If you’ve already read my Top Books of 2017, you’ll already know that I loved this book, but I thought it definitely deserved it’s own review, so here it is!
The Blurb: Spring 1994, Washington, D.C. – While the Clinton Administration grapples with its domestic policies, a sinister plot is being masterminded six thousand miles away in Baghdad. By using $100 million as bait and spinning a deadly web of corruption, forgery, and terror, Saddam Hussein seeks to embarrass the U.S. with the ultimate revenge: to steal a treasured historical document and then destroy it before the world’s media-on July 4, 1994.
As the countdown to Independence Day begins, two agents stand in the way of his nearly flawless plan: Scott Bradley, a rising star in the CIA who is desperate to prove his patriotism, and Hannah Kopec, the stunning Mossad operative who has already lost o much that she fears nothing and trusts no one. Their unrelenting quest to prevent what would undoubtedly be the most humiliating day in U.S. history takes them across four continents and climaxes in a dramatic, triple-twist ending.
I spent the first few chapters of Honor Among Thieves trying to work out what was happening. Not in a confused way, more in a setting-the-scene, suspenseful way. Which, looking back on it now, I love! At the time, I wanted to just skip to the good bit, but I’m really glad I didn’t. Archer is a master of storytelling and every word should be savoured. Once the stage was set, I devoured this book. It even went on a little mini break with me and I couldn’t put it down as I laid by the pool for 2 days!
Crime, conspiracy theories, history and suspense are some of my favourite topics – it’s one of the reasons I’m such a Dan Brown fan – so needless to say, the blurb alone had me hooked. I remember reading Kane and Abel in a ski chalet aged 14 and loving every second of it, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that I rediscovered my love of Jeffrey Archer. Whilst this book may have been a little James Bond in places, with a Yale Professor in lieu of 007, I actually really enjoyed that aspect – and it wasn’t hard to see this playing out on the big screen (oh how I wish!)
If you’ve never read Archer before, this is a great place to start and I highly recommend it!