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The Eleventh Commandment

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The Eleventh Commandment. Connor Fitzgerald is a professional's professional. Holder of the Medal of Honor. Devoted family man. Servant of his country. CIA assassin. Days before his retirement from the Company, Fitzgerald comes face to face with an enemy who, for the first time, even he cannot handle--his own boss, Helen Dexter, Director of the CIA.

Thou Shalt Not Be Caugh
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 7th 1999 by HarperTorch (first published May 1st 1998)
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Vanessa Wester
Jun 15, 2012 Vanessa Wester rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 18, 2011 Abdul rated it liked it
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
Jan 17, 2013 Justin Mahaffie rated it it was ok
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
Jan Mcclung-short
Apr 22, 2016 Jan Mcclung-short rated it it was amazing
I really couldn't put the book down, even though, it wasn't captivating or gruesome or a love/hate book. It was just thinking that these people were really likable. You wanted to know what they do exactly what they do. CIA and murder grab attention. I wanted to know how a sniper thinks and does in their regular life. Connor Fitzgerald was himself very interesting. How come he wasn't the head of the CIA instead of Dexter? We never got any information on. Dexter was one nasty evil woman that had p ...more
Jun 03, 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
Dick Reynolds
Aug 10, 2013 Dick Reynolds rated it liked it
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
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.

Paul Lyons
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Dec 23, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
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
Sep 23, 2015 meidan rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 17, 2014 Marion rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2014 Alicia Devero rated it really liked it
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
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
Vikash Bhandari
Apr 11, 2016 Vikash Bhandari rated it really liked it
"Thou Shalt Not Be Caught "
No wonder when it comes to fiction I can't think on anyone better than him. yeah Mr. Jeffrey Archer, although I have started it quite late but better late than never, like always the representation of characters, the plots & the jaw- dropping ending made it one of his piece-da-resistance.

The eight-man honour guard lifted the coffin from the gun carriage, raised it onto their shoulders and began the slow march towards the grave. The coffin was draped in the Ameri
Mar 27, 2016 Kiran rated it it was ok
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
Mar 21, 2016 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
Connor Fitzgerald is an assassin for the CIA. Black ops at its best. But when the CIA director orders a hit, and then wants to hide her involvement from the President, she tries to send Fitzgerald on an one-way futile assignment to Russia to prepare an assassination of the Russian Premier. Fitzgerald's ex-mentor gets involved and figures out the plan, but too late to save CF from getting caught. A couple of twists later, however, and Fitzgerald is back in the States with the same
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it
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
Prathyaksh Shetty
Sep 08, 2015 Prathyaksh Shetty rated it liked it
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
Valerie Penny
Feb 08, 2015 Valerie Penny rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2014 Alex Shoflick rated it really liked it
(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
Jul 11, 2015 Pearl rated it liked it
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
Dec 14, 2014 Tushar Gargava rated it liked it
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
May 17, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
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! :)
Akshit Kumar
Jul 21, 2015 Akshit Kumar rated it liked it
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
Dec 10, 2013 Julia Grundling rated it liked it
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
Oct 29, 2013 Connie Wisniewski rated it it was amazing
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.
Hyrum Sutton
May 26, 2016 Hyrum Sutton rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read the Reader's Digest abridged version of this book. It was about 150 pages rather than 400 pages, so it took out much the detail and left only the story. As the story goes, it was very interesting. Not you every day CIA assassin's story. Connor Fitzgerald is double-crossed by his own company and has to save himself as well as his family. Because it was abridged, the story moved fairly quickly and was a little hard to follow at times, but Archer did a great job of giving you just enough inf ...more
Nancy Ellis
Feb 04, 2015 Nancy Ellis rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 11, 2013 Mae rated it liked it
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....
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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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