I haven’t read any books in the past two years. What a wasted time!! I have no reason and no excuse for the same.But then it is never too late to start again. 🙂
So the first book I read is Heads You Win by Jeffery Archer. And what a start I must. I am a fan of Jerry Archer and I had read the starting the pages of Alexander’s story in the short stories Tell Tale by Jeffery Archer. And after that, I didn’t finish any book. What a perfect start to this year, with story from Jeffery Archer.
By now, a lot of people have read this book and have already provided their esteemed reviews. Let see how I much I can differentiate from them. The book narrates the story of Alexander Karpenko who must to escape from Russia if he has to survive along with this mother. But he has to make a decision whether to go to Great Britain or America. America is the land of dreams in which every man has the opportunity to make life rich based on his abilities. Great Britain is the land of sophistication and intellect that accepts anyone with abilities to achieve success. Britain is sweet and America is tangy. The book has a parallel narrative about how Alexander achieves success and love in both countries. It would not be hard to miss this sweet differentiation. It would be also hard not to think about what is happening in Britain while one is reading about what is happening in America. The story at both places unfolds on a rather similar fashion, similar type of ups and downs while trying to make a mark in their chosen professions – Alexander in Britain wants to be Politician & Alexander in America wants to be Businessman. With just one exception, like in Kane & Abel and Sons of Fortune, one gets her love without any stops and one has to go through bumps.
Jeffery Archer ‘men’ are ‘True Blue Gentlemen’ and Jeffery Archer ‘women’ are ‘Strong and Independent’. A true blue gentleman never tries to subdue his ‘strong and independent’ woman and encourages & supports her to make his mark. The woman in turn is the anchor in his life and provides the much-needed support and clarity at opportune moments. Alexander and his better half in America and Alexander and his better half in Britain are just like that. No exception in that and no one would miss that either.
As cover indicates, whether Alexander reaches America or Britain based on a toss of a coin, his destiny eventually lies in Russia only, from where his fate initially began. Curiously enough, the one who doesn’t own private jet and has political experience is an easy target for elimination. Strangely, Alexander from Britain and Alexander from America are alive when there is a cross-over, much like in the current sci-fi shows where two characters from different time space meet. Only difference in this book, Alexander from Britain never meets Alexander from America but the wife does. Likewise, Ivan Donovan (I have misspelt the name, I will correct later) meets Alexander in America but not in Britain, and his narrative was only drawn in Britain. Yet he also thinks in the Russian embassy in Britain that there are two characters. These are the points I didn’t really understand. What was the logic behind this? Kane & Abel and Sons of Fortune had two separate characters existing in same time zone. But not in this book. It is the same character, whose personality develops with the land he chooses to go. So, a cross-over only indicates a non-existent sci-fi. Or is there something I am missing.
Contrary to popular commentary, Vladimir Putin being Alexander’s nemesis was not a ‘shock’ for me but rather a confirmation. After all, Vladimir was the reason for troubles in Alexander’s life in Russia.
Writing, narration, emotions, flow, – all are best. Usual Jeffery Archer. But I felt emptiness towards the end, when one Alexander dies and other Alexander starts in his campaign when actually he was only in Russia to attend funeral of his ‘savior’ uncle. I felt as if the story is not over and yet there are no more pages to read. I didn’t feel so when I read Kane & Abel and Sons of Fortune, since it felt the protagonists have life their life to full and it was time to bid them farewell. So is there a sequel to coming up? But then why kill one character? Was the one who survived is match or hustler to Vladimir? I was left with these thoughts..and so I am also leaving you with them. Happy Reading. Overall, Jeffery Archer is a pleasure to read. Always and Ever.