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A Matter Of Honour

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  12,202 ratings  ·  241 reviews
Another page-turner from the number one bestselling author.
Paperback, 429 pages
Published 2003 by Pan MacMillan (first published December 31st 1985)
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Tea Jovanović
Malo je reči da obožavam ovog autora i da sam pročitala sve njegove knjige... Sada ga u Srbiji objavljuje Laguna... I da po meni, spada u one pisce koji ne umeju da napišu lošu ili neinteresantnu knjigu... A dobar deo njegovih knjiga je i vrhunski ekranizovano...
My friend had never heard of Jeffrey Archer. I told her he lived near Cambridge and wrote bad novels.

"But have you ever read one?" she asked. I was forced to admit I hadn't.

On Christmas Day, I found this book tucked inconspicuously under the tree. I felt honor-bound to read it.

So, now I know what I'm talking about, and I can give you a more nuanced picture. Jeffrey Archer lives near Cambridge. He writes appallingly bad novels.
I was lent this when I was a schoolboy and the spectre of how bad it was haunts me yet. Set in the 1960s it has a deeply silly plot about needing to stop the Soviets from getting the title deeds to Alaska because otherwise there wouldn't be any kind of a story at all. Well maybe it wasn't the title deeds exactly, but it was something along those lines, Herman Goring and a Swiss bank deposit box were involved, what more needs to be said?

It rattles along. I remember there was a moment when the he...more
This is the First Archer book I ever read. I was hooked after this one.
I am a fan of a number of Jeffery Archer's other books such as 'As the Crow Flies', however this is not up to that same standard.

The book started off with great promise, and by the quarter-way point I was getting into it, convinced that some big plot points were on their way.

Unfortunately though, it was a great disappointment. There are allusions and tantalising hints to intensity and intrigue, but at the end, you always knew what the outcome was going to be for each sub-plot/character, despit...more
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Just gone back to Jeffrey Archer after many years gap - forgotten how good he really is. I think people dismiss him for his politics and past - but they really should read his books. He is a very good story teller and an incredibly detailed writer.

I loved this book (although I do all of them so far). It was fascinating to read about the super powers in the 60's in comparison to the super powers of today. If the story had been true what a twist in history it would have been. The torture scene alt...more
Thomas Acland
I picked this book up while half drunk on Bristol station with more than an hour to waste until my train back to Bridgwater. So given the circumstances in which I choose it I guess this book as achieved a pretty good rating. I enjoy reading thriller books, they are always page turners and always an easy read which is often exactly what you want from a book, however with this book I had a number of problems.

Firstly the plot was overly contrived, I know most thriller books edge towards the unbelie...more
A most delightful book by Jeffrey Archer except for the torture of Adam at the Soviet embassy in Paris which is truly revolting. Even the ordeal of physical torture Adam overcomes with his principle 'fitness is not in how fast you tire out but in how fast you recover'!
So much about the Swiss bank security. The bank in Geneva connives with the Soviet Central Bank's chairman to surreptitiously transfer millions worth of gold and precious stones left behind in its safekeeping by an ancient Russian...more
Original Rating- 2.5/5
A Matter of Honor is a hard-paced story of an ex-military personnel who comes across the adventure of his life where the Americans and Russians are continuously chasing him for he holds a very significant piece of art in which is hidden a contract between the two nations... he is running and running, he doesn't even know whether he can trust his own country men or not. The suspense factor of the story is not very convincing. The reader gets the idea about the property invol...more
E.R. Yatscoff
This is an earlier novel by Mr. Archer. Dumb title, but I picked it up at a garage sale. I enjoy his recent stuff much more. It has a slow start about the KGB and bankers and a British Army officer (plenty of background). The story has to do with an art forgery and a document hidden in the original: about the Russkies getting back Alaska from the Americans in some old deal. The Americans and Russians really want this art and the British officer is the one who gets his hands on it first by accide...more
Nancy Ellis
Nothing deep or thought-provoking here, just good ol' fashioned entertainment! Adam Scott inherits an old letter from his impoverished father. Reading the letter sends him on a "quest" to restore his father's honor and find his inheritance, a missing Russian icon stolen by the Nazis. Unfortunately, it's also being sought desperately by the Russians and the Americans (this takes place in 1966, so it's a different world back then) while the Brits are trying to keep them from killing Adam. Quite an...more
I usually read non-fiction but I enjoy a nice diversion now and then. Jeffrey Archer's storytelling prowess shines through in 'A Matter of Honor.' The plot's twists, complete with hair raising chases, political intrigue, and murder make this a fine novel to escape into -- and one that will keep you up well past your usual bedtime.

I gave this book a four-star rating only because Archer leaves a couple of questions unanswered.

This is a highly recommended read from one of my favorite novelists.
Atif Hossain
This book is one of the finest you would find on the shelves. For the first 100 pages of it, it seems like an ordinary novel but after 110-120 pages, the book takes another turn and the chase starts. The next 300 odd pages are so damnn interesting that you would not want to keep the book down. I believe this is one of the best I have ever read !! It's a MUST READ for everyone.. MUST READ !!!
I enjoy Archer's thrillers, in spite of the fact they are illogical and the correct outcome is often a matter of luck. In this one, a unemployed ex British officer inherits an unopened letter from his father, leading him on a wild adventure with British, Russian and American agents chasing him across Europe.
A chase story. The main character is running around Europe trying to stay alive and figure out the big secret. JA's a good writer, and I finished it in a day.
I really have enjoyed a lot of Jeffery Archers books. Especially the older ones. This is one of his best.
A great political thriller - one of my favourite genres) by Jeffrey Archer - one of my favourite authors.
I'm not a fan of the genre, but I was surprised by how much I liked the book. A very interesting read.
Arun Divakar
This was one of those chase books that kept the pages turning during my school time...
ALex Romanov of the KGB saved this book from me. Such a great character
If you like DiVinci Code you will like this one.
A bit dated but still a very good book.
skywalker (cruisin' in ma Batmobile)
This book could have been more suitably titled as ‘the Incredible run of luck for a Mr.Adam Scott’.

This book was certainly impressive, especially with how our ex-military man protagonist just manages to escape certain death, several times over, by sheer luck and yes, his own genius. I did not regret reading this story wherein he meets just the right people who help him though this adventure. I do not know any better, so I’ll just say that this work is a parody of other espionage thrillers. At th...more
Anna Ligtenberg
ISBN 067164159X - Ironically, I picked this one up right after I finished Ludlum's The Gemini Contenders, and they have a lot in common - a secret hidden during WWII comes to light and becomes the responsibility of a later generation and the chase is on. I gave Ludlum 4 stars and give this one 5 for two reasons; Archer's book is an easier read and the hero of his book is around long enough to care about.

Thought to be a traitor, Gerald Scott resigned his commission from the army. When he died, he...more
Apr 21, 2012 Therese rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy thriller (i.e.Jason Bourne) fans, etc.

You can read what this book is about, and I'm glad I got it because I haven't read a page turner like this for a long time. Adam Scott is a likable fellow and fortunately has the training to be running for his life and making things right because it is a matter of honor, at least to begin with.

I don't know whether this has ever been made into a movie or not, but I can definitely picture it as a high speed chase that I cannot turn the pages fast enough because I want to find out what happens...more
Cikgu Bee Ai
The first Archer novel I read, and to-date the only novel I've read more than once (I've read this twice). This book made me look forward to going to my post-SPM job, a water-seller on a golf course (where the drinks are RM2.50 a pop, so no one really came to buy them). I'm a slow reader, and it took me more than a week of daily reading to finish this one, but I enjoyed every bit of it the first time, and even more so the second time round. I recommend this anyone who enjoys a good, fast-paced,...more

My second JA book after sons of fortune. Have to admit that his twists are predictable. In both novels. But he has a skill of getting you hooked to the book. So this book are for the ones who really want to fill their time.

The beginning is abit slow, but once the story started picking up, it never slowed down.

The finishing was abit rushed and many parts were left out. Maybe to keep the reader guessing. I would like it it was explained clearly.
Brit McCarthy
A Matter Of Honour was different for me to read compared with Archer's other narratives, as I wasn't hooked in the same way as I have found previously. It was a relatively quick read but it took some time before I was really, fully engrossed in the story. It still had the usual Archer elements of daring plot twists and turns and had me trying to think ahead, to what I would do next in the same situation. But it still felt like something was missing - not sure what. It just didn't live up to A Pr...more
Not sure when I started this book but I finished it today.
Jeffery did not fail to disappoint! Felt like I was watching a movie!! The things countries do and continue to do for 'freedom' or other related reasons...its crazy.

If you like espionage mixed with politics between nations, then this is it for you!
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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...more
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