You are a great admirer of Jeffrey Archer but you think he has written his best works already? Cometh the Hour may surprise you, then. I must admit, it surprised me too. As a matter of fact, it turned out to be so good that I just couldn’t resist telling you about it. Cometh the Hour is the sixth and last but one volume of The Clifton Chronicles. My first intention was to write about the whole series after the final book is published. However, it is due to November 2016 and I can’t wait so long. By this time, one could have read all the other volumes.
Can you read Cometh the Hour without having read the previous five volumes? Yes, you can because Chapter 4 opens with a brief summary of the main characters’ lives so far. Yet, I suggest that you start from the first novel, Only Time Will Tell, and keep reading until you get the final one. I know, I can’t give you an objective opinion as I literally love The Clifton saga and Sir Archer is undoubtedly my favourite author. But I’m sure you’ll love it too and trust me, it’s worth the time. I mean it. The older the characters get, the more intriguing the volumes become.
While in the fourth volume, Be Careful What You Wish For, the son of Harry and Emma Clifton, Sebastian, is still the promising young man with a bright future, in Cometh the Hour he is already a renowned financier in the City. From a protégé of a reputable banker to the Chief Executive of the very same bank and a chairman of the family shipping company. In addition, his parents’ development also continues. In Cometh the Hour, Harry Clifton is even more famous, the novelist who delivers a triumphant speech at the Nobel ceremony. Emma is now the close friend of Margaret Thatcher and actually contributes to the Iron Lady’s success.
And this is not all. Cometh the Hour is so rich in twists and cliffhangers, drama and happiness, ups and downs that nothing seems certain. The bad guys who emerged in the previous books are still struggling to see both the Cliftons and the Barringtons on their knees. And there is still the shrewd fury Lady Virginia Fenwick, Giles Barrington’s first wife, and her vigorous attempts to stay rich. In this instalment of The Clifton Chronicles, she seems to have given up her endless efforts to take vengeance on Giles’ family and focuses on her financial welfare instead. She is so mean and witchy, and so desperate to live in luxury and inherit as much as possible that her portrait really amuses me. That’s right, Jeffrey Archer is not only a master of cliffhangers, but he is pretty good at joking as well. He could spice any serious story with his brilliant sense of humour. I love the subtle irony in his language and the way he makes fun of his characters. Or the situations his characters could be found in – look at the description of Bombay in Chapter 18 and you’ll get my point. And yes, nothing is certain. We met Giles’ new love, Karin, in Mightier than the Sword, vol. 5 – his beautiful German interpreter or maybe a spy? What is her role in the sixth volume and is she going to survive after the cliffhanging finale?
All this and much more in Cometh the Hour. Politics, big business and stock market tricks, trials, court and prisons, foul play and honorable men, a pinch of love and no unnecessary violence – SO Jeffrey Archer. And ‘his trademark twists’, of course. Cometh the Hour is definitely an excellent read. If this is your genre, you’ll be fascinated, and just like me, you’ll be eager to read more of Sir Archer.
I can’t wait for the last volume. This Was A Man will be released in November 2016.
Happy reading, book lovers! 🙂