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The Prodigal Daughter [Hardcover]

Jeffrey Archer
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July 1 1982
The titanic battle between two men obsessed with destroying each other follows on into the next generation.

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"Archer is one of the most captivating storytellers writing today. His novels are dramatic, fast moving, totally entertaining--and almost impossible to put down." --"Pittsburgh Press" --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Jeffrey Archer’s mastery of characterization and “white-knuckle” suspense, combined with a gift for the ingenious plot twist, demonstrate why he is one of Britain’s best-selling authors. In this collection of audiobooks, a fine cast offers readings of some of the master storyteller’s most spellbinding work. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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IT HAD NOT been an easy birth, but then for Abel and Zaphia Rosnovski nothing had ever been easy, and in their own ways they had both become philosophical about that. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I thought KANE AND ABEL was one of the best books I'd ever read, so I was eagerly anticipating THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER. Although it falls a shade short of the greatness of its predecessor, this is still an outstanding novel that reveals more about the characters I had come to love in the first book.
Some may argue that Jeffrey Archer cheats the reader since approximately the first 200 pages are a recap of KANE AND ABEL. However, instead of getting the story from the viewpoint of the two men, we see the events throught the eyes of Abel's daughter Florentyna and the added insight makes the second telling of the events highly worthwhile.
Florentyna Rosnovski is a formidable and unforgettable character. She endears herself to readers as a young girl through her relationship with her governess Miss Tredgold and her adventures from elementary school through college. Even the expected meeting with Richard Kane takes on new dimensions as they marry despite the deep rejection by both fathers.
It was after the initial marriage and career boom that I thought the book faltered slightly. Florentyna became too perfect, everything came too easily, and even the tragic events did not seem to touch her as I would have expected. However, her rise to fame and her battle to achieve her childhood ambition by becoming President of the United States is a page-turning read, one that will surely satisfy fans of KANE AND ABEL.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another promising book Dec 6 2003
By Dee
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Prodigal Daughter is the second book in the Kane and Abel trilogy. It goes back in time to the childhoods and lives of the daughter of Abel Rosnovski, Florentyna, and the son of William Kane, Richard. She is an intelligent young lady with high ambitions from the start. The Prodigal Daughter has a lot of politics involved in it, with Florentyna trying to become the president of the United States. Of course, her being a woman and extremely rich will make her face difficulties, but she fights against all odds.
I like the book also because its protagonist is a woman. She was gifted with beauty and spirit but above all with an indomitable will. There's a lot of politics involved in this book but nonetheless a terrific book with a twist in the end. The rest of the story is filled with betrayals, political intrigues and suspense, some tragic incidents like Richard's death, follows the pursuit of Florentyna to reach the highest office of the country.
Most people are of the opinion that this book was better than Kane and Abel but I would anytime choose the latter over this book. Even though I put the heavily detailed politics in the book as a minus point, it is that very portion which gives life to the book. I recommend this book to all those who have already read Kane and Abel or even otherwise. This book rightly proves that Mr. Archer is a great storyteller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The second part of the book is better Sept. 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, first of all I have to tell you that I don't have anything against Jeffrey Archer, I read from him the eleventh commandment (an excellent book) I didn't read Kane & Abel but I saw the picture, I didn't like that picture because I am not agree to send away your son because you hate his father in law, of course there is a Spanish saying "Never say you will never drink of this water", so I hope not to do what Mr. Kane did in that book, other interesting book is The Fourth Estate, but is the same story of Kane & Abel but instead of an hotel owner and a bank owner they are two newspaper owners, but they don't send away their family because of their fight.
Now, this book, half of it is the story of Kane & Abel, here I have a question: Mr. Archer doesn't have another stories to write that he has to write the same story in three books?
The last part of The Prodigal Daughter, when her father and father in law, both died, is really good, how Richard and Jessie (Florentyna) help each other to have their own goals, and other thinks like that, that you can learn how to be a good husband or wife.
This book has his own message, but is a waist of time reading the first part of the book if you know the story of Kane & Abel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sequels Never Measure Up to Original July 6 2000
By Dan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Is America ready for a female president? This sequel to the highly successful "Kane and Abel" explores that possibility as it follows the life of the only daughter of famous hotelier Abel Rosnovski. Florentyna Rosnovski, born into wealth and groomed to one day overtake a hotel empire, is a second generation American immigrant who has a falling out with her father after falling in love with the son of his fiercest enemy. Forced to make a fresh start on the West Coast, Florentyna combines her extreme intelligence and love of women's fashion to open her own chain of high class clothing boutiques. Upon Abel's death, she inherits a slew of hotels second-to-none in every corner of the globe and teams with husband Richard to ensure their continued success. Always possessing a vested interest in politics, it is only at the urging of a childhood friend that she enters into the spotlight as a public servant. Everything else, as they say, is American history. The book is insightful and entertaining but lacks the creativity and depth of its predecessor, with which it was sure to draw comparison. In fact, any "Kane and Abel" fan will be sorely disappointed and feel cheated during "Daughter", as Archer feels it necessary to repeat, in exact words, page after page, whole episodes and storylines previously penned in his original epic. It is only after Florentyna reaches adulthood and pushes the past behind that readers will become immersed in her struggle to be successful in both business and politics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courageous woman
I thought that this was a very good women's book as it showed what a brave and courageous woman can do if she has the drive.
This was a very good human interest story as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by joeyrou
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed this book. It was typical of Archer as he always writes a good tale. It also let you know a little more about American politis
Published 3 months ago by Mary Villanyi
1.0 out of 5 stars The Prodigal Daugter. Buy it if you did not read Kane and Abel
I hate when authors use a very successful, previously published book, to repeat the same story under a new title. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jroucka
4.0 out of 5 stars most interesting read
this is a great story and certainly able to stand on its own but is made even more interesting if you read "Cane and Able" before hand.
Published on July 29 2012 by Colin
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremly desapointing!!
I first read "Kane & Abel" also by J. Archer, this one book was so good that even though I know that second parts are not as good as first parts I wanted to read... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommendation with Enthusiasm
Before reaching the end of this novel, it had already moved into the position of being one of my favorite books of all time. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars And Daughters too.
The life of Florentyna Rosenofski is well read out in the sequel to Kane & Able.
Life is good for this young heiress, privilage, a nanny, loving mother, college etc... Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2003 by A. J. Cherrington
5.0 out of 5 stars The Determined Daughter
If you ever want to know about politics on a level that you don't read in the headlines, this is an excellent book to read. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by Carmen Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging follow up to Kane and Abel
This follow up and sequel to Kane and Abel shifts focus from the indomitable male characters of Kane and Abel to a witty female protaganists who captures our attention as she... Read more
Published on March 8 2003 by "spencer001"
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Doesn't Cut It
As an avid reader of politics I must disagree with popular belief, and say that this book thoroughly disappointed me. Read more
Published on March 6 2003 by "balliebelliebilliebollie"
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