Mightier Than the Sword

Mightier Than the Sword

A Novel

Large Print - 2015
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"A bomb goes off, but how many passengers on the MV Buckingham have lost their lives? When Harry arrives in New York, his publisher Harold Guinzberg tells him he has been elected as the next president of English PEN, which will give him the opportunity to launch a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who is languishing in a Russian Gulag in Siberia. His crime, writing a book 'Uncle Joe,' which gives an insight into what it was like to work for Josef Stalin. So determined is he to see Babakov released, Harry puts his own life in danger. Emma Clifton, now Chairman of Barrington Shipping, is having to face the repercussions of the IRA bombing her ship. Some board members feel she should resign while others, including Sebastian Clifton, newly elected to the board, are determined to see she remains as Chairman. Giles Barrington is now a Minister of the Crown, and looks set for high office, but a trip to East Germany does not end as a diplomatic success, and once again Giles' political career is thrown off balance by none other than Major Alex Fisher. Fisher decides to stand against Giles at the forthcoming general election. But this time who wins? Sebastian Clifton asks his girlfriend Samantha to marry him. She happily accepts, but then later changes her mind after she discovers what Seb has been up to behind her back. The book ends with two court trials: one at the high court in London, a libel case pitting Emma Clifton against Lady Virginia Fenwick; while another, a show trial, takes place in Russia after Harry has been arrested as a spy. Thus continues book five of the Clifton Chronicles"--
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410475091
Branch Call Number: LP F Arc


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Mar 11, 2017

intriguing cant wait to read the next book

Feb 13, 2016

The books in this series are very engaging. But after 5 cliff hanger endings, this really needs some closure.

Feb 09, 2016

Again the business aspects are boring (to me) compared to the political and personal. Except that the business scenes are all part of the Barrington-Clifton family's enemies' various attempts to destroy them. I give this one a marginally higher rating than the previous book, "Be Careful What you Wish For," because several characters learn from experience here. What a major reviewer calls Sebastion's "180 degree turn" is based on several years' worth of agonized thinking about a mistake he made, and efforts to come to terms with it. I won't give spoilers, but other members of the family also learn from, or show potential to learn from, experience. Again, Archer leaves us with multiple cliff hangers, including a major one at book's end. To be continued in the next one in the series, still not out. (At least not yet available at my library, the only place I'm willing to "spend my money" on this author.)

akasq Nov 18, 2015

After 5 of the clifton' chronicles
I'm part of the family and enjoying it. this novel has it all!
I"m hoping it"s not over yet.

Sep 23, 2015

This series is getting a bit stale.

Aug 02, 2015

There is no question that Mr. Archer can spin a good tale and he does in this book too, but then leaves everything in the air so that you must buy the next book to see what happens. I am extremely annoyed that a publisher would allow this. It's fine to leave some unresolved plots, but at least the major points of the tale should reach a satisfactory conclusion and in this book you are left dangling - high and dry.

Jun 11, 2015

Another master piece by the master himself. Waiting for the next book.

Jun 01, 2015

Another great read; can't wait for volume six!

May 03, 2015

Couldn't put it down, excellent book. Can hardly wait for the next book.

Apr 29, 2015

What can anyone say about a master story teller like Jeffrey Archer? He said this was the last of the Clifton Chronicles but he's left another cliff hanger. Besides, this one is only 1970's. There just has to be more in the pipeline.

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