- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Pan; Latest edition (13 September 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330517937
- ISBN-13: 978-0330517935
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles) Paperback – 13 Sep 2012
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The book is set in the background of World War ll. Harry Clifton, the protagonist, joins a ship to get naval experience before joining British Navy but is declared dead in the first book. Rather, that is the message he sends across due to personal tensions back at home. The ship he travels in is attacked by Germans which kills many people. Though, he is saved. He takes up the identity of his American companion, Tom Bradshaw who dies during the attack and travels to America. Unfortunately, Harry ends up in jail in America for some crime committed by Tom Bradshaw. The story moves on from here at a fast pace. His girlfriend, Emma comes in search for him from Britain without any clue about him. His friend from school, Giles Barrington, who is Emma's brother as well, joins British Military services. Harry's mother toils in a hotel as a waitress to forget about her son's demise. She is an illiterate woman who fails to read the letter Harry sents only to her telling he is alive. It's a typical hero versus villian kind of story where the hero is wronged throughout and the entire world is sympathetic. The villian moves from being bad to worse till it turnsout to be fatal to him. All in all, it's a good, fast pace book which spills into the third series, leaving you curious to know what happens next.
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This is the first word which comes in my mind after reading this book, the second in the Clifton Chronicles. What a masterpiece from Jeffrey Archer. After reading the first book I was in awe of this author and now I am just loving it. It starts right from the point where the first book ended and then slowly we will be engrossed in the web spun by the author, the scenes of the world war II can be imagined which are very well described by Archer. Almost for each scene we can feel, we are right there and the scenes are unfolding right in front of our eyes. Such is the narration by Archer. For each and every character a face can be given and can be felt and experienced, be it the protagonist Harry, his mother, or any character for the matter of fact. The drama keeps unfolding and the reader become an invisible part of this epic series. Finally the ending of the book, what to say...just speechless. I am lucky that I did not read this book at the time it was out in the market else I had to wait for 1 year to get to know what happens in the final sequence of the second part.
P.S If anybody intends to read the Clifton Chronicles, my humble suggestion is to first own all the 5 books and then begin !!!
But, story itself, after it changes, heads to nowhere, and seems like a mishmash of several Archer's stand-alone classics. Like, from Kane and Abel, where there is second-world war episode where both Kane and Abel both serve. And From Sons of Fortune, where is blood relation between the two main leads, which is the case here, but without any dispute. And Harry's mistaken identity, wrongful conviction reminds Prisoner of Birth, and finally Harry's book in the book, THE DIARY OF A CONVICT reminded me of Archer's own Prison Diaries, about his life in prison, a non-fiction book.
The only saving grace for the whole book is the two parts of Hugo Barringtion's POV narration sections. And the way Hugo ends, in fact, changed the story, to where it hangs now.
Rest of the book, with Harry's life in prison life seemed like shorter-heartless-depthless illustrated version of RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION.
The war episodes of Giles bore you; Maisie's story slightly interesting; and the the climax, of course, end in a cliffhanger, but not so very exciting that I'd instantly grab the third volume and find out what happens. For, its less interesting than emphasized in the book.
Overall, if you've read the previous book, and following it up to catch up with what follows after the big "mistaken identity and arrest" in the first book, coupled with the fact that you haven't heard or read any of the above mentioned other works, you might enjoy.
Fast-paced, page-turner, but less interesting story, and a mostly a bore.
Got to see, what happens in the third volume, to decide the significance of this volume, otherwise it seemed like a insertion rather than a continuation.
Finally, you can't enjoy its as a stand-alone. Better get introduced to Harry and his tale in the first volume to enjoy this one.
... But then the Author and his Publisher would not have made so much in revenue...! (Then again good for them...! "Commercialism" at its best)
Overall – well written, well planned and suitable for passing the time...albeit in a somewhat pedestrian kind of way.
Not as well researched as Ken Follet's works – however, I would still recommend this series as a good Airport or Train Station time-filler: the plots and sub-plots are not bad, the characters believable and the pace sufficiently entertaining to warrant buying-into the next episode(s) within the series.
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Jeffrey Archer has done much better elsewhere. I would not recommend this book