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Jeffrey Archer
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The Eleventh Commandment

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  7,023 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Conner Fitzgerald is a man who had been leading a secret life as the CIA's deadliest assassin. Just days before his retirement, he comes across an enemy even he can't handle -- the director of the CIA herself! Her stranglehold on the agency is threatened by one decision, and her only hope of survival is to eliminate Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by HarperTorch (first published January 1st 1998)
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Vanessa Wester
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
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.
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
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
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.

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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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
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
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.
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 :)
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
Prathyaksh Shetty
This is the first Jeffrey Archer book I have read. The book is about a fifty-year-old CIA hitman - Connor Fitzgerald - a sharp shooter of impeccable record, a medal of honor recipient, a respected man among the circles of CIA, a living legend.

On his last assignment, he is sent to assassinate the authoritarian President of Russia at the behest of the US President... or so he is made to believe by the CIA Director Helen Dexter to cover her own acts of treason. It's too late before Connor finds ou
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
Alex Shoflick
(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
Prashanth Kanichar
i always liked archer's prose and narration crow flies is best example. just within a chapter it sucks you into deep. but this novel is not like that. well the story is gripping. but its not in usual archer style. you have to read 100 pages to feel it..but afterwards its a rollercoaster ride! i personally felt that when archer tells a story takes place in england he gets full marks.. in this novel story is pretty interesting but the details makes you yawn sometimes.
connor the hero of s
I grew up in Maggie Thatcher's Conservative Britain. Names like Michael Heseltine, Nigel Lawson, Michael Portillo and Geoffrey Hurd were all over the news. As was Jeffrey Archer. Sometimes for political reasons, sometimes for scandalous reasons.

My political bent being slightly left of centre, I was never a fan of the right-wing self-righteous Tory party, robbing from the poor to feed the rich and thus really never a fan of Jeffrey Archer the person or the MP. I also wasn't keen to read his book
Tushar Gargava
Jeffrey Archer feels so supreme sometimes.

There's a chapter in the book that I read twice to understand. And that was needed not because it was written in some obscure script, but because it had an incredible twist in the end that changed the meaning of the narration of that chapter.

When I come back to read one more of Archer, I wonder why I haven't been so mad about him! He has all the characteristics of throwing me over the edge with insanity. His books pick up a pace sometime after the first
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! :)
Akshit Kumar
Well, since it's Jeffrey Archer, the book was definitely worth a read.

Ironically, since it was Jeffrey Archer, the book was also sub-standard.

I wasn't expecting it to be at the level of Kane and Abel, since masterpieces like that are about once in a career, but there were some glaring flaws, which are usually conspicuous by their absence in Archer's novels.

The prose was extensive and in many parts, it was unnecessary. A bit of it was repetitive as well.

This was less Jeffrey Archer and more Sidne
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. :)
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.
Nancy Ellis
Great page-turner; didn't want to put it down. In fact, I read it in two sittings. I've read several books by the author and thought I had found my favorite in Kane and Abel, but this one is a close follow-up. It may not have the depth of story line or characters of the other, but it certainly makes up for it in suspense and action! Even though it was written in 1998, the only thing dated about it is when mention is made of arriving at the airport half an hour before flight time!! Otherwise, the ...more
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....
Akila Weerasinghe
It's been about four years since I have read a Jeffrey Archer novel, and oddly to my surprise, although I cite him as one of favorite authors, I was regularly blown away over the course of this story. Time had made me forget the mastery of Archer and for that I'm forever grateful. His ability to weave across points of time in the story (temporarily leaving the reader, not in the dark but definitely with the lights dimmed to great extent) is beautiful and truly adds to the experience. His writing ...more
Christine Blachford
A very serviceable thriller from Jeffrey Archer, but not a particularly memorable or classic work, I think. The story follows the journey of a CIA assassin, who finds himself on the wrong side of the company he works for just months before his retirement. It took a long time to get going, but I stuck with it, and was glad I did because it was an interesting story.

Some of the twists and turns and double crossing was a bit hard to keep track of, but ultimately the story came to a satisfying conclu
Frank Smith
Not one of his best, but a good read, with some interesting characters and good plot. If I had any complaints, I suppose it would be that the main 'secret agent' character is a little too slick to be believable and the plot goes a little bit too conspiratorial in the second half of the book.
I definitely didn't love the story and if a sequel was brought out, I'd probably steer clear, but it doesn't get close to make me want to stop reading Jeffrey Archer's other books and if this is your first t
Bev Taylor
connor works as an assassin for the cia - though not officially

he is now nearing retirement from the field itself and has return from a killing in columbia. he is then asked to do one more - to kill a candidate for the presidency of russia

h/e has this really been requested by the us president or is there another agenda. many lives r soon threatened

found it a bit far fetched that jackson should meet up with a young lad who has such connections but excellent characterisation

we never know what
Even though the ending was a little predictable, there were a few times when I wasn't sure what was going to happen. As always, Mr. Archer weaves several story lines in and out until they all culminate in a good guys win ending. Normally I kind of like it when along the way, some characters unexpectedly exit, especially if I already like them. I gave this one five stars just because it kept my attention till the end and his efficient writing keeps things moving. The setting in Washington with th ...more
Ankit Sah
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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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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