Product Description From Booklist In Hartford Connecticut during the early 1950s twin boys are separated at birth. Fletcher and Nat attend competing colleges fall for the same girl and have best friends who are the sons of movers and shakers. In the 1960s Nat is drafted and becomes a hero in Vietnam while Fletcher goes into law. By the 1990s Nat's an affluent banker and Fletcher's a politico on the rise; then inevitably their paths come together. Archer's long-anticipated new novel is sure to garner loads of publicity but much of it may have little to do with the quality of the book: the former Olympic athlete and fabulously wealthy novelist once a member of the British House of Lords is currently serving a four-year prison sentence for perjury. Is the novel good? It's actually pretty standard stuff from Archer author of such best-sellers as The Fourth Estate (1996): broad-stroke character portraits painted on a large canvas a two-dimensional but somehow compelling saga of ambition and destiny. Fans will be quite pleased while his critics will note all the usual deficiencies among them a largely wooden supporting cast and dialogue that is often ludicrous. In a nutshell: a typically slick well-written but shallow novel that will benefit from the author's notoriety. David Pitt Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Review "A master at mixing power politics and profit into fiction."-- Entertainment Weekly "Archer is a master entertainer"-- Time magazine "Archer plots with skill and keeps you turning the pages."-- The Boston Globe "Cunning plots silken style... Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader"-- The New York Times "A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas... Unsurpassed in skill... making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next."-- The Washington Post "One of the top ten storytellers in the world"-- Los Angeles Times See all Product Description
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