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

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About the Book: The Sins of the Father The master storyteller continues the Clifton saga with this, the second novel New York. 1939. Tom Bradshaw is arrested for first degree murder, lie stands accused of killing his brother. When Sefton Jelks, a top Manhattan lawyer, offers his services for nothing, penniless Toni has little choice but to accept his assurance of a lighter ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 2nd 2012 by Macmillan
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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)
Marianne I did exactly what Karen recommends. I was not certain that I wanted to continue reading volume 3 at this point of time - but I did want a more…moreI did exactly what Karen recommends. I was not certain that I wanted to continue reading volume 3 at this point of time - but I did want a more satisfactory ending. I hate all those cliff hangers....(less)
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Lori
Jul 18, 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...
Nancy
Jul 23, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nirmalya
May 18, 2012 Nirmalya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Char
Nov 30, 2016 Char rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series, and it is NOT a stand-alone. The Clifton Chronicles are, as you may have guessed, a series of books about generations of the Clifton family. This one spans the period of WWII and it was interesting to see it from both the European and American sides.

This book may be kind of sappy, (it's DEFINITELY sappy as compared to my normal reading), and all the characters are pretty much black or white, there are no grays here. That said, I found it to be great fun an
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Barbara

3.5 stars

This is the second novel in the seven-book series, 'The Clifton Chronicles.'

In the first book, Only Time Will Tell, Englishman Harry Clifton was about to marry his great love, Emma Barrington, when a surprise revelation derailed the wedding. Turns out Emma's father - shipping heir Hugo Barrington - probably sired Harry as well, back in the days when Harry's mother was a prostitute.

World War II was about to break out and a downcast Harry went off to join the British Navy. His ship was s
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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
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Mj
May 20, 2012 Mj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Eddie Owens
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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
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
I need more Harry! I totally understand the title of the book though. More Emma, more Giles this time around definitely more Hugo
Speaking of Hugo...total prick I haven't detested a male character that much in quite some time. And of course, Archer sets the ending so that I have to immediately begin book 3 IMMEDIATELY
Susan
Because the first book in the series was so great I went directly on to this one and I was not disappointed. The characters evolved nicely and the story line held its own, but it did not make me want to jump right into the third. However, that being said, I do plan on finishing the series but needed a break, perhaps a different genre. I would recommend this series to those that like epics.
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 ,
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Nilesh
Aug 25, 2012 Nilesh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melodie
Feb 18, 2013 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
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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
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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
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Matt
Aug 01, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenny
Jun 11, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amanda Patterson
Apr 24, 2012 Amanda Patterson rated it liked it
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,
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Pamela
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
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Dawnie
2.5 stars

After the disappointing ending of book 1, i have to say that sadly this book did not build up until quite late into this book.

I didn't like how Harry pretended to be someone else, i didn't like where that took this story and his character and i didn't really get why it was important for him to go through his time in prison or why Archer found it necessary to take the story through what he made the plot and character go through in this book.

I do think that the last couple of chapters
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Amruta
May 09, 2012 Amruta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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JoAnne Pulcino
May 26, 2012 JoAnne Pulcino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction, saga
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
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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
Claude
Jul 26, 2012 Claude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?)
Annie
Jun 09, 2017 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great follow up to the first book in the series. I found out there are seven in the series, so I'm looking forward to many more good stories.
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
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Pawan
Sep 08, 2012 Pawan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
Judy
Feb 16, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

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