Heads You Win

Heads You Win

Jeffrey Archer / Jul 20, 2019

Heads You Win This program is read by Richard Armitage With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent listeners Heads You Win is New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer s most ambitious

  • Title: Heads You Win
  • Author: Jeffrey Archer
  • ISBN: Heads You Win
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  • Page: 119
  • Format: Audio CD
  • This program is read by Richard Armitage With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent listeners, Heads You Win is 1 New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel Leningrad, Russia, 1968 Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen But when This program is read by Richard Armitage With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent listeners, Heads You Win is 1 New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel Leningrad, Russia, 1968 Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin.In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander s future During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realize where his destiny lies, and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Audio CD, Unabridged, 480 pages Published November 6th 2018 by MacMillan Audio More Details Original Title Heads You Win ISBN 1427299226 ISBN13 9781427299222 Edition Language English Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Heads You Win, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler What exactly happened in the end Spoiler alert I can t figure it out hide spoiler 4 likeslike 2 months ago See all 10 answers Christine Boermeester This answer contains spoilers view spoiler The twist at the end of the book was that his friend nemesis Vladimir was Vladimir Putin So ultimately it doesn t matter whether he lives the life The twist at the end of the book was that his friend nemesis Vladimir was Vladimir Putin So ultimately it doesn t matter whether he lives the life where his plane crashes on the way to Russia, or if he gets killed after that We know that Putin goes on to become President and in the final line, he says that he won t stand for President until he delivers the eulogy at Alexander s funeral I keep thinking of the book title, Heads You Win, and thinking that the American life was real, but in the end his fate didn t change depending on the crate selected less hide spoiler flag Is this book part of a series 2 likeslike 6 months ago See all 3 answers Henry J Kribs Good question, I certainly hope so flag See all 16 questions about Heads You Win Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 14, 2018 Maureen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 4.5 Stars Wow The last sentence in Heads You Win was akin to a slap across the face a kind of that s what you get for not being perceptive enough to recognise what was right in front of you the whole time 1968 Leningrad, Russia, and teenager Alexander Karpenko and his mother Elena are about to flee their homeland with the help of his uncle, who has bribed the Captain of a cargo ship Alexander s father has been assassinated whilst carrying out his duties at the docks where he was a w 4.5 Stars Wow The last sentence in Heads You Win was akin to a slap across the face a kind of that s what you get for not being perceptive enough to recognise what was right in front of you the whole time 1968 Leningrad, Russia, and teenager Alexander Karpenko and his mother Elena are about to flee their homeland with the help of his uncle, who has bribed the Captain of a cargo ship Alexander s father has been assassinated whilst carrying out his duties at the docks where he was a well liked and respected foreman his crime attempting to start a trade union in order that the dock workers would enjoy the same rights as those we take for granted here in the west The Karpenko s have a choice, there are two cargo ships in dock, do they head for England or America Their decision is made with the toss of a coin It s at this point where parallel lives come into play, think sliding doors and we re given a version of how their new lives would develop both in England and in America Have you ever given a thought to how your life would have turned out if, at an important crossroads on that journey you had taken the opposite decision to the one you did Or has destiny chosen for us are we where we were always supposed to be Makes you wonder Jeffrey Archer is renowned as a master storyteller, and he certainly lives up to that reputation with Heads You Win The narrative spans three decades and two continents, and is rich in both historical, and political detail This was such an intense but immensely satisfying read, with characters that leapt from the page, and an extremely clever and well executed storyline It was wonderfully engaging, with the mother of all twists at the end, but Mr Archer, if you re listening, my advice is this don t visit Russia anytime soon, that s all I m going to say My thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan for my ARC, for which I have given an honest unbiased review flag 207 likesLike see review View all 101 comments Maureen Thanks Jan Jan 16, 2019 02 11AM Maureen Thanks Karen Feb 01, 2019 01 30AM Dec 04, 2018 Diane S rated it really liked it review of another edition I read very few political thrillers, but for Archer I make an exception From the beginning one is aware that they are in the hands of a author who has perfected his craft, has a firm grasp of his characters and the plot His prose is written with clarity, his storyline flows seamlessly What an unusual but perceptive, history in the making, storyline this turned out to be.Russia, Alexander s father, a dockworker, secret orginizer of those in opposition to communism, is murdered by the KGB, an a I read very few political thrillers, but for Archer I make an exception From the beginning one is aware that they are in the hands of a author who has perfected his craft, has a firm grasp of his characters and the plot His prose is written with clarity, his storyline flows seamlessly What an unusual but perceptive, history in the making, storyline this turned out to be.Russia, Alexander s father, a dockworker, secret orginizer of those in opposition to communism, is murdered by the KGB, an act that alters changes their future His uncle, also s worker on the dock, helps he and his mother escape, they have no other option Their are two vessels leaving, one for New York and one for England, a flip of the coin determines where they will be heading So begins a twin storyline, a storyline that follows them to both locations, or what would have been their lives after chosing which destination That I found this not at all confusing, so interesting in fact, is the genius, in my opinion, of this author Where their lives take them will eventually intersect but with very different endings The last line is a zinger, dare I say brilliant, and I did not see it comingC from Netgalley flag 92 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Dec 07, 2018 Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves audiobook Lord Jeffrey Archer remains one of the eminent writers of my time, able to craft brilliant novels that can be enjoyed years after the ink dries on their publication Archer develops his books with pages of captivating text and believable dialogue On the docks of Leningrad in 1968, Alexander Karpenko lives under the iron fist of the Soviet regime No choice or decision goes unwatched by the KGB and punishment is usually brutal When Alexander s father is involved in a workplace accident , young Lord Jeffrey Archer remains one of the eminent writers of my time, able to craft brilliant novels that can be enjoyed years after the ink dries on their publication Archer develops his books with pages of captivating text and believable dialogue On the docks of Leningrad in 1968, Alexander Karpenko lives under the iron fist of the Soviet regime No choice or decision goes unwatched by the KGB and punishment is usually brutal When Alexander s father is involved in a workplace accident , young Alexander and his mother, Elena, know that it is time to make a break for it At the docks, they must rush to choose a means of getting out of Russia, with two shipping crates before them one bound for England, the other for America They make a hasty choice and hide away, before the crate can be loaded for departure to another land It is here that Archer takes the story and turns it on its head Following two threads, the narrative takes the reader along with Alex and Elena to America or with Sasha and Elena to England Alex experiences many stumbling blocks when he makes it to the shores of New York, trying to find a place for both he and Elena to situate themselves and rise from the ashes of Soviet oppression While he scrabbles to get enough money to feed them, Alex discovers that his hard work can pay off, beginning by selling produce at a local stand and amassing wealth through grit and determination On the other hand, Sasha and Elena land in England and use his sharp wit to earn a place in a prestigious school before attending Cambridge, where the political bug bites him and he is able to explore a work of power and intrigue Both men discover love, family, and a rise to the top, but neither can help but wonder what might have happened if they d chosen the other crate Lord Archer is here to tell the reader exactly what might have happened, offering sensational parallels in the lives of these two, as well as contrasting their great differences An ingenious approach to storytelling that Archer perfected, with a sensational twist at the end Highly recommended to those who love Archer s work, as well as the reader who enjoys historical fiction with a few twists along the way Those familiar with Jeffrey Archer s work will know that his work is both highly entertaining and filled with layers of rich narrative The stories are neither superficial, nor are they weighed down with minutiae However, there is something intensely captivating about them that makes them as unique as anything I have ever read The Alex Sasha character is one that fans of the author will have seen many times before, but is of an amalgamation of many, rather than a copy of one in particular Rising from the depths of poverty and communist oppression, Alex Sasha finds himself grasping onto the chance of a new life and makes the most of it What makes this character even interesting, is the contrast that comes from his alter ego for lack of a better word and how the contrasting decisions lead both men in completely different directions, though their paths seem destined to lead to the same ultimate goal The story is full of character development and weaves a powerful backstory for both Alex Sasha, though the reader must pay close attention to notice the parallels and divergences throughout the narratives There are obviously a number of supporting characters throughout the piece, most especially Elena Karpenko, who is able to see her son rise to greatness as she does so herself Elena bides her time but does not sit idly by, as she creates an empire all her own and proves to be almost a second protagonist in the larger story The others offer the needed narrative mortar to keep the story moving and standing strong, though Archer has rarely had trouble making someone who graced the pages of his books appear full of life and active in pushing the story towards its needed conclusion The concept for this piece is brilliant, pulling on many of Archer s past successful novels Be it Kane and Abel, The Clifton Chronicles, or many of the other pieces he has penned over the decades, Archer s flavourful storytelling comes alive yet again, in what may be his best single novel work in years Telling a political, social, and emotional story of one boy s ultimate choice to flee oppression, Archer offers two distinct paths that could have been taken The greatest trouble for the reader as they progress through this epic piece is to decide which one is the better life I am not sure I could choose quite yet, but that might be the ultimate Archer gift, as it keeps the story lingering well after it s been completed.Kudos, Lord Archer, for a spellbinding novel I could not expect anything less from such a master storyteller Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge flag 91 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Nov 12, 2018 TL rated it really liked it review of another edition some edits Loved it but umm The ending and the last few pages, anyone else confused What I thought was gonna be mind blowing wasn t explored to completion and what I guess was the big surprise seemed like a non ending to me Maybe because I was expecting something else but I was left with Umm, that s all Doesn t dampen my enjoyment of the rest of the story but it did cause me to knock off that one star.My one friend suggested maybe its a series or duology as of right now we haven t foun some edits Loved it but umm The ending and the last few pages, anyone else confused What I thought was gonna be mind blowing wasn t explored to completion and what I guess was the big surprise seemed like a non ending to me Maybe because I was expecting something else but I was left with Umm, that s all Doesn t dampen my enjoyment of the rest of the story but it did cause me to knock off that one star.My one friend suggested maybe its a series or duology as of right now we haven t found news of that so we shall see flag 54 likesLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it review of another edition In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a fan of Jeffrey Archer s since I found Kane and Abel in the clearance bin at my local used book store I was urged by my insanely smart brother to pick a book by its cover and so that s what I chose Suffice it to say, I was hooked to Archer s uncomplicated style of writing His delivery can be described as hearing a story from that human fixture in your local bar or fellow commuter He writes as if he s telling a story that might be a tad pred In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a fan of Jeffrey Archer s since I found Kane and Abel in the clearance bin at my local used book store I was urged by my insanely smart brother to pick a book by its cover and so that s what I chose Suffice it to say, I was hooked to Archer s uncomplicated style of writing His delivery can be described as hearing a story from that human fixture in your local bar or fellow commuter He writes as if he s telling a story that might be a tad predictable at times, but is entertaining all the time Heads You Win is no exception We have the story of a Russian family that needs to escape from the communist regime in the late sixties after the death of their patriarch who stood in opposition to the KGB Early on, we re introduced to Alexander Karpenko who s brilliant After his father s assassination, his hopes of excelling in Russia come to an abrupt halt He and his mother are forced to flee Russia But to where The flip of a coin determines whether they will journey to England or New York.And that s all I have to say about that insert Forrest Gump voice here fittingly he was the type of storyteller I profess Archer of being.Now, let s be clear, Jeffrey Archer, and his sagas, are pure fun When I requested this book from Netgalley it was because I knew that I was in for a good time I m closing in on my final months in school and the last thing I wanted was to be weighed down with some heavy, philosophical read I wanted what Archer delivers He delivers a good, exceptional guy, up against a seemingly endless supply of people trying to take him down Although he triumphs usually , it doesn t make the ride any less interesting Archer proves time and time again with his works that good will always win.Sure his villains are a little one dimensional, mainly motivated by greed, but I don t care Show me a villain who isn t And greed comes in many forms There are people in here that would go penniless just to see someone else s demise And yes There are a lot of moments in this story where the mystery could have been savored just a tad bit longer, but hey Archer understands we have things to do and lives to get on with.I can go on about the gripes book snobs might find but what s the point Heads You Win is a great addition to the Archer profile and his loyal fans will enjoy it all the same If you feel that I ve been a little too vague with this review, it s for good reason There is a dual story that s happening here that deserves to be unfolded by each reader as I had the privilege of doing.So in conclusion Jeffrey Archer s Heads You Win is definitely a worthwhile read and possibly the beginning of something else Anyway I enjoyed reading Heads You Win and look forward to whats next from this author or this series Copy provided by St Martin s Press via Netgalley flag 39 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Patrice Hoffman Bhaswar wrote SPOILER ALERT How I interpretated the ending is alternate realities again Either way he doesn t make it He might have been k Bhaswar wrote SPOILER ALERT How I interpretated the ending is alternate realities again Either way he doesn t make it He might have been killed in a mid air sabotage, or assassinated by Dovonov Eith Although I liked this read, I feel Archer left a lot of plot holes It s probably one of the holiest lol novels I ve read of his thus far The alternate realities thing isn t really fleshed out a lot And the ending was sort of hastened prematurelyRegardless the read was interesting Jan 21, 2019 11 55AM Linda Mcnulty Dianne Smith I have to agree I loved the story but the ending was very confusing Jan 26, 2019 02 39PM Sep 25, 2018 Gary rated it really liked it review of another edition Another great piece of storytelling by top author Jeffrey Archer Rarely disappointed by his books and this latest novel is another excellent story The I read of this novel the bigger my appetite to find out Well written, good characters and a plot expertly crafted for maximum enjoyment.Alexander Karpenko is a child in Leningrad, Russia, 1968 and he is easily identifiable as a leader in the making But his future plans take a sudden turn when his father is assassinated by the KGB for Another great piece of storytelling by top author Jeffrey Archer Rarely disappointed by his books and this latest novel is another excellent story The I read of this novel the bigger my appetite to find out Well written, good characters and a plot expertly crafted for maximum enjoyment.Alexander Karpenko is a child in Leningrad, Russia, 1968 and he is easily identifiable as a leader in the making But his future plans take a sudden turn when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state There is little alternative other than for Alexander and his mother to escape from Russia if they hope to survive When they reach the docks, they are forced to choose between boarding a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain Alexander decides to toss a coin to decide and his future begins.The book then takes a twist when the story is told in alternate chapters following the journey for each of Alexanders choices This is not as confusing as it may seem with one version of Alexander adopting the name Sasha Typically written in the Jeffrey Archer style with twists and suspense that made me read and read till the very end as soon as possible.I would like to thank Net Galley and Macmillan for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review flag 25 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 25, 2019 Anne Goldschrift rated it it was ok review of another edition Abgebrochen auf Seite 365 Schade, aber das Buch ist so unglaublich langweilig, dass ich einfach keine Lust mehr darauf hatte flag 18 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Jim rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves books read 2018, historical fiction An interesting story Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you had made a different choice at some point in your life This novel explores that idea.The story opens in 1968 in Leningrad, Russia Alexander Karpenko is a very intelligent youth He dreams of becoming the first democratically elected president of Russia Alexander s father is a foreman on the docks who is attempting to unionize his co workers on the docks That effort targets him for assassination by the KGB Alexander An interesting story Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you had made a different choice at some point in your life This novel explores that idea.The story opens in 1968 in Leningrad, Russia Alexander Karpenko is a very intelligent youth He dreams of becoming the first democratically elected president of Russia Alexander s father is a foreman on the docks who is attempting to unionize his co workers on the docks That effort targets him for assassination by the KGB Alexander s uncle, who also works on the docks, persuades his sister that she and Alexander have to flee Leningrad There are two ships that will be leaving Leningrad when an important football match is taking place He has bribed the captain to allow Alexander and his mother to stowaway When they get to the docks Alexander flips a coin to decide which ship to get on The destination of one ship is London The other ship is bound for New York City From this point on the novel diverges into two different stories One follows young Alexander and his mother as they embark on a new life in New York City The other follows their new life in London where Alexander has changed his name to Sasha Initially I found this a little confusing but soon settled in and followed the two different story lines It was a little amusing when Sasha traveled to New York and encountered people who knew Alex and when Alex traveled to London and encountered people who knew Sasha Would Alex and Sasha meet It was at these moments when I started to wonder if I was reading a science fiction novel instead of a historical fiction novel.Of course you can never fully escape your past and Alex Sasha learn this as their new lives unfold over a thirty year period and the story ends where it began in Leningrad with a shocking twist that had me telling myself I should have seen this.Overall an entertaining story At times while reading this novel it had me thinking what if I had made different choices during my life What would have happened and where would I be flag 18 likesLike see review Oct 31, 2018 Lou rated it really liked it review of another edition Heads You Win is one of critically acclaimed, bestselling author Jeffrey Archer s most imaginative novel to date and takes advantage of the sliding doors theme whereby the outcomes of two separate paths that a character could take are shown Here, it manifests itself as a life changing moment in which young Alexander Karpenko and his mother flip a coin on the docks to decide whether they board a boat and emigrate to Great Britain or the United States after his father was murdered by the KGB The Heads You Win is one of critically acclaimed, bestselling author Jeffrey Archer s most imaginative novel to date and takes advantage of the sliding doors theme whereby the outcomes of two separate paths that a character could take are shown Here, it manifests itself as a life changing moment in which young Alexander Karpenko and his mother flip a coin on the docks to decide whether they board a boat and emigrate to Great Britain or the United States after his father was murdered by the KGB There are also plenty of ruminations on the social and political climate in Russia, America and The United Kingdom in 1968.This is a novel that is full of shocks and unexpected surprises that, at times, had my jaw on the floor At a wonderfully frenetic pace, we galloped along through this intriguing tale The characterisation was superb, as it always is in Archer s work, three dimensional and complex, you get none of those flat characters that are flooding the publishing market The different settings are vivid and exquisitely described, this novel has so much going for it besides the parallel stories working side by side The ending was also very enjoyable and a fitting way to conclude, I certainly did not expect to be that gobsmacked Many thanks to Macmillan for an ARC I was not required to post a review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own flag 17 likesLike see review Oct 10, 2018 Paul rated it it was ok Archer has other works that are definitely worth a read if you enjoy this genre, but Heads You Win is not one I would recommend.For my full review all my reviews flag 17 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Nov 20, 2018 Ron Hartley rated it it was ok review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I enjoy Archers books and have read them all.However, if you don t read this book, you are doing yourself a favor.Yes Clifton and Barrington were mentioned, which was nice.The usual suicide of disgrace showed up Not incest for a change In fact, no incest in this book.The two versions of the main character were great, until they started crossing paths in various manners This created some confusion.Were the mom s twins Nope.The final ending when it is hinted that both versions were in route I enjoy Archers books and have read them all.However, if you don t read this book, you are doing yourself a favor.Yes Clifton and Barrington were mentioned, which was nice.The usual suicide of disgrace showed up Not incest for a change In fact, no incest in this book.The two versions of the main character were great, until they started crossing paths in various manners This created some confusion.Were the mom s twins Nope.The final ending when it is hinted that both versions were in route at the same time was a let down It was all down hill from there.The Twist ending was not really a twist It was disappointing.I re read the last 2 chapters to make sure that I didn t miss anything Nope It was a bit confusing and left too many questions.The attempted cleverness failed.As a fan of Mr Archer, I am dissatisfied with this book flag 16 likesLike see review View all 13 comments JoAnne SPOILER I m confused too The story says Alexander s plane went down but it was Sasha s Or possibly the final speech was given by Sasha I don t SPOILER I m confused too The story says Alexander s plane went down but it was Sasha s Or possibly the final speech was given by Sasha I don t know, but I m pretty upset at this lazy, confusing ending Jan 16, 2019 08 03PM Saanika Pillai SPOILER I think it was Alex s plane that goes down because Ivan says it was a mistake But i don t know why Alex would think Vladimir had anything to SPOILER I think it was Alex s plane that goes down because Ivan says it was a mistake But i don t know why Alex would think Vladimir had anything to do with it The end leaves many questions open ended Jan 28, 2019 09 42PM Jan 27, 2019 Susan rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, kindle, historical fiction, read 2019 I have been reading Jeffrey Archer books for years so I know when I pick one up it s going to be an entertaining and fast read and this lived up to my expectations Alexander Karpenko has to flee Russia in 1968 after his father was assassinated by the KGB for trying to form a labor union Alexander and his mother manage to get aboard a cargo ship to escape Here the story takes a definite turn following two different scenarios on what happens to Alexander I found this approach to be interesting I have been reading Jeffrey Archer books for years so I know when I pick one up it s going to be an entertaining and fast read and this lived up to my expectations Alexander Karpenko has to flee Russia in 1968 after his father was assassinated by the KGB for trying to form a labor union Alexander and his mother manage to get aboard a cargo ship to escape Here the story takes a definite turn following two different scenarios on what happens to Alexander I found this approach to be interesting and definitely peaked my curiosity on how this was all going to end Wow what an ending The last sentence sealed the deal and this is why I love reading anything by Jeffrey Archer.Thank you St Martin s Press and Netgalley for a free e copy flag 15 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Maureen Great review Susan, glad you enjoyed it too Jan 29, 2019 03 31AM Susan Maureen wrote Great review Susan, glad you enjoyed it too Felicia wrote Terrific review, Susan Thank you Felicia and Maureen Jan 29, 2019 05 33AM Jan 15, 2019 Barbara rated it it was ok Perhaps if one doesn t usually read great writing, poor writing doesn t scream out Archer s writing just screamed at me bad, bad, bad Sometimes I find it easier to describe what good writing is than what is lacking in poor writing Poor character development, predictability, cliches just a few things that drove me crazy in this book.I would have given the book 1 star, but since I kept turning the pages and wanted to know how it ended, I figured 2 stars was accurate Since I think one a Perhaps if one doesn t usually read great writing, poor writing doesn t scream out Archer s writing just screamed at me bad, bad, bad Sometimes I find it easier to describe what good writing is than what is lacking in poor writing Poor character development, predictability, cliches just a few things that drove me crazy in this book.I would have given the book 1 star, but since I kept turning the pages and wanted to know how it ended, I figured 2 stars was accurate Since I think one always learns something from even a disliked book, I now appreciate my preferred authors and will not make the mistake of reading another Archer book flag 14 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Sep 17, 2018 Laura Danks rated it liked it review of another edition I really wanted to love this book because I loved The Clifton Chronicles Series, but unfortunately, I didn t enjoy as much as I hoped.To me, it felt as if the structure of The Clifton Chronicles had been copied and paste into Russian settings I don t want to give away any spoilers, especially for readers who have not read Archer before but I found the whole thing a little too predictable following a formula that I ve seen before.I think I would only feel comfortable recommending this book to re I really wanted to love this book because I loved The Clifton Chronicles Series, but unfortunately, I didn t enjoy as much as I hoped.To me, it felt as if the structure of The Clifton Chronicles had been copied and paste into Russian settings I don t want to give away any spoilers, especially for readers who have not read Archer before but I found the whole thing a little too predictable following a formula that I ve seen before.I think I would only feel comfortable recommending this book to readers that have not read The Clifton Chronicles before.Thank you, NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC flag 14 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Diane King I was disappointed in this book The story lines followed the pattern of the Clifton Chronicles and seemed rushed The last two chapters seemed as tho I was disappointed in this book The story lines followed the pattern of the Clifton Chronicles and seemed rushed The last two chapters seemed as though the author had run out of ideas and was probably the weakest ending of all the previous books by Mr Archer Jan 08, 2019 04 57PM Allyparr I very much agree, I did still manage to read the whole book and the pages turned easily but it felt like a stripped out version of the Clifton Chroni I very much agree, I did still manage to read the whole book and the pages turned easily but it felt like a stripped out version of the Clifton Chronicls and so lacked depth Jan 28, 2019 04 14PM Sep 10, 2018 Lisa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves received giveaway Ok, WOWWLet me say first and foremost that I won an ARC of this book for my review from St Martin s Press THANK YOU Second, this is ONE of my favorite authors as he never disappoints in writing about good and evil in politics as in life in general.This book however, HEADS YOU WIN, is as it says on the coverone man, two lives And how is that That is the question Amazingly, Mr Archer writes a little bit different from his past novels that I have read.Alexander Karpenko HAS TO es Ok, WOWWLet me say first and foremost that I won an ARC of this book for my review from St Martin s Press THANK YOU Second, this is ONE of my favorite authors as he never disappoints in writing about good and evil in politics as in life in general.This book however, HEADS YOU WIN, is as it says on the coverone man, two lives And how is that That is the question Amazingly, Mr Archer writes a little bit different from his past novels that I have read.Alexander Karpenko HAS TO escape Russiaand he does, with help of a cargo boat and his uncle Interestingly enough, he and his mother decide where to go and which boat to takewith a flip of the coin How often have we decided things in this manner Heads, New York Tails, London.And thus the adventure beginsJeffrey Archer knows his history of politics in Britain and business in America Which gives this story an appeal like no other Trials and tribulations, love with wrong then right, unsavory characters and men of honor.You learn a lot through each of these situations and always ROOT for your protagonist If you are a fan of Jeffrey Archer, this is another hit The story is exciting throughoutd I m not sure we won t hear about Alexander Karpenko in the future flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves Jeffrey Archer flag 9 likesLike see review Oct 14, 2018 Carolyn rated it really liked it review of another edition Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for this book which shows the author s skill for great story telling I found the structure of the book a little confusing at first I have never been able to fathom the British Parliamentary system and I tried not to zone out during those sections I really enjoyed the descriptions of the changes in Russia and lack of them over the years and the excursions into the art world There were times while I was reading that I was contemplating a 3 star revi Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for this book which shows the author s skill for great story telling I found the structure of the book a little confusing at first I have never been able to fathom the British Parliamentary system and I tried not to zone out during those sections I really enjoyed the descriptions of the changes in Russia and lack of them over the years and the excursions into the art world There were times while I was reading that I was contemplating a 3 star review but upped it to 4 stars for the clever,surprising ending which I should have anticipated All the clues were there and the author played fair but it still came as a shock to me The plot centres around a young boy barely in his teens, Alexander Kapenko, and his mother As a boy Alexander shows high intelligence, good scholarship and leadership abilities He has a boyhood acquaintance who has no ambition for higher education, but has a goal to become a member of the KGB through duplicity or any means necessary Alexander s father works at the docks in Leningrad and is assassinated by the KGB for starting a trade union amongst the dockworkers.Alexander s father had always encouraged him to put his skills to the benefit of the fatherland when he grows up After the death of the father Alexander and his mother must flee Russia in fear of their lives They are helped by an uncle who works at the shipyard Two shipping containers rest on the dock, one bound for England and one bound for America They must choose their destination and do so by the toss of a coin When two paths in life diverge one wonders what would happen if one chose differently They hide inside one of the containers The story now splits into two separate parts Some chapters show what life would be like for Alexander growing up and as a man in New York We also follow him, called Sasha in London In both settings the stories show burning ambition and paths to success in adulthood, but with roadblocks, obstructions, treachery and jealousy from others along the way Luckily in both stories there are strong friendships formed There was a lot of suspense in the story wondering how the many setbacks could be overcome and what the outcome would be for the adult There was little humor in the book except during Alexander s first trip back to Russia which I found very funny, but doubt Alexander did Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story which mixes history, business and politics and a surprising conclusion flag 9 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 07, 2018 Donna rated it really liked it review of another edition Jeffrey Archer is my 9th most read author.well actually he is tied with Brandon Sanderson This is the 16th book by him that I ve read He is a master story teller He does place, plot, and especially characters well I loved the relationships He adds rich detail to his characters.even when it comes to the mean ones because I feel like I understand them I loved the fork in the road with this one regarding the crates That was a nice little surprise and he made it work I loved the ending Jeffrey Archer is my 9th most read author.well actually he is tied with Brandon Sanderson This is the 16th book by him that I ve read He is a master story teller He does place, plot, and especially characters well I loved the relationships He adds rich detail to his characters.even when it comes to the mean ones because I feel like I understand them I loved the fork in the road with this one regarding the crates That was a nice little surprise and he made it work I loved the ending He doesn t give you red bows, but somehow they feel satisfying I also enjoy the twists Most are so unexpected and that keeps me in the story 100% So 4 stars flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 17, 2018 Angela Oatham rated it liked it Never let it be said that Jeffrey Archer doesn t tell a good story This is another very readable novel from him, there s nothing new or groundbreaking and yes you will get slight deja vu if you ve read all his previous novels but so what Sometimes I just want to turn my brain off and delve into a good story If I was Mr Archer I wouldn t be holidaying in Russia anytime soon though flag 7 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Jane rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves from publishers Thanks to St Martin s Press for this ARC.I haven t read this author s books in 30 years and wasn t sure if I would like this book since it s not a book I would read but I needed something different and this was it I ve read a lot of books in my lifetime and have never read a book like this and it s not your typical book It was interesting between Alex Sasha in London New York Russia and what it would be like if he went to London or New York in a crate with his mother after his father was kil Thanks to St Martin s Press for this ARC.I haven t read this author s books in 30 years and wasn t sure if I would like this book since it s not a book I would read but I needed something different and this was it I ve read a lot of books in my lifetime and have never read a book like this and it s not your typical book It was interesting between Alex Sasha in London New York Russia and what it would be like if he went to London or New York in a crate with his mother after his father was killed Liked his mother Elena and how she opened up pizza parlors in NY and his family life both with Sasha Alex flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Diane Lynn rated it really liked it review of another edition Jeffrey Archer has certainly mastered story telling I was immediately pulled into the adventures of Alexander as he and his mother escape from Russia They hop into a crate on a ship headed to England, or is it America A flip of a coin will tell, and what an interesting way to tell a story I really enjoyed the technique used here but, for me at least, the final twist was too obvious flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Sep 26, 2018 Roma Sharma rated it it was amazing Jeffrey Archer is called a master story teller for a reason His books are captivating and spellbinding This one is no exception I enjoy thrillers and I usually don t like to read historical books or overly political books, but when it comes to Archer, the genre becomes irrelevant and the story is all that matters I have devoured every novel and short story he s ever published and never have I been disappointed This book held my attention from the first word and it was a very easy and enjoya Jeffrey Archer is called a master story teller for a reason His books are captivating and spellbinding This one is no exception I enjoy thrillers and I usually don t like to read historical books or overly political books, but when it comes to Archer, the genre becomes irrelevant and the story is all that matters I have devoured every novel and short story he s ever published and never have I been disappointed This book held my attention from the first word and it was a very easy and enjoyable read Often in life we are faced with choices, we take our pick and live our life Sometimes we do look back and wonder what if we picked differently What would happen then, where would you be today This book gives you a taste of that The story of Alexander Karpenko starts in Russia, circumstances require him to escape from Russia and a coin toss is to decide his future for him At this point the story splits in to two, Alexander becomes Sasha headed to London and Alex headed to New York The chapters alternate and depict Alexander s life story resulting from both outcomes of the coin toss It s almost like reading 2 books at once I love that both the stories move towards one goal and almost converge so to say, it reinforces my belief that no matter what path you take in life you will eventually reach your destined destination The twist at the end of the book is a master stroke I m not going to say much since I do not want to give the plot twist away but I will say that this may not be the last we hear of Alexander Karpenko.Archer has merged real life incidents and politics so well with this fictional character that you begin to wonder if this is fiction at all or a true story His knowledge and grasp on politics and his master story telling make an immensely satisfying read The narration makes you want to keep reading and get lost in the plot This one is another winner by Archer Highly recommended Thank you St Martin s Press and Jeffrey Archer for giving me an Advanced Reader edition of this book flag 6 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 01, 2018 Natalie rated it it was ok review of another edition HEADS YOU WIN is Jeffrey Archer s attempt to write a novel about a single character and the two paths that bifurcated his life Alexander and his morher must leave Russia, after their lives are endangered by the perfidy of friend, Vladimir There are 2 ships they can take, one going to England and the other to the USA Here Archer follows the life that Alex Sasha would have followed on each of the different paths The unbelievable success that the characters find actually fly against realities a HEADS YOU WIN is Jeffrey Archer s attempt to write a novel about a single character and the two paths that bifurcated his life Alexander and his morher must leave Russia, after their lives are endangered by the perfidy of friend, Vladimir There are 2 ships they can take, one going to England and the other to the USA Here Archer follows the life that Alex Sasha would have followed on each of the different paths The unbelievable success that the characters find actually fly against realities and make this book little than a complicated fairy tale Unlike, Kate Atkinson who uses the results of differing paths in LIFE AFTER LIFE with great skill, I found this book to be of a muddle, using lots of confusing Russian names and fantasies, which constantly strained my credulity Ultimately, Alexander, no longer divided returns to Russia to fulfill his destiny, with a totally absurd ending Sorry, to be negative but as a fan of Jeffrey Archer, I was really disappointed in this book flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 20, 2019 Jeff rated it really liked it review of another edition I have been a great admirer of Jefferey Archer since reading Kane and Able almost thirty years ago Once again Archer returns with a great novel This is the story of Alex Karpenko and his mother Elena who manage to escape from the Russian communist regime During their escape Alex almost kills a KGB officer At the docks they are presented with two choices, whether to board a ship heading for New York or England They toss a coin and board the one sailing for NY Somehow confusingly another sto I have been a great admirer of Jefferey Archer since reading Kane and Able almost thirty years ago Once again Archer returns with a great novel This is the story of Alex Karpenko and his mother Elena who manage to escape from the Russian communist regime During their escape Alex almost kills a KGB officer At the docks they are presented with two choices, whether to board a ship heading for New York or England They toss a coin and board the one sailing for NY Somehow confusingly another story begins in the following chapters about Sacha Karpenko and her mother who are also clandestinely traveling on a boat but heading to England I had to go back to the previous chapter to check if I misremember the name of the main character Reassured that we have two different Karpenkos I then thought that we have another Archer novel about two brothers I even took the liberty to guess the rest of the book At that point I was sure that both of them will reach their destinations, work hard and become rich and successful I also guessed that they would have a reason to hate each other and that at some point in the book they would meet again just to revenge and destroy one another I surprisingly was terribly wrong Reading the following chapters some details did not make sense To start with both of them had a mother called Elena and an uncle Kolya And their stories held so much similarities that I halfway the book started to realize that we might have two stories based on what if they boarded the other boat I wasn t totally sure though By giving away this information I don t know if I am taking away the element of surprise from those who didn t read the novel yet The two parallel stories are written in such detail and in both them we meet so many new characters that these could easily be two separate novels But Archer ingeniously weaves both stories while still leaving us in doubt that it might be a single story and that the Karpenkos might really face each other at some point Archer s longtime followers will find many similarities between Alex Sacha Karpenko and earlier Archer heroes Actually this is something I expect and find comforting while reading his books The story starts at the end of 60 s then ends in almost our present day Within the plot of the story one can follow the development of the US, British and Russian societies and even art scene over these decades Archer also describes in great detail the working of political systems in the US and Britain I highly recommend this book to those who like Historical fiction I wrote a very short review previously Then thought it wouldn t do justice to this novel So I rewrote a longer one and replaced it with this Post note It is such a coincidence that the book I started to read right after this The Tucson Child by Rhys Bowen is also about two parallel stories but this time one is in 70 s Britain and the other in Tuscany during the WW2 flag 5 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 19, 2019 Tanja Berg rated it liked it review of another edition Jeffrey Archer was an author I read during my teens I ve returned to him rarely I picked this book up at an airport, it s not something I would have chosen except for the spur of the moment.Alexander and his mother flee the Soviet Union in a crate They have two to choose from, one bound for America and one bound for England Alexander let s the decision up to the toss of a coin.Then we get to follow two different plot lines The life Alexander Alex would have as an immigrant in the United Jeffrey Archer was an author I read during my teens I ve returned to him rarely I picked this book up at an airport, it s not something I would have chosen except for the spur of the moment.Alexander and his mother flee the Soviet Union in a crate They have two to choose from, one bound for America and one bound for England Alexander let s the decision up to the toss of a coin.Then we get to follow two different plot lines The life Alexander Alex would have as an immigrant in the United States and the one he Sasha would have in England I was skeptical about this, but it worked better than expected Still, the book didn t keep my interest throughout and I foresaw the ending flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 James rated it liked it review of another edition I was fortunate to be one of 500 readers around the world selected to read a free pre publication serialisation of Heads You Win on The Pigeonhole I first read Jeffrey Archer years ago, when I picked up As The Crow Flies at the suggestion of a friend who loved Archer s stories I found it an honest, enjoyable, decently crafted page turner, your typical rags to riches tale To be honest it did smack a little bit of formula, so I desisted from reading his other titles because I was enamo I was fortunate to be one of 500 readers around the world selected to read a free pre publication serialisation of Heads You Win on The Pigeonhole I first read Jeffrey Archer years ago, when I picked up As The Crow Flies at the suggestion of a friend who loved Archer s stories I found it an honest, enjoyable, decently crafted page turner, your typical rags to riches tale To be honest it did smack a little bit of formula, so I desisted from reading his other titles because I was enamoured of risk taking, irreverent work by the likes of Irvine Welsh So I ll state up front that I m not a reader who would generally gravitate naturally towards this type of genre That said, I was excited to read this instalment Archer himself repeatedly declared that he thought this book was better than his purported rags to riches, timeless masterpiece Kane Abel and it was also meant to contain an unbelievable twist at the end Further, it s so rare to get a popular male writer of fiction who has the full backing of a big publishing house these days, especially one whose books contain a male protagonist So I was really backing the author with this work and hoping that he d kill it I was ready to make every allowance after this read to announce how great his latest book was amid clarion blasts of the trumpet And in its opening chapters the novel simply flew out of the blocks and left my jaw hanging It contained intriguing characters, an interesting setting and some real edge of your seat drama Yet as other Pigeons i.e readers on The Pigeonhole have pointed out, the pace and interest in the Russian protagonist s story started to wane steadily following his choice about whether to board a ship to the UK or to the USA I ll not say much about this choice, so as not to ruin the story for others who might care to have a read of it but suffice to say that I found it quite hard to care about the characters following their flight from Russia I think Archer created two excellent nemeses in the opening scenes who abruptly vanish from view only for one of them to reappear much later and I think that this was a wasted opportunity that prevented some real denouement which is glaringly absent from this story The main protagonist Karpenko s extraordinary intelligence and rags to riches tale felt a slight bit repetitive and like most other Pigeons who were reading along with me I guessed the dramatic twist at the end of the tale a few chapters in advance As mentioned earlier I was ready to give this novel a five even if it s not my favourite genre and also a four if it contained the odd slip up However I feel I cannot give it than a 3 5 because although the novel was well crafted overall the story ended without closing off some loose ends and the finale just felt too abrupt and a bit sloppy A case of so close, yet so far flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Roy rated it really liked it Every now and then I read a Jeffery Archer book and always ask myself why I dont read by him Hes the master of the plot and the well hidden details that throw you off the scent An interesting tale of a character who flips a coin to determine their future Archer goes on to tell the story from two POVs The same character but lives determined from that fateful coin toss Its two separate books in one but they have similarities Its a similar trend that Auster used is his book I felt like Every now and then I read a Jeffery Archer book and always ask myself why I dont read by him Hes the master of the plot and the well hidden details that throw you off the scent An interesting tale of a character who flips a coin to determine their future Archer goes on to tell the story from two POVs The same character but lives determined from that fateful coin toss Its two separate books in one but they have similarities Its a similar trend that Auster used is his book I felt like Archer did it better but then again, Archer is a thriller writer Definitely reccomend this one if you re in the mood for a tightly wovem drama thriller flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 06, 2018 Chhavi rated it liked it review of another edition I am utterly confused Throughout the book, and in the premise, the impression is that it is the same person whose story is written from 2 different perspective How then do people who know one come across the other They are supposed to be same person Life1 and Life2then how can they also exist simultaneously I am only left with this one headbanging confusion in the end flag 4 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Sep 25, 2018 Gary rated it really liked it review of another edition Another great piece of storytelling by top author Jeffrey Archer Rarely disappointed by his books and this latest novel is another excellent story The I read of this novel the bigger my appetite to find out Well written, good characters and a plot expertly crafted for maximum enjoyment.Alexander Karpenko is a child in Leningrad, Russia, 1968 and he is easily identifiable as a leader in the making But his future plans take a sudden turn when his father is assassinated by the KGB for Another great piece of storytelling by top author Jeffrey Archer Rarely disappointed by his books and this latest novel is another excellent story The I read of this novel the bigger my appetite to find out Well written, good characters and a plot expertly crafted for maximum enjoyment.Alexander Karpenko is a child in Leningrad, Russia, 1968 and he is easily identifiable as a leader in the making But his future plans take a sudden turn when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state There is little alternative other than for Alexander and his mother to escape from Russia if they hope to survive When they reach the docks, they are forced to choose between boarding a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain Alexander decides to toss a coin to decide and his future begins.The book then takes a twist when the story is told in alternate chapters following the journey for each of Alexanders choices This is not as confusing as it may seem with one version of Alexander adopting the name Sasha Typically written in the Jeffrey Archer style with twists and suspense that made me read and read till the very end as soon as possible.I would like to thank Net Galley and Macmillan for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Mandy Radley rated it really liked it review of another edition You are always guaranteed a good tale with Jeffrey Archer novels, and yes I enjoyed this one, didn t love it and won t be raving about it, I just was waiting for something at the end Really wasn t sure why we were getting two sides of a story, and then I ve just received an email from my friend in Scotland who told me about an interview he s just done on TV explaining the idea behind the book So glad she told me as it now stops me wondering what it was all about The ending not su You are always guaranteed a good tale with Jeffrey Archer novels, and yes I enjoyed this one, didn t love it and won t be raving about it, I just was waiting for something at the end Really wasn t sure why we were getting two sides of a story, and then I ve just received an email from my friend in Scotland who told me about an interview he s just done on TV explaining the idea behind the book So glad she told me as it now stops me wondering what it was all about The ending not sure, and I did guest eventually who his school friend Vladimir would eventually be If you enjoy Jeffrey Archer, and want to be entertained recommended flag 5 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Review on advance reader copy 11 30 Jan 22, 2019 11 35AM Lake Wales Public November 2018 New Titles 1 10 Nov 01, 2018 01 30PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 1763, 2083, 1231, 388, 190 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , 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    Heads You Win A Novel by Jeffrey Archer, Hardcover Auto Suggestions are available once you type at least letters Use up arrow for mozilla firefox browser alt up arrow and down arrow for mozilla firefox browser alt down arrow to review and enter to select. Fiction Book Review Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer St In Archer s clever novel, a Sliding Doors ish bildungsroman, fate hinges on the toss of a coin After his father is assassinated by the KGB in , young Alexander Karpenko says goodbye to h Heads I Win, Tails You Lose All The Tropes Wiki FANDOM Call of Duty Modern Warfare has this in part one and two In part one after rescuing a downed helicopter pilot, the entire city you re in is struck by a nuclear blast, killing both you and presumably the pilot you Heads You Win, One Man Two Lives by Jeffrey Archer From the master storyteller Jeffrey Archer, Heads You Win is the incredible and thrilling novel from the author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel Leningrad, Russia, Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen But Frigo Cheese Heads Incredible Game RUNNER UP PRIZES Three hundred five runner up winners Runner Up Winners will receive in Fandango Digital Gift Cards Take your family out for a night at the movies Sports Heads Football Championship Games Sports Heads Football Championship is the advanced version of the popular sports heads game This game comes with new maps, challenging action and new characters Collect bonuses and be the football champion. Football Heads Unblocked Football Heads is one of the most popular game category today Not only football is trending, they also have other games, like tennis, hockey and others, but our website is dedicated to football. Sports Heads Football Soccer, Tennis Basketball Arcade tennis with just heads and rackets Can you beat all seeds to win the Sports Heads trophy Good luck Tennis Heads Basketball Heads Basketball Heads is a game played by millions of people across the world At the comfort of your home you will get to interact with people from all sorts of traditions, who are online to play the game and become champions just as you will be. Sift Heads Hacked ArcadePreHacks Play Sift Heads From ArcadePrehacks Sift Heads is back intense missions, up close shooter action, character interaction, sniping modes, weapons of choice, custom clothes, bonus cheats and Vinnie is back in town and doing what he does best sifting heads But a deadly assassin is about to cross his path with a mission to kill him, fuelled by revenge

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        Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston super Mare born 15 April 1940 is an English author and former politician.He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992 His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment He is married Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston super Mare born 15 April 1940 is an English author and former politician.He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992 His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment He is married to Mary Archer, a scientist specialising in solar power Outside politics, he is a novelist, playwright and short story writer linkhttp uscmillan author jeffre


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    1. 4.5 Stars Wow The last sentence in Heads You Win was akin to a slap across the face a kind of that s what you get for not being perceptive enough to recognise what was right in front of you the whole time 1968 Leningrad, Russia, and teenager Alexander Karpenko and his mother Elena are about to flee their homeland with the help of his uncle, who has bribed the Captain of a cargo ship Alexander s father has been assassinated whilst carrying out his duties at the docks where he was a w 4.5 Stars Wo [...]


    2. I read very few political thrillers, but for Archer I make an exception From the beginning one is aware that they are in the hands of a author who has perfected his craft, has a firm grasp of his characters and the plot His prose is written with clarity, his storyline flows seamlessly What an unusual but perceptive, history in the making, storyline this turned out to be.Russia, Alexander s father, a dockworker, secret orginizer of those in opposition to communism, is murdered by the KGB, an a I [...]


    3. Lord Jeffrey Archer remains one of the eminent writers of my time, able to craft brilliant novels that can be enjoyed years after the ink dries on their publication Archer develops his books with pages of captivating text and believable dialogue On the docks of Leningrad in 1968, Alexander Karpenko lives under the iron fist of the Soviet regime No choice or decision goes unwatched by the KGB and punishment is usually brutal When Alexander s father is involved in a workplace accident , young Lord [...]


    4. some edits Loved it but umm The ending and the last few pages, anyone else confused What I thought was gonna be mind blowing wasn t explored to completion and what I guess was the big surprise seemed like a non ending to me Maybe because I was expecting something else but I was left with Umm, that s all Doesn t dampen my enjoyment of the rest of the story but it did cause me to knock off that one star.My one friend suggested maybe its a series or duology as of right now we haven t foun some edit [...]


    5. In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a fan of Jeffrey Archer s since I found Kane and Abel in the clearance bin at my local used book store I was urged by my insanely smart brother to pick a book by its cover and so that s what I chose Suffice it to say, I was hooked to Archer s uncomplicated style of writing His delivery can be described as hearing a story from that human fixture in your local bar or fellow commuter He writes as if he s telling a story that might be a tad pred [...]


    6. Another great piece of storytelling by top author Jeffrey Archer Rarely disappointed by his books and this latest novel is another excellent story The I read of this novel the bigger my appetite to find out Well written, good characters and a plot expertly crafted for maximum enjoyment.Alexander Karpenko is a child in Leningrad, Russia, 1968 and he is easily identifiable as a leader in the making But his future plans take a sudden turn when his father is assassinated by the KGB for Another gre [...]


    7. Abgebrochen auf Seite 365 Schade, aber das Buch ist so unglaublich langweilig, dass ich einfach keine Lust mehr darauf hatte.


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