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The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles #2)

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On the heels of the international bestseller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chroniclesâ.

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Mercha

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2012)
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Kris Taylor I read this one first and understood it. You get the feeling early in that it's a sequel, and there are references to things from the first book --…moreI read this one first and understood it. You get the feeling early in that it's a sequel, and there are references to things from the first book -- but you can easily understand and follow it. I went back and read the first book after, which was less enjoyable because I'd already gotten the gist of it from this book. (less)
Karen I have read each book of the series in order. The first 5 books end leaving the reader hanging. Start reading the 3rd book to get the ending of the…moreI have read each book of the series in order. The first 5 books end leaving the reader hanging. Start reading the 3rd book to get the ending of the 2nd book.

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Jul 23, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this second installment of Archers Clifton Chronicles. Being already invested in these characters enabled me to enjoy this even more than the first. Movin' on to book three...
Jul 26, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
OK! Jeffrey Archer is the best at leaving you hanging and forcing you to buy his next book. I love this story. His characters wrap through history in this case WW II. When we last left Harry and Giles Harry was presumed dead and buried at sea. Emma has had Harry's son but she just cannot accept Harry is really dead. Indeed he is not as that was another loose end from the last book. He had taken the name and identity of an american sailor who was actually the one that died and was buried at sea. ...more
May 18, 2012 Nirmalya rated it did not like it
Shelves: jeffrey-archer
Lord Archer I do believe it's time to stop writing. The Clifton Chronicle's second book Sins Of The Father was undoubtedly your worst work. The good people are classless, brave, ingenious and courageous whereas the bad ones are class-conscious, inept, upper-class arrogant berks. They are just rehashes of all the old books. If this keeps going on you might take Chetan Bhagat's place in my heart! We have read it a million times before; the lower-class kid who excels at everything and befriends the ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Mj rated it it was amazing
Warning - this is a biased review - I am a HUGE Jeffrey Archer fan. Like his other works of fiction, this is a fast-paced, plot-driven book, one you won't want to put down until you're finished reading the entire story. There is never any blood, gore or violence in Archer's books. He just writes a good story with lots of plot twists and turns.

The Sins of the Father is Book 2 in The Clifton Chronicles. It is better if you read - Only Time Will Tell Book 1 first for better understanding and hence
Patrice Hoffman
Mar 30, 2014 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: This book was won through a Goodreads giveaway!

2nd Disclaimer: If you're looking for a completely unbiased review this is not the place for you!

I have finally completed The Sins of The Father by Jeffrey Archer, the second installment to his Clifton Chronicles. This novel picks up exactly where Only Time Will Tell leaves off with the arrest of Harry Clifton after he assumes the name of Tom Bradshaw. Bradshaw is being accused of murdering his brother and is taken into custody with no r
Simon Howard
This novel doesn't stand alone - you must read Only Time Will Tell first - and has no more than a couple of chapters of plot relevant to the bigger saga. Or perhaps 1.9 chapters, given that the single thread defining this novel is left incomplete. As a result, this short book is stuffed with exceptionally dull filler.

I know that people are generally advised to "write about what you know", but surely no-one can have failed to have groaned when a Jeffrey Archer protagonist wrote a prison diary. No
Aug 25, 2012 Nilesh rated it it was ok
Clifton Chronicles should have been a single book and not broken into five - this becomes much clearer with the Sins of the Father. More like any middle sections of even good stories, this book is meaningless for anyone who does not remember the details of events from Book 1. The story moves along but appears without any plot and certainly without any satisfactory end to any of the major intrigues.

On the positive side, witty, charming dialogues continue between largely likeable characters. The
Nov 27, 2015 Melodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of the Clifton Chronicles series. We catch up with Harry Clifton as he disembarks the Kansas Star in America,only to be promptly arrested for murder.He had assumed the identity of Tom Bradshaw, a Navy officer who perished in the U-Boat attack. And now he's in a mess.
Meanwhile Emma Barrington, Harry's love and mother to his son, has embarked on a quest to find out what happened to Harry. Her quest leads her to the States,where she finds she is truly out of her element as she
Samyuktha jayaprakash
Mar 27, 2012 Samyuktha jayaprakash rated it it was amazing
This is the BEST book I have read in the 16 years of my life. Sure I am an archer fan , but my expectations weren't really high after the average only time will tell (with a stunning finish though)
BUT OH MY GOD. I started reading the book at about 4 thinking I would read some chaps during the two hour power cut. Being lazy nowadays - I had convinced myself I am losing my appetite for books. But Archer just proved that my tummy is destined for unseen obesity levels!
Like another reviewer wrote ,
S.V. Divvaakar
I began reading this book a few days after having read its predecessor. Although it was enjoyable in parts, i must say that i didnt feel all those 'wow' moments I experienced in 'Only Time Will Tell.'
My reasons:
First, you cant appreciate this book without having read the other, so that is already a dependence, a handicap which must be recognised - it is not a level playing field. Second, the Prisoner's Diary bit is already a borrowed theme from Jeffery Archer's non fiction chronicle of his exp
Mar 04, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
Jeffrey Archer at his best in this, the second in the Clifton heptalogy, picking up where he left off. The reader learns a great deal more about some of the key characters that fill the plot lines leading into the Second World War. Harry, who took on another man's identity after a military incident, soon learns that his gamble did not pay off and he finds himself incarcerated in New York. Harry spends that time honing his writing skills in jail and is eventually drafted into battle with US Force ...more
Tempe Lohmeyer
How to rate Jeffrey Archer's "The Clifton Chronicles" series? I honestly don't know what to tell you. If I classify this under "beach reads" (something quick and easy to read), then it's probably more 4 stars. But for a engrossing, well-written generational saga, it's more like a 2.

There is nothing new or notable about the plot: son of a dock worker is smart, lovable, and deserving of a chance to a good education in pre-WWII England. He befriends the richest family in the region's son and the t
Jun 15, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it
For whatever reason I did not enjoy volume 2 of the Clifton Chronicles as much. I LOVED the first one (as evidenced by my 5-star rating) and this one didn't quite live up to my exceptions. I have a few theories as to why this is...

When I first saw that this book was coming out in May, I was very surprised and happy, as the first one was published in August. I guess it is not as short of a window as I thought, but typically it is about a year between books bring published in a series, assuming th
Amanda Patterson
Jeffrey Archer has topped bestseller lists worldwide, with book sales of over 270 million copies.
The Sins of the Father is the second in his five-book Clifton Chronicles saga. Written in the perfect family saga tradition, Archer is comfortably in his element.
Harry Clifton arrives in the United States in 1939. As he leaves the ship, he is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, and sent to jail for 6 years. In prison, he turns to books as a way to preserve his sanity. After a few months of hell,
May 25, 2012 Amruta rated it it was ok
Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Jeffrey Archer. I almost swear by Kane and Abel. I love his short stories. I really loved the first book of the Clifton Chronicles - Only Time Will Tell.

Which is why, I was so excited to read The Sins of the Father. Placed a hold at the local library, for a large-print copy, mind you, as there was a shorter waiting list there. :P Got the book, read it in a single night - 6 hours flat! So yes, the book is quite fast-paced and well-narrated, and has a
Feb 25, 2016 Claude rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-fiction, a
Again, the sort of book I cannot put down. And yes, those cliffhangers endings are terrible, on the other hand, such excellent story-telling... I'll just read another one (I'm feeling the same as when I am faced with a box of excellent chocolates... how can I stop?)
Carla Faleiro
Oct 05, 2016 Carla Faleiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ler Archer é sempre um prazer e estas crónicas são dos melhores livros que tenho lido ultimamente.
Sentimos uma simpatia especial com alguns dos personagens que nos faz desejar que tudo lhes corra sempre de feição.

Kartik (mebookgeeko)
The Sins of the Father is Volume 2 in The Clifton Chronicles, a family saga by Jeffrey Archer that began with Only Time Will Tell and centers on Harry Clifton, the son of a Bristol dock worker who died under mysterious circumstances and an impoverished woman who went above and beyond the duties of a mother to ensure her son received the education he deserved. The latest installment in the series picks up right where Only Time Will Tell left Off.
The drama of the Cliftons and the Barringtons conti
Sep 08, 2012 Pawan rated it really liked it

I love to hate Jeffrey Archer. His ability to leave each chapter at a point where you want to read next chapter makes it difficult to put down any book written by him. But what can you do if he leaves his book at such point and you do not know when the next book in the series will come out. “The Sins of the Father” is the second book in “The Clifton Chronicles”. I had read the first book “Only Time will Tell” last year and waiting for second book was really difficul
JoAnne Pulcino
May 26, 2012 JoAnne Pulcino rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction, saga

By Jeffrey Archer

In the second volume of the Clifton Chronicles, this master story teller proceeds with the world of Harry Clifton as he joins the merchant navy only days before Britain declares war on Germany. A U boat sinks Harry’s ship with only two survivors. The other survivor is an Americans sailor named Tom Bradshaw who doesn’t survive the night. Harry decides to assume Tom Bradshaw’s identity to escape his past in England primarily to all
This book takes of where the first book left off with Harry being accused of First degree murder that he did not commit because of taking on the identity of a fellow comrade. He meets a lawyer who promises him a reduced sentence only to be cheated and end up in prison. At the same time Emma Barrington is trying to come to terms with the loss of Harry. But she like the others is not ready to accept the fact that Harry is no more. After seeing Harry's handwriting on a letter sent by a Tom Bradshaw ...more
May 22, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I just KNEW as the pages dwindled that this one was going to end with some cliffhanger, who killed JR? kind of nonsense, and I was not disappointed. Now I have to modify my earlier review, because I don't really care to read the third and final installment of the CLifton Chronicles and I am not sure if this is embarrassing to be reading or not....but since I don't really give a damn what people think about what I read, it doesn't really matter to me. In any case, the word PLUCKY kept coming to m ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it
It would have been better not to have had such a time-lapse between reading the first and this second book of the Clifton Chronicles. It took me a little while to get the family sorted out as Harry becomes involved in the Merchant Navy, assumes the identity of an American. As the Second World War begins, Harry is in the United States trying to get out of his problems. He hopes to get back home a fight for his own country. This book covers a rather large swath of time, but I can't say much more w ...more
I do like Jeffrey Archer's books. It was many years since I read the first in this series, Only Time Will Tell, and in retrospect, that was a mistake. I had to go back to refresh my memory a little, but probably re-reading it would have been a better decision, on the whole.

But even so, this was an enjoyable read. It followed the stories of several of the characters over the course of about 6 years. I like the twists and turns that Archer puts into his writing, and I am keen to read the next in t
Tricia Douglas
Mar 21, 2015 Tricia Douglas rated it really liked it
The second book in the Clifton Chronicles. In this book we're into WWII seeing how each member of the family copes and lives around this historic event. The characters are well-developed, especially the women. The stories are easy reads, but Archer keeps you turning the pages and leaves you up in the air until you get ahold of the next book. So far I've enjoyed his writing and can't wait to read the next book.
Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
This was good, but I really enjoyed the adventures of Harry and his Mom in book 1 more. I cannot say this was a let down; and the ending is such a cliffhanger I'm sure I'll read book 3, but I can wait awhile. The characters are all well rounded and have substance so there is no problem there, but somehow it just doesn't inspire me to keep reading this series right now. I'll give it a little more time and then return to see who gets what.
Feb 06, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing
The Sins of the Father

Author: Jeffrey Archer

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Love and breeding do strange things when trying to protect someone from being hurt. One family would rather not have Harry Clifton as part of theirs as his heritage is in question and the end result might not be what they hoped for. Harry Clifton decided to trade places with Tom Bradshaw to protect the woman he loved from knowing he was still alive. Would you agree to six months in prison for a crime you did not commit to clear th
Aug 07, 2012 Vismay rated it liked it
Long after, a time would come when I would be heard telling my grandchildren that there was a writer whose name was Jeffrey Archer, and why his each book was a best seller.

I have but read a few of his books, ‘Kane and Abel’, ‘Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less’, ‘Shall We Tell the President?’, ‘The Eleventh Commandment’, and most recently his two novels of Clifton Chronicles- ‘Only Time Will Tell’ and ‘The Sins of the Father’.

I must say, I am awed by this master story-teller, who knows very well
[Contém alguns spoilers do primeiro volume]

Depois de ter devorado o primeiro volume da série Harry Clifton, parti de imediato para o segundo volume, que felizmente tinha disponível, movida pela curiosidade de saber o que acontecia ao jovem Harry depois do cliffhanger em que o autor deixou a história.

A vontade de Harry em participar na 2.ª Guerra Mundial leva-o a uma viagem de barco que acaba em tragédia, tendo Harry decidido assumir a identidade de um companheiro de tripulação americano. A seu
Lady of the Lake
I really liked the first book of this family saga...I like the people and the first book was interesting in seeing what made Harry grow up into the man he has become. This being the follow up and starting where the other one ended makes it not a stand alone book ...well I suppose anything can be a stand alone but it certainly would not give you the same enjoyment not having grown up with Harry, not knowing his family and friends...
If I had read this book instead of listening to the audio I may n
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married
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