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Intriguing, entertaining, can't put down!,
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This review is from: A Prisoner of Birth (Hardcover)Archer comes up with another gem in A Prisoner of Birth. Showing that even in these modern times, the class system in the UK is still in effect, Archer pens a tale where a supposedly lower class person gets the best of the upper class. Apparently, this story is a retelling or re-visioning of the Dumas classic The Count of Monte Cristo, but since I've never read that one, I can't comment.
However, this story does stand on its own. The characters are complex, Archer gives just enough detail that the surprises later in the story bring you back to the events that happened. The book is engaging and intriguing and one can't put it down as you just need to know what's going to happen next The story is intricately crafted and detailed and makes a lot of sense. The prison scenes are very realistic (probably based on Archer's own experience "serving" 2 years "in Her Majesty's prisons").
If you're intrigued at all by the outline of this story but not sure you want to read or purchase this book, do. You won't be disappointed. This one could easily be made into a movie and would do well. Hey, there's an idea and hopefully it happens.