- Author Jeffrey Archer
This is another of those huge saga stories, following a full generation, almost two, from birth to death, and everything that happens in between. It’s reminiscent of Archer’s other works - Cain and Abel style - and is just as good. The thing about these books is they’re not always beautifully written but they’re a page-turner anyway, because you just want to know what happens next.
There were plenty of twists and turns along the way, and several things happened that I really wasn’t expecting. It’s a little bit darker in places than some other books, with some real tragedies occurring along the way, but overall, it’s a really good read. The characters are proper heroes or villains, hard-working and good-hearted, or lazy and manipulative, and it’s fun to boo and cheer your way through, like in a panto.
As long as you don’t take it too seriously, and just enjoy it for the soap opera that it is, I think this is a good, enjoyable read.