The Sins of the Father (Book 2)


Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, our hero, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of the truth about his father, and forced to accept that he will never be free to marry Emma Barrington, has run away and joined the Merchant Navy. But when his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, an American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a few survivors, among them Harry and the third officer, a badly wounded American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry assumes Bradshaw’s identity, believing it’s the perfect opportunity for him to start again.

But in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York: a murder charge. Without any way of proving his true identity, much less Bradshaw’s innocence, Harry Clifton is now chained to a life that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape. The one thing he hasn’t counted on is Emma, if only Emma can put the pieces together fast enough to save him from a fate not his own.

Giles Barrington has his own challenges, having given up his place at Oxford to volunteer for the war effort himself. Indeed, from a prison cell in New York to the streets of Bristol to the fields of Germany, the fates of the Cliftons and the Barringtons are inexorably caught up, finally leaving us to follow the story into the jaws of war itself. We also finally get to see Hugo Barrington’s true colors. But it’s the wartime scenes, for both Giles and Harry, who has volunteered to trade his prison sentence for a term in the army, that are the most exciting in the series thus far.

  1. Nancy Ellis says:

    Getting ready for my re-read of “Sins” and very happy I don’t have to wait a year or two this time for the resolution of the first cliffhanger! I’ve read all the books but am enjoying them even more for this binge read. I love the genius of the character developments and story lines, with the subtle hints the reader is occasionally given before we’re hit with the whole truth! By the way, I agree with those who recommended Kane and Abel. It’s definitely been my favorite for years!!!! Looking forward to reading everyone’s comments……

    • Amit M says:

      Hey Nancy,
      Try reading Not A Penny Less, Not A Penny More. It is awesome. And full of thrill and suspense.

      • Nancy Ellis says:

        Thanks, Amit! I read it quite awhile ago and really enjoyed it, too! I don’t think there’s been a single book of his that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed!

        • AMIT M says:

          Yes it is indeed true i too enjoyed reading his books both novel and short stories. the “crime pays” from “To cut a long stories short” is one of my favorite one.

  2. Amit M says:

    Well first of all I would like to thanks Jeff Sir for an epic entertaining novel back to back. I am excited about the 4 volume on 24th feb and just can’t wait to find out what happen after bomb blast in the ship.

  3. Chris says:

    My birthday is 2/23 and I am buying it as a gift to myself. I listen to books on CD. I first happened o Jeffrey Archer by reading Kane and Abel..Finding out it was a series, I rented the Prodigal Daughter from the Library….Now much my dogs are left waiting at the door as I sit in the car “frozen in suspense” to each book I ready by JA. I bought the 4 series of The Clifton Chronicles used as I have all my JA CD’s. BUT I AM splurging as to pay full price for “Mightier than the Sword” because I vcan’t wait to continue … Have found out ‘they’ aren’t dead. WHew…but what next. I am totally addicted to English authors….also Follett. Never been so ‘page turning’ suspenseful in a book before. Thank you JA for all your books. I do say the readers on CD make the books come so personally alive. !!!!

  4. Nancy Ellis says:

    Whew! What a whirlwind in this book….taking us to so many places trying to find so many people. As always, the characters are wonderful, the good ones totally likable, the bad super sinister and as bad as you can get! So happy to see Sir Hugo get what he deserved. Also laughed at the publisher’s remarks about that generation not accepting softcover books…..shades of the arguments re book vs. ebook nowadays. 🙂

  5. AMIT M says:

    At some point in this book (“Sin of the Father”) it feel like to get inside the book and teach a lesson to Hugo Barrington.

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