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Read "Only Time Will Tell" by Jeffrey Archer available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. From the internationally bestselling. Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for Only Time Will Tell “Archer delivers another page-turning, site Store · site eBooks · Literature & Fiction. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Outrageous and top-notch terror.” ―Vogue on SHALL WE TELL site Store · site eBooks · Literature & Fiction.
The twists and some stuff are really solvable, though. But still the book is really really Awesome. I loved it and I will read the next one. Thank you for reading the review. Dec 05, Jerry B rated it really liked it. This saga is the first in what is to be at least a three-book set quite possibly more entitled the Clifton Chronicles, centered around the character Harry Clifton.
Relatively plotless, the story was however so engaging it was difficult to put down, with the interesting technique of revealing the tale little by little from different character's points of view. We hear from Harry's mother Maisie, his best friend Giles, Gile's sister Emma, Gile's father Hugo, Harry's friend "Old Jack", and from H This saga is the first in what is to be at least a three-book set quite possibly more entitled the Clifton Chronicles, centered around the character Harry Clifton.
Like most readers, we can hardly await the second installment! View 2 comments. Jul 31, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jeffrey Archer at his finest, beginning a heptalogy sure to entertain throughout. Harry Clifton comes from a poor family, where every benefit is earned and each hardship a hurdle. When he meets Giles Barrington he soon forges a life-long friendship, even if they come from different social circles.
Clifton forges ahead to make a name for himself, while living under the shadow of never having met his father. While Clifton presumes Arthur Clifton died on the battlefields, the truth is known to a se Jeffrey Archer at his finest, beginning a heptalogy sure to entertain throughout. While Clifton presumes Arthur Clifton died on the battlefields, the truth is known to a select few that he was involved in a horrific workplace incident, at the hands of Hugo Barrington.
The reader also learns of Clifton's mother, Maisie, who seeks to put a troubled past out of her mind and make a name for herself, all while concerned that Harry might discover the truth about his father. As the story progresses, Harry continues to be scholastically sound, but his heart remains weak when it coms to young Emma Barrington, sister of Giles and eldest daughter of Hugo.
Harry and Emma build a love deeply rooted in honesty, but may face insurmountable challenges because of one lie. As Harry deals with revelations on his wedding day, he flees and finds himself in a web of lies and legal troubles on the shores of New York, as the reader stares into the abyss at the wonderful cliffhanger left at the end of the tale. Archer begins the series with a splendid foundation, sure to offer many offshoots in the coming books.
The book has the flavour of Follett's Century series and Rutherfurd's multi-generational novels, where the reader must pay attention not only to the story, but also the collection of characters and their nuances. Archer singles himself out by using seven narrators to tell the same story from their own point of view. These narratives add more to the story in a powerful and progressive manner.
This is sure to keep readers wondering what lies ahead, the test of a well-crafted novel. So far things flow nicely and the characters come to life in true Archer fashion.
However, no one is safe and no storyline is sure to remain on the straight and narrow. Kudos Mr. Archer for this wonderful introduction, with a number of great cliffhangers and dramatic twists. Bring on the next volume, posthaste. An ever-growing collection of others appears at: Oct 14, Chrissie rated it it was ok Shelves: First of all, let me state clearly that two stars means I think this book is OK! Whether you should read it or not ought to depend upon your mood and what you are looking for.
It is not poorly written and will satisfy those readers who love series, love adventure stories, love plot-oriented books and love solving a puzzle. What kind of a puzzle? You know in fact very early on who the central character's father is, but what keeps you reading is to discover how the author is going to weave togethe First of all, let me state clearly that two stars means I think this book is OK!
You know in fact very early on who the central character's father is, but what keeps you reading is to discover how the author is going to weave together all the details to make an entertaining story that makes sense.
Each of the central characters tells you what they know and what has happened to them personally. With each retelling of the story you get a few more details, but there is a lot of repetition.
In this respect it works very well as an audiobook because the repetition means you are not going to miss important details. Deep things to think about, deep character portrayal, lots of historical details are not what you will find served in this book.
Action and finding out what is going to happen, that is what you read the book for. We look at the life of dockers, stevedores and a successful family owning a shipping line. We follow three boys at boarding school. The book is about their friendship, their different social classes and different goals.
The narration of the audiobook was absolutely superb. The primary narrator is Roger Allam, with shorter sections by Emilia Fox. She reads the female first person narratives. Allam does American and English dialects wonderfully. He speaks very clearly and with strength so you miss nothing.
When he impersonates Churchill, I couldn't help but smile. The narration could not have been better. The book ends with a cliffhanger, so you download the next book. The author has added another to the series, and thus this, the first book in the series, is free. I am unsure how long it will be free or if this is only available to those with a subscription.
I have no idea if it is good, but I figured why not try it! View all 4 comments. I loved Harry's story of love, loyalty, strife, friendship and his persistence for excellence.
Jeffrey Archer hits it out of the park with this epic tale of a young boy trying, with the help of his friends and family, to make his life something no less than extraordinary. What an excellent beginning to a wonderful adventure. I am definitely going to start immediately with book two that covers Harry's young adult life. The narratives by both, Roger Allam and Emilia Fox were spot on and helped to I loved Harry's story of love, loyalty, strife, friendship and his persistence for excellence.
The narratives by both, Roger Allam and Emilia Fox were spot on and helped to push this book to a five star for me. View all 3 comments.
Dec 25, Phrynne rated it liked it. I read this on my husband 's recommendation. He really enjoyed it and went on to read the next in the series. I liked it but not as much.
I was not comfortable with the way the wedding was handled and thought the whole thing was melodramatic. I also found the way so many miscellaneous adults were working behind the scenes to make sure the young Harry achieved his destiny was unrealistic and overdone. On the other hand the book was well written, some of the characters we're very well done and I f I read this on my husband 's recommendation.
On the other hand the book was well written, some of the characters we're very well done and I feel a spark of interest in Harry's future. Luckily for me my husband has bought all the books so I have them available as soon as I am ready.
I really enjoyed this. Archer did such a great job in setting up a solid story while creating memorable characters. So excited to get to the rest in this series Happy dance! In "Only Time Will Tell," Harry Clifton believes that he will end up working at the docks like his father, whom he never met, and his uncle. When his singing talents allow him to land a scholarship to a super fancy school, his fate will change.
Filled with family secrets and stories of the different ways life can take us, this book was the great kick off to what promises to be an exciting series! I love characters that you can root for! Harry is the definitive underdog character. He is being rais In "Only Time Will Tell," Harry Clifton believes that he will end up working at the docks like his father, whom he never met, and his uncle.
He is being raised by a single mother in a time where this was not common. Harry seems content to follow his father's footsteps. He isn't that interested in school and then fate intervenes and sends him on a different path. I also really liked the setting. I loved the juxtaposition through Harry's relatively calm, no frills life with his mother and the lives of Harry's newfound friends at his new school.
They are so different from each other but are still able to find common ground and really solidify their friendship. There are also some secret connections throughout the book that I'll go into more detail on below. The biggest reason I enjoyed this book is all of the family secrets.
Oh, there are some doozies in here. I don't want to give anything away but there are a lot of secret connections between Harry and some of the other characters in the book and I loved seeing them unraveled throughout the book. Overall, this was an intriguing start that will definitely keep me reading!
Jan 14, Pamela rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller: Clean, captivating writing; clever interwoven plot s ; and well-developed characters of great distinction. I absolutely agree with my friend Judi: I love this novel! You could even add war as a sub-category; the first half of the story is influenced by aftereffects of WWI, and the latter half ushers in the Second World War.
Speaking of latter halves — Gadzooks - what a plot twist!!! Talk about a cliffhanger that makes you yell: Hook-Line-and-Sinker, he's reeled me in for the next installment: The Sins of the Father.
Feb 21, Rohit Enghakat rated it really liked it Shelves: As usual, the master story teller weaves a beautiful story about the lives of two boys, Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington who become fast friends in school. The book is about two families, Cliftons and Barringtons who live at the two extremes of the social strata.
All the characters in the book are interesting, especially the soldier Jack Tarrant, who takes charge of Harry Clifton's life guiding him and playing his mentor. This is a story of friendship, sacrifice and love. Need to pick up the 2n As usual, the master story teller weaves a beautiful story about the lives of two boys, Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington who become fast friends in school.
Need to pick up the 2nd instalment of the Clifton Chronicles off my shelf soon! Mar 06, Ted rated it really liked it. Loved the story, the characters, the writing.
Everything about this book made for top-notch entertainment for me. Remember back in the days of VCRs and you set the timer to record a movie while you were at work, or otherwise unable to watch live, and when you played it back, it ran out of tape just before the end of the movie, when it has reached a climax but not a resolution?
Yep, that's how this book is. I think it's a cheap shot, meant only to coerce ransom from me, Loved the story, the characters, the writing. I think it's a cheap shot, meant only to coerce ransom from me, to continue into the next book.
In my opinion, each book within a series should be able to stand on its own as a complete story. Shame on you, Mr. Archer, for stooping to such an amateurish ploy. Jan 31, Wayne rated it it was amazing. Having retired two years ago, I took up reading, and have averaged one novel a week. In December , I read my first Jeffrey Archer novel and am now hooked.
He is the best story teller I have read in the past two years. However, his new trilo Having retired two years ago, I took up reading, and have averaged one novel a week.
He allows the reader to really get involved with the characters. I feel like I am almost a member of the Clifton clan. Archer has written regarding the Cliftons. Although the plots are not "hair-raising" as those by many of the authors mentioned previously, they are masterfully written in a manner that causes me to turn the pages as rapidly as possible.
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Absolutely mesmerizing. Jeffrey Archer has become my favorite author. View all 13 comments. Jan 09, Anupriya rated it it was ok. First, the good things about this book: It makes for a good read as it keeps you hooked throughout, with a cliff hanging suspense at the end of every chapter.
I think I finished it in record time, considering I am a slow reader. But seriously? It felt like I was reading a soap opera. It was outright pushy and juvenile in its style of writing as the author tries so hard, rather too hard, to prove how the main character is exceptionally brilliant, a child prodigy and how the entire town of Bristol First, the good things about this book: It was outright pushy and juvenile in its style of writing as the author tries so hard, rather too hard, to prove how the main character is exceptionally brilliant, a child prodigy and how the entire town of Bristol is co-conspiring to help him out.
It seemed like every second page had something to corroborate his brilliance even though it is done mostly through people discussing in conspiratorial whispers about his talent and how he must never know how they help him or how Old Jack manages to know every possible important person in Harry's life from the war and engage them to help him. Also, there are far too many coincidences to not scoff at.
I had no idea I had got myself into a trilogy, or maybe a pentalogy as some are stating! Even though I liked the pace and suspense initially, you just know when you have had too much of it. I am always hesitant to start another series, but I've heard such great praise for The Clifton Chronicles, that when "Only Time Will Tell," the first in the series, was offered as a free ebook, I snatched it up.
Plus the rest of the series is available from my library on OverDrive, so I definitely plan to continue on. With that cliffhanger, do I have a choice? It's a wonderful cast of characters, reminiscent IMO of Peyton Place, and I hope the author doesn't take offense at that. It's just what I think instantly describes the circumstances here View all 6 comments. Feb 27, Eddie Owens rated it liked it. I grew up reading the early novels and I haven't read any for a long time.
But, it's just as I remember, Archer is a very good story teller. He doesn't waste time on literary affectations such as unwieldy metaphors or lengthy character descriptions: The characters are a bit stereotypical but it has always been that way with Archer.
Easy to read and passes the time. I enjoyed it and will carry on reading the rest of the series. Sep 30, Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing.
In fact, I simply loved this story and found that Mr. Archer delivered a page-turning saga filled with twists and enough of a surprise at the end that I added book 2 to my library already. I am so curious to see what comes next. The story revolves around the main character Harry Clifton, a boy growing up in the backdrop of docks in Bristol at the start of the 20th century.
The story is broadly divided into parts, each dedicated to characters who take the story forward from their point of view: They all have their secrets, game and deceit. Young Harry has a beautiful singing voice and has the intelligence to further his education but without money he needed connections to gets through his schooling and to Oxford. The prose is clear, smooth slipping along from page to page. The dialogue is your everyday lines.
The driving force is the plot and the pace picks up fast when Harry gets out of school and so did my interest. The author excels in doling out tiny crumbs of suspense and keeps the tempo up to the last page where it ends with a really excellent cliff-hanger…. I am not usually a fan of this kind of ending but here I make an exception….
This story will appeal to those who love smooth suspense with moderate action. Feb 01, Dana rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book now has a spot in my top reads of all time.
Going into this I didn't think that I would like it. It was so different from what I usually read. However I am very glad that I went ahead and read this! I loved this book so much. It is so dear to my heart. I honestly have no complaints about this book. That may seem hard to believe but it's true. Every character was well thought out and interesting.
They each held their own in their chapters and I actually liked them all equally apart f This book now has a spot in my top reads of all time.
They each held their own in their chapters and I actually liked them all equally apart from the dastardly villain that is. The plot was engaging and original and kept my interest the entire time. The writing flowed beautifully and the author writes everything so masterfully that I had no choice but to devour this amazing book.
I normally am a little skeptical when people rave like crazy in a review, but I suppose I am now joining their ranks. I would definitely recommend this novel.
Thanks to Saint Martins Press and Jeffery Archer for hosting the giveaway that allowed me to experience the magic that is Mr. Archers writing. View all 7 comments. I'm glad I did, although I'm not sure how soon I'll continue to the second book even though this one ends on a cliff hanger. They help him get a good start in life, but he has some real challenges, too. There are mysteries surrounding several with just enough back story to be really intriguing. That's where the questionable tactics really take off.
Archer breaks up the book into 7 sections told from different points of view, that of the main characters.
While the second is great, the first gets pretty old. The revelations require the reader swallow a huge set of coincidences. Archer does set things up well. It was inevitable what Harry's mother would wind up having to do, but he salvaged that because he handled it so very well. I can't give him high enough marks for that. OTOH, I was extremely disappointed with his revelation concerning Harry's fate at one point toward the end of the book as well as the cliff hanger ending.
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He also has insights of his past that may affect his future. Maisie Clifton - Harry's mother who after sudden death of her husband Arthur, tries to make ends meet to support her family and Harry's education. Captain Jack Tarrant, VC a. A Boer War veteran who saved the life of his fellow officers and men, he is decorated with the Victoria Cross for his services, but is left permanently scarred by having killed 11 Boer soldiers to earn the medal, and cuts himself off from the world, eventually being persuaded to accept a job as a night watchman in the Barrington shipyards by his former lieutenant, Sir Walter Barrington, whose life he saved.
He takes up residence in the shipyard, in an old railway carriage. A god-fearing man.
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Hugo Barrington - Son of Sir Walter. Referred to by Old Jack Tar as "A man not cut out of the same cloth as his father. Creates obstacles in Harry's life. Elizabeth Barrington - Hugo's wife and Giles' and Emma's mother.The Widow.
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