The sixth book in The Clifton Chronicles does not disappoint Each chapter has you reading just another chapter before you have to put the book down to get on with your day to day Harry, Emma, Giles, Sebastian and the other characters are back with trials and tribulations in their lives As with the characters that try to bring the Cliftons and Barringtons you wonder what are they going to do next How do they keep getting away with things you just wish they would get their comeuppance, and when something doesn t go their way you think about time Jeffrey Archer still has the reader turning page after page to find out what is going to happen next the sign of a brilliant writer who keeps his audience captivated from the beginning of the book until the last page has been read and makes you want. What a story teller I thought that I had read all Archer s books but oh joy I discovered the last two in the Clifton Chronicles This is the sixth A health hazard warning should be placed on them as I have sat with my heart in my mouth, hardly breathing with the suspense of what will happen next but I am still alive to go through it all again with the last book in the series A wonderful experience to be enjoyed, like jumping out of a plane, which I did 22 years ago on my 60th birthday. Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and in some respects it is a slightly melancholy tale than the previous books in the series as some of the characters who have featured in the earlier novels reach the end of their natural lives Such is the power of Jeffrey Archer s writing that if you are, like me, completely engrossed in the lives of the main characters, then reading of their passing is quite an emotional wrench However, the plot still has plenty of surprises to keep us turning the pages at a rapid rate and to amaze us at the depths some people will go to in their pursuit of wealth or revenge.I am looking forward to reading the seventh, and final, book in the series but with some trepidation as quite a number of the Clifton and Barrington families are now in their twilight years and Jeffrey Archer has already proved in this sixth volume that he can write some very touching and heart wrenching scenes.I ll certainly be sorry to finish this wonderful saga as it has provided me with so much enjoyment over the past few weeks. There are a few chapters in this Book 6 that brought tears to my eyes The strings of events are so related to real people that I felt as if I ve been drawn into the Barringtons family room Listening to their banters, relating to their hardships from as far back as Book 1 Not that you have to read Book 1 to understand the story, but if you have not started on the Clifton Chronicles at all, it is preferably the most sensible thing to do.As some of the characters come to pass, I felt as if I was part of the family, I could feel their loss Especially knowing how they have struggled to get to where they were And when that eulogy was read, I cried.This family saga is heart wrenching, poignant, thrilling, with a lot of political and business nerve wrecking boardroom drama, all thrown into one big plot These are all so well researched and seemed so real.I just can t get enough of Jeffrey Archer He said in an interview that he is a storyteller I guess that s what distinguish between an author and a storyteller.Next adventure Book 7, the finale. I have read all the Clifton Chronicles to date, enjoyed them all immensely and will now have to try to be patient until the publication of the next one in November Come The Hour continues the story of the Clifton family, with Harry embarking on a mission that gets him arrested in Russia His wife, Emma, goes from strength to strength as Chairman of Barrington Shipping and also taking on a voluntary role at the local hospital We share Sebastian s love life through its ups and downs and share his shock and grief and, finally, his joy as he reunites with Samantha and his precocious daughter, Jessica.The villains, Sloane, Mellors and the scheming Lady Virginia continue to be thorns in the sides of the family, before Karma finally catches up with them.All together an excellent read. Almost everyone who reads this book will have read the previous 5 in the series, and I am one of them The very fact that one chooses to read the book means that the story is gripping Archer does continue to spin a good yarn, but I now feel that enough is probably enough the twists in the plot are somewhat predictable and the central characters are becoming played out Inevitably he finishes on a note of uncertainty and one assumes that volume 7 will come in due course Please let it be the last I have thoroughly enjoyed the books, but all good things must come to an end Whereas in the past I moved seamlessly from one book to the next, it does not concern me whether number 7 appears in 6 months or 6 years That should tell it s own tale. I was so excited to get this book downloaded yesterday after pre ordering it I have started it already After waiting a year for it I had to go back and re read the last chapter of No 5 to keep up with it all It all came back to me easily If you haven t already done so then you need to read the previous books in the series in order as each ends on a cliff hanger and carries over to the next book The next and last one is due out in November so not as long to wait.I have finished the book and have to say I was disappointed with it I have changed from the excitment of getting it and giving it a 5 star review straight away, before I had read it, to a 3 star It appears that he wanted to finish it in a hurry after perhaps having writer s block As other reviewers have said he skipped alot of detail in what I thought would be good story lines It became a bit disjointed It was almost as if he got someone else to write the 2nd half of the book He spent too much time on the 2 crocks in the story and their dealings Virginia Fenwick story was just ridiculous and Seb and Samantha s daughter Jessica was such a precocious little madam and only 10 years old Even the cliff hanger ending was not exciting enough I will read the last in the series, when it come out, just so I have the complete story Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy and can see no way out of her financial problems until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who s in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot Sebastian Clifton is now the chief executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Nadira, a beautiful Indian girl But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry Meanwhile, Sebastian s rivals, Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor, are still plotting to bring him and his chairman, Hakim Bishara, down, so they can take over Farthings Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels all of which went to number one on the Sunday Times best seller list showcases Jeffrey Archer s extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists Band 1 und 2 fand ich exzellent, Band 3 bis 5 nicht mehr ganz so stark Dieser Band 6 stellt aus meiner Sicht wieder eine Steigerung dar.Schw chen Geschmackssache und da Jeffrey Archer Bestsellerautor ist, hier Meckern auf hohem Niveau 1 Dass englische, deutsche und russische Politik der damaligen Zeit in einem bestimmten Umfang platziert werden soll, um die Einordnung in das Genre Historische Romanreihe rechtfertigen zu k nnen, ist gut und richtig Das geschilderte politische Geschehen hat f r meinen Geschmack aber falsche Akzente gesetzt Wie auch schon in Band 3 bis 5 wirken viele Handlungen konstruiert und wenig glaubw rdig, die Darstellungen zu Geheimdiensten und Politik sind zurechtger ckt Hierbei r ume ich ein, dass es nicht leicht ist, das politische mit dem famili ren Geschehen st ndig in Beziehung zu setzen Die Ausf hrungen zur BRD und DDR fand ich nat rlich besonders reizvoll Jedoch fallen f r meinen Geschmack eher uninteressante politische Schilderungen zu ausschweifend aus, z B beim Wahlkampf von Giles, den man aus vorangegangen B nden bereits ausf hrlich und in hnlicher Form miterlebt hat Das h tte k rzer gefasst werden k nnen, zumal man den Ausgang der Premierministerwahl kennt Der Verzicht auf eine unmittelbare Verstrickung der Hauptfiguren und stattdessen zus tzliche Einblicke in andere politische Systeme und andere Gesellschaftsschichten durch eine Nebenfigur h tte hier eher den gew nschten Effekt erzielen k nnen.2 Ich h tte mir gew nscht, ber Sebastians Liebes und Gef hlsleben mehr zu erfahren Da geschieht etwas Hochdramatisches und anstatt den Gef hlen textlich Raum zu geben, was auch zu einer h heren Sympathie der Leserschaft f r den vergleichsweise k hl agierenden Banker h tte beitragen k nnen, setzt Jeffrey Archer erst Monate und Jahre sp ter wieder ein und widmet dem Trauma nur aus Sicht der Eltern ge u erte Nebens tze Abgesehen davon, dass dieses Storyelement durchaus spannend und emotional war, leistet dieser anscheinend letztendlich wenig Beitrag zur Pers nlichkeitsentwicklung und wirkt sich nicht sp rbar auf Sebastians nachstehende Handlungen aus.3 Harry und Emma sind beruflich und finanziell megaerfolreich, moralisch unfehlbar und setzen sich unerm dlich f r Schw chere ein Die bereits bekannten B sewichte spinnen immer wieder hnliche Intrigen denen Freunde und Gesch ftspartner von Harry Emma Seb in gewohnter Manier entgegentreten und fallen damit fr her oder sp ter auf die Nase Ich mag die eindeutige Einteilung in Schwarz und Wei nicht Ein paar mehr Ecken und Kanten sowie Wendungen im Sinne von Gutmensch Harry Emma macht etwas Fragw rdiges Egoistisches und B sewicht reflektiert sein Verhalten und entwickelt sich zum Besseren h tten aus meiner Sicht gut getan Es w re zudem glaubw rdiger gewesen, wenn einer der B sen irgendwann mal erm det festgestellt h tte, dass sich nicht das ganze Leben um wenig substantiierte Rachegef hle drehen muss Zumindest eine Person sorgt im pers nlichen und beruflichen Umfeld eines der Hauptprotagonisten f r eine interessante berraschung Wendung, doch auch hier h tte der emotionalen Ebene mehr Raum gegeben werden k nnen, um der Figur mehr Tiefe zu verleihen.4 Schon wieder gibt es fiese Cliffhanger, die erneut im n chsten Band schnell abgehandelt werden Das l sst sich bei Mehrteilern nicht vermeiden, wird aber von Jeffrey Archer in dieser Saga auf die Spitze getrieben Wer 6 B nde gelesen hat, wird ohnehin den letzten Band auch noch lesen, daher v llig unn tig.St rken 1 Ich habe etwas ber Lebensumst nde und Politik der 70er Jahre lange vor meiner Geburt dazugelernt.2 Es werden st ndig rund um Harry, Emma, Giles, Sebastian, Virginia und weitere Charaktere neue Spannungsb gen aufgebaut, die mich in ihren Bann gezogen haben, sodass ich das Buch nur ungern unterbrochen habe Geschickt Gestaltet sich die eine Handlungslinie nicht so fesselnd, geht es mit einem anderen Protagonisten im n chsten Abschnitt spannungsgeladen weiter welche das sind, wird sich je nach pers nlichen Neigungen unterscheiden , sodass die weniger interessanten Lebensabschnitte des einen Charakters durch einen anderen Charakter problemlos aufgefangen werden.Trotz einiger Schw chen habe ich mich insgesamt gut unterhalten gef hlt, daher 4 Sterne. While I ve read some criticisms about Archer s novels become routine, and perhaps not as engaging as they once were, I don t agree In the end, I read books like this to feel involved in the story, caring about the lives of the people in the narrative, and hoping to learn something along the way I read books like this because they are an engrossing, addictive story, making me want to read one chapter before putting the book down When that happens, I m delighted with the novel And, as in the case here, when that novel is part of a larger series spanning a considerable amount of time, with characters we ve come to know and empathize with, all the better.Is this the best Archer I ve ever read No, not really But it is a solid read, one I enjoyed from cover to cover, and the characters in the Clifton series are by now old friends who continue to develop with each new book I got hooked quickly, and stayed hooked all the way through What do you expect from a book The narrative is covered by other reviewers so I won t go into details, but suffice it to say the story gets interesting quickly, and there s enough surprises along the way that add a lovely twist to the story Very enjoyable throughout Now, can t wait for Archer s next book.