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Honor Among Thieves

Finally finished the damn novel by Jeffrey Archer. Had started it at 1 AM in the night. Minus a short 7-hour nap in between, it took me a good 6.5 hours to complete; that too, when I speed-read during the last few chapters.

The book turned out to be an average Jeffrey Archer, and there were certain elements which appeared unconvincing such as, why a Yale professor, who had only done classroom teaching for the CIA so far, was suddenly sent on one of CIA's most critical missions in Iraq without any field training. The first half of the story was definitely more intriguing than the latter.

Having read eight out of twelve Archer novels, I see his books falling into five categories:
1) The Linear Plot: These include the likes of Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less; and Shall We Tell the President?, both books following a straight-forward and very simple plot of the protagonist(s) going after the villain. It is often Archer's writing style and not the plot that lend these books its vibrance.
False Impression also falls into this category but is a bit more convoluted, yet failing to excite.
2) The Duo Plot: Kane and Abel, Sons of Fortune. Two people, when their lives cross. Moderate level of complexity, typical Jeffrey Archer novels, giving a sense of deja-vu once you've read even one.
3) Spy Game: The Eleventh Commandment, Honor Among Thieves. High number of crosses and double-crosses, rendering a high level of intricacy often making the storyline a bit too complicated.
4) A class apart: As The Crow Flies is definitely Archer's Best. The story is gripping, and the writing style is one I've never experienced before. You start reading from the hero's (Charlie's) point of view for a few years, say 1900-1919, then from his girlfriend's point of view from 1918-1921, then from his rival's point of view from 1920-1925, and so on finally ending 70 years and 740 pages later, again from Charlie's point-of-view. Each time you switch perspective, a few years, like 1920-1921, are repeated so though Charlie's rival may seem like a bad guy from Charlie's side, he actually seems not-so-bad when you see the same incidents through the his own point of view.
5) This Category includes The Prodigal Daughter, First Among Equals, A Matter of Honor, and The Fourth Estate: books that I so far haven't read.

His Prison Diaries (read all three), and Short Stories (read only few) of course fall into different genres and I'm not too fond of either.

Oh, by the way, it just started raining outside, and boy it's raining. Dad commented a few days back that the biggest difference he saw between Patna and Delhi was the weather, Delhi being visited by frequent cloudbursts and rainstorms. Having lived in Delhi for the past two years, I assured Dad that wasn't the case. However, the sudden increase in the number of storms in the past month has put my argument on the back foot.

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