led Emma silently down a bleak corridor until they came to a halt outside a hermetically sealed door, with the single word, Mortuary, displayed in appropriately black letters on its pebbled glass pane. Mr. Owen pushed open the door and stood aside to allow Emma to enter. The door closed behind her with a squelch. The sudden change in temperature made her shiver, and then her eyes settled on a trolley standing in the middle of the room. The faint outline of her son’s body was visible under the sheet.

A white-coated assistant stood at the head of the trolley, but didn’t speak.

“Are you ready, Mrs. Clifton?” asked Mr. Owen gently.

“Yes,” said Emma firmly, her fingernails cutting into the palms of her hands.

Owen nodded, and the mortician pulled back the sheet to reveal a scarred and battered face that Emma recognized immediately. She screamed, collapsed on to her knees and began to sob uncontrollably.

Mr. Owen and the mortician were not surprised by this predictable reaction of a mother at the first sight of her dead son, but they were shocked when she said quietly, “That’s not Sebastian.”


Copyright © 2014 by Jeffrey Archer

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  • Anonymous

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    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

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    Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer is the fourth ins

    Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer is the fourth installment in The Clifton Chronicles series. In the first three books in the series - Only Time Will Tell, The Sins of the Father and Best Kept Secret, Archer crafted an incredibly epic tale of Harry Clifton's life which begins in 1920. Couching good storytelling with a cast of memorable characters, and gripping plot twists and turns, it has been a really good yarn spun by the master storyteller down through the three books in the series.

    But the story is far from over. In this latest installment, you are in for another journey that you won't want to end. The third book in the series, Best Kept Secret, ends with a real cliffhanger. Sebastian Clifton and Bruno are involved in a car accident, leaving you on tenterhooks if they had survived or had been killed.

    Be Careful What You Wish For begins with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to find the fate of their son and his friend. It is an ominous beginning. The book follows the footsteps of Harry, who is now a successful author, Emma finding her way into the treacherous corporate world, Giles Barrington who is a member of the shadow cabinet is planning to marry again after his catastrophic marriage to Lady Virginia Fenwick, and Harry and Emma's adopted daughter, Jessica, who is growing up to be a fine artist.

    It moves beautifully, and the suspense keeps one riveted right through the story. Be Careful What You Wish For is fantastic, fascinating and fun. Jeffrey Archer, it seems, can do no wrong. His novels have managed to capture the imagination of countless fans worldwide. Novel after novel, series after series he has convincingly proved that he is the master of his chosen field of genre. And this latest series is an affirmation of his storytelling prowess and mastery.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Superb!! Archer delivers, time and again.

    Superb!! Archer delivers, time and again.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014


    This is certainly not one of Mr Archher's best. While it does keep your interest the writing often feels too cute. The storyline feels disconected and haphazared. SPOILER ALERT: The ending settled nothing, and left me dissatisfied and feeling manipulated. The book cannot stand alone and is just another seriel ediition with a cliffhanger ending setting you up to buy another book.. I have been a long time reader of Mr Archer's books. This may be my last. Too bad.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    OMG This is a stunner. The best by far. Never saw it coming. O

    This is a stunner. The best by far. Never saw it coming. On the edge of your seat until the
    very end. You will never guess. ENJOY.........

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    I really enjoyed this until the end of the book when Jeffrey Arc

    I really enjoyed this until the end of the book when Jeffrey Archer decided "to be continued" in 2015?? Really??? It's going to take a year to write #5 in this series? Overall, well-written and somewhat suspenseful.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    Loved it

    I love Jeffrey Archer's stories and particularly this series. I am loking forward to the next book in this saga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    A must read series!

    Love, love, love the Clifton Chronicals. I cannot put the books down. Now, unfortunately I have to wait until Feb. to read book # 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Love the series

    Love the series

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Love this series!

    Well written and a great story line.

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Only read it if you are a fan of "to be continued"

    Having read a number of Archer's books, I found this to be engaging and entertaining. I was very disappointed as I reached the conclusion of the book only to be told, "to be continued." I suppose it was my own fault because it is listed as series #4 of the Clifton Chronicles. I was looking for some vacation reading; so I picked up his newest book. Although it was a good book, I would not have started it had I known it was to be conned.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    I think this is one of the best series of books I have ever read

    I think this is one of the best series of books I have ever read. It always holds your attention and you feel like you are one of Harry's family. I can't wait until Book 5 comes out in the Clifton family series

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Loved it

    I recommend the entire series. Start with the first book.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Wish I had read the first 3 books before reading this.

    Lots of twists and turns in the story, but I should have read the first 3 to understand the background first. I think I would have enjoyed this book more. Plot moves quickly with lots of twists and turns. The ending leaves you hanging until the next one which won't be out until 2015...Long time to wait.

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  • Posted June 15, 2014

    Almost insist you read!

    Jeffrey Archer fans and family saga fans like myself will not be dis appointed. I am so glad I read all 4 when the 4th was published as I chain read them. Now, with completing 4 I am left with a cliff hanger until 2015. There are some parts where the detail was over the top for me and I skimmed, but the story is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014


    On.(sorry was extremely busy earlier)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014


    (Be back on saturday) really busy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    More from a good storyteller

    This is volume 4 in The Clifton Chronicles trilogy (well it was supposed to be a trilogy but there is still one more volume coming). This part of the story runs from 1957 through 1964. At the end of the last volume, there was a terrible auto accident, and this one opens with Harry and Emma Clifton rushing to the hospital to learn if their son, Sebastian, was killed. The feud between Don Pedro Martinez and the Barrington Shipping Company’s principals (the Barrington and Clifton families) continues. Other “evil” characters remain in the picture, including Major Alex Fisher, Lady Virginia Fenwick, and Martinez’ sons and enforcer. The story moves right along, with each section of the book dealing with a specific incident seen through the eyes of one of the characters. I have found the series fun to read – but now have to wait until 2015 to see how the latest “disaster” is resolved. Archer is a very good author, and I recommend this whole series – but you might want to wait until all 5 books are in print so you don’t have to wait a year to find out what happens to the main characters at the end of each book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    highly recommended

    loved the series

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