Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less: Fiction?
The bestseller by Jeffrey Archer
This is an action packed novel with the interesting theme of revenge. Four men have been swindled out of their entire wealth and they get together to get even with the perpetrator.
Which they do - in spades.
They do not even know each other at the beginning of the book but eventually band together to retrieve their lost money.
This has an astonishing plot. The measures that the wronged men go to and the way in which they recover their money is tremendous - I'll bet that you can't possibly imagine what they do. And each man is law-abiding and respectable; an art dealer, a surgeon, a member of the British aristocracy (my favorite character) and a don from Oxford University.
The four men study their adversary carefully and devise ingenious schemes that take advantage of his vanities, his fears and his interests.
When the four men get together, each one has to come up with a plan to recover their lost funds. This they do, using their own special professional abilities and the other three as their accomplices. Only the English aristocrat can't come up with plan - until near the end of the book when we find that his scheme is even more outlandish, daring - and successful - than the other men's amazing schemes.
An excellent read
This is one of those I'll-just-read-another-few-pages books - you might stay awake all night to see what happens next and to discover the ending. It's so well-written too with fabulous characters.
And yet, I wonder...
The author, Jeffrey Archer, was a politician in the British parliament. In the early nineteen seventies, and he was the subject of a financial scam (sound familiar?). He resigned from his high government position. He then wrote this book, his first. It is quite astonishing for a first novel and it's said that it was 'inspired' by his own experience of being swindled. Doesn't that seem just a little odd to you? I've often wondered - did this story really happen? Or was this his fantasy about what he'd like to do? He managed to avoid bankruptcy thanks to the financial success of the book. Hmm.
The author's further activities
He was known to have shoplifted, there was a messy scandal involving him and prostitution, then he was charged with perjury and perverting the cause of justice; crimes for which he was jailed. This doesn't, of course, take anything away from his books which are a fantastic read but it does make me wonder...
Maybe it's just me and my suspicious mind.
Get an idea from the video
This is a clip from a TV series (which I didn't see).
The characterization seems a little off, to me, but it the four men who have been swindled in the early stages of their scheme.
The American, the Oxford don, is trying to persuade the other three men to join with him to recover their money. They are not very keen on the idea, doubting their own abilities.
See the video below.
This is an absolutely fascinating read. It concerns the life stories of two men who were born in different countries in very different circumstances, one to a life of wealth and the other with a humble background. As they grow to adulthood we follow their development and ultimately they meet - and become enemies. As their lives progress this animosity doesn't falter yet has dramatic consequences. These even, in the sequel (below), affect the Unite States of America itself.
This continues the story from the book above. (They can be read exclusively but reading them all in this order is the best way).
This also concerns the protagonists from Kane and Abel but this time involves their offspring too. It's a well written book, as you'd expect from this author and it draws on his political experiences.
And now the third book that forms a trilogy (to some extent) with the previous two shown above.
Although this book can be read independently to the two above, it could be said that this is the third part of a trilogy. It involves characters from the second book, The Prodigal Daughter, shown above.
© 2013 Jackie Jackson