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International bestselling author Jeffrey Archer returns with his most ambitious work of epic storytelling--a multi-generational saga of fate, fortune, and redemption that began with ONLY TIME WILL TELL. On the heels of the international bestseller ONLY TIME WILL TELL, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles.... Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets recently revealed, and forced to admit that his wish to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity. But on landing in America, he quickly learns the risks of such a scheme, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York. Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that might be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.
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"I was utterly hooked. It was an absurdly enjoyable read."--Anthony Horowitz, Daily Telegrap h (London) on only time will tell"I was touched and enthralled by this tale of how Harry from the Bristol backstreets risesfrom obscurity to high society." --Wendy Holden, Daily Ma il (London ) on only time will tell "Archer can make you wring your hands in anguish and guffaw out loud, all on the same page, and he does in these 15 ingenious stories."--New Jersey Sta r-Ledger on And Thereby Han gs a Tale"A compelling read...The pace never flags."--Newsday (New York) on A Prisoner of BirthAn accomplished yarn-spinner who knows how to sink the hook that keeps the reader racingalong to find out what happens next."--St . Petersburg Times (Florida ) on A Prisoner of Birth"A worthy successor to the still best-selling The Da Vinci Code."--Liz Smith, New York Post, on Fa lse Impression"One of the top ten storytellers in the world."--Los Angeles Times"A

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