Monday, 28 May 2012

A Matter of Honor - Jeffrey Archer

It seems innocent enough. A disgraced British colonel bequeaths a mysterious letter to his only son. But the moment Adam Scott opens the yellowing envelope, he sets into motion a deadly chain of events that threatens to shake the very foundations of the free world.

Within days, Adam's lover is brutally murdered and he's running for his life through the great cities of Europe, pursued not only by the KGB, but by the CIA and his own countrymen as well. Their common intent is to kill him before the truth comes out. While powerful men in smoke-filled rooms plot ever more ingenious means of destroying him, Adam finds himself betrayed and abandoned even by those he holds most dear.

When at last he comes to understand what he is in possession of, he's even more determined to protect it, for it's more than a matter of life and death-it's a matter of honor.

Jeffrey Archer


My first Jeffrey Archer book.The 400 pages of this book hardly seems big enough.The pace of the story is so fast that you wonder how you have read so many pages in just a few hours.Wherever Scott goes, Romanov follows and he is such a cold - blooded agent.But not good enough for Scott. The furious pace of the story makes you wonder if you are actually seeing a movie.

The characters are well - developed and the mystery well - maintained.Adam is running from everyone and doesn't know who to trust as the book continues, and halfway through we are finally allowed to know the full significance of what he has in his possession. No wonder the CIA and the KGB are after him! (This is June of 1966.) So not only does he not know who to trust, the readers are kept in the dark while English, American, and Russian agents come at him from all directions. He survives because of his military training even though he had to re-sign because he early on found out it was going nowhere.

Rating: 4.2/5

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