An excellent book by a master writer (though Rushdie would disagree) who knows the art of telling a story and keeping the reader engaged. Like Cain and Abel, this is one of Archer's best efforts with two well drawn out antagonists.
Clearly a fictionalized version of Rubert Murdoch and Robert Maxwells rise to fame. Good saga.
Gripping in the beginning chapters. A boy from a poor family is mentored by a merchant to draw out his native talent in business. He is savvy enough to see the threat to his family and life and endures suffering to flee the advancing Nazi army.
On the other side of the world, a privileged boy in an elite school develops his own brand of getting ahead at any cost. Both purchase newspapers and eventually face off in competition and destruction.
What starts strong bogs down in more and more of the same. Sometimes the self serving nature of the principal two characters reveals itself in surprising ways, but for hundreds of pages it seems more and more of the same. After really enjoying "Cain and Abel", this story began at a similar pace but soon lost steam.
another fabulous book by Jeffrey Archer. this is about 2 guys who fight for the rights to be the guy who holds the biggest newspaper companies in the world.
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