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Sons of Fortune (Archer, Jeffrey)

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A book by Jeffrey Archer

Veteran novelist and British politician Archer (Kane and Abel) is currently serving a prison sentence for perjury, so readers can perhaps forgive him if this latest effort falls short of his usual standard. The implausibly plotted novel follows fraternal … see full wiki

Author: Jeffrey Archer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
1 review about Sons of Fortune (Archer, Jeffrey)

A great story from a master entertainer!

  • Apr 13, 2011
Fletcher Davenport and Nat Cartwright are two successful young men - but they also happen to be twins separated at birth as a result of the unscrupulous actions of a well-meaning nurse in the hospital nursery. Nat Cartwright, raised in a loving modest household, his mother, a school teacher and his father, a successful insurance salesman, serves with honourable distinction in Vietnam, and becomes an overwhelmingly successful currency dealer and banker. On the other hand, Fletcher begins his days as the son of a millionaire and his society wife, graduates from Yale and distinguishes himself as a defender in the field of criminal law. Popular among their friends and peers, both men become involved in politics, first in school and college, then at the municipal level and finally as opposing candidates for state governor, all the while unaware that they are twin brothers.

Is the story or plot believable? The best one could say is that it's possible but it isn't even close to being credible! Are the characters overly good, overly perfect, overly handsome, plain, nerdy or beautiful, or overly despicable and evil? No doubt about it! Is the ending too pat and too cute? Yep, no question there either! Do I care about any of that? Not even a teeny bit! If Jeffrey Archer showed up at my door and tried to explain that there was a deep, subliminal moral message and some special theme underlying the whole story, I'd cover my ears and tell him to go away. The story was simply too artificial, too contrived, too enjoyable and too well written and exciting to be accounted for as anything other than great brain candy.

Did I mention that I loved it from start to finish? Time Magazine put it best in their editorial review on the back cover of the book - "Archer is a master entertainer"!

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April 13, 2011
Well, as long as we're entertained, who cares about it being close to reality? ;-) I'll check this out in e-books and hope to get one downloaded soon!
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