The Eleventh Commandment

The Eleventh Commandment

by Jeffrey Archer
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The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer

The Eleventh Commandment.

Connor Fitzgerald is a professional's professional. Holder of the Medal of Honor. Devoted family man. Servant of his country. CIA assassin. Days before his retirement from the Company, Fitzgerald comes face to face with an enemy who, for the first time, even he cannot handle—his own boss, Helen Dexter, Director of the CIA.

Thou Shalt Not Be Caught.

But Dexter's stranglehold on the agency is threatened by a power greater than her own, and her only hope is to destroy Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a new threat to national security is emerging: a ruthless hardline Russian president who is determined to force a military confrontation between the two superpowers. It's up to the intrepid Fitzgerald to pull off his most daring mission yet—save the world.and his own life.

Author Biography: Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University, where as a world-class sprinter he represented Great Britain in international competition. He became the youngest member of the House of Commons in 1969, was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in 1985, and was elevated to the House of Lords in 1992. All of his story collections and novels — from 1974's Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less to 1993's Honor Among Thieves — have been international bestsellers. Mr. Archer is married, has two children, and lives in Cambridge, England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786215935
Publisher: Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date: 11/28/1999
Series: Paperback Bestsellers Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 567
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.10(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, A Prisoner of Birth, and Kane & Abel-have been international bestsellers. 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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The Eleventh Commandment 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book I have ever read. Archer's mix of political and personal conflicts was amazing. I recommend everyone to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was amused when I read Ross Anderson's review of this book. I did the same thing, though I finished a little sooner... by about 4 a.m. Obviously, this was a great book. I hadn't read Archer's writing in a couple of years, but he apparently still has the magic. I wouldn't call this his best book though. 'Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less' is by far his most exhilarating work. If you haven't read any of his works... wow! I suggest you start with one of his short stories. 'A Twist In The Tale' comes to mind. Then, go to 'Kane & Abel'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply the best fiction writer on Universe.
LucindaIl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer. It had an interesting plot. Lots of action. And a good ending. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first page you are completely into this book. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always Jeffrey Archer is at the top of his game. Great page turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Have recommended it to everyone I know. Jeffery Archer can write like no other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I began reading this book , I knew something unexpected would eventually happen. As a matter of fact it did. The end ,unfortunatelly, was not as thrilling as I had expected it to be. However, I recomend this book, as Larry king said about it: 'There is not a better story teller alive', and that's true, I agree with him.
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ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: Connor Fitzgerald is an assassin for the CIA. Black ops at its best. But when the CIA director orders a hit, and then wants to hide her involvement from the President, she tries to send Fitzgerald on an one-way futile assignment to Russia to prepare an assassination of the Russian Premier. Fitzgerald's ex-mentor gets involved and figures out the plan, but too late to save CF from getting caught. A couple of twists later, however, and Fitzgerald is back in the States with the same mission -- kill the Premier while he sits next to the President. . WHAT I LIKED: The storylines were inventive and well done. Not quite at the level of Clancy or De Mille, but well done still. The writing is first-rate and the story moves along at a good clip. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The relations between the CIA and Fitzgerald, and between the CIA and the Oval Office are not sufficiently fleshed out, leaving the story as having a little too light of a touch for the genre. As well, a couple of the twists are too well-telegraphed and you see them a mile off. As well, a small twist at the end, although expected, is handled far too lightly for the likely reality of the situation. . BOTTOM-LINE: Story moves along at good clip . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
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