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Sons of Fortune

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,445 Ratings  ·  450 Reviews
It is often spur-of-the-moment decisions, sometimes made by others, that can change our whole lives.

Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer returns with a powerful tale of twins separated by fate and reunited by destiny.

In the late 1940's in Hartford, Connecticut a set of twins is parted at birth. Nat Cartwright goes home with his parents, a schoolteacher and an insurance sale
Paperback, 608 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Pan (first published 2002)
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Raven and Beez
Oct 24, 2013 Raven and Beez rated it really liked it
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This book like all other Jeffrey Archer books is great. The start of the book reminded me of his book The Fourth Estate (A book review that I have already done) but as you go on reading you will realise that it's nothing like that book at all.

The story is set in the time between the 1940's and the end of the twentieth century. They have a common rival Elliot, who in my opinion is a total jerk (which is obviously what the author wanted us to feel). There is intense rivalry at diffe
Laura Brown
Aug 19, 2013 Laura Brown rated it did not like it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Boring! Couldn't get interested in the dull characters and the obvious, plodding story where 2 parallel lives unfailingly continue down similar paths unaware of the other. Typical twin separated at birth plot. I rarely put a book down once I start, but I predicted every page before I read it and realized it just was never going to give me a reason to turn another page.
Sep 11, 2015 Versha rated it really liked it
This book was an absolute entertainer from start to end! I may change the rating later but as of now i want to give it full stars.

Now I have changed it to 4..

I usually tend to read two books at a time especially if one of the books is more than 500 pages reason being somewhere in the mid i may get bored of the pace or the characters or may be i just need a break from that book but i was totally wrong when i started this one. From the moment i started till the end it didn’t even cross my mind to
Alex Telander
Jan 31, 2011 Alex Telander rated it it was ok
Jeffrey Archer is a well-established English author, who has written such bestsellers as Kane and Abel and Honor Among Thieves, but his latest addition to the publishing world, Sons of Fortune, fails in many ways; maybe it is because he wrote it under the duress of incarceration?

For about a year now Archer has spent his time in prison because he was essentially embezzling money as a member of the House of Lords. In that time he has written and produced a play pleading his innocence, and has writ
Jan 28, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Sons of Fortune. It was gripping throughout.

(Spoiler alert!) My only two pieces of criticism are these:
1) That, when Rebecca Elliot broke down in the courtroom and admitted to killing her husband, her confession seemed too word-perfect and unrealistic. She didn't pause, stutter or rephrase anything - like I would have imagined her to do.

2) That Nat's son, Luke, committed suicide on hearing that his mother had been a prostitute once upon a time. I felt that this was totally u
Kaycee Sapinoso
Sons of Fortune enthralled me. Totally. One of the Books I will never get enough of. It was my first Archer novel, and I’m glad that I decided to read this wonderful, gripping and remarkable story.

Nat Cartwright and Fletcher Davenport; separated at birth are dizygotic twins (twins developed from two separate oocytes fertilized at the same time. They may be of the same or opposite sex, differ both physically and genetically) they were both raised in different worlds. One, goes to a wealthy fam
Jeffrey Archer must have been off his meds, or on them beyond the recommended dose for a year.(He is usually great.) The story is packed full of English aristocratic snobbery, but transferred to America. Clumsily transferred. Standard, rich twins separated at birth. One raised poorer. They both whoop ass in slightly different ways, but of course they are both swinging for the fence. I wonder if he was on a Connecticut country club tour with elderly Yale and boarding school alumni the entire time ...more
Jul 23, 2015 Cherie rated it liked it
It was not as good as I anticipated as I feel as if the story is being prolonged. However, it does let the readers feel more connection to the character.
Feb 06, 2016 Ivana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jedného dňa sa v istej pôrodnici narodia zdravé dvojičky a o čosi neskôr chlapec, ktorý však prvé hodiny svojho života ráta aj ako posledné. Je to syn páru, ktorý už prišiel o dve deti a jedna sestra urobí osudové rozhodnutie... Dvojičky tak vyrastajú každé v inej rodine, ich životy plynú rôzne a je len otázkou času kedy sa stretnú. Ako sa stretnú, kedy a ako sa ich životy postupne splietajú, to je námetom celej knihy, ktorú Archer píše sebe vlastným spôsobom - prelína jednu dejovú linku s druho ...more
Jan 25, 2011 Courtney rated it liked it
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Jul 24, 2014 Wilton314 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
What a cracking read. Sons Of Fortune is the first Jeffrey Archer novel I have read. I was not disappointed and found it to be an excellent thriller.
It is the story of twin boys separated at birth, one staying with his working class family the other going to a more well to do family, and whose lives parallel each other's, coming tantalisingly close to touching on many occasions and coming together in a most shocking but natural way.
To me it was fast paced, despite spanning four and a half decade
Nov 25, 2011 Meera rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an okay read. Knowing Jeffrey Archer's work, I expected the book to be filled with suspense and action. However, it was more like a realistic drama. The storyline was fast paced and easy to read, but it was lacking a climax.. the developments and twists in the story were minimal; it was such a disappointment.

Fletcher and Nat were separated at birth, where Fletcher ended up with the Davenport's, a well established family. Nat, on the other hand, was raised by his birth parents, the Cartwri
Apr 04, 2013 Mrtracksclass rated it really liked it
Sons of Fortune is a long novel (500+ pages) about the lives of two men, Nat Cartwight and Fletcher Davenport. These two men are identical twins who were separated at birth, with Fletcher being switched to replace the deceased baby of the other woman. Both men live similar lives, as they both go to rival private schools, and both run in school elections. Since both run for school president, they both get the aid of their best friends, who also help them as they both run against each other for th ...more
Oct 29, 2011 Qurat rated it it was ok
just finished reading it. and after reading the last line, i turned the page to look for more, cux i wasnt sure if it was over. i am still confused.
other than that, it was a nice read, fast paced, quickly moving, the two guys, nat and fletcher were surely quite fortunate, from the time of birth. brothers seperated at teh time of birth and not meeting until they both decide to run in the elections, their paths cross many times, tehy fell in love with the same girl, they both had the same enemy a
Karen Finch
May 24, 2015 Karen Finch rated it it was amazing
Jeffrey Archer really is the consummate story teller!!! After disrobing him at the end of Feb I've read at least 8 of his books. This is the most recent and I have to say this and Kane and able are my favorites so far.

Parallel stories about a set of fraternal twins who were separated at birth.
Feb 02, 2013 Sprior rated it really liked it
Nice story by Archer written in a very relaxed style. At first I wondered why there was so much useless dialog that does nothing to support the plot, then I realized that due to this style, the book was less of a story being told and more of a story being experienced. You feel like you are along for the ride and sitting in the room with the characters listening to them banter back and forth. The plot is based around twins separated at birth and their two paths as they live their lives. I wasn't ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Nadine rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story. Jeffrey Archer is a great writer!
Jun 29, 2016 Manisha rated it did not like it
Utter disappointment... Slow pace, boring story telling and dull character development killed a story that could have been better. Liked the idea behind the book yet it doesn't meet the expectations.
The foundation of book is that there are twins who got separated, they lead their lives without knowing existence of their relation yet somehow they have been going in one direction where they will eventually end up meeting. BUT When they meet or come to know of being brothers nothing happens... to
Sujata Sahni
"My mother taught me two languages until the age of nine and by then I was just about ready to be mainstreamed into the Storrs' school system. And I was most fortunate to have a maths teacher whose hobby was statistics, and who was also fascinated by the role the computer might play in the future. How big is your firm's computer Mr. Cartwright?" : Su Ling. " About the size of this room" " The next generation of students will work with computers no larger than the lids of their desks, and the gen ...more
Arun Kannan
Nov 12, 2015 Arun Kannan rated it liked it
Not an unputdownable book, gets sluggish at a few points. But, overall, a great book.

The story telling is intense and it swiftly changes its path like the wind. The twists are carefully plotted and makes the story more exciting.

The story of brothers separated at birth and the events of their life is the main theme of the book. The events are filled with suspense, and are successful in making the reader turn the page to frown to receive the unexpected.

But, this book has the common Archer elements
Sukanya Menon
May 29, 2015 Sukanya Menon rated it really liked it
What did I think of this novel? In a simple line- a perfect entertainer. No, it certainly isn't one of Jeffrey Archer's best novels. No, it isn't as classy as "Kane and Abel". No, it isn't without its flaws. But, unless you are an avid hater of drama-thrillers, I can assure you, you will find it very difficult to keep this book down.
Twins separated at birth, brought up in different levels of the society, two best friends for life. Quite the predictable story line, especially if you have read Ka
Dec 16, 2015 John added it
Jeffrey Archer’s book, Sons of Fortune, is intriguing and thought provoking. It’s political, chess playing dynamic, has the reader thinking about what’s to come. Archer uses dialog diction in order to place the reader inside the minds of each character. Throughout the story the reader knows what one brother intends to do, while the other is forming his own plan. This method of writing allows the reader a sneak peek into what is about to happen. In turn, this sneak peek puts the reader in a posi ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Lindsay rated it liked it
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Frank Smith
Jun 08, 2015 Frank Smith rated it really liked it
Good book, good story, mainly well written characters, but......
The story does sort of end nowhere in particular and throughout the book, I found myself constantly cringing at the repeated verbal jousts in practically EVERY conversation. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind an occasional quip or quick witted remark, but Archer does sometime go a bit over the top and in this story he seemed to have every character in every scene ending a major piece of dialogue with a sharp one liner or memorable qu
Keerthi Ramachandran
Sep 24, 2014 Keerthi Ramachandran rated it really liked it
The book narrates the high school politics (as i'm not from the continent where the story sets in, so i'm not sure how to go about it), fall and rise. an boy becoming hero etc.,.. the portrayal of hero in making.

Half book is more of Teen read, where rest of the book is taking different direction.

Two Questions:

"Sons Of Fortune" well all the Lead characters suffer personal losses in one form or other, how could the be called sons of fortune. And finally, election... when the competion is between t
Dec 08, 2014 Caros76 rated it it was ok
Easy enough to turn the pages I guess, but this just felt careless in many respects ...

Spoiler alert...

I agree with Courtney ... The reaction from Nat and Fletcher when they learn that they're twins was so so so underwhelming. Ho hum. Next.

The desperate need for life saving AB neg ... hmmm.

The grief for Luke's death seemed very brief, and lacked depth. Then for Nat and Su Ling to casually laugh about her mother's:
we wash your dirty linen in public
advertising slogan for the laundry shop ... Th
Jan 30, 2015 Christa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-challenge
What's the point? It's 500+ pages of plotless nothing. I wanted something to happen! It just kept going with more inane storylines. About halfway through, I began trying to figure why I should I care anymore. I still don't have an answer.

Not Archer's best work at all.
Jodi Woody
Oct 23, 2014 Jodi Woody rated it it was ok
I had heard some great things about Jeffrey Archer and picked this book up at a book sale. I was disappointed. Not in the writing style, but this book was full of politics and business intrigue, not really my cup of tea. I did read it through, it is a long read, as I wanted to find out about the two brothers separated at birth. I can say that the book is a good representation of the changes in American society. It chronicles the 60's-80's and how colleges and average Americans came to accept so ...more
Deepthi Prasad
Feb 08, 2014 Deepthi Prasad rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I thoroughly enjoy reading this book. Like the story-line and Jeffrey has done a good job with it, playing in his strong areas- politics and law. I find it unputdownable, even though it is quite a long read. Emotions are portrayed to the right extent.
Darshana Unnikrishnan
my first jeffrey archer book n my all time favorite book. :-) its a wonderful book. every1 whom i recommened this book to had loved it too n thanked me to introducing this author to them.

jeffrey archer is a master story teller without any doubt. :-)
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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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“Here was a man, when comes such another?” 6 likes
“Just as soon as I get this cast off," Fletcher said, "I'm going to kick your ass."
"You shouldn't speak to Dr Renwick like that, after all he's done for you," said Nat, with a grin.
"Why not?" asked Fletcher. "He filled me up with your blood, so now I'm half the man I was."
"Wrong again," said Nat. "You're twice the man you were, but still half the man I am.”
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