Review: A Matter of Honour by Jeffrey Archer

Title: A Matter of Honour

Author: Jeffrey Archer

Length: 452 pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Publication Date: 1st April 2011

Genre: Thriller, Action, Fiction

My rating: 3.5/5


The story is about Adam Scott who gets an unopened letter of his father in his will after he passes away. The letter promises him a fortune. Only that he is not aware the thing that he is pursuing is already being chased by America and Russia. The chase forms and the revelation forms the crux of the story.

My Take:

I’ve always been an ardent reader of Jeffrey Archer books which I have also mentioned in my previous posts ever since I laid my hand on Not a penny less, not a penny more. And hence any book that I come across by one of my favourite authors, I do grab a copy of it to delve in it. I found this one on the Kindle store and bought it.

The story starts with Adam Scott and his family sitting for the will reading in their attorneys office where Adam gets the letter as a part of his will. Adam opens it and then begins the actual story. What is beautiful about Archers writing is his scenes are very vivid and descriptions are detailed. This book also doesn’t fail to make sure that the reader visualises what author wants them to see. Be it surroundings, clothes of characters, action taken by them etc.

Each of the main characters have a detailed background described giving reader an idea about his upbringing. The book is a fast paced book with many adrenaline rush moments keeping you glued to it throughout.

Reading this book I was reminded about two of his other books viz, False Impression and Heads you win. False impression as the chase here is for an authentic painting and Heads you win because of Russian background involved in this.

Even though the story is good I found the ending to be quite underwhelming. I was anticipating an action sequence or a mind boggling revelation about the Russian Agent who was chasing but I was disappointed with it. Though all the lose ends are tied, I still was expecting a bit more for the kind of books he’s written in past.

Overall a nice read but for the underwhelming ending.


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