Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer

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.


Hardcover by Macmillan

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.


Worldwide Cover; Source: Jeffrey Archer, Facebook

Happy reading, book lovers! 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer

  1. Sarah MumofThree World says:

    I’ve never read any Jeffrey Archer books or even considered reading them. He always seemed a bit of a joke figure because of his politics and some questionable decisions and behaviour in the 80s (yes, I’m old enough to remember). But this sounds fascinating! I may have to give it a go.
    Popping over from Read With Me.

    • marinailieva says:

      Thank you, Sarah. I know, Archer is a controversial figure. He may not have been a good example as either man or politician in the past, but this is his personal life. I am not fascinated by Jeffrey Archer, the ex prisoner, but I love Archer, the novelist. His talent as a storyteller is undeniable, I think. Thank you for reading! 🙂 xx

  2. Sarah Ella (Mumx3x) says:

    I’ve not read any of Jeffrey Archer’s books before but these books sound quite good! I may have to add to my To Be Read list which is ever growing lately, lol. #ReadWithMe

  3. Kate says:

    I haven’t read any Archer either and never really considered them but you have certainly got me intrigued!! #readwithme

  4. suz says:

    Like those in previous comments, I haven’t read any Jeffery Archer. Makes me wonder what put everyone off. Was it the cover? The title? The synopsis? Or a preconception of what Archer’s writing was like?
    I’ll have to put this on my TBR list, if only to see why I’ve never read Archer before.

    • marinailieva says:

      I have found out that many people are reluctant to try his works, but I think he deserves a chance regardless of his personal life. Hope you’ll like his style. I do. 🙂 xx

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