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Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer

Cometh the Hour

Part of the The Clifton Chronicles Series
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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 bestseller list - showcases Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.

If you like Jeffrey Archer you might also like to read books by Robert Ryan, James Patterson and Nicholas Coleridge.


Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer

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 Priya, 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.


Archer continues his storytelling magic to create characters of spellbinding substance, and readers can count on his surprising twists and shocking conclusion. Here, just when the end seems too tidy, Archer provides a killer cliffhanger Publishers Weekly The ability to tell a story is a great - and unusual - gift ... [it] is not something that can be taught or acquired. You have it or you don't ... Jeffrey Archer is, first and foremost, a storyteller -- Erica Wagner The Times on 'Only Time Will Tell
I was utterly hooked. It was an absurdly enjoyable read

-- Anthony Horowitz Daily Telegraph on 'Only Time Will Tell
This is a cracker of a read. And quite unputdownable

... It is quite captivating ... and just as you sit on the end of your seat expecting all the loose ends to be tied into a neat little bow, Archer drops a bombshell in the last paragraph of the last chapter -- Jerry Hayes Spectator on 'Only Time Will Tell
I was touched and enthralled by this tale

... I won't spoil it for you by revealing any more. Or the trademark twist, which is gasp-making Daily Mail on 'Only Time Will Tell
Archer continues his storytelling magic to create characters of spellbinding substance, and readers can count on his surprising twists and shocking conclusion. Here, just when the end seems too tidy, Archer provides a killer cliffhanger Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University, where as a world-class sprinter he represented Great Britain in international competition. He became the youngest member of the House of Commons in 1969, was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in 1985, and was elevated to the House of Lords in 1992.

All of his novels -- from 1974's Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less to 1991's As the Crow Flies -- have been international bestsellers. Mr. Archer is married, has two children, and lives in London and Cambridge, England.

Photograph © Terry O’Neill

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25th August 2016


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Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan


528 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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