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The Eleventh Commandment

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  13,190 ratings  ·  516 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
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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
Shelves: 2013
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 of a ...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
Sep 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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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
Paul Lyons
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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
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The CIA's most deadly assassin fighting his own boss,sounds intriguing,but it isn't.Bored me.
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
Ayush Sinha
Phenomenal ending to this Jason Bourne like story. The second half was full of twists and turns but the first half was sluggish and the pace was unbearable at times. The story deserves a 4 star in my opinion but the unnecessary long and slow first half brought my review down to 3 stars. If you have time to read an average first half, you will be rewarded at the end with a thrilling end.
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.
I love Jeffrey Archer and this doesn't disappoint!! Its no Kane & Abel, but its a fast-paced, spy thriller that was a fun and escape!! ...more
Karandeep Singh
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
very amazing and captivating novel, but all i can think of is "WTF HAPPENED TO SERGEI ??"
My boi deserves a sequel of his own. C'mon !
Dan Halpert
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun vacation book.
Mike Merrill
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Archer is a master storyteller I like this story a lot ! I feel Archer should be made into a movie or two...
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was searching for some new books in Amazon and found nothing yet from my favorite authors. Then I hit on two books by Archer and found The Eleventh commandment and Prisoner of birth.
Then ordered and got these two. This one written in 1998 and deals with the cold war era of Russia and USA.
Like any Archer's books this became a one-break reading yesterday when I just had to complete this (you know just that feeling) and read one pass the last 120 pages.
As usual twists and turns and though some
Amit Bagaria
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best fiction thrillers that I have read. Very lifelike characters who are not superhuman. International geopolitics at its best, combines with the CIA-Whitehouse rivalry. To top it all, a bit of humour with the Russian boy Sergei, something that's not often seen in such spine-chilling thrillers. Jeffrey Archer proves why British crime-thriller-mystery novelists are better than their American counterparts. A MUST READ.
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
Monsieur Cliffe
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Was a tough read, but I am happy I finally completed it. It was also a good read, however, the ending was kind of twisted. It would have been better if someone was assassinated. Just my thoughts.
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
Bookish Kate
May 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was SO disappointed by this book (sorry!) I read several of his books as a teenager and remember being absolutely captivated. Sadly this book didn't anywhere near match their magic and I found the storytelling somewhat lacking. I'm afraid I got a little lost in the middle of the book, probably because it utterly failed to absorb me. It was a bit of struggle to bother to finish the book, although it's got to be REALLY bad for me not to finish one, and after all that the ending was pretty predic ...more
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! :)
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. :)
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.
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
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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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