The author of Sons of Fortune
, Jeffrey Archer, is one of the most controversial figures of our age, both as a man and a writer. Jeffrey Archer triumphed over a well-publicised series of disasters to become one of the bestselling writers of the century, and a millionaire several times over. All his mishaps (both financial and personal) merely added to the public image of a writer as one of the great survivors--a man who took all the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and bounced back. His books were always his salvation--many readers were spellbound by his narrative abilities. In fact, Sons of Fortune
has encomiums by four newspapers praising the author.
Of course, famously, Jeffrey Archer was detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure, and this is his first major novel to appear following his incarceration. But Archer fans are not likely to desert him for this little setback, and the new book will ensure the kind of attention that made such predecessors as First Among Equals such copper-bottomed bestsellers.
The concept here is one that has exercised writers since Shakespeare--twins separated by the vicissitudes of chance and reunited under very different circumstances. In Hartford, Connecticut, two brothers are denied the opportunity to grow up together. Fletcher Davenport enjoys life as the son of a millionaire, while his brother Nat grows up under less advantaged circumstances, as the son of a schoolteacher and an insurance salesman. The brothers grow to adulthood not knowing of each others' existence, and Nat distinguishes himself as a war hero in Vietnam before returning to great success as a financier. Fletcher goes from a prestigious law career to become a senator. Ironically, the two men fall in love with the same girl, and when murder enters the equation, one brother has to defend the other against the most severe of charges.
Detailing the American background with great gusto, Archer paints his narrative in broad brushstrokes that may lack subtlety but keep the reader transfixed for the whole length of this epic narrative. --Barry Forshaw
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From Publishers Weekly
Veteran novelist and British politician Archer (Kane and Abel) is currently serving a prison sentence for perjury, so readers can perhaps forgive him if this latest effort falls short of his usual standard. The implausibly plotted novel follows fraternal twin boys separated at birth by a bizarre set of circumstances. Nat Cartwright and Fletcher Davenport are born in Hartford, Conn., in the early 1950s. A meddlesome nurse sends them home with different families. Nat is raised in a lower-middle-class household, attends the University of Connecticut, serves heroically in Vietnam and goes into banking. Fletcher, the wealthy Yalie, becomes a lawyer and a politician. The men are repeatedly thrown into competition with each other, whether for admission to college or in their professional lives, their rivalry culminating when they both run for governor of their home state. The characters are too thin, and their respective worlds too littered with clichs, to offer a satisfying portrait of the baby boomer generation. Contrived plot twists offer little distraction, while the dialogue sometimes reads like a set of photo captions-information without emotion. "When you think about it, they are the obvious predator," says Nat about a takeover threat. "Fairchild's is the largest bank in the state; seventy-one branches with almost no serious rivals." Archer is usually a skillful storyteller, but he drops the ball here.
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In Hartford, Connecticut, during the early 1950s, twin boys are separated at birth. Fletcher and Nat attend competing colleges, fall for the same girl, and have best friends who are the sons of movers and shakers. In the 1960s, Nat is drafted and becomes a hero in Vietnam, while Fletcher goes into law. By the 1990s, Nat's an affluent banker, and Fletcher's a politico on the rise; then, inevitably, their paths come together. Archer's long-anticipated new novel is sure to garner loads of publicity, but much of it may have little to do with the quality of the book: the former Olympic athlete and fabulously wealthy novelist, once a member of the British House of Lords, is currently serving a four-year prison sentence for perjury. Is the novel good? It's actually pretty standard stuff from Archer, author of such best-sellers as The Fourth Estate
(1996): broad-stroke character portraits painted on a large canvas, a two-dimensional but somehow compelling saga of ambition and destiny. Fans will be quite pleased, while his critics will note all the usual deficiencies, among them a largely wooden supporting cast and dialogue that is often ludicrous. In a nutshell: a typically slick, well-written, but shallow novel that will benefit from the author's notoriety. David PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"A master at mixing power, politics, and profit into fiction."-- Entertainment Weekly
"Archer is a master entertainer"--Time magazine
"Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages."--The Boston Globe
"Cunning plots, silken style... Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader"--The New York Times
"A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas... Unsurpassed in skill... making the reader
wonder intensely what will happen next."-- The Washington Post
"One of the top ten storytellers in the world"--Los Angeles Times
From the Back Cover
#1 New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Archer has mesmerized thousands of readers over the years with his riveting novels and their unforgettable characters. Now he returns in another remarkable novel that proves he is still one of our most gifted writers of all time....
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Mass Market Paperback
Sons Of Fortune
In a hushed maternity ward, an infant dies, while twin brothers thrive. By morning, one mother is told that her only child is doing fine. Another is told that she has tragically lost one of her sons...
Twins separated at birth, Nathaniel Cartwright and Fletcher Davenport have been raised in different worlds, and have both thrived among the best and brightest of their generation. In an era of violent change, free love, and blind ambition, Nat goes off to fight a war, while Fletcher enters political combat. With each choice they make-in love and career, through tragedy and triumph-their lives mirror one another... Until a high-profile murder case brings them together. Until a high-stakes political battle turns them into rivals. Until a decades-old secret is suddenly exposed...and two powerful men must confront their bonds of fate and fortune...
About the Author
JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He became the youngest member of the House of Commons in 1969, was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in 1985, and was elevated to the House of Lords in 1992. All of his novels and short story collections -including Kane and Abel, Honor Among Thieves, and To Cut a Long Story Short-have been international bestsellers, selling over 120 million copies worldwide. Archer is married with two children and lives in England.
Twin brothers are separated at birth by a baby switch in a Hartford, Connecticut, hospital in the 1940s. One goes home to a modest life while the other lives as the son of a multimillionaire, but both go on to successful careers--one as a war hero and banker, the other as a lawyer. Their lives are often intertwined, but they don't meet until the death of a mutual foe brings them together in a battle for the gubernatorial nomination. Paul Michael keeps his reading understated for this melodramatic tale. Despite slight problems with female voices, he creates drama from the dry political tallying, as well as the major events of the story. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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