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The Eleventh Commandment [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffrey Archer
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March 18 1999
The Eleventh Commandment.

Connor Fitzgerald is a professional's professional. Holder of the Medal of Honor. Devoted family man. Servant of his country. CIA assassin. Days before his retirement from the Company, Fitzgerald comes face to face with an enemy who, for the first time, even he cannot handle--his own boss, Helen Dexter, Director of the CIA.

Thou Shalt Not Be Caught.

But Dexter's stranglehold on the agency is threatened by a power greater than her own, and her only hope is to destroy Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a new threat to national security is emerging: a ruthless hardline Russian president who is determined to force a military confrontation between the two superpowers. It's up to the intrepid Fitzgerald to pull off his most daring mission yet--save the world.and his own life.


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As a member of the British House of Lords and as former member of Parliament, Jeffrey Archer knows some of the most powerful people in the world. Indeed, the acknowledgements of this closely plotted thriller include current and former members of the American CIA, FBI, NSA, Secret Service, and a former U.S. attorney general. From this background, Archer weaves a tale that follows his hero, CIA assassin Connor Fitzgerald, while simultaneously shadowing his bosses in Washington.

The opening chapters feature unrelenting action as Connor tracks and kills a Colombian presidential candidate and starts a chain of events that could lead to a new Cold War. But, despite his ruthless background, Connor is not a cold and hollow plot device. He's an American Medal of Honor winner who is committed to his country, but also to his spiritual home, Ireland. Archer even pauses briefly to flesh out Connor's family life and the tensions of living with secrets that his wife and beloved daughter suspect but will never know. This character work pays off as the reader follows Connor through several nations and nearly as many identities. Gradually, Connor is caught in Russia between two power brokers: CIA director Helen Dexter and President Tom Lawrence. Dexter needs her 28-year veteran agent dead or "disappeared" in a Russian prison. But President Lawrence also needs Connor so he can finally rid himself of Dexter's tacit control of U.S. foreign policy.

In the end, Connor must rely on old friends and native intelligence if he is to make it to his retirement alive. Fans of political intrigue, James Bond, and Tom Clancy will be drawn inexorably along for the ride. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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From the first line, former British M.P. Archer (The Fourth Estate, etc.) navigates a nonstop, rocketing ride. Middle-aged Connor Fitzgerald is a happily married man, decorated veteran and devoted father; he's also an "NOC," a "non-official cover officer" for the CIA specializing in assassinations. The killing of a Colombian drug lord leaves Connor out of sync with the Democratic president's policy, so the director of the CIA, a woman, sets Connor up to take the fall in a fake assassination of the leading candidate for the Russian presidency, an unreconstructed Stalinist. Connor (aided by an ex-CIA deputy director whose life he once saved) gets out of a St. Petersburg jail and falls into the hands of the Russian Mafia. Wheels spin within wheels until the slam-bang climax during the new Russian president's visit to Washington. Some plot details, including the final twist, are a tad hokey, and Connor keeps his much-touted charisma under wraps, yet Archer sweeps us along (and even finds time to write himself into the plot as London's mayor, a position he's seeking in real life). The only boo-boo here is Archer's unwitting revivification of flamboyant Redskins owner and Northern Virginia tycoon Jack Kent Cooke (though he was a character). In any case, readers won't mind the occasional giddiness: this isn't Tolstoy, it's fun. Simultaneous Harper audio.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I Absolutely Loved This Book Jan. 17 2002
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I read this book in three days and could hardly put it down. I have become interested lately in CIA and spy novels, and this book did not disappoint me in any way, in spite of what a couple reviewers below have said about it. What I loved MOST about this book is that you don't expect a CIA assassin to be a truly honorable man, as was this main character. It was really interesting how the author immediately pulls you into the assasin's mind and gets you right on his side.
The reviewers below comment on the plot being implausible--that the CIA would not go around like this assasinating world leaders. I don't think this comment is important. In any novel, we must "suspend our disbelief," and this novel is no different. The more pertinent question in this novel is "What if?" I personally thought it was one of the best plots I have ever read, and I really enjoyed how the characters were one-upping each other. I was really surprised by the twists and turns of the plot as it progressed. And I liked being surprised. An EXCELLENT read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable thriller July 12 2004
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This is the first novel I have read by bestselling novelist Jeffrey Archer - and it will likely be the last. "The Eleventh Commandment" stretches credibility to such lengths that I lost all trust in the book. The first assault on credibility is the fact that the main character, Connor Fitzgerald, an assassin for the CIA, is a regular boy-scout kind of guy much admired for the content of his character as well as his chillingly efficient professional skill. Give me a break! Nice, normal guys, I don't think, go around murdering people in cold blood as a profession.
The author is clever at setting a good scene with authentic details and he might have sold me on the notion that nice guys can be assassins - but he couldn't sell me a wholesale lot of plot twists and turns which add up to implausibility. Connor is so smart and has so many friends that leap into the story to help him out at critical points that he outwits everyone - the CIA, the Russians, the Russian Mafya (yes, it's spelled that way) -- evading capture and execution and effortlessly finding opportunities to stalk heavily-guarded world leaders. Thus, about half-way through the book, I began to lose interest in the story and from then on I just turned pages quickly to get to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but a worthy effort Nov. 4 2003
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This is a fairly decent book it is well thought out and one tends to have sympathy for the charecters. Some very good plot twists make up for "Huh" moments any of us might suffer from.
I do have some issues with this book
1. it takes a damn long time to get anywhere, once it does it manages to clip along fairly well and the reader tends to get interested but for the first 5 chapters it is just as slow as frozen molasses in winter time. (that's a regional expression we have in the south)
2. Characters are built up and then discarded with no explanation as to where exactly it was that they went or in some cases just killed off conveniently almost as if the author got bored with them.
3. The ending (particularly the very end) is worthless and severed no point at all why I had to struggle to reach the end and find out the ansewer to a question I already knew is totally beyond me.
I did like the story I'm not saying that, its just that parts of it do have their flaws
1. I liked the supporting characters Chris Jackson and Sergi in particular the back and forth between these two is priceless.
2. The author does have a good ear for what he is talking about as far as the technical stuff is concerned I like that.
Overall-Good book but not perfect you should still consider if you are a newcomer, would be a nice introduction to this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thou Shalt Not Put This Book Down Jan. 5 2002
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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."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical J. A. book but very ...
Not a typical J.A. book but very well writen,especialy the surprise ending
Published 1 month ago by Donald Vandervoort
4.0 out of 5 stars happy reading
this book is a real holder. i could not put it down very easy,and when i did i only wanted to go back to it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marjorie Hallyburton
3.0 out of 5 stars Book in good condition
My friend read this book, said it was really good, I mainly ordered it because they lost it and I had to replace it to my library where I live.
Published 9 months ago by newlife
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not enjoy reading it at all.....
Its Funny to think a person such as Jerrery Archer who has written books as Kane and Abel {which is almost a legend} to write a very mediocre book such as The 11th commandment ... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by R-E-P
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Vacation Time-Killer
Like most authors of this genre, Archer starts out at a high intensity but with fairly plausible characters and plot lines for the first hundred pages, but to maintain the... Read more
Published on Dec 8 2002 by Charlie A Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Archer novel...
Although I have read J. Archer's short stories, The Eleventh Commandment is my first novel. Hence, I do not have any basis of comparison vs. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002 by "juj"
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book of Jeffrey Archer
I was a little surprised with this book , I expected a lot more from Archer , but this book is full of non believable characters like Helen Dexter and some others. Read more
Published on June 24 2002 by Victor Abud
4.0 out of 5 stars KNOW BEFORE YOU SPEAK
I like this authors work very much; his short stories remind me of Maugham, but he seems unable to write anything about firearms
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Published on April 1 2002 by Deborah Saccente
4.0 out of 5 stars KNOW BEFORE YOU SPEAK
I like this authors work very much; his short stories remind me of Maugham, but he seems unable to write anything about firearms
that is correct. Read more
Published on April 1 2002 by Deborah Saccente
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