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The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  41,265 Ratings  ·  2,756 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 Merch
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Paperback, 339 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 8th 2012)
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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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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...
Nancy
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 one, t
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Nirmalya
May 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Barbara

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 British Navy. Hi
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Char
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Patrice Hoffman
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 taken into custody with no r
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Mj
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 understanding and hence
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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.
Rohit Enghakat
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, fiction
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 get my hands
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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 diary. No
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Eddie Owens
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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
✨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.
Samyuktha jayaprakash
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 wrote ,
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Nilesh
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Melodie
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 as she
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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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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 and fol
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Matt
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenny
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, assuming th
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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 hell,
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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
Stephen Clynes
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Follow Harry Clifton and his friends and family from 1939 to 1945. Although this is the second book in The Clifton Chronicles series, it can be read as a standalone.

I liked how Jeffrey used the same format for this book as he did in the first. Each character had chapters written from their point of view, so you as the reader get the whole story, as opposed to the characters who only get a snip.

I liked how Jeffrey gently gave you the backstory, so that if you had not read the first book, you were
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Tracy
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. It absolutely keeps my interest. There's enough going on in everyone's lives that I keep turning pages. It's well written and easy to follow for the most part. Sometimes there is English slang or terms I don't quite get but otherwise I love these books and am onto book 3 now...
Mel
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 Sterne!!
Pamela
WARNING: Jeffrey Archer’s – The Clifton Chronicles – is incredibly awesome and outrageously addictive!!!!

Archer is not only a masterful storyteller and creator of fascinating characters; he’s the earl of plot twists and king of the cliffhanger.

If you haven’t yet read first in series: “Only Time Will Tell,” do yourself a favor and grab a copy and start there. It’ll be a quick read, because you won’t be able to put it down. Then you’ll be scrambling to get a hold of this book - “The Sins of the
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JoAnne Pulcino
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction, saga
SINS OF THE FATHER THE CLIFTON CHRONICLES VOLUME 2

By Jeffrey Archer

In the second volume of the Clifton Chronicles, this master story teller proceeds with the world of Harry Clifton as he joins the merchant navy only days before Britain declares war on Germany. A U boat sinks Harry’s ship with only two survivors. The other survivor is an Americans sailor named Tom Bradshaw who doesn’t survive the night. Harry decides to assume Tom Bradshaw’s identity to escape his past in England primarily to all
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Marleen
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Sins of the Father, the 2nd installment of the Clifton Chronicles, was undoubtedly as good as the first. This book covers what happens to Harry Clifton, Emma Barrington, Giles Barrington and their father Gus Barrington during the WWII.
At the end of book one, it was made clear that Harry Clifton couldn't marry the woman he loves, Emma Barrington, because there’s a real possibility they are half-brother and half-sister and the vicar couldn't go through with the ceremony. A desolate Harry deci
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