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A Matter of Honor [Hardcover]

Jeffrey Archer
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July 1986
Featuring a bonus interview with author Jeffrey Archer
A disgraced British colonel bequeaths a mysterious letter to his only son. The moment Adam Scott opens the yellowing envelope, he sets into motion a deadly chain of events.
Within days, he’s running for his life, pursued by the KGB, the CIA, and his own countrymen. Powerful men plot his destruction and Adam is betrayed and abandoned even by those he holds most dear. When he finally realizes what he possesses, he’s even more determined to protect it, for it’s more than a matter of life and death—it’s a matter of honor.
 

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In 1966, Adam Scott, an unemployed British ex-army officer with an uncertain future, attends the reading of his disgraced father's will. Part of his inheritance is a letter detailing the events of Hermann Goering's suicide and two unopened letters from the Nazi general giving him access to a Swiss bank vault and the valuable Russian icon it contains. However, a veritable state secret is concealed in the painting and the KGB and the CIA both want it before the expiry of a crucial deadline. Scott's perilous journey across Europe to the questionable safety of England is by plane, car, foot, bus, ambulance, van, and ferry as he stays one step ahead of death with the assistance of farmers, salesmen, racing cyclists, hoodlums, and an entire orchestra. An epic chase thriller tidily concluded with a series of neat twists. Highly recommended. Literary Guild main selection. John North, L.R.C., Ryerson Polytechnical Inst., Toronto
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Archer�s Best Novels June 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As usual with Archer's books, I could not put this one down. His thrillers are always terrribly exciting, but I especially enjoyed this one. It is a novel about an ordinary person, who through certain circumstances, becomes drawn into international espionage through following up on a letter received as part of his father's will. I read the entire thing in one day and evening, starting in the morning, and finishing at midnight. And you won't be able to put it down either ! !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Racing against the calendar May 26 2002
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One of the better works by Jeffrey Archer - I'm not terribly keen on the political themes that recur in some of his books, but "A Matter of Honour" is a thoroughbred thriller about a high-stakes game between international espionnage organisations.
The year is 1966, and the Soviet Union stands to deal the United States a humiliating defeat. A long-forgotten codicil to the treaty by which the United States bought Alaska from Russia would allow the Soviet Union a single opportunity to recover the territory - by purchasing it back for 100 times the purchase price, or 720 million dollars, after 99 years. President Andrew Johnson could never have forseen the difficulty in which he would one day place President Lyndon Johnson - who's not at all willing to become the first American leader to preside over a reduction in the size of his nation's territory
There's only one problem: the Soviets have lost their copy of the treaty. It's hidden an ancient Russian icon, itself locked in a Swiss safety deposit box. That icon, in turn, has just been mysteriously bequeathed to Adam Scott following the death of his father. As Adam moves to clear up questions surrounding his father's life, the Soviets dispatch Alex Romanov to retrieve the icon. Romanov is himself a very complex and dangerous character, a man whose loyalty to the regime he serves will be undermined by the very memory that he IS a Romanov. This book never slows down, and you'll never forget the scene when the safety deposit box is opened for the last time.
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The adventure begins when Adam Scott, a former captain enlisted in the army, has a yellowed envelope bestowed upon him in his father's will. To discover what its content is, he visits a Swiss bank with his girlfriend, Heidi, from clues in the letter placed in the envelope. Meanwhile trouble brews in Russia due to a painting called "the Czar's icon" of Saint George and the dragon among Russian agents of the KGB.It seems that the painting, which has been lost for 15 years, contains a concealed document that marks a compromise between the United States and the Soviet Union that will be invalid in a few days (on June, 20,1966, to be exact). At the same moment, Adam discovers that the icon was the object bequethed to him, unaware of the dilemma in Russia. It is then when Heidi is kidnapped and murdered by Alex Romanov, leader of the search for the icon, that the Englishman realizes the Russians will do anything to retrieve the icon back. Running across Europe for his life and to reach England, he is pursued by agents of the CIA, the KGB, and his own countrymen. 'A Matter of Honor' is not only intriguing but conveys morals that everyone needs to grasp and the love of a son for his father we all comprehend. With its historical settings and characters (i.e., President Johnson), Jeffrey Archer's novel is sure to be a winner with most of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest June 16 2000
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I have read extensively out of Jeffrey Archers repetoire and have found all of the books not only palatiable, but also intriguing reads.
I read this book 5 years ago, and make it a point to read it at least once a year if not more. This book was one of the best fiction books ever written as far as I am concerned.
It is so easy for the fiction author to fall into a trap and write the same old news, sometimes in a tired, but different way. These books are not interesting. Any author who can offer a breath of fresh air to the genre recieves my hats off, and this is due to jeffrey Archer.
This book isn't typical at all, the plot twists are entirely tough to predict,and even though the ending should have been a forgone conclustion (the hero winning) it was done in such a way that I was still very much interested.
The basis of the story is a guy named Adam who is led through many adventures because of an archaic note he got from his fathers will. This letter to his father was written in german, and in trying to get it translated the adventure begins.
His journey and escapes follow across most of Europe, and the action never stops. Somewhat like a James Bond flick, but 100 times better, and in book form is what I would compare this exciting read to.
Read this book, and when you are done, read all the rest of Archers books, you will enjoy each and every one of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spy novel reprises US fears of Russian domination June 28 2002
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When his father dies, Capt. Adam Scott inherits an envelope. According to the terms of his father's will, he may choose not to open it but "should he decide to open the envelope, it must be on the condition that he will never divulge its contents to any other living person." Adam realizes that the envelope must contain the secret that led his WWII hero father into public disgrace and dishonor.
He opens the envelope and begins to unravel its secrets. Suddenly he's being pursued by the KGB. The defense strategy of the USA is in danger of becoming a pawn to Russia's plan to take over. An imaginative story, building suspense, surprising plot twists and lively writing make this a page-turner. If you like John Le Carre and Robert Ludlum's books, you should love this one.
Sunnye Tiedemann (aka Ruth F. Tiedemann)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Held my interest by the full descriptions of the events and development of the story
Published 1 month ago by Deane Cassidy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good solid read
Characters are believable. Action is non stop,and fast paced. Hard to put it down once you get into the plot.
Published 11 months ago by Dacon 13
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay reading
Reasonably okay read but certainly does not live up to the hype of the "promotional" comments (not sure if any book does, sometimes). Read more
Published 19 months ago by avidreader
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
First I do think that author is very talented and I have really enjoyed of that I have read by him. This book, I enjoyed as well, though, I don't feel I can give the book a 5 as I... Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by Todd E.Waters
3.0 out of 5 stars An Honourable Read
AMOH is very similar to Ludlum. Filled with espionage and action. Enjoyable for an adult but I kept thinking if I was in my teens I would have thought this the best book ever. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2000 by Mike Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I am not really a fan of books but when I started reading this book (my first Archer book), I could not put it down. Read more
Published on June 22 2000 by Jeremy Fidelis
1.0 out of 5 stars This was possibly the most dull and unsightful book.
This was possibly the most dull, and uninsightful book that I have ever read. The way Jeffery Archer's book is set up, creats a long begining and the reader compleatly looses... Read more
Published on Oct. 31 1999 by S. Ducich
5.0 out of 5 stars A can't stop page turner with mounting suspense
This is the first Jeffrey Archer book that I have read. I can assure you that it won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure-suspense nov el. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 1999 by William E Hiller
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