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The Eleventh Commandment by Jeffrey Archer

The Eleventh Commandment (1998)

by Jeffrey Archer

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Enjoyable (if now dated) thriller involving dodgy CIA leader, assassinations of presidents and the cold war! ( )
  cbinstead | May 11, 2019 |
The Eleventh Commandment is a compelling and engaging read. It's not particularly deep in terms of literary genius, but it is an exciting page turner.

A top CIA assassin gets thrown on the scrap heap after successfully completing a job for his boss, however when his boss starts taking heat from the Whitehouse he's brought back for one last job where his boss intends to dispose of him for good, in Russia of all places.

It's better than the blurb sounds that's for sure. ( )
  HenriMoreaux | Oct 27, 2017 |
Connor Fitzgerald is an assassin for the CIA. Black ops at its best. But when the CIA director orders a hit, and then wants to hide her involvement from the President, she tries to send Fitzgerald on an one-way futile assignment to Russia to prepare an assassination of the Russian Premier. Fitzgerald's ex-mentor gets involved and figures out the plan, but too late to save CF from getting caught. A couple of twists later, however, and Fitzgerald is back in the States with the same mission -- kill the Premier while he sits next to the President.
The storylines were inventive and well done. Not quite at the level of Clancy or De Mille, but well done still. The writing is first-rate and the story moves along at a good clip.
The relations between the CIA and Fitzgerald, and between the CIA and the Oval Office are not sufficiently fleshed out, leaving the story as having a little too light of a touch for the genre. As well, a couple of the twists are too well-telegraphed and you see them a mile off. As well, a small twist at the end, although expected, is handled far too lightly for the likely reality of the situation.
Story moves along at good clip
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Mar 21, 2016 |
This page-turner may be a bit dated, but on the other hand Russia may be returning to a Cold War mentality. CIA hero, Connor Fitzgerald, is a skilled assassin, all for the sake of his patriotism and loyalty to America. The head of the CIA, a woman named Dexter, is determined to bring down the president regardless of the human cost, and Connor is unknowingly part of her plot. His mission in Russia and his rescue by the Russian Mafya, complicate this world immensely. His friendship with another agent and his loving relationship with his wife and daughter serve to humanize the story and make the suspense all the more heightened. ( )
  sleahey | May 20, 2014 |
"Very mediocre book full of tired action novel cliches." I agree-plb
  plb1934 | Dec 16, 2010 |
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As a member of the British House of Lords and as former member of Parliament, Jeffrey Archer knows some of the most powerful people in the world. Indeed, the acknowledgements of this closely plotted thriller include current and former members of the American CIA, FBI, NSA, Secret Service, and a former U.S. attorney general. From this background, Archer weaves a tale that follows his hero, CIA assassin Connor Fitzgerald, while simultaneously shadowing his bosses in Washington.

The opening chapters feature unrelenting action as Connor tracks and kills a Colombian presidential candidate and starts a chain of events that could lead to a new Cold War. But, despite his ruthless background, Connor is not a cold and hollow plot device. He's an American Medal of Honor winner who is committed to his country, but also to his spiritual home, Ireland. Archer even pauses briefly to flesh out Connor's family life and the tensions of living with secrets that his wife and beloved daughter suspect but will never know. This character work pays off as the reader follows Connor through several nations and nearly as many identities. Gradually, Connor is caught in Russia between two power brokers: CIA director Helen Dexter and President Tom Lawrence. Dexter needs her 28-year veteran agent dead or "disappeared" in a Russian prison. But President Lawrence also needs Connor so he can finally rid himself of Dexter's tacit control of U.S. foreign policy.

In the end, Connor must rely on old friends and native intelligence if he is to make it to his retirement alive. Fans of political intrigue, James Bond, and Tom Clancy will be drawn inexorably along for the ride. --Patrick O'Kelley

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In Russia to assassinate a presidential candidate, a CIA agent is betrayed by his director who wants to eliminate a man who knows too much. But Connor Fitzgerald will escape from jail and obtain his revenge.

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