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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 Chronicles….

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 Merchan
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2012)
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    Mukund No....better to read the first one....which will compel you to read this and the subsequent parts. The first part has all the characters' introduction…moreNo....better to read the first one....which will compel you to read this and the subsequent parts. The first part has all the characters' introduction and hence it has to be read. (less)

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    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
    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
    Patrice Hoffman
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Samyuktha jayaprakash
    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
    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
    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,
    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
    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

    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
    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
    JoAnne Pulcino

    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
    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
    WARNING: Jeffrey Archer’s – The Clifton Chronicles – is incredibly awesome and outrageously addictive!!!!

    Archer is not only a masterful storyteller and creator of fascinating characters; he’s the earl of plot twists and king of the cliffhanger.

    If you haven’t yet read first in series: “Only Time Will Tell,” do yourself a favor and grab a copy and start there. It’ll be a quick read, because you won’t be able to put it down. Then you’ll be scrambling to get a hold of this book - “The Sins of the
    Susan VanKirk
    Jeffrey Archer has a new series about an aristocratic family and one of its "maybe" members, Harry Clifton. The Barrington family has two heirs...maybe. Giles is the heir presumptive but Harry Clifton may be the bastard child who was born ahead of Giles. In the first book of the series, Only Time Will Tell, we learn a bit about the birth order problem and see Harry make his way through prestigious schools on scholarship. He is mentored by a shady character, Black Jack Tarrant, and his marriage t ...more
    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
    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
    Very readable, but I liked the first book in the series much better. By putting the main character, Harry Clifton, in prison as a result of mistaken identity, I couldn't help reading it as an apologia for the author's time in prison.
    There was a lot of padding. The first book was not much longer but covered over 18 years of story without feeling rushed. This book covered 1939-1945 and felt as if it were only a few months. Very limited character development, except for Harry's friend Giles.

    Amazing page turner! When I started reading, I was intrigued by the easy flow of events. I wanted to keep reading it. The prose is very gripping and easy. A trademark of a very good story teller.

    Jeffrey Archer didn't disappoint me with this installment. He rarely does. Eagerly waiting for the next one in the series to feed my curiosity - "What happens next?"

    The previous installment 'Only Time Will Tell' ended abruptly, giving way to an imminent sequel.
    'The Sins Of The Father' ends abruptly too,
    AHHHH - must download third in series immediately! It ended with a cliff hanger. Another great installment in the series, this one set just prior to WWII and into WWII. Love the characters, feel like they are realistic and likable. Look forward to the next book in series!
    When I finished the first of the Clifton Chronicles, I didn't know that there was another book on the way. I just hated the way author finished the book but still liked the book because of its non-linear narrative style (first time). When I came to know about the second book, I just wanted to clear off all the doubts that were still haunting me from the first book and sadly even after second book (316 pages) you are still left with the same set of questions. Its pretty much predictable and there ...more
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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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