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A Prisoner of Birth

by Jeffrey Archer

Rated: High

Archer has a long and well-deserved history of providing unforgettable characters, complicated plots, and page-turning suspense. This story will not disappoint those looking for the classic elements of his previous works.

Danny and Beth want to get married; they desire a simple life together. He will work in her father’s garage, and she will continue as a secretary. They have saved some money for a small apartment to make a home for themselves. Unfortunately, the establishment they chose for their celebratory get-together is the same place wherein another meeting is already taking place, and things get out of hand. Quickly.

Danny ends up thrust into the midst of the English courts, completely clueless about what is happening to him. From there on, Archer leads the reader on a tortuous path of deceit, mistaken identity, high finance, and an intricate plan of revenge. He may be getting old, but he has not lost his touch. You never quite know if a clue he tosses at you is important, or a red herring. And best of all, you are never quite sure just who is telling the truth, or who is going to come off victorious.

Longtime Jeffrey Archer readers will enjoy the tale, but may be turned off by the language.

Rated: High. Nearly twenty f-bombs in the first third of the book alone, plus dozens of other mild to strong terms. Very few instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and no vivid sexual descriptions.

— Reviewed by Craig Smith

Craig Smith is chief medical officer of Tacoma Cat Hospital. In addition to providing book reviews on Rated Reads, he podcasts about feline health issues through iTunes and www.tacomacat.com.

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