Monday, October 16, 2017

Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer

Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer
(The Clifton Chronicles #6)
691 pages / 13 hrs, 5 mins

Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington, and Lady Virginia.  Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?

Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy and can see no way out of her financial problems until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who's in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.

Sebastian Clifton is now the chief executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Nadira, a beautiful Indian girl.  But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry.  Meanwhile Sebastian's rivals, Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor, are still plotting to bring him and his chairman, Hakim Bishara, down, so they can take over Farthings.

Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe.  But then something unexpected hapjpens that none of them could have anticipated.

Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels...showcases Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.

There is no reason this series should work except that Archer is a spell-binding story teller.  I've been completely swept up into these books and I gasp, cry and cheer as events unfold.  I didn't even mind that this one ends in a cliffhanger!  The reader for the audio version is excellent, too.

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