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Mightier Than the Sword

(The Clifton Chronicles #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  27,740 ratings  ·  1,826 reviews
A bomb goes off, but how many passengers on the MV Buckingham have lost their lives? You will find out only if you read the opening chapter of Mightier than the Sword.
When Harry arrives in New York, his publisher Harold Guinzberg tells him he has been elected as the next president of English PEN, which will give him the opportunity to launch a campaign for the release
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Ujjawal Sureka
Series: Clifton Chronicles #5
Genre: Historical fiction, Mystery, Drama
Publication Date: February 2015

One of the best of the Clifton Chronicles.
- The beginning of the story was somewhat predictable. But it gets good as it goes on.
- Harry and Seb are on new missions this time. Both of which are very interesting.
- The story in this book is quite different from the previous books, it has a lot to offer, and it keeps getting better.
- Harry has taken on a mission against Russia, that could be dangerou
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mightier than the Sword

Aaahhhhhhh!!! I just want to yell NO, please don't end the book yet! I actually did yell. I don't think that I can wait another year to find out what happens. This series is wonderful and engaging, I couldn't put it down. The only time I wasn't reading was when I fell asleep reading. Jeffrey Archer is a great storyteller but this series is by far the best he has ever written.
Patrice Hoffman
I am a huge Jeffrey Archer fan ever since discovering Kane & Abel. There's a way he weaves a story that keeps readers glued to the pages. We become invested in the characters, the themes of good and bad, and the hopes that being honorable will pay off rewardingly. Having laid out my disclaimer and letting those reading this review know that yes, I am a fan, I am still hoping that my honesty will be honorable and neither Archer or his fans will stone me too bad when I give my honest opinion.

Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That cliffhanger! Every book ends with such a cliffhanger! I find it infuriating but irresistible - I must know what happens! I'm keen to start the next one as soon as possible, just so my mind can rest! Luckily I have a copy all ready to go -- I was prepared this time!

This is the fifth book, so any mention of plot risks giving away pretty significant details if you aren't familiar with the series, or else simply won't make sense. So all I'll say is I love these characters, have loved all five
The soap opera that is the lives of the Clifton's and the Barrington's continues in this fifth entry in the Clifton Chronicles. There are the same friends we have met over the course of the series … Harry Clifton, his wife Emma, their son Sebastian, and Sir Giles Barrington. And there are the villains who are the enemies of the Clifton's and the Barrington's. Lady Fenwick, Alex Fisher and most recently Adrian Sloane.

This story opens where Be Careful What You Wish For left off. MV Buckingham's ma
Rajeev Vashista
Mar 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Absolutely waste of money and time Jeffry Archer is making mockery of readers who trust him to provide them a memorable book. But as this old arrogant has no story just few events which is getting prolonged and with no intention to end. I guess better JA should retire as it is not now fun anymore. So guys unless you want to delve into never ending soap opera and eventually start hating this guy for taking you for granted
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
What was in the damn letter????!!!!!!!!!!

Another Jeffrey Archer success👌🏼👌🏼
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
In this, #5 of the Clifton Chronicles, Jeffrey Archer ups the pace of the plot to great effect.

Harry Clifton is an author on a crusade. As President of the English PEN society, he is determined to be the catalyst for the Russians freeing jailed author Anatoly Babakov.

Emma Clifton, chairperson of Barringtons, is facing challenges on all sides, within the boardroom following the hushed up IRA bombing of their ship on its maiden voyage; and without from her brother Giles ex-wife Lady Virginia Fenw
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I do like this series very much and try to read one of the books every summer. Just finished this on audio and the next one is available from the library so will probably jump into that one fairly quickly since this book ended practically in the middle of a sentence. Archer always ends these books with a cliffhanger but this is getting ridiculous. It seemed like this book could almost be skipped as very little plot progression was made and many of the balls thrown up into the air here have yet t ...more
Rohit Enghakat
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
As usual Archer comes up with a wonderful tale in his fifth instalment of the Clifton Chronicles. There are numerous twists and turns with political and courtroom dramas thrown in. This was more enjoyable than the earlier book. You fall in love with the characters of Emma Clifton, Cedric Hardcastle and Bob Bingham and hate the characters of Lady Fenwick and Alex Fisher. These characters are well etched out including Harry and Seb Clifton.

Will now take a break from the Clifton series for a while
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a difficult one to review. Whilst I love Jeffrey Archer's books and I came away from this happy that I took the time to read it, I honestly thought it was a bit predictable and not the best in the series.

This book, in my opinion, was more of a fill in than anything else. We find out some interesting things that were previously unmentioned, but I didn't really feel like this story was anything all that new or impressive. I suppose in the course of the series you have to have a book or tw
Dana Ilie
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD describes how the British dealt with Russia during the days when East and West Berlin were divided by a wall, when Checkpoint Charlie offered a gateway to western freedoms. The story in The Clifton Chronicles is told within a short timeframe in the 1960s, but across a wide panorama of conflicting ideologies. Labour vs. Conservative politics, gentry vs. commoners, and freedom vs. imprisonment all become important aspects of the novel, the themes of which are skillfully pla ...more
There is nothing new to add here from my previous reviews. The story goes on, and there are still quite a few twists and turns. And of course, Archer has to end the story with a cliff-hanger.

I have one negative comment for this series. It’s dragging. Most of what I read are just fillers, which you notice more when you have a large TBR pile like I do. If this is, however, the only book series you’ll be reading and you take your time with it, I’m sure it will be a fulfilling story for you.

Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I gasped at the end and ran for book 6!!!

Thank goodness book 6 is already out. If I had to wait a full year before knowing what happened I would've had a problem with that.... Lucky for me I already have it!

I do not think you could read this as a stand alone book. Far too much has happened in this series that you wouldn't be tracking with interrelationships of the characters and what everyone is up to.

But...the series is fabulous and I highly recommend it!!
Michelle Tissong
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. They should add a recap page.
2. Urgh... That cliffhanger. Again.
3. It's a classic Archer.

This book made me wish that I had only started this series once all the books had been published. The wait is torturous.
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A couple things about this series baffle me. I had to go back and check the family tree that is in the beginning of the book. Yup...Maisie is still alive and again as in the last book, no mention of her??? You would think at some of the family functions she would be invited. Also, this series started out being based on Giles and Henry's friendship. It is obvious they still see each other quite often and you KNOW if that is the case they would be better then ever best friends still and this frien ...more
Vani Vani
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The master story teller has done it yet again. Jeffrey Archer's 'Mightier than the Sword', a fifth in the Clifton Chronicles is warm and engaging. From the moment you hold the book in your hand and read the first few pages, it draws you into the world of Harry Clifton and the people around him, keeping you hooked till the very end, leaving the story with a cliffhanger, and the reader wanting (crying and screaming) for more. I cannot say whether the author has been innovative enough as far as the ...more
Anne Stern
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from Goodreads. I was very excited to win this copy. I couldn't put it down. Each character has something going on that keeps you hooked. It is book 5 of the Clifton Chronicles, But I liked it as a stand alone. No spoilers from me, the book is too good. ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Archer builds on his heptalogy with a fifth volume that does not disappoint. When the story ended, the IRA had set a bomb to explode aboard the MV Buckingham, its explosion rocking the vessel. The reader soon learns that the explosion took place overboard and the damage only minimal. Emma Clifton and the rest of the board of Barrington Shipping must handle the situation and keep the public from learning of the terrorist plot. Emma struggles at the helm of Barrington, with some on the board calli ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth book in the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer. I'm not sure what more I can say about Jeffrey Archer and this series, that I haven't already said. I am hopelessly drawn to them both.

I enjoyed reading this book. It isn't just the story I liked, but I loved the writing and have really come to know the characters. They seem like distant family.

In my review of the 4th novel, I commented on how everything always turns out so perfectly for Harry and his family. That is still mos
Toni Osborne
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Clifton Chronicles book # 5

This is the fifth novel in The Clifton Chronicles series could be accessible as a stand-alone story although to have a better feel of what’s going on it is by far better to read it in sequence otherwise you may find yourself wanting to see what had happened previously. And if you have read the previous novel “Be Careful What You Wish For” you will remember it ended in a major cliff hanger....But as a great storyteller, Mr. Archer thought of his newbies and thankful
Blaine DeSantis
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, I admit it. I have become addicted to Jeffrey Archer and the Clifton Family Chronicles. Absolutely loved this book, as we saw a lot of different things begin to happen. We had misfortune fall upon many of the Clifton/Barrington families, along with their triumphs over the "forces of evil." Yes, sometimes things move very quickly and the plots flow a little to seamlessly, but these books are just enjoyable reads. We see certain family enemies dispatched, the rise of new enemies and some who j ...more
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Mightier Than the Sword was perfect title for this book. Another stellar book in this compelling series that revolved around two family and their never ending problems. It was about, good vs bad, don’t get greedy, sticking to morals and principles will always be rewarding, fight for yourself at right time, fate, family, love and passion.

I enjoyed every tricky situations every characters faced, how they fought their enemies- who won one or two small battle as well that made me worry for characte
Benjamin Thomas
I have been a fan of Jeffrey Archer’s writing for many years and have read almost all of them. I’ve learned that while he sometimes has a less-than-stellar outing, I always enjoy his story telling. This one is no exception: I loved the storytelling even when large parts of the novel weren’t really advancing the overall story arcs of the major characters much beyond what we’ve seen before.

This is the fifth novel in “The Clifton Chronicles” which describes the events of the Clifton and Barrington
Vikas Singh
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another block buster from the master story teller. I had never thought that any author could hold a reader's attention and interest through a series of books. But Archer has once again proved the impossible possible. Completing the fifth in series, I can't wait to start the sixth book. I doubt if any other author has ever been able to achieve this type of loyalty with a book. Now coming back to this volume. With its intricate plots and sub plots the novel keeps to glued through out and you just ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
This excellent story is nearly ruined by its weak, less than stellar end. The only thing worse than courtroom dialogue are two, including one without finish. For these reasons, two star reduction earned. 6 of 10 stars
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeffrey-archer
The 5th in the series and still very good and keeping my interests! Very well written with just enough plots, romance, cutthroat business practices and intrigue to keep you turning pages long after you should be a sleep.
David Highton
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth in the series takes us from an IRA bomb on the maiden voyage of the Buckingham cruise liner in 1964 through the rest of the Sixties and past the 1970 General Election. As usual, a cliff-hanging decision is left awaiting the next book
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the Clifton Chronicles series, and - like the others - I enjoyed reading it. But up front, I'll say this: If you don't like abrupt cliffhangers that won't be resolved until the next book is published - in this case, I'd expect about a year from now - you won't be happy with this one. I've read that there will be two more to close out the series, and most certainly, I'll be among the readers (despite knowing full well by the time the next one is released I'll have forgot ...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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