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Mightier than the sword [text (large print)] / Jeffrey Archer.

By: Archer, Jeffrey, 1940- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Archer, Jeffrey, Clifton chronicles: 5.; Thorndike Press large print core series: Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015Edition: Large print edition.Description: 677 pages (large print) : genealogical tables ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781410475091; 9781594138508 (paperback).Subject(s): Clifton, Harry (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Families -- England -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Social classes -- England -- Fiction | Large type booksDDC classification: 823/.914 Summary: In the aftermath of an IRA bombing, Harry uses his new literary station to raise awareness for his POW friend while Giles works to secure a political career and Sebastian's past threatens his engagement.
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A New York Times Bestselling Author Harry Clifton visits his New York publisher and learns that he has been elected president of English PEN. Harry immediately launches a campaign for the release of fellow Author Anatoly Babakov, who's imprisoned in Siberia. Babakov's crime? Writing a book about what it was like to work for Stalin. Meanwhile Harry's wife Emma, chairman of Barrington Shipping, is facing the repercussions of an IRA bomb attack on the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage.

Complete and unabridged.

Sequel to: Be careful what you wish for.

In the aftermath of an IRA bombing, Harry uses his new literary station to raise awareness for his POW friend while Giles works to secure a political career and Sebastian's past threatens his engagement.

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Booklist Review

In the fifth Clifton Chronicles novel, the epic family saga takes us from the mid-1960s into the 1970s. This isn't one of those series where the reader can just jump in with the latest book; the story of the Clifton and Barrington families began just after WWI, and there is a long and complicated backstory to this latest installment. For readers familiar with the saga, here's the gist: Harry Clifton, the best-selling mystery writer, is championing the cause of a Russian writer and political prisoner; Emma, Harry's wife, is embroiled in a battle for control of her family business, the Barrington Shipping Company; Emma's brother, Giles, is facing a bleak political future; and Giles' ex-wife, Virginia, is orchestrating the overthrow of Emma, the ruination of Barrington's, and the destruction of Giles' career. And that's just for starters. Like its predecessors, this is a rich, compelling, intricately structured story with plenty of intrigue and surprises. Fans of grand historical fiction series in the Trollope tradition will not be disappointed.--Pitt, David Copyright 2015 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

The fifth of Archer's Clifton Chronicles begins with a bang before heading on to only slightly less explosive ground as Archer examines his fictional clan's financial, political and personal contretemps in the 1960s. Emma Barrington Clifton's family company, Barrington Shipping, has launched the luxury liner MV Buckingham, but her arch enemy, Don Pedro Martinez, an Argentinian gangster and Nazi sympathizer, hires the Irish Republican Army to sabotage its maiden voyage. Husband Harry foils the dastardly deed by noticing an irregular royal signature. Later, son Sebastian discovers banking fraud perpetrated against his mentor Cedric Hardcastle's prosperous London bank, Farthings. Sebastian subsequently earns multiple pounds sterling but alienates his fiancee, Samantha, an American diplomat's daughter. Sir Giles Barrington, Emma's brother, has political woes, some self-inflicted; he goes all love-at-first-sight with Karin Pengelly, an East German interpreter with an English father. Concurrently, Harry lobbies to free Anatoly Babakov, Russian English-language interpreter and author of an expos of Stalin. That adventure concludes in Leningrad with Harry arrested and put on "show trial." Meanwhile, Emma's in court defending herself against libel charges brought by vile former sister-in-law Lady Virginia. There's a hole or twoSebastian's 180-degree character turn, Harry's show trial getting no international pressbut Archer packs a plot with thrills and chills enough for readers to keep turning the pages, saying What's gonna happen next? Characters shop Harrods, pop champagne corks, dine at the right clubs and enjoy a cameo appearance by real-life Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. When Lady Virginia's stalking horse, Alex Fisher, exits stage left, the cast adds deep-pocketed Turkish financier Hakim Bishara, son of a carpet merchant and a prostitute, who (materially) appreciates the Clifton anti-snob mindset. Expect once more unto the breach: The conclusion's a turbo-charged cliffhanger that'll have fans screaming Arrrcherr! Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.