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A Matter of Honour [Paperback]

Jeffrey Archer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book April 19 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 of do judge of the authors books. I have to give this book a 3, nearly a 4. Why? Well, and I think I could be wrong, but I felt the main character was able to befriend people way to easily. In fact, way too convenient. The girl helping him, the family helping him, and a person who works for the Foreign Office using phones that may or may not secure.
Okay, so this is my thought. People became this mans friend too easy. They trusted him. I thought this was off. I didn't think it was feasible. Though I must admit, he was in the a different county, where that may be more feasible. I live in the US and that just may not work. So I could be wrong. However, I also think about James Bond and in those flicks, he was able to get help of others. Things just happened for him.
My other point, when our main character spoke on the phone with his best friend who was living the double live. He just demanded to have a question answered. There was no rationale for it.
Other than that, I thought the book was good. In some ways it makes me think of Honor Among Thieves, though that book was written many years latter.
Well, that is a enough, I don't want to bad mouth the guy. But I do think if you are like me, pretentious about things you will find a book has some big feasibility holes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good solid read Nov. 26 2013
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Characters are believable. Action is non stop,and fast paced. Hard to put it down once you get into the plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay reading April 24 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Reasonably okay read but certainly does not live up to the hype of the "promotional" comments (not sure if any book does, sometimes). Very quick and easy read but a trifle too much need for a "suspension of belief." As well, the e-book version was quite terrible in terms of accurate scanning/transcribing with both glaringly obvious grammatical and spelling errors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Racing against the calendar May 26 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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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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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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