The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles, #2)
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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...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2012)
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Nancy
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
Nirmalya
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
Mj
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...more
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...more
Nilesh
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...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...more
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...more
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 ,...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...more
Jenny
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...more
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,...more
Parvathy
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
Pawan
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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...more
JoAnne Pulcino
SINS OF THE FATHER THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES VOLUME 2

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...more
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...more
Stephanie
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
Kathryn
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...more
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
Matt
Jeffrey Archer at his best in this, the second in the Clifton trilogy. Archer picks up where he left off (a little daunting for me, as I read so much and have to remember all the threads of this series, not mixing them up with some other multi-generational ones) and pushes forward with his excellent narrative style. We learn a great deal more about some of the key characters and the timelines moves into World War II, which is a daunting backdrop if ever one could be chosen. Still, his focus is n...more
Vismay
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...more
Amruta
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...more
Fran
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...more
Julia
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.

Also,...more
Mehul
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,...more
Gaurav Vartak
A slightly better book that he previous part. While the previous part concentrated on the makings of Harry Clifton, and the established the relationships between each of the major characters, this part traces the journey that each of the characters make.

The one thing that can be said about this book is that it was less predictable than the last one. Though again, like its predecessor, even this book had lot of coincidences occurring out of nowhere. I would give it 3.25/5.
Beatnik  Mary
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I found myself hooked on the series after the first book, Only Time Will Tell, and I'll definitely read the next one (and probably all of them), but I admit I liked this one a lot less than the first. The main character, Harry Clifton, is barely in it. Instead we follow all the other characters around as they talk about Harry. Perhaps that's overstating it a bit, but it does feel disjointed. And the big "mystery" of Harry's parentage is a giant teaser that...more
Amy
Book two in this series was ALMOST as good as the first...
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 Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, dr...more
Manu Prasad
The second part of The Clifton Chronicles. Harry's plan to erase his past and start a different life in America has unfortunate side effects, as the last page of the first volume indicated. Emma, the mother of his son, meanwhile, refuses to believe that he is dead, and sets out to find him. Giles, after some hesitation, joins the army and fights the Germans in World War 2. The book also follows a few other characters from 'Only Time Will Tell' like Hugo Barrington, Maisie Clifton, and thanks to...more
Rick
I received Jeffrey Archer’s “The Sins of the Father” through a Goodreads Advanced Readers contest. This was my first adventure with Archer, so I looked forward to wading into a new author. This book happened to be Volume II of a planned series – in this case the Clifton Chronicles. Starting anywhere but the beginning of a series brings risk, but I knew that going in. With those caveats, here is my take.

I enjoyed Archer’s story of Harry Clifton: Clifton’s identity crisis, and heirship concerns –...more
Nicole
It's impossible not to get into this book right away. This is one of those times I hate my inability to articulate just what I mean.. There's something about the way the author writes that sucks you in and keeps you reading into the wee hours. I feel like saying the writing is simple sounds negative, but I can't think of another word for it. I don't mean simple as in not complex, because Archer paints a palpable portrait of his characters.
The story spans several years and is told from several...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...more
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