The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

67%

20 Critic Reviews

...Harry’s one-dimensional...adventure in this volume does little to make subsequent Clifton Chronicles seem worthwhile.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

On the heels of the international bestseller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles….

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.

But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York. Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.

 

About Jeffrey Archer

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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 Sins of the Father, 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.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 352 pages
Genres: War, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Sins of the Father
All: 20 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Excellent
May 15 2012

An amusement suitable for airplane or beach reading.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Feb 27 2012

...Harry’s one-dimensional...adventure in this volume does little to make subsequent Clifton Chronicles seem worthwhile.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Feb 27 2012

...Harry’s one-dimensional (albeit fast-paced) adventure in this volume does little to make subsequent Clifton Chronicles seem worthwhile.

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Book Reporter

Above average
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on Jun 22 2012

There are some really odious characters, and a few who transcend sainthood. It’s a compelling story, if only to see which horrible person gets his just desserts and which hero comes out on top.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Below average
Reviewed by Peter Craven on Apr 22 2012

The writing is naive to the point of being daft in both the plotting and execution...

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeanne Greene on May 01 2012

Archer fans will be eager for Harry’s return in the third volume of the Clifton Chronicles.

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Scotsman.com

Good
Reviewed by Allan Massie on Mar 10 2012

He can tell a story, and he does so with such conviction, such appealing naivety, that you suspend disbelief, and read happily on. I have to confess I enjoyed it enormously...

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DNA

Below average
Reviewed by Geetanjali Jhala on Apr 15 2012

What made Only Time Will Tell enjoyable was the narrative: the story was told through multiple points of view, each version of the tale carried forward the element of suspense. Sins..., however, has a comparatively staid narrative.

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DNA

Below average
Reviewed by Geetanjali Jhala on Apr 15 2012

While the tale is still told through different characters’ perspectives, the story trudges on towards a predictable end.

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The American Book Center Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Marianne van der Wel on Mar 21 2014

The realness of the characters makes this book a little nerve-racking. You feel for them, most of them anyway. With the story told from five different perspectives by one writer, I honestly didn’t expect so much individuality found in each of them, but I did.

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IBN Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Amrita Tripathi on Mar 24 2012

Great for a light read, and Archer really is master of his craft.

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Business Day Live

Good
Reviewed by SUE GRANT-MARSHALL on Aug 08 2012

It seems as if his Clifton Chronicles might follow suit in the fullness of time as it, siren-like, lures its readers deeper into the lives of its characters. Just like a soap opera.

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The Army Rumour Service

Excellent
Reviewed by Granny

I was kept interested all the way through to the inevitable cliff hanger of an ending.

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The Beachside Resident

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeffrey Archer on May 01 2012

...the strength of this story is not the characters or plots, but the environments surrounding them.

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Columbia Daily Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Ginger Stringer on May 13 2012

It's a fantastical, unbelievable and thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction that kept me riveted through to the end. I can't wait to find out what happens in the next chapter of the Clifton Chronicles.

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Thousand Miles

Below average
Reviewed by Manjil Saikia on Apr 08 2012

The plot is quite uninteresting as many parts of the book can be guessed by seasoned Archer fans.

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TheCoastRider.net

Excellent
Jun 16 2012

The ability to tell a story is a great - an unusual - gift ... it is not something that can be taught or acquired ...Jeffrey Archer is, first and foremost, a storyteller.

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Diary of an Eccentric

Good
Reviewed by Anna on May 24 2012

I highly recommend this series for readers who enjoy fast-paced books with a little war and a lot of family secrets and well developed characters.

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Maurice on Books

Good
Reviewed by Jean Lewis on May 08 2012

You really should plan on putting this one in your beach bag.

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Southern Girl Reads

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Jul 08 2012

Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller so it is easy to figure that I highly recommend this series.

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