Friday, 13 September 2013

Kane and Abel - Jeffrey Archer

Born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world, both men are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream.  These two men -- ambitious, powerful, ruthless -- are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fuelled by their all-consuming hatred. Over 60 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.


Review:

Jeffrey Archer


I've read many of Archer's novels but I'll surely rate this one as my best. The characters, the plot, the narration - everything near perfect, swept me off my feet. Jeffrey Archer, a master in his craft, brings Abel Rosnovski and William Lowell Kane right before your eyes with his efficient portrayal and his natural God-blessed style. These two are such powerful characters that I could hardly remember any other character even remotely close to matching them.
The bruised and battered life of Abel in war-torn Poland, his escape from his captors and his working up the ladder of power and money are all a treat to read. On the other hand, you have William Lowell Kane. A guy born to a rich family, loses his father at a young age, hates his stepfather and even finds out the truth behind his acquaintance with his mother. Right from their childhood, both persons are very manly, smart and quick to learn.

After escaping, Abel comes to USA and works his way up while Kane grows from strength to strength as a banker. Their paths cross for the first time in a hotel where Abel works as a waiter. The first meeting was not as explosive as it was expected to be but just Abel wanting to be like Kane. Later, Abel becomes the Manager of a group of hotels and the owner gets himself in a mess with  Kane's bank and commits suicide. Outraged by his mentor's condition, Abel vows revenge on Kane. Thus begins the most enthralling story of two people striving for money, power and fame. And yes, Jeffrey Archer is just the master.

The final twist adds a new dimension to the story altogether and watch out for it! I would strongly recommend this to everyone. A must read!

Rating:


4.6/5

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