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The Eleventh Commandment

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  5,848 ratings  ·  261 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 7th 1999 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
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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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
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
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.

May 17, 2011 Jenn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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! :)
Julia Mukuddem
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.
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....
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
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
Harini Padmanabhan
After being let down by the best kept secret, it was with some amount of doubt that I picked this one to read. Thankfully, Archer managed to put my doubts to rest and I had a very enjoyable time reading the book. I would not call it his best work but I am surprised that I have missed reading it for so long.

The plot follows the life and times of Connor - one of the CIA's best kept secrets. He plays a huge role in changing the course of international politics and despite his devotion to the count
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
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
The cover looked all the more unenterprising. I bought it from a local sale for no more than $1, and I would not even care to lift it up and give it a read-through had it not been because of my dull and utterly boring summers this year.

I would not chew on my time summarizing the story, but Connor Fitzgerald looks like the perfect,evenly poised natural superhero of the time. While the CBI probes to occult all its scams, Fitzgerald's realization of his own predicament and the incessant build up of
Deepak Gopalakrishnan
Typical page-turning thriller from one of the genre's masters.

Archer has a fantastic plotline that cuts across government, organizations, family, love and mafia and wraps it together beautifully. I totally enjoyed it. It was hardly predictable, and there are enough twists for you to delay your bedtime.

This might not be his best ever work, but it's engrossing and well worth your time if you enjoy the genre or are looking for a quick escape from some heavier, more intense work.
Karla Eaton
This is a classic Archer novel - lots of espionage and intrigue as well as sentimental patriotism. It is a good page turner with lots of exciting twists and turns - travels through South America and Russia - as well as romps through D.C. and the American law enforcement agencies including the CIA as well as the upper levels of the White House. Archer's main character is a classic, romanticized hero - true to country, friends, and sweetheart. He has earned seemingly boundless devotion from nearly ...more
This book has more twists and turns than Lombard Street in San Francisco. I had to stop and think "How did that happen?" or "How did he engineer that problem?" or "Really? I didn't see that coming!" For that reason, I would probably give this book 4 and a half stars because it kept me reading steadily today till I finished it. It was startling at times in the way things unfolded. The one thing that makes me feel a little sad is that there might be the deceit and corruption in politics to the ex ...more
I did like it. I am a late bloomer for Jeffrey Archer and enjoy his style of writing. It kept me reading right until the end, however I would liken it to a roller coaster with no hills and dips - a good pace but it stayed the same all the way through the book.
It was an interesting plot, however quite predictable at the end (i'm a sucker for predictable endings though). I hope that wasn't a spoiler.I would describe this book as a good all-rounder. Read it at the beach, or after a hard day at wor
Bev Walkling
I had read two chapters of this book prior to today, but in one very long bath this evening I soaked it all in and finished it. It was that good that I didn't want to get out till I was done! I won't recite the plot as many other reviewers have done so. It does have a slightly dated feel to it as it was written in different political times, but that didn't bother me at all. I have read other Jeffrey Archer books in the past and also enjoyed them. I passed this one on to my husband which I don't ...more
Mary Jane
I was so in the mood for a good old-fashioned spy novel. This one was published in 1998, I believe. So the action all took place prior to the widespread use of cell phones and all the technology that accompanies it. Found this to be a really fun read! Perfect to escape while on a cross-country flight!
Though the plot is a classic secret agent spurned and framed by the agency, this story was fast-paced and kept me on my toes with assassinations, Russian mafia, murder, kidnappings, and more. If you enjoy action/suspense and want a quick read that doesn't require much thought, this is a book for you.
Reading an abridged version made this story move along quickly. I could not understand how well liked Conner could be. He was a trained killer working for the government yet his family, friends, and coworkers felt he was a great guy. Really made me worried that presidential government workers could think and act like they did.
Your standard run of the mill thriller, that sufficed pretty well as a vacation read. It only warranted three stars as I really felt that the ending could have been explored a lot deeper and more of the loose ends could have been tied up. Overall it was a good book from a master of the literary thriller.
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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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