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Edited review 13.01.19.Initially i wrote a perfect 5 star review when I was about a third into the book as follows Great story in the style of Kane and Abel A Matter of Honour A brilliant read Now that I ve got to the end, my overall review is now only 2 stars The last 100 pages or so appear too rushed and you never really get to knowing what happens to characters as others have mentioned, some characters feel lifted from earlier novels.The ending promoted as a shock doesn t work and feels like It was rushed to meet deadlines.This book could have been so much better if it was split into two separate novels and then a combined conclusion.Not Jeffrey Archer s best Archer is a fantastic storyteller This is no exception His quick and easy to read prose makes the plot absorbing and the chapters fly by The characters are strong and bring the emotion to the reader as we see Alex Sasha go through tribulations at school college and in employment The parallel stories of the Russian immigrant in UK and US is good, as the parallels compare playing chess, love of art, political aspirations nicely There are a few fundamental flaws that in a sci fi world would cause a discontinuity of space and time, and the ending was frankly poor. I pre ordered this book in April and had been looking forward to reading it all summer It arrived on November 1st, as promised, and I started reading it straight away For the first three quarters of the book I was absolutely rivetted and couldn t put it down, but from thereon it became less gripping I ploughed on, nevertheless, only to be thoroughly disappointed by the very weak ending I felt cheated. Well, Kane and Abel this most certainly is not.MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW Edited on 1 12 18 to say that Mr Archer was on the Graham Norton radio show today and he spoke freely about the 2 Sliding Doors scenarios in the book, so what I have written below is actually spoiler free The blurb explains that as Alexander escapes from Russia he has to make a decision as to which ship to hide in one sailing to Britain or one heading for the USA The story actually takes on a parody of Sliding Doors, with both scenarios playing out I quite liked this, once I got used to it However, the book needed to be much longer as so much was skimmed over and characters not properly developed Many character types are straight from the pages of Archer s earlier books, particularly the cardboard cut out wives and the dastardly fraudsters intent on ruining Alexander along they way.But the reason this went from a 4 star book to a 2 3 one is the dreadful ending I felt totally cheated and, honestly, there is absolutely no point reading the story Worst ending I ve read in ages I cannot understand how any editor would have allowed it That s the last time I shell out for an Archer hardback Heads You Win is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer Leningrad, Russia,Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice should they board a container ship bound for America or Great Britain Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander s future During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents andyears, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realise where his destiny lies and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is international number one best seller Jeffrey Archer s most ambitious and creative work since Kane and Abel Not one of Mr archers finest Rambling, light on plotline and a daft ending Boring hope the next one is better I m a big fan of Jeffrey Archer s writings but this is something else It s confusing, a kid named Alexander escapes the Soviet Union, along with his mother, on a ship hidden in a crate He has a choice of two crates, one will be loaded onto a ship bound for the UK and the other to the US It s a toss up Alex appears to choose the USA Or does he Because the next chapter has someone called Sasha on a ship heading for the UK Yeah, it got me confused too Who the hell is Sasha It s what Alex will be called in his new life in the UK whilst Alex will continue life in the USA It has been suggested in these reviews that the tale of Sasha is what might have happened had Alex and his mother chosen differently, ok, so far not so confusing but then Sasha visits the States and is mistaken for Alex, even by Alex s wife Then at the end Sasha returns to Russia to stand for president Alex also heads back to Russia to attend his uncle s funeral Alex s private jet is downed by the KGB s successor yet it s Alex and not Sasha who sets foot in Russia to stand for president it s factually incorrect too Archer refers to Paramedics when in the time period covered they are actually called Ambulancemen Paramedics is a modern term copied from, of all places, the good ole US of A And it s not the first time Archer has done this must be his age making him as confused as he s making his readers Overall, if you can set aside the anomalies, it s an interesting story Just a shame about the stupid errors My advice to Mr Archer Find yourself a new publisher editor for your next book, your current editor is so star struck he can t see the wood for the trees. A fast paced read as with all Archers books But this has an interesting twist with a sliding doors split of the main character.However there are several instances where this makes for a clunky kind of tale The ending is a bit rushed, and seems a bit of a cop out.SPOILER The 2 characters could have continued, side by side although it would have made for an awkward sequel, which is perhaps where this is heading Bumping one off quite suddenly makes for a rushed and disappointing ending to what is quite a good tale Albeit, a story that has borrowed plot and other ideas from pretty much all of his previous novels. I grudgingly gave two stars to this book because the first 90% of it is pure Archer great storytelling But the ending was such a disappointment that it left me feeling disgusted, cheated, and angry What a lazy, ridiculous, and ultimately, unsatisfying, ending to a story that had such great potential I read it twice first, as written then, all the Alex chapters followed by all the Sasha chapters, trying to make sense of this trumped up fiasco of an ending, without success.I have been an avid, if not rabid Archer fan ever since I read Kane and Abel over 35 years ago Always a great storyteller and without doubt a talented man but this is the 2nd time I ve been severely disappointed in him The first was when he updated his Kane and Abel to his explanation accurately reflect history as it has unfolded in the real world since it was first published As hard as it is for me to believe this, maybe this incredible talent has finally run out of storiesnotwithstanding the runaway success of his recent series, The Clifton Chronicles Or, maybe this was just an experiment with a different approach If that s the case, then, please No Go back to what works I was thrilled to see the publication of this latest book and bought it without question at the rather inflated asking price, based simply on the strengths of his previous work No Until Mr Archer wins me back by producing at least two or three novels of his previous quality, I ll be picking his stuff up at the discount second hand shelf of the local charity shop At least then, if it s of this type of mediocrity, I won t have paid through the nose for it Ugh This Archer is different Some won t like it because of the way the story unfolds, which is both confusing at first and contradictory Some will want simple, straight forward storytelling with little effort required to keep the characters and storylines straight For those, this isn t your typical Archer.Having said that, the story unfolds with typical Archer style He is a master at his craft and it s clear here I started the book just before the weekend and ended up glued to the sofa, reading, for the next two days when time allowed It s a page turner, once you get past the first part of the book where stories diverge confusingly , all the way through to the end which is both a dramatic close to part of the story, and also a lead to the next story in the series Saying will give away the twists, but suffice it to say this is well worth reading, and a heck of a story.As the other reviews of Heads You Win indicate, people either love the book or dislike it Count me firmly in the first camp, although I will admit when the story twists started I had to make sure to track the disparate threads But I enjoyed the whole process If Archer writes along this story line, I ll be the first to buy the book