A Prisoner of Birth: A Novel by Jeffrey ArcherA Prisoner of Birth: A Novel by Jeffrey Archer

A Prisoner of Birth: A Novel

byJeffrey Archer

Mass Market Paperback | December 2, 2008

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If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson on any other day, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. But when the prosecution witnesses happen to be a group of four upper-crust college friends-a barrister, a popular actor, an aristocrat, and the youngest partner in an established firm's history-who is going to believe Danny's side of the story?

Danny is sentenced to twenty-two years and sent to Belmarsh prison, the highest-security jail in the land, from where no inmate has ever escaped. But Spencer Craig, Lawrence Davenport, Gerald Payne, and Toby Mortimer all underestimate Danny's determination to seek revenge-and the extent to which his fiancée Beth will go in pursuit of justice.

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections--including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory and False Impression--have been international bestselling books. Archer is ma...
Title:A Prisoner of Birth: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 7.52 × 4.28 × 1.03 inPublished:December 2, 2008Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312944098

ISBN - 13:9780312944094


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good I've read many of Archer's books. This one remains a favourite. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE!!!!! Ive read this 3 times already. It was so hard to put the book down and do other things like cook, clean, etc.
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great story This is an amazing tale of a man unjustly accused and sentenced to life in prison but in true Archer fashion the story unfolds and takes the reader on a nail biting journey of revenge, patience, unwavering love, friendship and loyalty. A page turner you won't be able to put down.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Prisoner of Birth Another excellent book, did not think it would be that at beginning, but could not put it down after the third chapter
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good beach read Good read. Not fantastic, but enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Prisoner Of Birth Loved this book. Great plot. Love the character development. Wish there was a sequel.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Prisoner Awesome, couldn't put it down! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Prisoner I thought this was a great book. Archer never disappoints. He is a master of plot, and always keeps the reader interested during the journey as well, with subtle details that have meaning once the book is finished. There always seems to be a satisfying ending to the book as well, meaning that you are always in for a surprise .-
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Loved the storyline and the twists. Great book.
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prisoner of Birth Excellent read! I love the twists and turns in this book which rivet you to the story line. I couldn't put it down for very long- only for the bare necessities of life. Ending was phenomenal and totally unexpected.
Date published: 2013-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Excellent read from start to finish.
Date published: 2013-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from All too easy to put down... Was hard to finish - don't know why, but I did find it easy to put down, but I do like his style - however, need to read one at a time...with a break! On this topic, I preferred The Thirteenth Tale (not by Archer), also a dark & sometimes difficult book.
Date published: 2009-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! I am a Jeffrey Archer fan, but I haven't loved all his books - some are great, others just so-so. A Prisoner of Birth is a home-run! The plot as other reviewers mention is a modernized re-telling of the Count of Monte Cristo, but it really doesn't matter whether you know the original story or not. If you have read the original, this story is different enough you'll still enjoy the modern version. Archer comes up with some extremely clever and unexpected plot twists to build the story, and even though you have a pretty good idea of how things are likely to turn out, you are still kept guessing at a number of points during the book as to whether the good guys or the bad guys will prevail. The pacing of this book was really excellent. Numerous times, Archer builds up the suspense to nail-biting levels and you are on the edge of you seat thinking: "FINALLY, so-and-so is going to get his just desserts!!" And then you are dropped off a cliff by a deviously clever twist. There are a large number of supporting characters in the book, and all of them are well-developed and multi-faceted. They definitely add to the enjoyment of the storylines. In fact, I think that several of the supporting characters could easily be spun off into books of their own if Archer happened to be so inclined. Although I won't give away the ending, I will say the book ends satisfactorily. One last note - I listened to this on Audiobook, and if you have any interest in this format, this is an excellent book to listen to rather than read, because the narrator handles the variety of accents (from heavy Scottish, to Texan drawl) exceptionally well, and this definitely adds an extra flavour to the story. Whatever format you choose, if you enjoy clever, exciting, suspenseful novels, definitely READ THIS BOOK!!! You won't regret it.
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Blast This work of fiction is undeniably one of the most engrossing, powerful and head-spinning I have read in a long time. The story flows well even though it is predictable at times. I had to ignore the improbabilities to focus on the protagonist exploits. This novel caught me from the first pages with its numerous spins and turns and its great characterization. I quickly became hooked and had trouble putting it down. Danny Cartwright, who was about to marry his childhood sweetheart, suddenly finds himself accused, convicted and incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. After being mentored by a cell mate, Danny puts his new found knowledge to work. He cleverly escapes under the radar, amasses a huge fortune, a title and plots revenge against those who framed him. Some reviewers refer to this as a modern version of Alexander Dumas’, “The Count of Monte Cristo”. I do not know if this was Mr Archer’s intention but he surely delivered a fascinating, edge of your seat thriller. This fiction is written with revenge and justice as its major themes, it is easy to sympathize with Danny. This novel is a blast, an experience I recommend.
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book By far one of the best books I have read in a long time. I coulld not put it down and read into the wee hours of the morning.
Date published: 2009-01-06

Editorial Reviews

"A compelling read." -Newsday

"Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages." -The Boston Globe

"Thoroughly enjoyable." -Publishers Weekly

"Dynamite.plot twists and a slam-bang finale." -The Washington Post