Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer

July 31, 2010 § 3 Comments

What it’s all about? [Goodreads.com]
Jeffrey Archer is at his captivating best in this, his first novel, an intricate tale of deceit, dishonor, and sweet revenge. What can an Oxford don, a respected society physician, a chic French art dealer, and a charming English lord have in common? Very little, except they’ve all been swindled out of every cent they had by Harvey Metcalfe, the man who wrote the book on international stock fraud. They haven’t a prayer of ever seeing their money again. Or have they?
My Thought
I knew that Jeffrey Archer is an amazing storyteller based on the two newest novels that I’ve read, Paths of Glory and A Prisoner of Birth. And I knew that, Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less was his very first novel published. So, I keep on comparing this book with the other two.And yes, of course there are lots of improvement in his writing. OK, the very first time I picked this book from library, the seasoned cover and the old pages make me think, is this book really good? But, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. When I start reading this book, I just can’t put it down. The story is brilliant! After they’ve been cheated, Stephen, Robin, Jean-Pierre and James teamed up to swindle back what they’ve lost. Each of them comes up with a brilliant plan and they themselves play the roles in each of the plan.They disguised, they cheated, they acted and they did things that they’ve never done before. The friendship grows between this four, and everything went as planned except for James’ final plan,. The plan most crucial plan of all plans. That time I thought that their cover was blown up but I was wrong. They managed to steal back their money and reduces the debt to $1.24, though Stephen sulks on the plane home about the missing money. This book is full of suspense and surprises and it makes me keep on thinking what will happen next. I really enjoy this book. Well done Jeffrey Archer!!

Favorite Quote
“Making a Million legally has always been difficult. Making a million illegally has always been a little bit easier.  Keeping a Million when you have made it is perhaps the most difficult of all.”


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