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The Sins of the Father

(The Clifton Chronicles #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  47,364 ratings  ·  3,030 reviews
On the heels of the international bestseller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles.

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the M
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Kris Taylor I read this one first and understood it. You get the feeling early in that it's a sequel, and there are references to things from the first book --…moreI read this one first and understood it. You get the feeling early in that it's a sequel, and there are references to things from the first book -- but you can easily understand and follow it. I went back and read the first book after, which was less enjoyable because I'd already gotten the gist of it from this book. (less)
Marianne I did exactly what Karen recommends. I was not certain that I wanted to continue reading volume 3 at this point of time - but I did want a more…moreI did exactly what Karen recommends. I was not certain that I wanted to continue reading volume 3 at this point of time - but I did want a more satisfactory ending. I hate all those cliff hangers....(less)

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Ujjawal Sureka
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books-read
Series: Clifton Chronicles #2
Genre: Historical fiction, Mystery.
Publication Date: 2012

- Amazing follow up to the first book in series.
- This storyline is as catchy as the first book, and the intensity only seemed to rise and at times the story becomes really beautiful, almost poetic.
- Really love the feel the author is able to give us of the dire situations the characters are involved in.
Lori
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this second installment of Archers Clifton Chronicles. Being already invested in these characters enabled me to enjoy this even more than the first. Movin' on to book three...
Barbara
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This is the second novel in the seven-book series, 'The Clifton Chronicles.'

In the first book, Only Time Will Tell, Englishman Harry Clifton was about to marry his great love, Emma Barrington, when a surprise revelation derailed the wedding. Turns out Emma's father - shipping heir Hugo Barrington - probably sired Harry as well, back in the days when Harry's mother was an impulsive young woman.

World War II was about to break out and a downcast Harry went off to join the Briti
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Nancy
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
OK! Jeffrey Archer is the best at leaving you hanging and forcing you to buy his next book. I love this story. His characters wrap through history in this case WW II. When we last left Harry and Giles Harry was presumed dead and buried at sea. Emma has had Harry's son but she just cannot accept Harry is really dead. Indeed he is not as that was another loose end from the last book. He had taken the name and identity of an american sailor who was actually the one that died and was buried at sea. ...more
☮Karen
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series. It has been a while since I read book #1, Only Time Will Tell, so had forgotten just how much I liked it. I love the characters (the women are just awesome), the family dynamics, the WWII period, all of it. Archer does like to leave you hanging, though, at the end of each book!

It being a series, I'm afraid anything I say will be spoilerish if you haven't read book #1 yet, so I'll just say that if you are considering starting another series, look into this
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Nirmalya
May 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: jeffrey-archer
Lord Archer I do believe it's time to stop writing. The Clifton Chronicle's second book Sins Of The Father was undoubtedly your worst work. The good people are classless, brave, ingenious and courageous whereas the bad ones are class-conscious, inept, upper-class arrogant berks. They are just rehashes of all the old books. If this keeps going on you might take Chetan Bhagat's place in my heart! We have read it a million times before; the lower-class kid who excels at everything and befriends the ...more
Abram
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Rating: 4.4/5

Fantastic Novel!
I loved all the characters (Except Hugo, of course!), I am still so nervous about what's happening. Find an answer for god's sake! I don't know what kind of turns the next novels are going to take. I will be reading the next novel, I hope.
Jim
The second book in "The Clifton Chronicles" picks up where volume one, Only Time Will Tell, left off. Our protagonist, Harry Clifton, has sailed to America as World War II is about to start. His ship is sunk by a German U-boat. Harry and the ship's third officer, Tom Bradshaw, are rescued by an American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star. When Bradshaw dies Harry decides to assume his identity in order to escape his past. In doing so he finds that he has gone from the frying pan into the fire. Turns ou ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: This book was won through a Goodreads giveaway!

2nd Disclaimer: If you're looking for a completely unbiased review this is not the place for you!

I have finally completed The Sins of The Father by Jeffrey Archer, the second installment to his Clifton Chronicles. This novel picks up exactly where Only Time Will Tell leaves off with the arrest of Harry Clifton after he assumes the name of Tom Bradshaw. Bradshaw is being accused of murdering his brother and is take
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Mj
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Warning - this is a biased review - I am a HUGE Jeffrey Archer fan. Like his other works of fiction, this is a fast-paced, plot-driven book, one you won't want to put down until you're finished reading the entire story. There is never any blood, gore or violence in Archer's books. He just writes a good story with lots of plot twists and turns.

The Sins of the Father is Book 2 in The Clifton Chronicles. It is better if you read - Only Time Will Tell Book 1 first for better understandin
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Char
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series, and it is NOT a stand-alone. The Clifton Chronicles are, as you may have guessed, a series of books about generations of the Clifton family. This one spans the period of WWII and it was interesting to see it from both the European and American sides.

This book may be kind of sappy, (it's DEFINITELY sappy as compared to my normal reading), and all the characters are pretty much black or white, there are no grays here. That said, I found it to be great fun an
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Simon Howard
This novel doesn't stand alone - you must read Only Time Will Tell first - and has no more than a couple of chapters of plot relevant to the bigger saga. Or perhaps 1.9 chapters, given that the single thread defining this novel is left incomplete. As a result, this short book is stuffed with exceptionally dull filler.

I know that people are generally advised to "write about what you know", but surely no-one can have failed to have groaned when a Jeffrey Archer protagonist wrote a prison d
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Eddie Owens
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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Rohit Enghakat
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 5-star
It would be injustice to give this book less than five stars. Continuing with the Clifton family saga, the book gets more interesting with the second volume. More twists and turns with a liberal sprinkling of adventure, this is a delightful story from Archer, the master story-teller. I finished this in a marathon reading session over two days flat, my shortest time yet in a long while. It was so engrossing that you constantly want to know what happens in the next page.

Can't wait to g
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
I need more Harry! I totally understand the title of the book though. More Emma, more Giles this time around definitely more Hugo
Speaking of Hugo...total prick I haven't detested a male character that much in quite some time. And of course, Archer sets the ending so that I have to immediately begin book 3 IMMEDIATELY
Matt
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jeffrey Archer at his best in this, the second in the Clifton heptalogy, picking up where he left off. The reader learns a great deal more about some of the key characters that fill the plot lines leading into the Second World War. Harry, who took on another man's identity after a military incident, soon learns that his gamble did not pay off and he finds himself incarcerated in New York. Harry spends that time honing his writing skills in jail and is eventually drafted into battle with US Force ...more
✨Susan✨
Because the first book in the series was so great I went directly on to this one and I was not disappointed. The characters evolved nicely and the story line held its own, but it did not make me want to jump right into the third. However, that being said, I do plan on finishing the series but needed a break, perhaps a different genre. I would recommend this series to those that like epics.
Anne
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well hello there Mr. Archer, Mr. I-Write-Amazing-Novels, Mr. I Know-How-To-Keep-You-Transfixed!

Shame on you for the countless nights your books have kept me up! Shame on you for producing something that sucks me in until all contact of the world has ceased to exist! And shame on you for pulling my heart and focus away from my other author loves!

Alright, but for real guys, this book was absolutely amazing!

I read book 1 in 2018 and LOVED it, which is why I am surprised it took me so long to con
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Samyuktha jayaprakash
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the BEST book I have read in the 16 years of my life. Sure I am an archer fan , but my expectations weren't really high after the average only time will tell (with a stunning finish though)
BUT OH MY GOD. I started reading the book at about 4 thinking I would read some chaps during the two hour power cut. Being lazy nowadays - I had convinced myself I am losing my appetite for books. But Archer just proved that my tummy is destined for unseen obesity levels!
Like another reviewer wr
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Nilesh
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Clifton Chronicles should have been a single book and not broken into five - this becomes much clearer with the Sins of the Father. More like any middle sections of even good stories, this book is meaningless for anyone who does not remember the details of events from Book 1. The story moves along but appears without any plot and certainly without any satisfactory end to any of the major intrigues.

On the positive side, witty, charming dialogues continue between largely likeable characters. The
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Ingrid
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I didn't like this book as much the first one, but I still enjoyed it enough to pick up the third book in a while.
AnnaG
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, favorites, 2019, fiction
A pacy plot with many twists, the Clifton Chronicles go through valour, deception, greed and devotion during the Second World War.
S.V. Divvaakar
I began reading this book a few days after having read its predecessor. Although it was enjoyable in parts, i must say that i didnt feel all those 'wow' moments I experienced in 'Only Time Will Tell.'
My reasons:
First, you cant appreciate this book without having read the other, so that is already a dependence, a handicap which must be recognised - it is not a level playing field. Second, the Prisoner's Diary bit is already a borrowed theme from Jeffery Archer's non fiction chronicle of his exp
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Tempe Lohmeyer
How to rate Jeffrey Archer's "The Clifton Chronicles" series? I honestly don't know what to tell you. If I classify this under "beach reads" (something quick and easy to read), then it's probably more 4 stars. But for a engrossing, well-written generational saga, it's more like a 2.

There is nothing new or notable about the plot: son of a dock worker is smart, lovable, and deserving of a chance to a good education in pre-WWII England. He befriends the richest family in the region's son and the t
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Melodie
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of the Clifton Chronicles series. We catch up with Harry Clifton as he disembarks the Kansas Star in America,only to be promptly arrested for murder.He had assumed the identity of Tom Bradshaw, a Navy officer who perished in the U-Boat attack. And now he's in a mess.
Meanwhile Emma Barrington, Harry's love and mother to his son, has embarked on a quest to find out what happened to Harry. Her quest leads her to the States,where she finds she is truly out of her element a
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Blaine DeSantis
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was one rip snorting ride that Jeffrey Archer has given us. I have read so many family sagas from the likes of Trollope, Delderfield, Follett and Susan Howatch, and this series is as good as, if not better than those works.
Called the Clifton Chronicles, this is the story of the Clifton and Barrington families and there are more plot twists and excitement than one person can describe. A fast reading book, this book is divided up into sections based on the Characters in the book a
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Jenny
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
For whatever reason I did not enjoy volume 2 of the Clifton Chronicles as much. I LOVED the first one (as evidenced by my 5-star rating) and this one didn't quite live up to my exceptions. I have a few theories as to why this is...

When I first saw that this book was coming out in May, I was very surprised and happy, as the first one was published in August. I guess it is not as short of a window as I thought, but typically it is about a year between books bring published in a series,
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Amanda Patterson
Jeffrey Archer has topped bestseller lists worldwide, with book sales of over 270 million copies.
The Sins of the Father is the second in his five-book Clifton Chronicles saga. Written in the perfect family saga tradition, Archer is comfortably in his element.
Harry Clifton arrives in the United States in 1939. As he leaves the ship, he is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, and sent to jail for 6 years. In prison, he turns to books as a way to preserve his sanity. After a few months of
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Natasa
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: england, favorites
Just like the first book, this one, captIvates the reader. The plot even though tied to the first book, has twists of its own. The technique of dedicating a chapter, within a timeframe, to each character, makes it easy to follow the plot. 
David Highton
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second episode of the Clifton saga covers the war years, an extraordinary period for all the players. Good stuff, the narrative races along in a very readable style
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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
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