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A Matter of Honor

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,575 Ratings  ·  318 Reviews
It seems innocent enough. A disgraced British colonel bequeaths a mysterious letter to his only son. But the moment Adam Scott opens the yellowing envelope, he sets into motion a deadly chain of events that threatens to shake the very foundations of the free world.

Within days, Adam's lover is brutally murdered and he's running for his life through the great cities of Europ
ebook, 368 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (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...
Feb 18, 2009 Manny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 (view spoiler) ...more
Jan 30, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the First Archer book I ever read. I was hooked after this one.
Ramkumar  R
It is a Political thriller, set 45 years back in time with an intriguing plot. It's an easy read with a balance of both imagination and it for timepass ...
Finished reading: October 21st 2014
Rating 3

“Adam took one hand off the handlebars and fingered the envelope in his inside pocket like a schoolboy the day before his birthday feeling the shape of a present in the hope of discovering some clue as to its contents.”

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Jul 28, 2009 Uzma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 13, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2013 Samuel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2011 Suby rated it really liked it
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
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
Selvakumar Subramanian
Read a long time ago. A well written thriller. I couldn't put it down at that time.
Nov 30, 2008 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you like DiVinci Code you will like this one.
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
Apr 18, 2013 Anmol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Ellis
May 05, 2012 Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny how one knows one has read this title and remembers the whole story vividly but the connection between the two is missing, until one goes hunting to know precisely what title, which book is it one remembers so well. Even then it takes a while ........

This story mesmerised me for more than one good reason, every time I read it - there is the young innocent Englishman who has been left a letter by his father that he reads after the will is read and the bequests are finished with, which takes
Apr 18, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sandra Bašić
Apr 07, 2016 Sandra Bašić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prisjetila sam se kako mi je Archer odličan pisac političkih trilera, tako filigranski precizno plete mrežu oko Britanaca, Amerikanaca, Rusa, špijuna, ubaci nekoliko ubojstava i to je to. S njim mi nikad nije dosadno i njegove se knjige doslovno "gutaju".
Pradyota Prakash
Apr 10, 2016 Pradyota Prakash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, the usual elements of a thriller! This book won't dissappoint you!
Sep 05, 2015 Florinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Até que ponto se pode ir quando se tenta fazer o que é certo?
Quando pessoas morrem por essa busca pela verdade, devemos parar de procurá-la?
Existem segredos que devem ficar escondidos?
Algumas perguntas como estas têm a sua resposta nesse livro sobre política e que se passa em plena Guerra Fria.
A história leva-nos ao mundo dos espiões (Adam Scott só o descobre mais tarde, muuuito mais tarde...) e a tudo o que parece ser mas não é.
O pai não é traidor, o amigo não trabalha num banco, a herança não
Atif Hossain
Apr 13, 2013 Atif Hossain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 !!!
Aug 09, 2011 Ernest rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good novel that showcased Archer’s skill as a writer. There were some points in the novel that were not clear and this was the novel’s major fault. This novel may not have the complexity of other Archer novels, but given the high levels of his other novels, this may not be saying much. There are many authors that I may like, but Archer is one of a few that I admire.
Apr 18, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
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.
Jan 25, 2016 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced and extremely riveting. I almost finished reading this book in one sitting and I certainly wasn't disappointed with the plot which starts almost immediately with the action. But I found certain parts of the story a little predictable but there are also unexpected plot twists which I appreciate. I absolutely adored the main character, Adam Scott. He was certainly given the brains and looks but I found his loyalty and his resilience admirable. The exciting part was watching Adam and Rom ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Yash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not one of Jeffrey Archer's finest works in my opinion. Compared to the few books that I have read by Jeffrey Archer, I was expecting more from this one. I wont say that I am totally disappointed with this one, but it just doesn't live up to the mark. I found A Matter Of Honor to be lackluster overall. The story builds up very well. But then the pace is lost somewhere in the middle. There are some parts in the book where you get really excited about what is to come next. But then there a ...more
Ankita Srivastava
I picked up Jeffery Archer after almost a decade and half.The book is a reminder of why Archer is a gripping story teller. Smooth talking,well decorated officers with dubious intent, lofty government offices embroiled in negotiations for sovereignty, Swiss Banks thrown in for good measure and our average Joe hero at cross fire, set up the perfect backdrop for a thrilling read.

But perhaps, suspending belief is an art I have lost over the years for the book left me incredulous. Too many coinciden
May 08, 2015 Amit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh My Heavenly God! What I've read really? Epic with every side that could be describable in Thriller genre literature! Can't believe It's been published during the time of 1985 & steel have it's higher grade to the readers...

Insanely Freaking Awesome, Dramatic, Masterminded, Blockbuster and without any doubt A Masterpiece Indeed...

The triangle mystery of cold battle between Russia, England & USA were worth to read. Ah! What I can say! I finished that Novel in Just 2 days after my busy
Akhlaq Akram
Cliched ... quite predictable ... yet extremely entertaining. The pace suits the genre and the plot twists are frequent enough to warrant an engaging read.

The characters, in my opinion, should've had deeper build-up and insight. The actions of all the characters are vastly entertaining but the characters themselves appear to be shallow and one-dimensional.

But I guess, this was never meant to be a statement on intelligence. The book was supposed to serve up a decent suspense thriller...and that
Ghanaprakasam Subramaniam
A Matter of Honor delivers a suspense-ridden, adrenaline-pumping plot which has the protagonist, Adam Scott’s life dependent on a matter of seconds. An unassuming retired Army officer in a 1966 British countryside, Adam is bequeathed a mysterious letter from his father, Scott. The letter is the turning point in Adam’s life as he realizes that his father was wrongfully framed and suffered an underserving dishonorable death. If Adam is to bring honor back to his father, he has to retrieve the Russ ...more
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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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“Adam took one hand off the handlebars and fingered the envelope in his inside pocket like a schoolboy the day before his birthday feeling the shape of a present in the hope of discovering some clue as to its contents. He felt certain that whatever it contained would not be to anyone's advantage now his father was dead, but it did not lessen his curiosity.” 0 likes
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