This commandment may not be the actual one, but The Eleventh Commandment, written by Jeffrey Archer, is a riveting, thrilling novel. The nonstop pace of this book makes it a winner, along with the witty set of characters, such as 28-year veteran of the CIA and holder of the Medal of Honor, Connor Fitzgerald. As the CIA's most deadly weapon, Fitzgerald is assigned by the hard-nosed, stringent Director, Helen Dexter, to assassinate a Russian presidential candidate. When the CIA turns against him, Fitzgerald ends up struggling to survive in the conflict he is in between the Russian Mafia, the President of the United States, his family, and the institution that he devoted much of his life to. With a series of backstabbing and deceiving tricks, the President and his long-lost best friend attempt saving his life.
The unexpected always occurs in this spine-tingling book, and each page is better than the last. The fast pace and trickery throughout makes it nearly impossible to predict what will happen next, with each chapter ending as a cliffhanger. Eager to find out what will happen to Fitzgerald next, it is impossible to not root for him, whether it be in the Washington, St. Petersburg, or Australia. Because of the many conflicts within conflicts, the story never slows down, and the plot is always thickening. Although the constant change in point of view is a bit confusing, it makes it even more enjoyable for any reader. The Eleventh Commandment would appeal to anyone, male or female, young or old, who has the least bit of interest in either mystery, thrillers, suspense, or action. Starting this book would be agreeing to follow the commandment, "Thou Shalt Not Put This Book Down."