[Review] Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer

Title: Sons of Fortune
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Subject: Banks and Banking, Politicians, Family Conflicts
Page: 534 pages
First Published: 2003

“In a hushed maternity ward, an infant dies, while twin brothers thrive. By morning, one mother is told that her only child is doing fine, while another learns one of her twins has died.”

- Synopsis from book cover

I’ll start with the good points.

What attracted me most to the book is the main plot, though somewhat reminiscent of Kane and Abel (which is one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life!). The novel follows the lives of two twins separated at birth, Nathaniel Cartwright and Fletcher Davenport, both raised in different worlds; one was brought up in an affluent family, while the other, middle class. Both of them thrive in their respective professions until a murder case and a political battle brings them together.

Jeffrey Archer’s writing is very easy to read and I was easily immersed in the lives of both characters. It is undeniable that Mr. Archer is a master of mixing power, politics, and relationships and turns them into good fiction.

Now, the not-so-good points.
I feel that the story is too contrived, predictable and cheesy at times and it can get a bit confusing when the story alternates between the two characters. The only thing that keeps me going was my curiosity and anticipation for Nat and Fletcher to finally meet and discover the truth about their births.

Having read Kane and Abel first, I can’t help but compare the two books and sadly, Sons of Fortune is not in the same class as the former. I give 3 stars for its powerful plot and despite what I wrote in this review, I am still a huge fan of Jeffrey Archer =)


La Toya said…
Very cool picture!!!
La Toya said…
I've never read Kane & Abel but you've got me curious! Thanks for the great review!
Lazy Girl: Yeah, I realize now that it's counter-intuitive to put the comment link at the top of the post. Hmm.. let me figure out how to put it at the bottom. Anyway, I totally recommend Kane & Abel.