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The Eleventh Commandment

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  8,880 Ratings  ·  362 Reviews
Connor Fitzgerald is a professional's professional. Holder of the Medal of Honor. Devoted family man. Servant of his country. But for the past twenty-eight years, Fitzgerald has been leading a double life as the CIA's most deadly assassin. And only days before his retirement from the CIA, he comes across an enemy who, for the first time, even he cannot handle. The enemy is ...more
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Published November 2nd 1998 by HarperCollins (first published May 1st 1998)
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Vanessa Wester
Jun 11, 2012 Vanessa Wester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heptathlon
Last night I finished The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer.

In one word - wow! Have I missed this? How can this not have been made into a movie? Is it politically incorrect? Anyway, the whole book follows Connor Fitzgerald, a man I liken to James Bond in the loosest sense. Not a womaniser, a man we all aspire to have as a friend or soul mate. Yet, deadly as sin... Since he is an American agent. The story starts with an assassination and it takes one twist after another, whilst making you b
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Abdul
Jun 27, 2010 Abdul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Empty calories!

I compare this book to drinking a can of coke. While you may enjoy it not sure your body gets any value from it.

If you are bored reading books of substance, watching tv or want to relax while exercising your mind this is a thriller you might enjoy.
Justin Mahaffie
I like Jeffrey Archer. I really do. Kane & Abel was a good book. Paths of Glory was a good book. This one...I did not like it as much as I'd hoped. The story seemed thin...maybe that's not the proper term. It seems like the story is comprised of three or four major scenes, and that's it. Were it to be made into a 2 hour movie, it probably wouldn't have to sacrifice much in the transition. There's not really anything I object to, it just feels like he could have written this over the course o ...more
Dick Reynolds
I saw this novel listed in a recent Sunday issue of the New York Times. Since I’ve read a number of works by Jeffrey Archer, this one aroused my interest. I thought it was a new issue but when I received it I learned that it had been published in 1998. The scenes mentioning airport security reminded me how life has changed since 9/11.
The central character is Connor Fitzgerald, a military hero in the Viet Nam war, a devoted family man, and a hit man for the CIA. His enemy is not a foreign dicta
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Ananya
May 20, 2013 Ananya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although my exams were a couple of days ahead, I couldn't stop reading this engaging book. Talking about engagement, I must have been found day and night sticking to The Eleventh Commandment much to the annoyance of my family members and peers. Other than that, what a read! Out of habit, I'd read exactly the last line of the story, WHICH I WON'T REPEAT, STRICTLY SPEAKING as I regretted it. Though it kept me anticipating a happy ending, I would have definitely been shocked at the moments, I was e ...more
Paul Lyons
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Saurav ganguly
I remember reading this book at about 2:00 am (+5:30 GMT), past midnight. Having read it the whole day, still was like if it could have been read for an entire 24hrs would fall short such interesting the book is.

I wonder how well this author can adapt and his mastery in writing fictions. If anyone says me that he’s the one who has written Kane & Able, a cross-border, multi-decadal drama has written this cross-nation, high speed espionage book, I wouldn’t believe him.

GIVING THIS PIECE OF WOR
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Steve
Mar 03, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Eleventh Commandment is a very well-written espionage thriller story which reminds me a lot of Robert Ludlum's Bourne series.

Connor Fitzgerald is a CIA operative with years of dedicated service as an assassin for the United States government in foreign countries around the world. When his superiors set him up to be captured and executed in an effort to get rid of him, they learn how loyal some of his friends are, and instead of going away, he becomes a threat and a liability to them.

I found
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Alicia Devero
I love Jeffrey Archer books and over the time I even got used to his style when within a few pages he tends to move by a decade or two - both an action and his characters - and you find yourself dealing with a few generations, not just one person :) Therefore, "The Eleventh Commandment" came as a surprise, since the author gave only one character in his book the right to entertain its readers until the last page and I truly enjoyed the fast paste action and never boring adventure across the worl ...more
Ravi :)
Feb 06, 2011 Ravi :) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book to be read in 2011 and I just loved it.. I enjoyed each and every page. .. the plot.. the pace where the author wrote is pretty detailed.. Earlier I used to enjoy a lot of watching movies.. and I liked that they used to be get completed in just 1.5 hrs.. But reading a books is a lot good and the way the details are written is excellent... This is the first book which I read Jeffrey Archer and yes.. you read it right.. I never had the habit of reading books earlier.. someho ...more
Marion
Feb 17, 2014 Marion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the book. I liked the characters , I liked the plot..alot. I enjoyed reading it and watching it unfold. I was rooting for the good guys and, Hoping the bad guys would be caught and punished, some were but some were not. Was it believable, probably not but it was within the realm of my imagination and it allows me to escape from my everyday life, if only for a moment.
Julia Grundling
i'm a big archer fan and when i'm in the mood for a book with a good story and twist, i grab one of his books.

i was going to give this 4 stars, but i predicted the end, so i will have to give it 3 stars. i can never guess the ending of his books, but this one was way too predictable. i still enjoyed it though. :)
Meidan "StormBlessed"
An amazing book,every part of it was great,this book was so unpredictable that you could never tell what was going to happened in the next 10 pages,the writer didn't disappoint.
I think these sort of CIA focused books are great but as it is supposed to reflect the real world the ending was disappointing but still brilliant,i think i will read more of Archer's books in the future
Jenn
May 17, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This book was an intriguing book that keeps the reader guessing as to what will happen next and who was the "villian" of the story. Even at the end, the author still throws a twist at the end and not everything seems like it should be until the last page! I really enjoyed this book, although it makes me wonder if things like this truly happen with our government! :)
Connie Wisniewski
This was a fabulous book. The plot was fantastic and the characters were terrific. It gives a lot of insight into the inter-workings of the CIA, an the administration. There were so many twists and turns, you couldn't put the book down. I would recommend it to everyone who loves a true thriller.
Mae
Feb 11, 2013 Mae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Again, a good time passer - won't change the world, but entertaining and seems to be what is necessary right now. Finding that I need to read for entertainment only....
Pradyota Prakash
Mar 24, 2016 Pradyota Prakash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My very first Jeffrey Archer! Absolutely loved it! If you are new to Jeffrey Archer I would still recommend Kane and Abel but this book is just AWESOME!
AlliBGood
Feb 15, 2017 AlliBGood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story line but sometimes I was confused on what was happening and I was unsatisfied with the ending: it felt like there was this big gap between the climax and the ending with what was going on with the main character and then you get to the last page and it's like, "um, did I miss something? How did that happen?". This was my first Archer book: it's one of his earlier works and I'm hoping his later ones improve a bit in that respect. The last quarter of the book had me up well past bedtim ...more
David Jose
This is definitely not a great work from Archer, compared to his other works like 'Kane & Abel'.
This book is based on the events that happen in the life of a CIA agent. Of course, there are several interesting moments in this story, with some unexpected twists and surprises - an Archer trademark. Somehow, this story kept reminding me of 'Shall we tell the President', though the story lines are different
The climax of the book was a bit let-down. I was expecting a nail-biting finish, but it ra
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Joan
Jan 25, 2017 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenn
Mar 11, 2017 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
a little slow in places...not a bad book - definitely has some twists
Cathy Biggers
Mar 15, 2017 Cathy Biggers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another tremendous Jeffrey Archer thriller. Loved this book so much I just couldn't put it down until finished at nearly midnight. Highly recommend it to political fiction and mystery lovers!
Mary Beth
Jan 02, 2017 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun! Somewhat predictable. Written in 1998, but comparable to today's political shenanigans.
Valerie Penny
Feb 08, 2015 Valerie Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not rate Jeffery Archer as a great author, but he is a great story teller. His book The Eleventh Commandment had been taking up shelf space for years, so I decided to read it and then give it away to the local charity shop. That way it would no longer take up room in my book case.

Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare was born on 15 April 1940 in London, England but his family moved to Weston-super-Mare in Somerset two weeks later. He is an English author and former politi
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Sandy
Jan 06, 2017 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story teller. I plan to read more. Not quite as good as Prisoner of Birth or Paths to Glory but still good.
Alex Shoflick
Dec 02, 2014 Alex Shoflick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(spoilers!)I rather enjoyed this book. It had complex themes and new ideas about politics and espionage. This book is about a NCO (non-commissioned officer) named Connor Fitzgerald who work for the CIA but they are not responsible for his actions due to legal loop holes. He works as a hitman who kills political candidates who pose a problem to the agenda of the USA. THe story Begins with Connor in Columbia moments away from assassinating a drug cartel boss who is the leading candidate for the ne ...more
Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Archer begins this writing about the unwritten eleventh commandment which is generally followed as most important for politics and politicians, diplomats etcetera - thou shalt not get caught - while going on about business of assassinations in other countries, toppling their governments and generally keeping them unsettled, since fair means are difficult to fight with and wiping another's line easier than drawing a longer one for oneself.

(Wednesday, September 22, 2010.)

Only Archer could, howeve
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Ankit Sah
May 14, 2014 Ankit Sah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeffrey Archer is an English author and a former politician. Jeffrey Archer wrote his first novel “Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less” and was sold in 17 countries within a single year. The second novel “Shall We Tell the President” became bestseller. With this his career as an author took off. This novel “The Eleventh Commandment” is his 10th novel. This novel had spent 24 weeks on The Sunday’s Times best-seller’s list.

The novel is based on a man named Connor Fitzgerald who is a CIA agent. He i
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Kiran
Mar 27, 2016 Kiran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It has been disappointing to read two books back-to-back by one of my all-time favourite authors, Jeffrey Archer, that have not come even half-way close to his remarkable storytelling skills. (The first one was 'False Impressions')

The Eleventh Commandment is the story of Connor Fitzgerald, a CIA operative, fresh from a mission in Columbia where he has, at the behest of the Director of CIA, Helen Dexter, assassinated a presidential hopeful. Wanting nothing more than to retire from the CIA, where
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Christine
If you want to read great political thrillers, Vince Flynn is your man, not Jeffrey Archer.

Many things irritated me about The Eleventh Commandment. First, I listened to the audiobook, and the narration is dreadful. A quick Google search confirmed what I suspected, the narrator, Paul Hecht, is British born (although educated in Canada and having spent significant time in the US). So, he's a Brit trying his best to narrate this book with an American accent, and failing. His few mispronounced words
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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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