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The Eleventh Commandment

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  10,894 ratings  ·  434 reviews
Connor Fitzgerald is a professional's professional. Holder of the Medal of Honor. Devoted family man. Servant of his country. But for the past twenty-eight years, Fitzgerald has been leading a double life as the CIA's most deadly assassin. And only days before his retirement from the CIA, he comes across an enemy who, for the first time, even he cannot handle. The enemy is ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 7th 1999 by HarperTorch (first published May 1st 1998)
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Vanessa Wester
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heptathlon
Last night I finished The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer.

In one word - wow! Have I missed this? How can this not have been made into a movie? Is it politically incorrect? Anyway, the whole book follows Connor Fitzgerald, a man I liken to James Bond in the loosest sense. Not a womaniser, a man we all aspire to have as a friend or soul mate. Yet, deadly as sin... Since he is an American agent. The story starts with an assassination and it takes one twist after another, whilst making you b
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After a long time, I put my hands on a book that so consumes one's time, mind and thought..
Ahh it was fascinating spending time with such a tumultous plot !
Jun 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Empty calories!

I compare this book to drinking a can of coke. While you may enjoy it not sure your body gets any value from it.

If you are bored reading books of substance, watching tv or want to relax while exercising your mind this is a thriller you might enjoy.
Justin Mahaffie
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
I like Jeffrey Archer. I really do. Kane & Abel was a good book. Paths of Glory was a good book. This one...I did not like it as much as I'd hoped. The story seemed thin...maybe that's not the proper term. It seems like the story is comprised of three or four major scenes, and that's it. Were it to be made into a 2 hour movie, it probably wouldn't have to sacrifice much in the transition. There's not really anything I object to, it just feels like he could have written this over the course o ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although my exams were a couple of days ahead, I couldn't stop reading this engaging book. Talking about engagement, I must have been found day and night sticking to The Eleventh Commandment much to the annoyance of my family members and peers. Other than that, what a read! Out of habit, I'd read exactly the last line of the story, WHICH I WON'T REPEAT, STRICTLY SPEAKING as I regretted it. Though it kept me anticipating a happy ending, I would have definitely been shocked at the moments, I was e ...more
Dick Reynolds
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I saw this novel listed in a recent Sunday issue of the New York Times. Since I’ve read a number of works by Jeffrey Archer, this one aroused my interest. I thought it was a new issue but when I received it I learned that it had been published in 1998. The scenes mentioning airport security reminded me how life has changed since 9/11.
The central character is Connor Fitzgerald, a military hero in the Viet Nam war, a devoted family man, and a hit man for the CIA. His enemy is not a foreign dicta
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nls-audio
What you need to know is that this book will hold your interest and keep you involved to the back cover.

Connor Fitzgerald has been married to Meg for many years; their daughter is weeks away from graduation from the Stanford med school. Connor, a lifelong CIA operative, has just a few jobs left to do before he can retire. In his world, the eleventh commandment is “never get caught.”

Connor has quietly carried out assassinations for the United States for years, and he successfully concludes one in
Antara Sarkar
It's a page turner. I found this book on my shelf and I dont even remember buying it or borrowing it but I am glad I decided to read it. It is a quick read and the author is known for his flair for writing and keeping you engrossed in his stories.

However entertaining it is, it does have its flaws. Firstly what irked me most was that the characters seemed one-dimensional. Either they were good or bad. Secondly, some of the twists weren't that unexpected as the author would have you believe. One c
Chanaka Hettige
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rather intriguing story. Reading Archer after quite a while and the stories he delivers remain unchanged, ie exceptional.

The character development and the story line was one of the best from him. Highly recommended.
Paul Lyons
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Henri Moreaux
The Eleventh Commandment is a compelling and engaging read. It's not particularly deep in terms of literary genius, but it is an exciting page turner.

A top CIA assassin gets thrown on the scrap heap after successfully completing a job for his boss, however when his boss starts taking heat from the Whitehouse he's brought back for one last job where his boss intends to dispose of him for good, in Russia of all places.

It's better than the blurb sounds that's for sure.
Sourav Ganguly
I remember reading this book at about 2:00 am (+5:30 GMT), past midnight. Having read it the whole day, still was like if it could have been read for an entire 24hrs would fall short such interesting the book is.

I wonder how well this author can adapt and his mastery in writing fictions. If anyone says me that he’s the one who has written Kane & Able, a cross-border, multi-decadal drama has written this cross-nation, high speed espionage book, I wouldn’t believe him.

Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Eleventh Commandment is a very well-written espionage thriller story which reminds me a lot of Robert Ludlum's Bourne series.

Connor Fitzgerald is a CIA operative with years of dedicated service as an assassin for the United States government in foreign countries around the world. When his superiors set him up to be captured and executed in an effort to get rid of him, they learn how loyal some of his friends are, and instead of going away, he becomes a threat and a liability to them.

I found
Alicia Devero
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Jeffrey Archer books and over the time I even got used to his style when within a few pages he tends to move by a decade or two - both an action and his characters - and you find yourself dealing with a few generations, not just one person :) Therefore, "The Eleventh Commandment" came as a surprise, since the author gave only one character in his book the right to entertain its readers until the last page and I truly enjoyed the fast paste action and never boring adventure across the worl ...more
Ravi :)
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book to be read in 2011 and I just loved it.. I enjoyed each and every page. .. the plot.. the pace where the author wrote is pretty detailed.. Earlier I used to enjoy a lot of watching movies.. and I liked that they used to be get completed in just 1.5 hrs.. But reading a books is a lot good and the way the details are written is excellent... This is the first book which I read Jeffrey Archer and yes.. you read it right.. I never had the habit of reading books earlier.. someho ...more
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book. I liked the characters , I liked the plot..alot. I enjoyed reading it and watching it unfold. I was rooting for the good guys and, Hoping the bad guys would be caught and punished, some were but some were not. Was it believable, probably not but it was within the realm of my imagination and it allows me to escape from my everyday life, if only for a moment.
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
i'm a big archer fan and when i'm in the mood for a book with a good story and twist, i grab one of his books.

i was going to give this 4 stars, but i predicted the end, so i will have to give it 3 stars. i can never guess the ending of his books, but this one was way too predictable. i still enjoyed it though. :)
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book,every part of it was great,this book was so unpredictable that you could never tell what was going to happened in the next 10 pages,the writer didn't disappoint.
I think these sort of CIA focused books are great but as it is supposed to reflect the real world the ending was disappointing but still brilliant,i think i will read more of Archer's books in the future
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
This book was an intriguing book that keeps the reader guessing as to what will happen next and who was the "villian" of the story. Even at the end, the author still throws a twist at the end and not everything seems like it should be until the last page! I really enjoyed this book, although it makes me wonder if things like this truly happen with our government! :)
Connie Wisniewski
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a fabulous book. The plot was fantastic and the characters were terrific. It gives a lot of insight into the inter-workings of the CIA, an the administration. There were so many twists and turns, you couldn't put the book down. I would recommend it to everyone who loves a true thriller.
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Again, a good time passer - won't change the world, but entertaining and seems to be what is necessary right now. Finding that I need to read for entertainment only....
Pradyota Prakash
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
My very first Jeffrey Archer! Absolutely loved it! If you are new to Jeffrey Archer I would still recommend Kane and Abel but this book is just AWESOME!
animesh jain
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Any easy and simple read. Although I don't read fiction much,but this book involved me till the very end.The story revolves around a CIA operative Connor Fitzgerald.he has carried out many assassination for CIA before,and book starts with the conclusion of one in Colombia,where the to be President Ricardo Guzman was brought down.There was a clear drift between U.S president Lawrence and CIA director Helen Dexter.Helen wished to occupy the top office and was working deceptively.President was not ...more
Sanjhay Rengaraj
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have not written any review before in this platform. However i couldn't stop myself from writing for this wonderful peace of work... I've read clifton chronicles and few other Archer's work but this one seem to be very interesting from the beginning till the end... Of course I did predict how it's going to end still it didn't disappoint me in anyway...
A must read when you are looking for Jeffrey Archer's work...
Padmanabha Reddy
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jeffrey archer is indeed a great storyteller and this masterpiece of his work is simple awesome. The story of Connor and his killing of Guzman in Bogota and the twists and turns that take place in the story are incredible and much intrest prone. Every moment, I felt like I was at the place of the story
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I thoroughly enjoyed this as holiday reading.

Characterization were good.
Plot had turns and round about.
It surprised me in places, and I had to go back and rethink a few sentences in light of later info... a good thing.

Depends on what you're looking for..... but this could easily have a sequel.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Since finishing the Clifton Chronicles earlier this year, I had not read Jeffrey Archer. Finishing The Eleventh Commandment reminded my how great a story teller Jeffrey Archer is. Very sad to have finished this great story, but happy that I have just obtained a copy of his newest book, Heads You Win. See you in a few weeks!
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that has a neat, tightly-held plot never once wavering from its focus feel to it. The English is not too expansive nor is it dumbed down. The amazing plot narrated in an amazing language makes it one of my favourites!
Donn Lorber
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
CIA political killing in Latin America leads to an attempt on the Russian Presidents life, all orchestrated by the CIA. Complicated plot and very well written. I was surprised several times reading this one. Highly recommended
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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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