First among Equals

First among Equals

by Jeffrey Archer
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Overview

First among Equals by Jeffrey Archer

Charles Seymour, second-born son, will never be the earl like his father, but he did inherit his mother's strength-and the will to realize his destiny...Simon Kerslake's father sacrificed everything to make sure his son's dreams come true. Now it is Simon's chance to rise as high as those dreams allow...Ray Gould was born to the back streets but raised with pride-a quality matched by a sharp intellect and the desire to attain the impossible...Andrew Fraser was raised by a soccer hero turned politician. Now it's his turn for heroics, whatever the cost.

From strangers to rivals, four men embark on a journey for the highest stakes of all-the keys to No. 10 Downing Street. Unfolding over three decades, their honor will be tested, their loyalties betrayed, and their love of family and country challenged. But in a game where there is a first among equals, only one can triumph.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312997120
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/16/2004
Edition description: St. Martin's Paperback Edition
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 243,716
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.33(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections—including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory and False Impression—have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.

Hometown:

London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1940

Education:

Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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First Among Equals 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
CherryBlossom More than 1 year ago
The story is about three men who have invested their lives to become the Prime Minister of England. The author, Jeffrey Archer, became the youngest member of the House of Commons in 1969. His knowledge of the English system gives the reader a true incite into the workings of the Parliament. It was quite a study of history as well as a compelling tale. The men each have their women who help them confront their fears, obsessions, loves, hates, and political ambitions. Each of the three men possess their own strengths and weaknesses in their quest to become England's Prime Minister. The twists and turns of their lives comes to a complete turn around of events at the end. The plot was interesting but a little too detailed in the political arena for my taste. I skipped over some of this part. Otherwise the story line was good. I believe a reader interested in political systems would really enjoy this book. Cherry Blossom
Guest More than 1 year ago
Larry King has said of Jeffrey Archer, 'There isn't a better storyteller alive.' One would be hard pressed to find a better reader alive for this story of a fight for power. Martin Jarvis easily inhabits the personas of four men as they parry and jab for the right to live at No. 10 Downing Street. Listeners are introduced to this quartet gradually as the story unfolds over some thirty years. Charles, a man born to title and privilege; Simon, whose father imbues him with ambition; Ray, not of patrician birth but born with an iron will; and Andrew, a politician cum sports hero. Archer, a member of the House of Lords, well knows the terrain in which he sets his story, and Martin Jarvis well knows how to deliver it. - Gail Cooke
djbchoctaw More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed in the quality control (proofing) of the NOOK version. For example, the surname Gould was frequently and confusingly referred as Could. The expletive "My God" was also less impressive as "My Cod". Definitely a book for those interested in the UK political scene and its machinations, but less interesting as a "good read". This is the least appealing of the Jeffrey Archer books I have read.
HistoryBuffMI More than 1 year ago
I've read most of Archer's novels, and enjoy his style, et al. However, in this case, I was mildly disappointed. It seemed he stretched the plot too much, thus losing the flow of the narrative. Also, his surprise ending was, to me, beyond credible. Sorry, Mr. Archer!
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One of the slowest books I've ever read! You would have to know English Government to understand most of the book.
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I enjoyed learning about how British politics work. I was confused but still managed to understand most of the details.
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I liked the book well enough. It gave you some good insight into the workings of Parlement.
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rabAZ More than 1 year ago
The background of British politics was researched thoroughly. Then 4 characters were added. Had a hard time which character he was referring to as he skipped arouind so much.Not worth the small price.
reader75LL More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting take on the complexities of how the inner workings of the English Parliament works in front and behind the scenes. Proving how politics are treacherous, very deceiving and always constantly working. Very interesting take on four personalities all from different backgrounds. The author does an outstanding job of weaving the characters into a good novel.
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