Wednesday, August 10, 2011

At his finest once again... Book #53: The Fourth Estate

I don't know how he does it, but I'm very glad he does. Jeffrey Archer's story telling is incredible and each book is as good as, if not better, than his last.  My collection of Archer's novels is slowly growing. I'm nowhere near the stage of having read all that he's written - in fact, to be honest, I'm really only just starting out. But that just means I have a very exciting road ahead of me - and I can't wait!

This Jeffrey Archer was The Fourth Estate, the story of two competing media moguls, vying for the monopoly of the world's newspaper industry. No doubt based on a couple of real life media giants themselves, it was perhaps quite timely I read this just before the News of the World scandal hit headlines.

Despite his stories being so intricately crafted, I'm always able to follow each of the characters. The Fourth Estate was probably a real test, as both of these men were quite similar in their own right, so you certainly had to keep up with what each of them were thinking, planning and most of all scheming with the utmost ruthlessness. But it was relatively straightforward to do, which meant you were left with the head space - and reading space - to be totally captivated and enthralled by the story itself.

It's a bumper of a novel - be prepared to have to make your way through almost 750 pages of Archer storytelling - but they're certainly 750 pages you want to read every single word from. This one - as are his others - are the perfect holiday read. You get to enjoy a great book, but it's one that hubby would enjoy too, so you can put it in his suitcase to lug around, leaving you the space for another book - or perhaps an extra pair of shoes!


  1. Cute closing! I haven't read a novel that long in...I don't know when! If you like Jeffrey Archer, be sure to swing by my blog to enter for a chance to win one of two copies of his latest novel, Only Time Will Tell. Contest links are located on my sidebar. But hurry, contest closes August 15!

    Shirley @ My Bookshelf

  2. I like Archer, this one is a mammoth-lenghth topical story.

  3. Archer DOES tell a wonderful story - I always find myself totally caught up in his writing (I have one of his new ones for review - can't wait to dig in!)