Mightier than the Sword - Jeffrey Archer

Mightier than the Sword

By Jeffrey Archer

  • Release Date: 2015-02-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 661 Ratings)

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Mightier than the Sword opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham's maiden voyage across the Atlantic - but how many passengers lose their lives?

When Harry Clifton visits his publisher in New York, he learns that he has been elected as the new president of English PEN, and immediately launches a campaign for the release of a fellow author, Anatoly Babakov, who's imprisoned in Siberia. Babakov's crime? Writing a book called Uncle Joe, a devastating insight into what it was like to work for Stalin. So determined is Harry to see Babakov released and the book published, that he puts his own life in danger.

His wife Emma, chairman of Barrington Shipping, is facing the repercussions of the IRA attack on the Buckingham. Some board members feel she should resign, and Lady Virginia Fenwick will stop at nothing to cause Emma's downfall.

Sir Giles Barrington is now a minister of the Crown, and looks set for even higher office, until an official trip to Berlin does not end as a diplomatic success. Once again, Giles's political career is thrown off balance by none other than his old adversary, Major Alex Fisher, who once again stands against him at the election. But who wins this time?

In London, Harry and Emma's son, Sebastian, is quickly making a name for himself at Farthing's Bank in London, and has proposed to the beautiful young American, Samantha. But the despicable Adrian Sloane, a man interested only in his own advancement and the ruin of Sebastian, will stop at nothing to remove his rival.

Jeffrey Archer's compelling Clifton Chronicles continue in this, his most accomplished novel to date. With all the trademark twists and turns that have made him one of the world's most popular authors, the spellbinding story of the Clifton and the Barrington families continues.


  • Mightier Than The Sword

    By Mr Dubbies
    Thoroughly enjoyable book.
  • Clifton chronicles books

    By Rochphish
    While the reading of these books are suspenseful and keep you going, there is one huge problem with the execution. In this series the author leaves you hanging at the end of each book at the pinnacle of a major issue in the story. You really have no choice but to buy the next book just to find out the outcome. I found this hugely annoying and a bit disrespectful to the readers. As I've just finished the 5th book in the series , I'll have to wait another 4 or 5 months to find out what happens to the main characters in this story. I have read many series type books from other authors but have never encountered this style of writing before. I suppose that I will do what it takes to finish this series , however I would never consider reading any other books by this author.
  • mighter than the sword

    By johnpeterson1948
    If the next book is not the end I won’t be buying it or any other
  • Disappointing

    By pb2au
    Very well written with intrigue and deception. It is enthralling and difficult to put down. But I must give it one star, because I dislike books that end "To be continued..."
  • Disappointing

    By JayJay157
    The 5th installment of The Clifton Chronicles did not live up to my expectations. The plot was slow and cumbersome. Not at all exciting like the previous four books. I do believe the main characters have become stale.
  • Jeffrey Archer is a genius

    By sgott1097
    This is one of the best series that I have ever read, it started slow and I gad a hard time getting into it, but halfway through the first book I was hooked. Once I was hooked I read the entire series in a week. If you've started it don't stop, if you haven't started it go get the series tight now. Thoroughly enjoyable, easy to read, and characters that you feel are a part of you family.
  • No ending

    By Very sweaty Betty
    The ending ( or lack of ) left me feeling cheated and angry.
  • Wonderful, wonderful

    By Gary43
    Oh, the twists, turns and intrigues leaves one cheering with every Barrington & Clifton "win" and booing at the "wins" of their adversaries. Cannot wait for the next volume.
  • Very tricky

    By Fyahyro
    Unless you plan to buy the next in the series due in 2016 the abrupt and unsatisfactory end of this novel will leave you angry
  • No Conclusion

    By luvcats13
    Decent enough story and enjoyed parts of it. However, some of the story seemed to drag out too much, some of that may be due to the "British" feel of it. So tiresome, don't you know? (just demonstrating British dialogue). But the part I absolutely did not like and don't appreciate at all is that the novel ended on a complete cliff hanger, nothing really resolved and the next book in the series is over a year away. Not sure I'll bother with the next installment.