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A Matter of Honor

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  20,851 ratings  ·  421 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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published July 1st 1986)
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Feb 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the First Archer book I ever read. I was hooked after this one.
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
Stephen Clynes
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam Scott has been left an unopened envelope in his father’s will. Should he open it or let sleeping dogs lie? Well, if Adam had not opened the envelope, Jeffrey would not have been able to write this novel. So Adam opens this mysterious envelope and has to deal with the consequences!

This novel was written over 30 years ago and I have not read a novel by Jeffrey Archer before. The author had a long political career with the Conservative Party and has been imprisoned for perjury and perverting t
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
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 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
If you like DiVinci Code you will like this one.
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
An excellent novel from one of my favourite writers.
He writes such good original stories that have strong characters and believable plots.
Feb 11, 2013 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
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
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I have read a Cold War mystery / thriller, and I was pleasantly surprised I enjoyed it seeing as how the Cold War is allegedly over and we know how it ended - but then again this is Jeffrey Archer we're talking about so it was worth a try.

Needless to say, I was not disappointed. In true Archer fashion, he quickly gets you into the heads of the characters - both the good and bad guys - and you can really relate to their perspective on life. Archer has finely crafted acti
Sep 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
E.R. Yatscoff
May 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Shabana Mukhtar
There are two books of Archer that I have read more than ten times - Prisoners of Birth and A Matter of Honour.
I think I personally connect to the protagonists of both books.

I am a big fan of his work. I love courtroom drama and lawsuit thrillers. Nobody does it better than Archer. No offense to others who write under the same genre.
John Cairns
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
What surprised me reading Jeffrey Archer’s A Matter of Honour was how quickly I was reading it because there was nothing to detain me; it was all plot. The writing was plodding if the reading wasn’t. It was a thriller that didn’t thrill. A murder didn’t affect one, nor a torture because no character was engaging. The writing’s bad. A character is blonde so the reader shouldn’t be told her hair’s fair. Is ‘three sombre old men in grey suits trying to look like three sombre old men in grey suits’ ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A matter of honour by #jefferyarcher
Leonid Ilyich(minister of Russia) comes to Zaborski(head of KGB) with strange request. The Tsar icon in the winter palace is fake and Leonid needs KGB to find the original icon. The icon hold a secret that is of great national and political importance and it has be found within a month. Alex Romanov was selected to help find the original icon

Adam Scott after the death of his father, visits the lawyer with his mother and sister. Although he knew there will not
Henri Moreaux
I previously was of the opinion that Jeffrey Archer wrote trash books, as that is what I've heard whenever people speak of his writing. Whilst from a literary stand point they may be trash, I am pleased to come to the realisation that from an entertainment standpoint they really are quite entertaining and enjoyable. I previously liked The Eleventh Commandment and seeing this, A Matter of Honour, buried in a pile of paperbacks I thought I'd dig it out and give it a shot - I was not disappointed. ...more
Karen Rufus
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Whatever you may think of Jeffrey Archers politics, he writes rattling good stories! It kept me interested right up until the end - some of the happenings in it are predictable but nevertheless enjoyable. Another Archer novel off my list.
jo nelson
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Enjoyable book. Once again is there any truth in the tale. I couldn't put it down wanting to know what happens next.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, black
A little slow to pick up, but once it got going it was an enjoyable Russian/British spy novel, with a fun plot line.
Danie Markgraaff
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling. Captivating. A page-turner. A fantastic story in the typical Jeffrey Archer way. Highly recommended
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Nancy Ellis
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of the kind of nightmare where one is chased by a monster and no matter what you do you can't shake it off. There are several twists and the "monster" has quite a few victims before the whole matter is resolved. It is clean and without graphic violence or offensive language in spite of the body count. It is set in 1966 England and Europe and involves a scenario that could have drastically changed the outcome of the Cold War.
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Atif Hossain
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 !!!
Jul 26, 2011 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.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was my first Jeffrey Archer book....I was on holliday and had nothing to read. I was skeptical at first...I had never heard of him. But after I started reading I just couldn't stop....the plot kept me turning page after page,which hadn't happened in a while.
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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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