I tried to read this book, but succeeded only in third time. The reason was I couldn’t comprehend the parliamentary jargon of Britain, used exhaustively in the book. The story is all about ambition and destiny. There are four central characters, which came from very different backgrounds. One is blue blood, second is from top notch political scion, the other two come from very poor families.
The style of Jeffery Archer is same as of Kane & Abel. Initially, every chapter focuses on only one character, consecutively and the sequence goes on, till these guys meet. Owing to the common burning ambition, they come in way of each other and then the real story begins.
Each one of them is brilliant, shrewd, kind hearted and brutal at the same time. Their brilliance overshadows their dark part of life. Each one of them gets one standing ovation in the British Parliament, which is one of the most moving moments in their lives. They all are friends but the deadliest enemies.
To project the story realistically, Archer weaves the story around history. Their number of events elaborated in this story like attack on Mary Thatcher, terror attacks by IRA ( Irish Republic Army)………… While reading it, I forgot that its fiction. I am sure, these four men must have existed in the mentioned times.
As a whole, story is very thrilling, fast and informative. This is my favorite, out of all the Archer’s creations. The best part about the story is that the real life political experience of Archer in British Parliament, makes story more vivid and expressive.