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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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By jroucka
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I hate when authors use a very successful, previously published book, to repeat the same story under a new title. If you read "Kane and Abel" you do not need to buy this book. I feel betrayed by mister Archer after reading and loving his early books.
Beware of the recently published book "The best kept secret". Do not buy it!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars most interesting read July 29 2012
By Colin
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Extremly desapointing!! Dec 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 it.
This turn out to be an incredibly disapointing book, so much that I had to make a huge effort to keep reading and dont put the book on the trash.
More than half of the book only repeats what we already knew from "Kane & Abel", and the rest was just the worst plot ever.
How can someone writte so well first and then just be the worst writter ever?
I just regret to have buy this book in the first place.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommendation with Enthusiasm Nov. 12 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Before reaching the end of this novel, it had already moved into the position of being one of my favorite books of all time. It is engaging from the first page until the final sentence. I could not put it down. This is the type of book that makes you want to read everything else the author has written, because if any of his other books even come close to this they will be amazing. For anyone looking to read this I would definitely recommend reading Kane and Abel beforehand. The two novels complement each other very well, and you cannot have the complete story if you only read one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And Daughters too. Sept. 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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..., untill she is propositioned by an attractive man at Bloomingdales, where she works behind the counter, who keeps asking for gloves.
Her relationship with her loving but overbearing father turns upside down when she reveals to him that her lover is Richard Kane, son of his most hated enemy.
Suddenly out in the real world with the love of close college friends and mother, "Jessie" and Richard strike out on their own.
Florentyna soon finds out her real calling is politics and she soon starts off down the road that will see her obtain the highest office in the land, albeit with tragedy and a few revelations along the way.
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