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Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

Kane and Abel (1979)

by Jeffrey Archer, Louis Charbonneau (Author), Elizabeth Webster (Author)

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This is the type of epic story that I don’t think really gets written anymore. At the beginning, we meet both William Kane and Abel Rosnovski on the days of their birth. On the surface, they could not be more opposite. Kane is born into the best of Boston high society, the only son of a wealthy banking family. Abel is found by the side of a river by a peasant family in a Poland that’s on the edge of war.

The rest of the book follows both of these men through their entire lives as they strive for greatness. Their paths are very different, but they intertwine in unusual ways. You get to know both of them intimately, and can see where they are strongest and where they are blind. You may root for one, and then turn around and root for the other.

Archer takes you by the hand and pulls you through their story without ever bogging you down in the details. It is a long book, but it doesn’t feel that way. There is a reason why he is still selling books after 40+ years. ( )
  miyurose | Apr 22, 2018 |
Very well read audiobook. Quite an interesting story in the usual Archer guise of a (or in this case a pair of) life story. A bit contrived and predictable but enjoyable nonetheless and I must admit I had a tear in my eye at the end - this may have been due to the excellent Audible performance. ( )
  bevok | Jul 31, 2017 |
I loved this book!!

William Kane was born into a wealthy family in Boston. Abel Rosnovski was born into Polish poverty. Both men face setbacks that harden them into determined men who will stop at nothing to succeed. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
Jeffrey Archer is one of the greatest storytellers ever. This book held my interest throughout and I can't wait to read the next installment about these two families.

William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one is the son of a Boston millionaire, the other is a penniless Polish immigrant - two men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build a fortune. This is a marvelous story, spanning sixty years, of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save ...and finally destroy ...each other.

If you like family sagas, I would highly recommend this series. ( )
  EadieB | Feb 1, 2017 |
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"William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 22, 2016 |
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ISBN 1851522603 is for Kane and Abel; The Prodigal Daughter; and Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less.
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William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred. Over sixty years and three generations, through war, marriage, fortune, and disaster, Kane and Abel battle for the success and triumph that only one man can have...

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Un best-seller qui merite de l'?etre. Gr?ace a une intrigue parallele superbement agencee qu'animent des protagonistes vivants, sur un demi-siecle et un nombre de pages qui se tournent d'elles-m?emes, cet auteur anglais reussit a captiver le lecteur et a le retenir jusqu'a la fin qui est une dramatique confrontation. [SDM].… (more)

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